Using Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook 2010

Post from Google support for integrating Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook 2010

There has been a lot of interest in when a version of Google Calendar Sync would be released that supports Outlook 2010. As some of you have already noticed @salocorgan :), we’re happy (Google that is…) to announce that support for Outlook 2010 is now available! This latest release (version 0.9.3.6) supports the 32-bit version of Outlook 2010 only. 64-bit turned out to be harder so we don’t have it ready yet, but we didn’t want to hold back the 32-bit-supporting version in the meantime.

We just posted the official announcement to the Gmail blog today:
If you have any issues, please post them to the Sync section of the forum:
Happy syncing!

Google Calendar Sync now supports Outlook 2010

Posted by Alice Brown, Google Calendar Team

Making sure that your calendar is available to you whenever and wherever you need it is important. That’s why Google Calendar works with a number of desktop applications and mobile devices including iCal, iPhone and iPad, Blackberry, Android, Nokia/Symbian, and Windows Mobile phones. Google Calendar Sync for Outlook is also available, but one thing was missing — until now.

Google Calendar Sync now supports Outlook 2010 — our top feature request. Outlook 2010 comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and currently only 32-bit is supported. To start syncing your calendar with Outlook 2010, download Google Calendar Sync version 0.9.3.6. Once you install it, a Settings window will appear. Enter your account’s email address and password, choose your sync optionand sync frequency, and you’re done! (Note: If you’re already using Google Calendar Sync, you’ll still need to download and install this new version in order to be able to sync with Outlook 2010. If you need help, take a look at our getting started guide.)

ToughPrint – Waterproof paper for inkjet and lasers

Toughprint 100% Waterproof Paper

Well its fairly self-explanatory, we hope. Toughprint is a 100% Waterproof sheet that looks, and feels like paper but with the added bonus of being so tough it won’t tear even when wet. Toughprint can be used for all sorts of applications where normal paper would not cope even when laminated.

    List of top things to do to secure your Joomla website

    Top things to do to secure your Joomla website

    Updated: 3/2/2011 (you can now download and view this as a checklist document for your reference and guidance)

    Here’s my list of the top things to do to make sure that your not leaving security vulnerabilities in your Joomla website and that it runs smoothly each and every day…

