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Meeting Maker Notes

I don't know much about Meeting Maker because I don't use it. (Synchronizing with Outlook has not been available.) But I'll put some notes here anyway. Don't trust me on this. :-)

Your login for Meeting Maker should be the same as your Duke email login. Your initial password should be your Duke email login, + the first digit of your first and last name, in caps. After logging into Meeting Maker, you can click on "edit" then "preferences" to change your password. (Thanks Jeremy)

An example would be: John Doe, (your id is likely your three initials)
Meeting Maker Login: doe
Meeting Maker Password: doeJD

Software Downloads

Software downloads available from Duke and Fuqua
IBM Patches

The below should not be necessary for new T42 machines (mine was fine).

Attention IBM owners with a DLA version lower than 4.60 or a Record Now version lower than 7...

Many IBM machines use DLA (Drive Letter Access) and Record Now for our CDRW and/or DVD writers. My (new) machine has the correct versions so I do not need the update. But if you have DLA version lower than 4.60 or Record Now version 7, then you should use these updates so the CD/DVD will work well with McAfee Antivirus software. (Patch 1 is for DLA and patch 2 is for Record Now.)


Firewall Programs


A firewall is needed on any public network, including Fuqua, so you will be protected from people trying to "hack" into your computer.

My preferences of firewalls are (in this order):

  1. The one built into Windows XP with Service Pack 2. (See Windows XP built-in Firewall)
  2. ZoneAlarm (listed below)
  3. I might prefer other products before Kerio, but I've not studied them.
  4. Kerio

A Few Details: Computers offer services to other computers (e.g. services to receive network packets, share resources, or receive time signals). Hackers can probe your computer to see what's available and try to gain control. A firewall prevents communication that starts from the outside your computer. If you initiate the communication (from within your computer) then it allows that.

At your home, if you have a router with a hardware firewall activated, you do not need a software firewall to be active in your computer (although it won't hurt). But at Fuqua and on any networks (or any networks without a firewall) I would advise using a software firewall.

Windows XP built-in Firewall It's simple and comes built into Windows XP. Without Service Pack 2, it is irritating at home because on my wireless network, I have to disable it to print. With Service Pack 2, it's much nicer and very simple.
ZoneAlarm Firewall

(See my preferences in the section called A bit about Firewalls for my preferences.)

Zonealarm doesn't have the tremendous number of irritating pop-up windows that Kerio has. You can forget that it's running.


Look for the link "Free Downloads and Trials" then "ZoneAlarm Free Download"

Kerio Firewall

Duke recommends this. I do not because of the very irritating pop-up windows informing you of way too much that's going on, and asking questions that most won't know (and at times I don't know, even though I'm a self-proclaimed geek). See my recommendations.

My problem with this product is that it asks the user questions WAY too much. The questions are often too esoteric for average users, and sometimes too esoteric for me - a self-professed computer geek


Anti-Virus Programs


I won't even bother listing other programs. This works well and will be good for the entire time you are at Fuqua.

The school gives McAfee VirusScan to us free. While your machine may come with another fine package, I recommend switching to this package so you can use it uninterrupted for the two years that you will be here, AND so the support personnel will be more familiar with your setup (helpful if you need their support). Many of the anti-virus packages that come on computers are only good for 6 months to a year. Then you'll likely have to switch to McAfee anyway... why not do it now, to be sure you don't have to switch packages in the middle of a term.

McAfee Antivirus

Needed to detect viruses, worms, etc. that you might receive or download. I would recommend scheduling a scan on one night per week, and leaving your computer running for that night. (For example, schedule the computer to scan your system on Tuesday nights at 3 AM, and leave your machine running that night.)


Spyware and Adware Programs


I recommend using BOTH Ad-Aware and Spybot. They catch different problems.

Spyware and adware are types of software that get on your computer in sneaky ways, like a free program that you download, visits to certain web sites, etc. They can do many types of things. Usually, they are not very destructive DIRECTLY, but can transmit personal information, cause tons of irritating pop-up ads, slow your machine down and consume disk space. So you want a program to scan for this and delete it from your system as early as possible.


Gets rid of spyware and adware on your computer. Use with Spybot for best protection.



Gets rid of spyware and adware on your computer. Use with Ad-Aware for best protection.


Thanks to Susan S. for this note on how to create an auto-run entry for Spybot: The task scheduler is accessible via the Control Panel. Start>Control Panel>Scheduled Tasks>Add Scheduled Task. This will bring up a wizard that will step you through the process. My command line for spybot in the task scheduler looks like this:

"C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /AUTOCHECK /AUTOFIX

Miscellaneous Software I'll list just a few pieces of software available
Meeting Maker

I don't know much about this program, but we are supposed to be able to synchronize our calendars with this online version so we can all see each other's schedule and have the ability to more efficiently schedule a non-conflicting meeting.

Meeting Maker can be downloaded from:

Dreamweaver /

I hear that these are not available for general download. But if you have access to this package and need to do web authoring, I recommend this package. Unfortunately, if you were to buy your own, their pricing over the last two years has been prohibitively expensive (for me anyway).

Web authoring tools. This is a great package that I have used for years. I'm using my personal version of this software as I write. Once the menu and layout are finished, the maintenance is very easy. (Case in point, adding this file was relatively easy.) If you are to do web work, take advantage of this. It will take a little time to orient yourself in this package, but it's worth the effort.



Fuqua Computing Links
Incoming Student Website - very useful initially
FuquaWorld - useful now and during school

Academic Preparation The long URL is in this link
OIT main page
OIT Survival Guide
Duke OIT Computing (resources, etc.)
Fuqua IT Site
Fuqua's Hardware Recommendations The long URL is in this link
Technical Support
Duke OIT Technical Support Page
Duke OIT Help Desk
Duke email (web based emailer)

Duke email Information

Fighting Spam
Storage at Fuqua
Storing Fuqua Data
OIT Site License Software
Duke Software List
Getting Fuqua email addresses (LDAP)
Duke's Security Page
Duke Password Change - General
Duke Password Change - from Fuqua page
Duke Lookup
Fuqua contact info lookup (FuquaWorld)
Duke contact info lookup (Duke's main page)
Dret's Glossary (Terms, Acronyms, etc.)
Tom's Hardware (Tech Info, terms, etc.)
Fourmillab (describes video standards) The long URL is in this link
BusinessWeek on Wireless The long URL is in this link AND Another
Duke Computer Store
Duke Computer Store Advantages Financing and local repair and support.
Pricegrabber (Thanks Peiman)

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