Archive for January, 2013

How to check for “lost trust” issues on LRC PCs before classes

  1. We experience computers that fail allowing students to log in, thus disrupting face-to-face classes in the LRC.
    1. We have found no diagnostic tool working, other than attempting to log into the machine.
    2. Current workaround is manually removing and adding them back to the domain, when students experience login issues – which is time consuming, certainly too time-consuming during classes.
  2. Suggested workaround Checklist, to be run before any class in the LRC (check calendar):
    1. Student staff
      1. logs in on each individual computer and notes failures (
      2. this could be accelerated by using mstsc, especially with remote desktop connection manager and lrc.rdg) on the reception desk computers
      3. do we have automated (scriptable) login options?
    2. Coordinator
      1. from Deepfreeze-console, unfreezes computers in question
      2. from Symantec Ghost Console image
        1. puts computers in question into domain-issues folder
        2. runs tasks against this folder
          1. “remove from domain”
          2. “add to Domain&AD”
      3. from Deepfreeze-console, freezes computers in question

Copy/paste meetings with resource mailboxes in Outlook on MS-Exchange 2010?

For schedules too complex to be managed in the repeating dialogue, why can I, in Outlook calendar,  copy/paste meeting requests that include rooms into a new time slot, but while the new meeting appears immediately in my calendar, no update gets sent to the room unless I open the new meeting and click the button: “send” manually:


How you can fix student homework “file save errors” on Sanako Study 1200 and Windows XP

  1. Background: We recently got our Sanako network share permissions set up to vendor specifications, and the privileges tightened up appropriately. Fortunately, in the process of this, I was warned to make sure Windows XP has the registry key set: MoveSecurityAttributes, as otherwise XP does not update the permissions when moving files between folders:
  2. Symptom: Here is how this seems to have played out with Sanako ”homework” files (which get sent from the teacher to the student for writing and submitted back), specifically with files that I had:
    1. uploaded from my office PC (XP without the MoveSecurityAttributes key)  to the Sanako teacher share
    2. tried to deploy as homework from the Sanako Study 1200 teacher  station (also XP without the MoveSecurityAttributes key), resulting in a “file save” error:before-MoveSecurityAttributes-on-teacher
    3. Additional context:
      1. sending files to students failed, but not to teachers;
      2. student had not run out of file space on the network share;
      3. students did not lack permissions to the Sanako network share in general;
      4. we did not run into issues with Sanako exam audio recordings which are sent from the student PCs to the network share.
    4. Resolution:
      1. adding HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MoveSecurityAttributes, DWORD ,1, to the computer the files originates from:
        1. first the office pc: this did not fix the issue.
        2. then the teacher PC: this seems to have fixed the issue:after-MoveSecurityAttributes-on-teacher
        3. Here is hoping that this can fix your “file save”error also.
  3. Update: Also consult Raymond Chen’s "Wait, so does moving a file recalculate inherited permissions or doesn’t it?", and the hearty discussion that ensued. 

Protected: Block common translator, webmail and/or social web sites during LRC class by loading a RUL file in Sanako Study 1200

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Looking forward to the Digital Humanities Unconference at UNC Charlotte

  1. Why I come to THATCamp Piedmont:
    1. I am looking for practitioners of NLP in a language and literature teaching context since I am working on Using NLP tools to automate production and correction of interactive learning material  (presented at Calico 2012)
    2. for the Learning Exercise Creation Engines (presented at EUROCALL 2007) I developed.
  2. A little about myself:
    1. My Ph.D. thesis expanded the close reading of textual variants in the German editorial schools of Hans Zäch and the use of the computer-generated textual concordances in the interpretation and selection of textual variants into a corpus linguistic-inspired approach, that traced Leitmotifs in the work  (partially first digitized by myself) of the foremost Swiss-German classic as a digital corpus using Regular Expressions programming.
    2. I have since applied my corpus linguistic approach to
      1. the use of machine translation software
      2. the automation of learning material creation  (glossing, question generation, differentiation) on the basis of natural language processing of textual  (film subtitles, news) corpora.

How to set text-to-speech to a different language on LRC Windows XP computers


Example for Portuguese – choose your own language instead.

Sanako homework files do not save

2013/01/29 2 comments

Permissions, and on your h drive? File space ? I can save, but students not only not ppts.

Code documentation for a job ticket assignment and reporting application

  1. JobAssignments allows for managing job tickets with easy tagging and filtering of task assignments, and for aggregate analysis and reporting. 
  2. Originally developed only for simple tag aggregation reports (watch a demo), JobAssignments  can now also analyze the tag graph: jobassignments_tags_keyneighbours
  3. Click the table of contents on the right to browse the VBA documentation built with Aivosto.
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