    • FIRSTLY MAKE SURE YOU ARE RUNNING THE LATEST RELEASED VERSION OF JOOMLA. Login to your Joomla site and look at the version number. If you are not running the latest version, download it and update your site straight away! At the time of writing this (Feb 2011) there are two major versions of Joomla. 1.6 is the latest brand new release and version 1.5.xx. If your site is using a 1.5.xx version make sure you upgrade to the latest version in that range e.g. 1.5.xx to 1.5.xx – do not jump to version 1.6 without a lot of testing and looking at the implications of doing so!
    • If your database tables in MQSQL for Joomla have ‘jos_’ as the prefix, read this first tip:
      Download EasySQL (http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/hosting-a-servers/database-management/2867) and rename the database prefix of our databases within MySQL from the jos_ prefix (if everyone wants more feedback on how to do this leave me a comment and I’ll create a blog entry :) )
    • Create a spreadsheet grid showing all your Joomla websites against modules / version installed in each site with dates and links to latest versions (this should be reviewed and signed off every month)
    • Delete the Administrator account and create an account within each site with Super Administrator rights – use a different user account for each site in case one site gets hacked. Create the Super Administrator account before you logout (having deleted the original Administrator account) – for obvious reasons – you don’t want to lock yourself out!
    • Verify that your DATABASE password is not the same as your ADMINISTRATOR password. The database password is the password you chose when you first installed Joomla and went through the wizard to install the MYSQL database. It’s important that the Joomla Administrator password is not the same. Use an FTP client to login to your website, navigate to your ROOT directory on your site, and view the CONFIGURATION.PHP file. Look for the line that says “var $password = ‘. Check this password is NOT the same as the password you have just used to login as administrator. If it is the same CHANGE YOUR ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD NOW!You can also check your “var $dbprefix = ” line  is NOT SET TO ‘jos_’ (see my first tip here about renaming this prefix with the EASYSQL product.
    • Change the default editor to NONE and manually add the Tiny Editor to all those named users you want to use the full editor. This way the default users will not be able to use the full editor.
    • Enable SEF from the control panel. This will create nice URL’s that are search engine friendly AND it will stop hackers from searching GOOGLE for index.php?com_<modulename> and getting a list of all websites that use a certain module that has a security issue. After you switch on the SEF under the control panel, make sure you check the links on your site and they are now using proper SEO friendly links rather than then older links.
    • Disable ALL Non used Joomla core modules/components and extensions in each site that are not being used
    • Uninstall all 3rd party modules that are not being used on each site
    • Use an exploit and vulnerability site like inj3ct0r (http://inj3ct0r.com) to  check to see if there have been any security issues with all your third party modules. Go to that website and type in the name of the component to see if there are any issues. Then check the version number returned and that your site is above that version. Also check with the third party component site to check if there are updates that fix the reported issues.
    • Make sure that the admin database MySQL account password is not the same as the Joomla site login
    • Use Akeeba Backup (http://www.akeebabackup.com/software/akeeba-backup.html) in order to completely automate the backup and download of all Joomla websites on a daily basis. Keep a monthly backup that stays static and is not overwritten.
    • Download the full web logs monthly from each Joomla site and use the weblog expert software (http://www.weblogexpert.com/lite.htm) and review the reports for potential attacks and phishing attempts.
    • Install free web monitoring software to alert non availability for each Joomla website and ensure the alerts are SMS’d to make them immediate.
    • Subscribe to the Joomla Security forum (http://feeds.joomla.org/JoomlaSecurityNews) on joomla.org to receive regular updates of critical level fixes and updates.
    • Check the version of PHP your site is currently running. You need to have version 5.x installed. Login to your site and select HELP -> SYSTEM INFO. Look for PHP Version.. it should say something like 5.2.xx. If you are still using PHP version 4.x on your site you need to upgrade the PHP for your site. This can usually be done via CPANEL or by contacting your ISP via their support system.
    • Make sure that each sites configuration.php is set to READ ONLY once we have it set
    • Ensure that the Joomla installation folder is deleted for each site
    • Make sure that every third party modules and components have the correct  php coding structure at the top of the file:// no direct access
      defined(‘_JEXEC’) or die(‘Restricted access’); 

      This will check and use the built in Joomla security which is the official method for security with Joomla websites. To do this you will have to login to your site using an FTP client and look at each third party component.

    • Make sure the .htaccess file in the root of each site is set correctly – this means renaming ‘htaccess.txt’ to ‘.htaccess’ on Apache servers and uncommenting code within the file that stops XML access issues. Please note that .htaccess is usually marked as a hidden file, so you may need to set an option in your FTP to view hidden files on your site.You should also add ‘IndexIgnore *‘ (without the speechmarks and capitalised as this) to the bottom of the .htaccess file.
    • Put the following into each sites php.ini to stop SQL Injections:
    allow_url_fopen = OFF
    disable_functions = show_source, system, shell_exec, passthru, exec, phpinfo, popen, proc_open
    • Finally make sure you delete all accounts that are not required, and you regularly review all users allowed into the system for security permissions.

    All the above information has been gleaned from various videos and websites and considered ESSENTIAL within the Joomla community as the MINIMUM required to keep Joomla websites protected.

    View this article here

    New Google search options

    More Compact Google Search Options

    Google used to group the options from the search sidebar so you can quickly find the filters related to location, visited pages and the different ways to present search results. All these groups have been merged and Google only kept the group that lets you restrict the results to recent web pages. Google also removed the “related searches” view which showed a list of related searches at the top of the page and allowed you to compare the results for different searches.

    The more interesting options now available include:

    Wonder Wheel

    A kind of mindmap of your search with links that you can follow easily with related information on the right hand side of the search window. Good option for drilling down into information or looking at the search in a different way.

    Google WonderWheel Search Results

    Timeline

    The Timeline search view shows a graph of your search term over time with key dates and events over time. You can see from this view the popularity of the search over a period of time. You can also click into the various date segments and drill down further into the information.

