Saturday, December 10, 2011

Map Penn State AE "Y" Drive on Mac

PSU username & password
Dropdown:  Full Tunnel  *COE Remote Access will not work*
Sign in
(Right of Network Connect)  "Start"
Click "Yes" until network connect opens on your computer

Go (at top) > Connect to Server
(Y-drive) type in "smb://" in the address field, and click Connect. 
(P-drive) type in "smb://$" in the address field, and click connect. 
(U-drive) type in "smb://" in the address field, and click connect. 
(W-drive) type in "smb://" in the address field, and click connect. 

Name:  abc1234
Password:  psu password

Mac Users:  Google & install: CoRD



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Revit <-> Sketchup


Open your 3D view

File menu

Export ... CAD Formats ... dwg

Click on the Options...

Specify under Solids (3d Views Only):


Export as ACIS Solids

(The only advantage I've seen with Exporting Polymesh is when you are exporting/importing complex model geometries and mostly this is used in MAX, Maya or Rhino for vertices editing)

Once you're in Sketchup



Then specify under Files of Type ACAD Files .dwg
Then hit Open.

Alright so the next thing you notice is that when you click on your model it highlights the whole shootin match so click on your model right click and hit explode.

Now you can start painting up your Revit model in Sketchup.


Running a little low on time so to export from Sketchup to Revit, you need to have Sketchup Pro I've found to make it work best but essentially you need to go to:



3d Model

Specify ACAD files .dwg

Then Import the geometry into Revit.

The cool thing about this import is that you can replace the model walls with Revit building components to save you some time.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gmail & Outlook 2007 Sync

To set up your Outlook 2007 client to work with Gmail:
  1. Enable IMAP in Gmail. Don't forget to click Save Changes when you're done.
  2. Open Outlook.
  3. For new setups, select Do not upgrade.
  4. Click Yes.
  5. Enter your display name, email address (including ''), and password. Google Apps users, enter your full email address, e.g. ''
  6. Select the 'Manually configure server settings or additional server types' checkbox.

  7. Select Internet E-mail.
  8. Settings: name, full email address (including '' or '')
    • In the Account Type dropdown menu, select IMAP. In the 'Incoming server name' section, enter: and in the 'Outgoing server name (SMTP)' section, enter:
    • In the 'User Name' field, give your full Gmail address, including '' or ''
    • After creating these settings, clicking Next takes you to the end of the setup.

  9. In the Tools menu, select Options then Mail Setup. Under 'Email Accounts,' click E-mail Accounts.
  10. Select an account, and click Change above the list of accounts. Click More Settings, then the Advancedtab.
    • Incoming server must be 993, and must use SSL3 encryption.
    • Outgoing server can use 587, TLS4 encryption.

  11. Click the Outgoing Server tab. Make sure that 'My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication' is selected. The radio button 'Use same settings as my incoming mail server' should also be selected.

  12. Click OK > Next > Finish > Close > OK.
  13. Check our recommended client settings, and adjust your client's settings as needed.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Notepad for Mac

Change TextEdit to be a plain text editor (like notepad for windows)


    1. Open TextEdit.
    2. Choose Preferences from the TextEdit application menu.
    3. Click the Plain Text radio button for New Document Format.
    4. Under Saving, click the checkbox to turn off "Append '.txt' extension to plain text files."
    5. Under Rich text processing, click the checkbox to turn on "Ignore rich text commands in HTML files."
    6. Be sure the checkbox for "Wrap to Page" is deselected (Figure 1).

Best Notepad++ Mac Alternative = Komodo Edit [simple, color coding, auto-complete]

Mac OS X App not Installing

 the following disk images couldn't be opened
dmg not recognized

file probably not fully downloaded from the internet

Windows in Mac: VirtualBox (free alternative to VMware)


VirtualBox is the best free alternative to VMWare. VirtualBox is a full featured free and open source virtualization software. VirtualBox comes from SUN (now Oracle), so you can expect industry standard commercial features, but still free.  VirtualBox supports almost all popular operating systems, including, Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris.

