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, email@example.com (your id is likely
your three initials)
Meeting Maker Login: doe
Meeting Maker Password: doeJD
Software downloads available
from Duke and Fuqua
The below should not be necessary for new T42 machines (mine
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.)
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):
- The one built into Windows XP with Service Pack 2. (See
Windows XP built-in Firewall)
- ZoneAlarm (listed below)
- I might prefer other products before Kerio, but I've not
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.
(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"
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 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
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.
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
Spyware and Adware Programs
I recommend using BOTH Ad-Aware and Spybot. They catch different
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"
||I'll list just a few pieces of software available
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: it.fuqua.duke.edu/index_day.html
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.