    As you drilldown into each segment – it expands to show a more detailed timeline of the search term. Again you can drilldown even further. Good for finding date related search information.

    Google Timeline Search

    Using the full syntax in the Outlook Search bar

    • outlookIf you use Microsoft Outlook, the Search / Query box at the top is a VERY powerful feature that allows you to search your email and tasks very quickly – IF YOU KNOW THE CORRECT SYNTAX. This link is all about "what is the right syntax for the Microsoft Search within Outlook" :)

      The following table shows examples of searches you might find useful. The search query syntax, available when the Instant Search (Instant Search: A Search feature that provides search results quickly with word highlighting as you type. The Instant Search pane is always available in Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Folder List, and Journal.) feature is enabled, follows this basic form: keyword:your search criteria value.

      Other links that with Outlook search shortcuts:
      http://bit.ly/hzPAI5

      (tags: outlook search email)

    What are the BIG 8 things that lead to SUCCESS

    What are the 8 secret things that lead to success?

    Listen to the TED video (it’s only 3 minutes long) and it will tell you what the 8 things are. If your even more impatient and don’t even want to have a short explanation here’s the list – do it – become successful – not my words, but sounds like good advice!

    1. Persist
    2. Focus
    3. Work
    4. Passion
    5. Serve
    6. Push
    7. Good
    8. Ideas

    Embed Google Docs document within your web page

    One way of showing a formatted document on your web page is to embed a Google Document as an iFrame within your pageThe iFrame would then contain the document you wanted to view, including the ability to scroll the pages and print, etc. this is a good way to show the final document to your viewers in an easy to read format.The document viewer http://docs.google.com/viewer has two parameters:

    1. url: the URL of the document
    2. embedded: if set to TRUE the viewer will use the embedded mode interface

    So, if you wanted to view a PDF or DOC on your web page you would use an IFrame and the document (PDF, DOC, etc.)

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?
          url=http://freesoftware.mit.edu/papers/sturmer.pdf
          &embedded=true

    I have created an example of the above page here

    If, for example you have a document called ‘test.doc’ the various options to view this document would be:

    Paste this link into email or IM:

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=test.doc

    Or, paste this HTML tag into your blog or website for a link to the viewer:
    <a href=”http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=test.doc”>View</a&gt;

    For an embedded viewer, use this HTML tag instead:
    <iframe src=”http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=test.doc&embedded=true&#8221; width=”600″ height=”780″ style=”border: none;”></iframe>

    The benefit of using this method instead of just using the native Google viewer is that the user still has the focus of your web page with all the surrounding information and is not taken off to the google site to view the document. You can use this technique to view all supported Google documents, which would be very useful for such things as presentations and spreadsheets. The ifame is the container to hold the document, in the above example the width and height were set to keep the document within the page of the web page, these are of course not required. There are other attributes for iFrames such as the frameborder and scrolling properties. You could also apply some CSS styling to make the appearance more in keeping with your sites theme. for example:

    You could use the iFrame generator to create all the basic code for you and then just add your Google document to the src attribute. There is a Google Docs Generator that you can enter a url of a document and then generate all the various links automatically.

    Lastly… if you just want to view a PDF or other document online you could go directly to: http://docs.google.com/viewer

    Fiddler debugging and storyboarding templates

    the elearning coach website

    the mix10 conference videos - adv debugging with Fiddler

    fiddler html debugging

    ScreenCasting Video information

    Some of my general notes about producing screencasting videos for YouTube, etc. using CamStudio and other products. There are settings at the bottom that describe the best settings for CamStudio and sending screencasts to YouTube.

