Archive for December, 2009

Tiny URL

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

OK – so what is a tiny URL, and why would I ever have a need to have one?  Well – have you ever been on a website that you thought it was interesting enough to share with others?  So you right click to copy the link – when you paste it into an email or a document, you realize it wraps so long the hyperlink either breaks, or it doesn't copy and paste correctly into a document.

In comes Tiny URL.  Tiny URL makes a small, 26 character web address out of a long one.

Simply go to – you will see a space to copy and paste your long URL into:


After you paste the URL into the "Enter a long URL to make tiny" field, press the "Make TinyURL!" button.


Your new URL is listed – you can cut and paste this new, short, URL into the location you wish (email, document, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and it will open the intended website.

Want a handout?  tinyurlpdf.pdf

University of Richmond VPN Software for WINDOWS

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Ever find yourself at home and wishing you could get to your Netfiles directory on your home computer?  Well, you can!  All University computer have our VPN (Virtual Private Network) software loaded onto them – our students have all been given instructions on how to load the software on their primary laptops.  There is no limit to the number of computers you can load the software onto – here’s what you need to do to use VPN on another computer:

1.  Go to (note the “s” in both the https: and wwws – they’re necessary)

2.  Log in with your University NetID and password

3.  Install the PROFILE portion of the software first – install in the default location

4.  Install the CLIENT portion of the software next – unzip the software into a folder called c:\cisco – follow the prompts on the screen to finish the installation process.  Restart your computer.

Once the University’s VPN software has been successfully installed, you can:

1.  Get to your Netfiles:

a.  Click Start, choose run if using Windows XP, otherwise just type \\netfiles\users\x\xxxxx (x=the first letter of your NetID; xxxxx = your NetID

b.  You will see a box pop up to enter your credentials.  In the User field, type richmond\xxxxx (xxxxx=your NetID).  In the Password field, type your University password.

2.  Get to Library materials that are restricted for University-only use (example:  HeinOnline).

3.  Print to network printers.

Would you like a handout?  Click here:  vpnforwindows.pdf

Need to share large files with a large number of folks? Drop Box is for you!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Drop box is a free* web service where you can back up files, share files with others, and as long as you have an internet connection, save files to this location.

And it is simple simon to use.

And you can download the software to multiple computers and log in with the account you created.

How much easier can it get?

To get started, first visit Drop Box’s website to download the software:

1.  Download the software by following the links. Drop Box works on Windows, Macs, and Linux systems.

2.  Create an account – give yourself a password.  When you log in for now on, you will use the email you provided as a user name and the password you just created.

3.  And that is about it.  For Windows users, a drop box icon will appear on your desktop; for Mac users, you will be asked where you would like your drop box icon to live.

So how do you share files with others?

1.  Double-click on the private folder.

2.  Right click on the file you would like to share.

3.  Choose Drop Box.

4.  Click “Copy Public Link.”

You’ve now just created a hyperlink to the file (even though you can’t see the link until you paste it somewhere).  Within an email message or another document, right-click and choose paste – you have just pasted a direct link to that file (try it here:

This works very similar to our current Nefiles sytem, except you have the opportunity to share files with folks who do not have Richmond accounts – maybe you are in a dual-degree program and want to share files with colleagues at VCU;  perhaps you’re working with Professors across law schools.  This is a quick and easy way to share files.

If you’re working on multiple computers, this is also an easy way to work on files across platforms.

And lets not forget about a nice place just to back up your My Documents folder!

*Drop Box provides 2GB of space for free – you can have a lot more; it will just cost you a bit.