Thursday, August 25, 2011

Running Windows on a MacBook

There are two options for running Windows on your MacBook

  • OPTION 1. BootCamp - This option sets up Windows and MacOS side-by-side. At any given time, only one of the two operating systems is running. You must shutdown current operating system and restart, in order to switch to the other operating system. Since BootCamp is a part of Snow Leopard, there is no additional cost (other than for a legitimate copy of Windows). Here is a YouTube video that outlines the setup procedure.
Basic steps for installing Windows in Boot Camp are:
  1. Use Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows Partition. If you encounter an error that you cannot create a partition, then you have two options:
    • Backup your computer and reinstall MacOS X
    • Use the Virtual Machine Option below.
  2. If you were successful at creating the partition, then insert the Windows installation media and complete the installation steps. NOTE: You will have to hold down the option key to boot from the Windows partition.
  3. Once Windows has been installed, you will need to install Boot Camp tools for Windows from the Snow Leopard disk.
  4. From the Boot Camp setup in Windows, set the default operating system to be Mac OS.
  5. Download and install Symantec Antivirus
  6. Download and install Office 2010

  • OPTION 2. Virtual Machine - This option runs Windows inside MacOS, so you don't have to reboot. Both operating systems can run at the same time. This option does have additional cost as it requires a copy of either VMWare Fusion or Parallels. Please make sure you get the educational pricing as mentioned below. At the time of this post, each product has the same price, you can choose either one. My personal experience is with VMWare Fusion, however, Parallels should run just as well.

- Parallels:
Here is a YouTube video to help with Parallels

Once you have successfully installed Windows, please make sure that you download and install the following software from IUWare:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How to Succeed

In the Tuesday night section of K201, the students paired up and discussed ideas to compile a list of things that result in academic failure and another list for things that are needed for success. One key observation is that even though this was discussed prior to the chapters, "being Proactive" was one of the first first suggestions for success. Chapter 15 categorizes computer users in four categories, and it also mentions that being proactive is the key to success.

In case the picture on the left isn't clear, I have added these lists below:

SUCCESS: Proactive, Organized, Focused, Studying hard (6-12 hours per week), Prayer/faith, Taking Initiative, Prioritizing, Making an Effort, Participating, Self-motivation, Being Prepared

FAILURE: Laziness, Not prioritizing, Not doing the Work, Not Attending, Not Focusing, Giving up, Procrastination, Not taking advantage of opportunities, Being Distracted, Being Late, Not Applying oneself, Goofing off in Class.

It is good to see that students today know the formula for success, and I challenge each and every one of the readers of this post to make extra effort this semester to follow the ideas mentioned for success.

Best Wishes

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Excel Ribbons

Here is an image that shows the eight commonly used Ribbon tabs in Excel 2007.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How to access the K201 Office 2007 Podcasts in iTunes U

Here is a short video clip that shows you how to access the K201 Office 2007 Podcasts in iTunes U.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Reading blogs/news on iOS/Android devices

Pulse, from Alphonso Labs, is an iOS (and Android) app that ... (well, let me just take a few words from the description in the app store) ... turns your RSS feeds into "a colorful and interactive mosaic", presents a "clean and elegant view" of the posts, lets you "share your stories via facebook, twitter, email or instapaper."

In the picture on the left, each row is a separate blog and you can see that I have added my Course blog (K201 Blog) near the bottom of the list. The main idea of RSS is to bring the content to you, as it is made available. So, you could say that Pulse is the inbox for all your blogs, news feeds, and more.

Once you install Pulse, you can add feeds you want to read simply by clicking on the "+" and choosing from featured content, categorized content, your Google reader content, or any other feed you want to read. Most blogs, News sites provide one or more RSS feeds, identifiable by the famous orange icon . To add your favorite feed to Pulse, use "Search for Sources" option once you tap the "+" button.

In order to do this, first copy the feed link to the clipboard. For example, you can right-click the RSS button/link in the browser and choose the copy option. Next, go to pulse, click "+" to add a feed, then click the "Search" button near the bottom and paste the link in the search box. This will bring up one or more search results with the "+" (add) option next to each entry. If multiple results are displayed, you should be able to identify the one you need to add. If you guess wrong, you can always delete and repeat the process to choose a different one.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Are you Following K201 on Twitter?

If you aren't following K201 on Twitter, it is highly recommended. You can do this in one of many ways. Using the browser, you can visit However, to experience the "in-touch via mobile" nature of twitter, you can use a twitter client for your mobile device and choose to receive updates on your iPhone, iPod, or other such device. There are many websites that provide help on finding the right client for your device.

Many businesses are using Social Networking tools like twitter, facebook, blogs, wikis, etc. to establish a long-term and trusted relationship with clients. By using these tools for K201, you have an opportunity to learn more about "The Computer in Business."