Archive for August, 2014

How to use Remote Desktop Connection Manager for computer lab access instead of having to manage faculty computers

  1. We have conflicting needs for a language technology software environment: diversity, simplicity, quality, manageability. We use of software configuration management tools like TEM. However, we are sitting between an extremely diverse user base (supporting 17 languages) in our unit and a central IT support with a diverse base of units to support.
  2. Enter MSTSC, facilitated by Remote Desktop Connection Manager: image. If your LRC allows for MSTSC access, consider providing faculty access to a LRC computers via Remote Desktop.
  3. this is for us a great time saver, compared with maintaining subsets of software on subsets of faculty computers that are as similar to the configuration of the subset software on LRC computers as possible,
  4. while for faculty at the same time a realistic test bed what it will be like to operate LRC computers  during class.
  5. We provide access to a subset (which is easily set and edited in the RDG file loaded into Remote Desktop Connection Manager, which is stored on a shared network drive so that we can update the connection files without disruption of faculty access should  there be network changes) since we teach faculty  not to log out currently logged in users when they try to connect, but rather choose another computer from the subset that is free to not. We exclude computers   used in classes where we frequently have high-stakes exams. We also have high-stakes assignments (using Respondus Lockdown browser)
  6. we put a shortcut to the Remote Desktop Connection Manager on the start menu or desktop.
  7. Our computer numbering scheme is simple enough for faculty to navigate – besides, since we connect only to the uniform LRC PC environment, it does not matter. image

How to add US International keyboard layout in Windows 8

2014/08/22 2 comments

How things have changed in Windows 8:


However, if you remember Windows 3.1, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

How to open multiple windows in OneNote 2013 on Windows 8 (desktop)

CTRL-M still works… Reason I am jotting this down: On Windows 7, I used to open multiple windows by going through the OneNote program icon in the Start bar. But on Windows 8. the OneNote tile from “Tile world” just goes back to the last OneNote window. (As always: Live and learn.)

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Solved: Cannot remote desktop into 2nd Microsoft account on Windows 8

  1. MSTSC’ing from the remote computer simply fails with a non-descriptive error message.
  2. However, if you get as far as the remote computer login screen, you get a valuable hint: Your 2nd Microsoft account has not been added to the Remote Desktop Users Group (presumably this happens by default when you create your first Microsoft account). 20130326_222112
  3. To fix this, log in as admin on your Windows 8 machine (either locally or remotely with  an account which is in the Remote Desktop Users Group), windows key+f, “users”, click on “settings”, and  use the direct shortcut to “remote desktop users group” to add the user in question (with the Microsoft account email) to the permitted users group.
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  4. Adding what I believed was the local account equivalent  of the 2nd Microsoft account via desktop / windows-ley x/ “computer management” / “users and groups” to the “remote desktop users group” did not work.
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How to remote desktop from a vertical dual-monitor config on MS-Vista (and up) to MS-Vista (and up)

Just let mstsc figure it out: mstsc /span /v:<servername>

Trying to feed the resolution /v and /h commandline parameters did fail.

The new span dual monitor support in the MS-Vista  MSTSC does not only support horizontal monitor configurations (mine are 2*w:1050*H:1680), seems a tad slow, though).

Bad audio quality in Moodle Kaltura recordings on iMacs under ambient sound conditions. A running log (closed)

  1. Symptom: See title.
  2. Cause: While speakers of the 3.5 mm headset take over from the iMac speakers, when plugged in, the 3.5 mm headset micro does not disable the webcam micro. The webcam micro remains the recording source for Moodle Kaltura (mac os x.6, safari 6, flash 10).
  3. Possible solutions:
      1. 1st choice: is there a way for the admin to override this permanently?
      2. 2nd choice: is there a way for the end user to override this on a case-by-case basis?
      3. "The Califone 3066AV is compatible with both Windows and Mac audio outputs (but is not compatible with iMacs)." ("The Wow starts now!").. Do we have to tie up our boom and lavalier microphones for this?
      4. Try the flash settings by right clicking in the video window, selecting the microphone icon, then choosing the external (= non-webcam) microphone for input.
      5. kaltura flash microphone settings0kaltura flash microphone settings
      6. Fail. The real culprit is the iMacs line-in audio-in for which you need a preamp to get it to work with analog microphones. Preamps seem to start at $40, but for that I can get a PC webcam (Microphone included). 

How to get dkRandomdata to run on 64-bit Excel

  1. Dick Kusleika made this very useful random data generator for Excel (more random data sources I plan to list here).
  2. To get this to run on 64-bit Excel 2013, I need to make a few quick changes in the source (which will break on 32-bit Excel):
    1. First, the usual “must be updated for use on 64-bit systems”: , fixed by this (but note the 1st line):
      Private mlParentPtr As LongPtr 'trp:Long 


      #If VBA7 Then 


      Private Declare PtrSafe Sub CopyMemory Lib "kernel32" Alias "RtlMoveMemory" _ 
      	(dest As Any, Source As Any, ByVal bytes As Long) 




      Private Declare Sub CopyMemory Lib "kernel32" Alias "RtlMoveMemory" _
      (dest As Any, Source As Any, ByVal bytes As Long) 


      #End If 
    2. Then, to fix the various “Type mismatch” errors , e.g. at , change Lomg into PtrLong: in these locations:
      1. above: Private mlParentPtr As LongPtr 'trp:Long 
      2. Private Function ObjFromPtr(ByVal pObj As LongPtr) As Object 
        'trp Private Function ObjFromPtr(ByVal pObj As Long) As Object 
  3. Then I am finally getting to the xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument error on Windows 8.1, but that has been solved in the comments here earlier this year (also for Windows 8.1, but apparently with Excel 32-bit): I changed MSXML2.DOMDocument to MSXML2.DOMDocument60 where I could:
    1. Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument60 'trp: Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument 
    2. WriteToFile: 
      1. Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument60 
        'here it is already fixed? Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument6 
      2. Dim xmlStyle As MSXML2.DOMDocument60 
      3. Dim xmlOutput As MSXML2.DOMDocument60 

    3. LoadFromFile(): Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument60 
      'trp: Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument 
    4. testxml() (looks like the XML issue has been worked on since the comments): 
      1. Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument60 
        	'trp: Dim xmlDoc As MSXML2.DOMDocument 
      2. Set xmlDoc = New MSXML2.DOMDocument60 
        	'trp: New MSXML2.DOMDocument 

    5. test_writetofile(): 
      1. Set xmlDoc = New MSXML2.DOMDocument60 
        'here it is already fixed, and here 
      2. Set xmlStyle = New MSXML2.DOMDocument60 
      3. Set xmlOutput = New MSXML2.DOMDocument60 

  4. Finally, if you have trouble getting the add-in buttons to show in Excel 2013 ribbon, close all workbooks, and you may (but I did not) have to restart Excel (KB2761240):
    1. image
    2. Viola. And I sure like me some Seinfeld references in my sample data…. Smiley 

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