Apr 18 2013

Contact Information

Jim KirbyJim Kirby

Manager, Internet Technologies, Design & Content
CCRI Web Services, Information Technology Department
Instructor, Computer Studies Department

E-Mail: jkirby@ccri.edu

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JimKirby9

Knight Campus

Suite 2073, Room #2077

Office Hours
Days Times
Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Please email for an appointment.

Oct 13 2012

Portable Apps Tutorial

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PortableApps.com allows you to take your favorite software with you. A fully open source and free platform, it works on any portable storage device (USB flash drive, iPod, memory card, portable hard drive, etc) as well as local storage and cloud storage options. [Learn more]

To download:

  1. Insert your thumbdrive with at least 440 MB free space available
  2. Open Firefox browser (IMPORTANT: If you don’t use Firefox, the screen shots below and procedures will differ).
  3. Go to http://portableapps.com
  4. Click on the “Download Now – Free” green button
  5. This will bring you to the “Download The PortableApps.com Platform 11.1″ page
  6. Click on the “Download Now” green button
  7. The download should start within a few seconds.  If it does not, click on the “direct link” or try another mirror link. When download initiation is successful, a pop-up window will appear, allowing you to save the setup.exe file.  Click the “Save File” button to start the download.
  8. The “Downloads” pop-up window will appear displaying the download. When the download completes, right-click on the .exe file and select “Open” from the pop-up menu:
  9. This will open the “Open File – Security Warning” window. Click the “Run” button:
  10. When the “Installer Language” pop-up appears, select the language you want to use, then click the “OK” button:
  11. When the PortableApps Installer window appears, click “Next”:
  12. When the Licensing Agreement window appears, select “I Agree”:
  13. In the next window, click the “Browse” button and when the “Browse for Folder” window appears, browse to your flash drive. You might want to “Make a new folder” in the flash drive called, “portableapps” or something similar. When you’ve selected the folder where you want the install to go, click the “OK” button. That will bring you back to the “Choose Install Location” window, where you’ll see the location you selected in the “Destination Folder” field. Also, note the Space required” and “Space available” notation. the 7.o MB required is ONLY for the PortableApps Platform application; you will need a minimum of 440 MB for the 4 programs you will download into the platform during this tutorial. If you have the space required, click the “Install” button. If not, eject the undersized flash drive and insert one with at least 440 MB of free space before proceeding.
  14. You should see the “Installing” window next. When it’s finished, click the “Next” button.
  15. When the “Completing the PortableApps.com Platform Setup” window appears, make sure the “Launch..” check-box is selected, then click, “Finish”:
  16. You might see the PortableApps Platform interface appear for a moment in the lower, right-hand corner. After a few moments, the PortableApp Directory window will appear. Please Note: Due to the restrictions on download speed (2 mbps) in the classrooms and labs, you may need to complete this next step at home. Place a check mark next to: Notepad++, Gimp, Chrome (or Firefox), and OpenOffice. These  apps (plus the PortableApps platform) will require approximately 440 MB of space. Then click the “Next” button to begin the download.
  17. The “Downloading and Installing” window will appear, displaying the progress.
  18. You may get some pop-up licensing agreements for the various programs. Click “I Agree” to continue.
  19. When the installer is finished, you’ll see this pop-up. Click OK.
  20. Look for and click on the PortableApps icon in your Task Bar:
  21. The PortableApps Platform interface should appear in the bottom, right-hand part of your screen with the icons for the apps you selected displayed.  Note that the interface also has a directory structure made up of folders and icons for Apps, Options, Search and Help. Have fun exploring. REMEMBER: Be sure to close any apps you have opened before ejecting the flash drive.

Sep 26 2012

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Take control of your logins and passwords with RoboForm Everywhere, which is completely free for students and professors with a valid college or university email address (normally $19.95/ year).

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  • Unlimited saved Logins and Passwords
  • Syncing across all of your PCs, Macs and mobile devices
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Go to: http://www.roboform.com/college/  to get started.

Please Note: This product is posted here as an FYI only.  CCRI does not support this software.

May 17 2015

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Feb 25 2015

Summer Course

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Introduction to Website Development
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5-week course: Tuesday, May 19 through Tuesday, June 16

Meets 5:00 to 9:00 pm

This module familiarizes students with creating a multilevel website using the WordPress content management system. Each student designs and creates a website including pages and posts. They will learn to upload and embed media, make their sites mobile-friendly and export an importable back-up of their site. 1 credit.

Class starts Tuesday. May 19, 2015…Register now.

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Dec 11 2014

How to boot Linux from a USB (Part 2a)

This is part 2a of the tutorial on downloading Linux to a flash drive.

Temporarily change the boot order of your PC

Screen shots made on a Dell Optiplex 9010 computer running Windows 7 -your computer’s screens may look different.
  1. Shut down the Windows PC
  2. Insert your flash drive with the Linux OS on it into a USB port
  3. Make sure there are no other flash drives inserted
  4. Start the PC and immediately start hitting the “F12″ key repeatedly until you hear a beeping noise or the boot order screen appears (your home computer’s screen may look different but the same basic elements will be there):
    boot order screen shot
  5. PLEASE NOTE: On the computer from which the screen shot above was made, the boot order has already been permanently changed to the top position. Ordinarily, the USB port is the last item in the boot order.
  6. Wherever is is in the boot order, select the “USB Storage Device” (your PC may have a different wording but it will have “USB” in the wording).
  7. The next screen you should see, providing you are using the Ubunu distro of Linux, is pictured below:
    Ubuntu boot screen
  8. It can’t be seen in the above screen shot but the highlighted area at the top of the list say’s “Try Ubunto…“. Wait a few seconds and the “Try Ubunto” will automatically load. DO NOT INSTALL UBUNTU.
  9. The next screen will look like this:
    Ubuntu load screen
  10. When loaded, the Ubuntu desktop screen will look like this:
    Ubuntu desktop

Dec 04 2014

Best Online Password Manager Reviews

By Randall Sutherland

Why Online Password Managers?

password screenAlthough we call them “passwords,” the safest passwords should not contain any dictionary words from any language. Hackers buy dictionaries with all of the words from every culture on the planet to help them crack easy passwords. It does not help at all to add a number or special character to a word. All of the obvious combinations and substitutions are already well-known among hackers. You can create a strong password out of words if you create a sentence-long password. However, some sites enforce character limits that prevent you from generating a sentence-long password. Strong passwords use a random sequence of numerals, letters and special character, which makes them hard to memorize. Even if you do memorize one or two, then you might be tempted to use the same password for multiple sites, which is not a safe way to go. [See reviews]

Dec 04 2014

Web Research Project L: Security

  1. Go to ZDnet.com’s Security section: http://www.zdnet.com/topic-security/
  2. Choose any one of the topics there and find an article you find interesting.
  3. In the comments filed below, post about how the article relates to something in the VT textbook.
  4. Specify which article in VT, chapter 10 it compliments.
Due by Thursday, Dec. 11, 2012

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