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Dec 23 '06

10 Things I like about Office 2007

I recently had the pleasure of trying Microsoft Office 2007. I like it. I like it a lot. It follows the same "dumbing down" of the interface as Windows, but it doesn't leave me searching for the button to put it back. In Windows, I want to tweak all the features to my liking so I can make it perfect for me and my uses. But In Office, I just want to write my damn paper/slideshow/spreadsheet and have it look good.

Here are 10 things that stood out to me in the new Office 2007. No particular order.

1) No More Menus


That's right! Clicking on the items on the top such as "Insert", "Page Layout", etc change the buttons that are available instead of dropping down a menu. You can mouse over each of the icons for more details on what the function does. The new groupings of icon sets then sub-icon sets ("Tables", "Illustrations", etc) help find things significantly faster.


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Dec 22 '06

Mad Art VII

War protest? Random work of Art? Semester-end Project?

On the North side of the Humanities Building. (thx Kennis)


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Dec 15 '06

Remote Linux GUIs on Windows

As a computer science major, I obviously do a lot of work on the computer. However, sometimes the projects I do require special software only available at the computer science (L)UNIX lab.

I usually don't like to work at the computer lab, because it's cold, dirty, and usually there is somebody there who isn't up-to-date on the latest hygiene products.

This software, however, is usually graphical, so it's not as simple as SSHing in.

That's when I discovered Cygwin/X, a program that allows me to remotely use the grahical software from the computer lab, right at home!

It's a little difficult to setup and run at first, so I setup this little tutorial.


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Dec 11 '06


Nintendo WiiI'm probably the last person to give the Wii a try and write about it, but if you haven't had the opportunity feel free to read on.

I went over to a friend's house who recently purchased a Wii and we popped in the game Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz because it has several mini-games you can play with multiple people in a tournament fashion.

As everyone knows by now, the Wii has a unique controller that is motion sensing. It knows if you roll the controller left/right, tip it up/down, move it toward/away from the screen, left/right, or you can use it like a laser-pointer and point on the screen what you want.

Some games required a "nunchuck", which was a second controller you plug into the first and hold in your other hand. It had similar motion sensing.

It had a steep learning curve. Not that I don't know how to move a controller up and down, but almost every one of these mini-games had a different way to move. Some were natural movements, others were not so intuitive.


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Dec 10 '06


Well this is sad...

Printing is not supported on this printer
An error message I encountered while trying to print a PDF I scanned on our Engineering Lab's Sun Workstations.

It seemed to think the printers are not capable of printing.

I'm pretty sure I laughed for a full 5 minutes.

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