Mac OSX vs. Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Spotlight / Searchcommand + space barCtrl + F
Folder Shortcutcommand + option THEN dragRight click drag & drop
Backspace (left character)deletebackspace
Delete (right character)fn + deletedelete
Homecommand + UP arrow

fn + LEFT arrow
Endcommand + DOWN arrow

fn + RIGHT arrow
Page Upoption + UP arrowpage up
Page Downoption + DOWN arrowpage down
Hard Drive Desktop ShortcutFinder >Preferencesright click drag & drop
Refreshcommand + RF5
Select List of Files FilesSHIFT click 1st file THEN
SHIFT click the last
1st file
last file
Select Multiple Filescommandctrl

Screen Shot Entire Screen      command + shift + 3            alt + print screen

Screen Clip                             command + shift + 4            windows + s

Get Info/Properties                  command + i                        right click + properties

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Windows Desktop Folder Redirect

Folder Redirection Overview
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Folder Redirection

User settings and user files are typically stored in the local user profile, under the Users folder. The files in local user profiles can be accessed only from the current computer, which makes it difficult for users who use more than one computer to work with their data and synchronize settings between multiple computers. Two technologies exist to address this problem: Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection. Both technologies have their advantages, and they can be used separately or together to create a seamless user experience from one computer to another. They also provide additional options for administrators managing user data.
Folder Redirection lets administrators redirect the path of a folder to a new location. The location can be a folder on the local computer or a directory on a network file share. Users can work with documents on a server as if the documents were based on a local drive. The documents in the folder are available to the user from any computer on the network. Folder Redirection is located under Windows Settings in the console tree when you edit domain-based Group Policy by using the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). The path is [Group Policy Object Name]\User Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Folder Redirection.

Recent changes to Folder Redirection

Folder Redirection now includes the following features:
  • The ability to redirect more folders in the user profile folders than in earlier Windows operating systems. This includes the ContactsDownloadsFavoritesLinksMusicSaved Games,Searches, and Videos folders.
  • The ability to apply settings for redirected folders to Windows® 2000, Windows 2000 Server®, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 computers. You have the option to apply the settings that you configure on Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows® 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista® only to computers that are running those operating systems, or to apply them to computers that are running earlier Windows operating systems also. For these earlier Windows operating systems, you can apply these settings to folders that can be redirected. These are the Application DataDesktopMy DocumentsMy Pictures, and Start Menu folders. This option is available in the Settings tab in the Properties for the folder, underSelect the redirection settings for [FolderName].
  • The option to have the MusicPictures, and Videos folders follow the Documents folder. In Windows operating systems earlier than Windows Vista, these folders were subfolders of theDocuments folder. By configuring this option, you resolve any issues related to naming and folder structure differences between and earlier and more recent Windows operating systems. This option is available in the Target tab in the Properties for the folder, under Settings.
  • The ability to redirect the Start Menu folder to a specific path for all users. In Windows XP, the Start Menu folder could be redirected only to a shared target folder.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CSS Web Design

The padding property can have from one to four values.
  • padding:25px 50px 75px 100px;
    • top padding is 25px
    • right padding is 50px
    • bottom padding is 75px
    • left padding is 100px
  • padding:25px 50px 75px;
    • top padding is 25px
    • right and left paddings are 50px
    • bottom padding is 75px
  • padding:25px 50px;
    • top and bottom paddings are 25px
    • right and left paddings are 50px
  • padding:25px;
    • all four paddings are 25px

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Finding Microsoft Word Temporary Files


Finding and using the temporary and auto save files

The default auto save time for word documents is 10 minutes. You can control this time in Options under the "Save" tab. The auto save files are placed in one of the following two locations, which is where you should look to recover the data.

"C:\ Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\Word".
"C:\ Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temp"
On Windows 7 and Vista, the locations will be

If you are looking for files used by word, then the following file types should be looked for, where "xxxx" is a number.

