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VIM 101

Ok…so VIM (born in 1991) is not exactly new…at least its not new to students who have done TELE301 in the past. If you have never used Linux before, its quite hard to get your head around it at first. I still remember the first time I saw VIM in the Tele301 lab…my first impression was:

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Reinstalling your own operating system is kind of like a standard task nowadays if you are using your computer(s) extensively. No matter whether you are using a Mac or a PC, your operating system is kind of like “aging” everyday…getting slower and slower until the point you can’t stand it anymore and decide to do a reinstall.

Also…sometimes it takes less time to solve a problem by reinstalling the system rather than taking your time to find the solution itself…although you won’t learn much…but at least you will get the job out of the way.

Reinstalling Windows should be easy because most people are PC users; when you have a problem regarding your installation, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone to help you…but what if you are using a Mac? (more…)

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If you are doing INFO 404 this year and you are preparing for the Practical Test, you might find the following links to be quite useful. (more…)

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From what I’ve seen this year on the ITS HelpDesk (@ the University of Otago), there are more and more students having Mac laptops…and I got a fair number of students asking for help with their Skype / Microsoft Messenger. Since the university network is behind a proxy, you need to have some proxy related settings in the software to allow it to go through the proxy. While you can use Adium for the MSN part, its hard to find something to replace the Skype on the Macs. So what can we do about it?

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DEV JAM is Microsoft‘s yearly orientation event that starts on the 4th
of March. The Microsoft Academic Team Paul, Ryan and Tarryn will be
visiting the Otago Campus on the 13th this month. This year the event
is focused on showcasing some of the new technologies including
gaming, user experience and streaming videos. There will also be a
chill out session involving XBOX consoles and the new SCENE IT Game!
To find out more info on the DEV JAM Demo’s please go to:

http://blogs.msdn.com/nzstudents/pages/dev-jam-orientation-2008-find-…

Date: Thursday, 13th of March
Where: Commerce Building 2.07
Time: Session 1 starts @ 12pm, Session 2 starts @ 2pm.

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I’ve downloaded and installed the Internet Explorer 8 Beta1 (IE8 Beta1) this afternoon…the interface looks very similar to IE7 (of course), with a few enhancements (E.g. the Zoom feature)… (more…)

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