virtualMV – blog on the move

As of today April 14, I have moved my main blog from edublogs to wordpress. Main reason is the edu – advertisements that have appeared of late plus the inability to post a blog from email. With performance issues trying to post using web forms was simply too slow to allow me to easily and quickly add a new blog post.

Have copied all the blog entries from http://virtualmv.edublogs.org to the new http://virtualmv.wordpress.com will try to sort out any images later.

Will move over links to Facebook etc over the next few weeks.

Michael.

Help Desk: Problem Steps Recorder – Windows 7

Problem Steps Recorder – Windows 7
As the local PC guru you’re probably very used to friends and family asking for help with their computer problems, yet having no idea how to clearly describe what’s going on. It’s frustrating, but Microsoft feels your pain, and Windows 7 includes an excellent new solution in the Problem Steps Recorder.
When any app starts misbehaving under Windows 7 then all your friends need do is click Start, type PSR and press Enter, then click Start Record. If they then work through whatever they’re doing then the Problem Steps Recorder will record every click and keypress, take screen grabs, and package everything up into a single zipped MHTML file when they’re finished, ready for emailing to you. It’s quick, easy and effective, and will save you hours of troubleshooting time.

From my Paradigm PCs email list (hrrp://www.pp.co.nz )

Using JavaScript to increase browser text size

When I display my wiki on an overhead in class it is useful to increase the text size. At present I have to use page>Text Size> Larger. Using my “friend” Dr. Google (he/she?) who knows much more than me, came up with a solution by David Walsh ( a Sun Developer)  http://davidwalsh.name/change-text-size-onclick-with-javascript. There are lots of very tricky solutions out there including those that restyle every individual tag on the page. Note however the resize is only active on the current page (as its JavaScript) so if you go to another page you will have to resize again, unlike the Browser setting which persists.

Am looking to implement this in http://www.virtualmv.com/wiki soon.

The Social Media Cheatsheet (Infographic)

From Joyce

infographic that explains almost in detail everything about the social media channels, all in one comprehensive, brief picture. 10 social media channels are illustrated here including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Linked In, Digg, Stumble Upon, Yahoo Buzz, Reddit and Delicious,

http://www.dailybloggr.com/2010/03/the-social-media-cheatsheet-infographic/

QR-Code reader for mobile devices

A Quick Response (QR) Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. …
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code . You can use a QR -Code to store a web URL and use a mobile phone to photograph the QR-Code then using the software below display the actual site.