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Using Evernote Efficiently

Using Evernote Efficiently
Evernote is one of those “must have” research and personal organizational tools that quickly becomes essential.  Here are several tips to help you use Evernote efficiently, especially if you are new to the product. Organize your Notebooks into Stacks Casual Evernote users start making notebooks and soon discover that there are several related notebooks scattered about their list of all notebooks.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could organize them into a folder?  You can.  Containers that hold a collection of notebooks in Evernote are called “stacks,” and they are super...
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HHMI Holiday Lectures

HHMI Holiday Lectures
Once a year the Howard Hughes Medical Institute presents a series of holiday lectures which are streamed on the web.  Normally the lectures will center on a life science topic, but this year earth sciences will get the focus.  The theme is “Changing Planet” and the four lectures are titled “The Deep History of a Living Planet,” delivered by Andrew Knoll of Harvard University, “Building Scientific Knowledge: The Story of Plate Tectonics,” delivered by Naomi Oreskes of UCSD, “”Earth’s Climate: Back to the Future,” delivered by Daniel Schrag of...
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The Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The Google Nexus 7 Tablet
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is an excellent value at $199 for the 8GB model ($249 for the 16GB) with an impressive feature set that feels smooth to use, thanks to Android Jellybean 4.1 with Project Butter, long batter life (over 9 hours of robust use) and tight integration with Google apps and services. The Physical Device The device feels good with a dimpled, rubberized back, aluminum banding around the edges, and a gloss black plastic bezel around the 7-inch screen.  It has a power button and a volume rocker on its right edge, and a micro-USB port and headset jack on the bottom.  It is easy to hold in...
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SnagIt 11.1

Techsmith announced today the release of SnagIt version 11.1, free to owners of version 11, meaning everyone who has the Palomar College licensed version of SnagIt.  Chief among the new features is the ability to capture system sound when capturing video.  Unbelievably they released version 11 without this ability built-in, and I suspect it was the most commented on oversight ever with a TechSmith product, unless it be the unaccountable dissimilarities between the Mac and PC versions of Camtasia.  Especially in view of the fact the Jing, TechSmith’s free video capture tool, is being deprecated...
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Academic Technology Services

Academic Technology Services
We are excited to be starting another semester at Palomar College.  This article will briefly outline some of the major services performed by the Academic Technology department—known as the Academic Technology Resource Center (atrc).  We are physically located on the ground floor of the library building on the San Marcos campus, but most of our work, except for the physical computer labs and in-person training, is virtual. Blackboard First, we maintain the Blackboard system used for online and technology enhanced education.  Actually, it is systems, not system.  In addition to our production...
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