    CamStudio

    ScreenCasting and VIDEO Production
    ==========================

    Good forums for discussions
    ———————————–
    http://www.tinkernut.com/forum/video-recording-software/what-screen-recording-software-do-you-use

    Groups
    ———
    http://groups.google.com/group/thescreencastinghandbook

    Editors
    ———
    http://www.bobyte.com/AviTricks/index.asp
    Download: http://www.bobyte.com/AviTricks/GetAviTricks.asp

    WinMorph – WinMorph is a high performance morphing and warping software
    http://www.debugmode.com/winmorph/

    Wink – Video tutorial creator and screen capture software
    http://www.debugmode.com/wink/

    Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
    http://www.fraps.com/

    Windows Movie Maker v2.1
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx

    http://screenr.com/ (up to 5 mins with sound and connection to Twitter)

    I really like Screenr.  If you haven’t tried it out yet, you should give it a whirl.  Here’s what I like best:

    * Screenr is super easy to use and there’s nothing to download. You just click the record button on the website and you’re recording your screen activity and your narration.

    * The image quality is pretty darn good.  You can even watch the screencasts back at HD-quality and they look great.

    * Screenr gives you multiple ways to use your screencasts.  It works with Twitter and the screencasts play as Flash on the web.  You can also upload the screencasts to YouTube.  And you can even download the videos as MP4 files.  They also look nice on the iPhone.  All these options give you a number of ways to reach your learners.

    * My favorite…there’s no branding on the downloaded MP4 files.  Since you can download the videos, you’re free to use them as you wish.  That means you can use it in your elearning courses without looking like one of those MLS soccer players.  Go Sounders!

    * And of course, Screenr is free.  Free is always good.

    TipCam – Record and share your screen in a video, it also has a zoom facility
    http://www.utipu.com/app/

    tipcam

    Jing – record straight from the Web
    http://www.jingproject.com/

    jing screencasting

    ScreenToaster – free online screen recorder
    http://www.screentoaster.com/

    BBFlashBack (and Express) – Record a window, region or full screen. BB FlashBack Express free screen recorder has an easy to use interface that makes it a breeze.
    http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/bbflashbackexpress/home.aspx?cc=true

    http://photobucket.com/ (mixing video)
    http://animoto.com/
    http://jaycut.com/ (create videos)
    http://www.onetruemedia.com/ (photos and videos into awesome slideshows)
    http://editorone.ideum.com/ (timeline based video editor)

    For Ubuntu – RecordMyDesktop
    http://recordmydesktop.sourceforge.net/downloads.php

    Video Captioning
    ———————
    http://captiontube.appspot.com/ (YouTube adding captions free – login with Google user)

    Converters
    ————–
    Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter
    http://www.formatoz.com/

    AviSplit is an application for cutting and rejoining AVI/DivX files
    http://www.bobyte.com/AviSplit/GetAviSplit.asp

    AviScreen is an application for capturing screen activity (ScreenCast) in the form of AVI video or images
    http://www.bobyte.com/AviScreen/InstAviScreenPro.zip

    AUDIO
    ———
    http://remixer.clubcreate.com/v1/scion/launch.html?scion
    http://aviary.com/tools/myna
    http://www.looplabs.com/

    http://www.jamglue.com/

    http://madringtones.org/
    http://www.chirbit.com/
    http://www.soundation.com/

    Publisize
    ———–
    http://showmedo.com/

    VIDEO Intro makers
    ————————-
    Animoto.com – create FREE videos from images and videos
    monstertemplate.com – templates for Flash intros
    Adobe AfterEffects – add effects for your intros
    http://www.videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/features/plug-in_overview/

    Settings
    ———-

    CamStudio settings (http://camstudio.org/)
    ——————————————————
    640 x 360
    856 x 480 = mid resolution
    1080 x 720 (is roughly HD)
    1280 x 720 = high def

    Set watermark…
    Options: hide flashing rectangle during recording

    Autopanning = true (speed about 40 or 200)

    Video options:
    Techsmith capture codec or divx (256 bit rate on config)
    Or can use Camstudio Lossless Codec v1.4 and use LZO compression
    best compression under config
    100 quality
    key frames = 200
    cap frames every 40ms (or 33 and 30fps)
    playback rate = 25 fps

    Or can use:
    Key frames 30 frames
    Capture frame every 50ms
    Playback rate 20 fps

    Audio
    22.05Khz Stereo 16bit
    PCM compression (or LAME MP3 needs to be downloaded)
    22050 Hz 16 bit stereo

    To convert to smaller size use MediaCoder: http://www.mediacoderhq.com/dlfull.htm