Sunday, September 30, 2007

Transfer Events @ PCCC: Fall 2007

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college, PCCC invites many local Colleges and Universities to come on campus and meet with you. Caldwell College, Felician College, Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, NJIT, St. Peter's College, and William Paterson University will all be on campus at some point this semester.

Link to school visit calendar

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Chinese game bans men playing female characters

The world of online gaming is always interesting to me. I used to use online games in a text-based format many years ago (MUDs). There were a lot of people who would role-play very well. For example, a friend of mine named Nelson had a character who was evil, and even though he and I were friends, his character was a jerk to my character.

There were also people who would create a female character even if they were a male in real life, mainly for the purpose of playing a character.

A Chinese gaming company that runs a very large online game has banned men playing female characters. In fact, in order to create a female character, you are now expected to provide verification through a Webcam. This seems like something that won't last for long, but it's an interesting step for a company to take.

Link to article

Friday, September 28, 2007

Get rid of telemarketers...from the archives

I posted this last year, but it came up again today in class. The US Government set up a Web site where you can enter your phone number, and telemarketers (those people who call and annoy you with sales calls) are supposed to not call you.

Does it work? It has drastically decreased the number of unwanted calls I get.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

View Office 2007 files in earlier versions of Office

Typically, most software is backwards compatible - for example, Office 2003 would open files created in older versions of Office. However, most software is not forward compatible - for example, Office 2003 will not open Office 2007 format.

Microsoft has created a free compatibility pack that allows older versions of Office (2000, XP, or 2003) to open files created in Office 2007.

I find that students are starting to submit some files in this format, so I've installed this on all the machines I use.

Link to Microsoft's download for the Compatibility Pack

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Man Dies After 3 Day Gaming Session

A Chinese man apparently died after playing games for three straight days. I am constantly amazed that stories like this still exist, but here it is, from yesterday (9/17):

Link to Reuters article

Thursday, September 13, 2007

USB Drive for $9 - in Paterson

Microcenter (a nationwide chain of stores) recently opened up a store on Route 20 in Paterson. They've had some nice deals, and I think one of the best that they have been advertising is a 2 GB USB drive for the price of $9. A year ago, these were $50 or more! For school purposes, a 2 GB USB drive should last you forever - it would hold approximately 40,000 (yes, forty thousand) average sized term papers.

Definitely worth the ride over, it's right next to the new Lowe's. Here is a link to their Web site, where you can get driving directions:
Microcenter's Paterson location

Monday, September 10, 2007

Fall Schedule

I was setting up my calendar and went looking for the "Important Fall 2007 dates". If you're interested in when you can change your schedule, when classes are closed for Thanksgiving, when the last day of the semester is, etc - check out this Web site:

Check out the PCCC Fall calendar here

Friday, September 07, 2007

Microsoft Word Shortcuts...From the Archives

I posted this link last year to a Web site I found that has literally hundreds of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word.

From the Archives posts

I am realizing that as time goes on, people are not going to read the entire archives and will miss some of the interesting things in the archives. At the suggestion of one of my students, I will do a "From the Archives" feature, where I redirect you to an older post once in a while that is still interesting.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Ride free on NJ Transit

One a semester, NJ Transit sets up a "Ride for Free" week for college students - obviously, they are hoping to give you the chance to try out commuting.

Personally, I take the train in a few days a week, and it saves me the stress of driving (especially in bad weather) and also parking. I'll certainly be taking the train in tomorrow to avoid the typical "first day of the semester" traffic and parking jams!

If you register on the Web site below, you will have access to ride NJ Transit as often as you like for free from September 17 - 23 this year. Do you want to go in to the city? Take a bus to Atlantic City? Anywhere they go, you can go for free if you register on their Web site, and show the conductors your college ID and a form that you will print out after registering.

Register here

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Phishing Challenge

Phishing - those annoying emails claiming to be from your bank asking you to click here to verify your account.

Paypal (an online money transfer service - kind of like a bank) has a free "Phishing Challenge".

Are you someone that can be fooled? Try the challenge here: