Tag Archives: Computer Use

Give me back my window

Last week we talked about what to do if your computer screen (monitor) switches itself off.

But if that doesn’t work and you have to log an Assyst, how do you access the work that is displaying on the blacked-out screen?

  1. Press Windows/Start key + left arrow key.
  2. Repeat until the window appears on your visible monitor.

If the wrong window appears:

  1. press Windows/Start key + tab key
    – all your open windows will display as a cascade across your screen
  2. tap the tab key repeatedly, while holding down the Windows/Start key
  3. when the window you wish to access is visible in the cascade of windows, click that window with your mouse (while still holding down the Windows/Start key) – this makes that window the active window
  4. now press Windows/Start key + left arrow key
  5. repeat until the window appears on your visible monitor.

Congratulations: you have just done something very tricky.

 

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Computer Screen Blackout Problem?

Do you have trouble with a computer screen (monitor) switching itself off from time to time?

I went through a phase recently where one of my two computer monitors would refuse to wake up from sleep mode, or just apparently switch itself off. One moment I’m working with two monitors, then suddenly one goes black – and I can no longer see what’s on that monitor!

Here’s a solution:
Reach behind the monitor and switch it off. Wait a minute or two, then switch it back on. This usually resolves the problem and saves  you needing to log an ‘Assyst’ ticket with IT.


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RMSS Processes User Guide

Do you use RMSS?

Ever find it a battle? It can be a tricky program to use at times!

RMSS is the Risk Management Safety System used to report Injury, Illness, Discomfort and Pain, Near Miss, Incident, and Serious Harm.

Have a look through this Quickstart guide on the RMSS processes.

RMSS Processes – Quickstart Guide

Next time you can find the notes in the Event Reporting and Investigation drawer in the Health & Safety Toolkit (on the right side of the page).


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In future, you can find the Quickstart guide in the Event Reporting and Investigation ‘drawer’ of the Health & Safety Toolkit. On opening the drawer, you will find the link to the guide on the right hand side of the page.

A Very Handy To-Do List Tool

Do you find typical to-do lists less than satisfactory? You may find that a more visual layout of your to-do list helps.

This device-independent tool called TRELLO* is my personal favourite.

Trello is a free task management app that gives you a visual overview of what you have to do, what you are working on now, and what has been completed. Or it could be what you need to do next, what is in progress, and what is ready for review. Or it could be your shopping list: things you already have, things need to buy, things you have bought. You can apply it to all sorts of things. Use it in whatever ways work for you. I have multiple Trello “Boards” (lists). One for work, one for a particular project, one for things around the house, one for a holiday I am planning, and so on.

The way Trello works is that to-do items are arranged like Post-it notes in multiple columns which in turn are laid out side-by-side. Once you have completed something, you drag it from one column to the next, e.g., from the Work In Progress column to the Done column.

Here are a couple of examples from the Trello site:

You can access the same Trello board on your computer, phone, and tablet. You can also share the Trello board with other people and assign tasks to them.

Find out more about Trello here.

*Trello was developed using the Kanban system, which was developed by Toyota as a system to keep production levels high and maintain flexibility. the Kanban system is often utilised using a whiteboard and Post-it notes.


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Adopting digital technologies in the curriculum

Digital Technologies has just been added to the New Zealand curriculum, and will be taught from primary school level.

In a recent UC Connect public lectureProfessor Tim Bell looked at the purpose of introducing it to such young students, how it related to the rest of the curriculum, and the challenges and successes involved in adopting digital technologies in schools.

If you missed it, you can watch the lecture, here.

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