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Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

With the holiday, and Wednesday being a Monday schedule, I haven't spent much time in the bcrc this week. In the time that I was here, I helped people with making posters using Scribus.

10 days until May 3rd! This is the home stretch...

Inkscape and Cameras

Someone came in with a camera wanting to upload pictures to the computer for a project. The camera wouldn't upload the pictures initially, so I learned how to upload pictures using a cable.
I also re-familiarized myself with Inkscape because the person was going to use it for their pictures.
The colored printer is still giving me issues. I tried cleaning it with a coffee filter, but I didn't have any luck.
Printer 2 vs. Alyson 0
Happy Wednesday, and 19 days left until May 3rd!

Color Printing

Printing problems seem to be my thing lately. Jobs that are printed using sigelonta come out with light stripes across the images. To fix this, I ran "Eliminate Light Stripes" under troubleshooting and Print Quality Problems, choosing Basic. The test page came out with color stripes that were incomplete and missing. I have been reading on what to do next to fix it...
http://www.support.xerox.com/support/phaser-8560/support/enus.html
More later...

Ideas for the bcrc

Would it be a crazy thought to add plants to the bcrc? I'm thinking that it would be fitting, since it is biology : ) Also, were there fish in the fish tank in the past? I think it would be cool to have fish in the tank, if it is doable. I am getting the hang of the printer queue and how to cancel jobs now.
Another note: When I click on the icon "How to Print" it comes up with an error.

Ideas for Projects and Drupal

So I have a few ideas that could be fun to work on that would really help students.
1.) A "How to" on Excel
-I plan on listing helpful formulas that come in handy
-How to make charts and graphs
-How to add lines/box things in
-Etc

2.) I know Bio312 covers this, but a "How to" on resumes could help students who haven't taken the course with building their resumes

3.) Tips on how to get jobs for the summer or for graduates
-Students could work together and give each other helpful hints on where they have heard of jobs or where they have gotten a job relating to biology
-This could also work with research labs

4.) Would it be a cool idea to start a page where students could talk about what they are learning in their classes and/or research labs? This could help fellow students with their decisions when it comes time to choose classes or if they are looking into working in a lab

5.) Students often have troubles printing, and it can be confusing sometimes, so I put together a list that could help...
1.) Make sure you click on Printer Auth icon on the desktop and sign into
that before you want to print something (using your biology username
and password). After you sign in, you can go ahead and print your desired
scholarly document.
2.) If you see a printer on the side menu bar and it is hopping around with a red
number, go ahead and click on that. If your job reads “On Hold” highlight the
job you want to print and click on the “Resume” button on the top.
3.) If you are asked to enter your name again in a separate box (a gray one) with
Registered User selected, change your full name that was pre-filled to your
biology username and password.
4.) If this doesn’t work, try logging out of PrinterAuth and log back and repeat
steps if necessary.
5.) If that doesn’t work, seek a wonderfully helpful consultant!

I have also been reading about Drupal...pretty cool!
http://drupal.org/about