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Generating Boilerplate Content within Word

Generating Boilerplate Content within Word
Perhaps you’ve been in this situation: Need to work on the formatting of a document, but the author hasn’t provided the text yet. What you really need is some sample text in your Word document, but you don’t want to go out and find some text online, possibly for fear of getting interested in some new topic. (Or is that just me?) Microsoft Word actually has a function just for this purpose. Actually, I lie, it has two functions just for this purpose. To see this in action, fire up Word, open up a new document and type (without the quote marks, of course) “=lorem(5,8)” and...
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New Faculty Technology-related Cheat Sheet

New Faculty Technology-related Cheat Sheet
One frustration for new faculty here at Palomar is simply remembering which systems are supported by which departments, and where the various resources are. (Honestly, that’s pretty frustrating for ME still, as I approach two decades at Palomar.) So here’s a short cheat sheet to answer the question “who you gonna’ call?” Hint: the answer, sadly, is not “Ghostbusters.” Palomar E-mail will take you to a webmail interface for Palomar’s Exchange email system. Also, knowing we use Exchange may help you in configuring a mobile device to check your Palomar...
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World War II on the iPad

World War II on the iPad
A search on World War II (world war ii, world war 2, ww2, etc.) at the app store will yield scores of apps over several app categories, only two of which, in my opinion, are worthwhile. First the categories:  By far the category leader is games.  You will find game titles like “World Conqueror,” “Little Commander,” “Fighter Pilot Killer Air Combat,” “World War 2 Assault,” “Commando Global Assassin,” and on and on.  Stop wasting time and money on this nonsense.  Sit down with your kids and explain why war, and especially this cataclysmic war...
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Beethoven 9

Beethoven 9
Touch Press is the most innovative, creative, even transformational publisher of iPad apps in the sciences and humanities today.  They have collaborated with Deutsche Grammophon to bring us, at only $13.99, a splendid treatment of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, featuring in-full four classic recordings of the work: 1958 Berlin Philharmoniker conducted by Ferenc Fricsay, 1962 Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by the great Herbert Von Karajan, 1979 Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Leonard Bernstein (including a filmed performance), and 1992 Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique on period...
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Have iPad, Will Travel

Have iPad, Will Travel
I’ve just got back into the office today, after taking a nearly five week vacation. (Yes, I really can accumulate a LOT of vacation time.) I lumped in a good deal of time staying around home, taking care of yardwork and such, and spending quality family time too. However, I also took a thirteen day road trip out to Saint Louis alone, and that made for an interesting experience that I wished to share. Preparing for my trip, I made what is for me a momentous decision: I would not bring a laptop with me on my travels. I’ve lugged laptops with me on flights before, so deciding against bringing...
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