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The ability for web browsers to automatically detect proxy settings is really useful when you have to switch between multiple networks all the time.ย  With Internet Explorer, proxy settings are being detected in both XP and Vista, but things aren’t going so well with Firefox!ย  If you are using Vista and Firefox happens to be your default browser, you have to manually configure the proxy settings for it to work on our student network…which is NOT convenient at all!ย  (more…)

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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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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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Lately I’ve noticed that quite a few people searched for the WPA2 Patch and actually came to my blog instead of the download page from Microsoft. So I’ve decided to put the link (to the download page) here and hopefully it will save you a bit of time. (more…)

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Summer is here! And with it is coming new technology from Microsoft that will affect how we design and build infrastructure and applications.Come and join Chris Auld (Microsoft Regional Director) and Jeremy Boyd (Microsoft Regional Director) along with local, Beric Holt, as they set up a solution entirely on Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and host an application built in Visual Studio 2008 and .Net 3.5 over a two hour period. (more…)

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ITS is looking for students (who are studying this year) to be part of a team helping students get their own computers set up for use on the University’s network (wireless and wired) and provide general information, advice and support for the student IT services provided by ITS. (more…)

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My friend (Ake) just found this; which suggests that our department might be building a NEW website ๐Ÿ˜€

The new site looks a little like something that you might expect in the Matrix ๐Ÿ˜‰

Old: http://www.cs.otago.ac.nz/
New(not officially confirmed, just guessing…): http://www.cs.otago.ac.nz/staffpriv/rpollock/web/

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Exams are finally FINISHED! Can’t believe another year has gone by so fast ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the papers that I am planning to do next year:

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APC (Australian Personal Computer) is the ONLY computer magazine that I buy every month ๐Ÿ˜€ They have a section in the magazine that is dedicated to people’s End User Stories. If your story got published, you will get a Microsoft Mouse for FREE! This month (Oct) they are giving away the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000 worth 99.95!!! Since I have had a bit of experience on the helpdesk this semester, I think I should give it a go by sending them the story below…hope they will use it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This semester I have been doing an internship on the ITS helpdesk. Thanks to all of my workmates, I learned a lot while I was working there, you can’t learn things like communication skills through books / lectures, so thank you for giving me a chance to work on the helpdesk ๐Ÿ˜€

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2008 is just around the corner, so if you are coming back next year, make sure you get enrolled for next year asap.

The fastest way to complete the enrollment for next year is to use the Online Enrolment Form on Otago’s website: http://www.otago.ac.nz/OnlineReg

Good luck with your exams and see you next year ๐Ÿ™‚

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A lap around Visual Studio 2008

Dunedin 11/10/2007

Gather at 5:30pm, starting at 6:00pm (finishing 7:30pm)

Presented by Darryl Burling | Developer & Platform Strategy Group |
Microsoft New Zealand Ltd

Explore all the new Visual Studio 2008 features, from language
enhancements; improved designers; Web and smart-client development
tools; to Visual Studio Team System, a suite of software lifecycle
management tools poised to transform how you deliver software for
Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and the Web.

Catering: Pizza and drinks will be served prior to the presentation commencing.

Door Charge: Free

Venue: Centre for Innovation, University of Otago (downstairs seminar room)

87 St David Street www.otago.ac.nz/about/campuses.html

Register: http://www.dot.net.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=34
(For catering purposes, please register if you are planning to come)
NZ Dot User Group: http://www.dot.net.nz/

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In the past two days, I have spent quite some time in the G02 networking lab using Vyatta. Vyatta is a really powerful tool yet very easy to configure. Here are some of the things that I have learnt (“experienced” is probably a more suitable word) while using the Vyatta on the lab machines…hopefully history won’t repeat itself ๐Ÿ˜‰ (more…)

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The Dunedin Microsoft Student Day was held in room 2.20 in commerce building on Tuesday…and it was a huge success! The turn out rate was quite good; more than 50 people have turned up for the event…which is not bad consider this is the first time we have this in Dunedin.

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Microsoft Virtual Earth! (more…)

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Group photo ๐Ÿ™‚ (more…)

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Just came back from Christchurch (ChCh for short) yesterday…it was an awesome experience for me! The more events I go to, the more I come to realize that there are so much opportunities out there, and so many great tools to help you to archive your goals..the only limitation is our imagination ๐Ÿ™‚

Below are some of the photos I took during the Microsoft Student Day @ Canterbury University. Since there are so many photos, I will split the post into three parts. (more…)

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This morning I got up @ 7:10 and our bus is @ 7:45! So I quickly called a taxi and we arrived @ the bus station 5 mins beforehand. (more…)

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