A word document file will look like ~wrdxxxx.tmp
A temp document file will look like ~wrfxxxx.tmp
An auto recovery file will look like ~wraxxxx.tmp
An auto recovery file that is complete will have the extension of .wbk.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Wireless Router Address

Applications & Gaming-Single Port Forwarding %26 Gaming-Single Port Forwarding

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Share Files: Windows XP, Vista, & 7

Set Up Windows 7 to Share and Connect to Files

Sharing files--click for full-size image.After you select an item to share, just open the Share with menu to put it on the network.Windows 7 lets you share files through a combination of its public folders and manual selection. If you want to share files with everyone on your network, just move them to the public location within any of the Libraries in the left pane of a window.

You can also share files or folders wherever they reside. Select an item to share, and pick the Share with menu at the top of the window. PickHomegroup (Read) to let people on your home network open, but not modify files. Pick Homegroup (Read/Write) to let people open and edit files.

Pick Specific people if you want to restrict access to certain user accounts. If you hadn't earlier, you'll need to create a new login and password for people who can access these files. Go to the User Accounts and Family Safety Control Panel, then pick Add or remove user accounts. Click Manage another account, and pick Create a new account.

Follow the prompts to create a Standard user, pick the account, and click Create a password. Now if you pick Share with: Specific people, click the drop-down arrow, and add the new account to the list.

Next, try connecting to files. If you're on the same HomeGroup as another Windows 7 PC, just open a new window, and look in the Homegroup area on the left. Pick the PC, and browse the shared libraries inside. (Learn more about setting up a HomeGroup here.)

If the other PC isn't connected through a Windows 7 HomeGroup, you can browse through the Network tab a little lower on the left pane to find it.

Set Vista and XP to Share Files and Folders

Sharing folders--click for full-size image.Click the checkbox for "Share this folder on the network" and then type a "Share name" to share a folder.Here's how to prepare Windows XP and Vista to share files and folders with Windows 7. In XP, you can share files on the network by dragging them into the Shared Documents folder. Or, you can activate sharing manually at the file locations.

Right-click the file or folder you want to share, and pick Sharing and Security. Click the checkbox to Share this folder on the network. If you want others to be able to modify--or add--content, click the box to Allow network users to change my files. Click OK. To turn off sharing, open the same menu and unclick the checkbox.

In Windows Vista, you can also copy files to your Public folder to share with anyone on the network. To selectively share items, right-click the file or folder, and pick Share. Pick the user accounts for people who should have access from the drop-down menu, and click Share.

To retrieve files hosted from a Windows 7 system, look in the Network browser within XP or Vista.

Recover Files from Crashed Computer

Remove Hard Drives from Crashed Computer

fit into...
External Drive Enclosure

connect via USB to transfer files to new computer

Friday, May 27, 2011

Show Desktop Icon (Quick Launch)

  1. Start > Run > type notepad > OK
  2. Copy into Notepad:
  3. File > Save As
  4. "ShowDesktop.scf"
  5. Copy Icon to Quick Launch
Windows XP Windows Vista
Windows 7

Chrome Incognito Shortcut/Icon/Link

  1. Right click Icon
  2. Properties
  3. Shortcut Tab
  4. Target:
  5. Add -incognito
  6. (Note: one space between chrome.exe & -incognito)
  7. Apply
  8. OK

Monday, April 18, 2011

Remote Desktop Windows 7 & Vista


  1. Start
  2. Right click "Computer"
  3. Properties (Click Continue if prompted)
  4. Remote Settings
  5. Remote tab
  6. Check "Allow connections running any versions of remote desktop"
  7. Select Users...
  8. Add...
  9. Type your name, Click "Check Names" to the right
  10. OK

  1. Start
  2. Control Panel
  3. Search "Windows Firewall" & Click
  4. Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall
  5. Allowed programs & features
  6. Check "Remote Desktop"
  1. Double click "McAfee Shield icon" in bottom left task pane
  2. Firewall > Settings
  3. Program permissions
  4. Add
  5. C:\WINDOWS\System32\mstsc.exe
  1. Web browser
  2. in address field
  3. Router administrator & password
  4. Applications & Gaming
  5. Application Name: Remote
  6. External Port: 3389
  7. Internal Port: 3389
  8. Protocol: TCP
  9. To IP Address: (sometime this 101 will change in your network)
  10. Check enabled


  • Disabled by default
  • Not included in Windows Starter or Home (only Professional, Business, Ultimate)