August 25, 2011, 8:30 am
We’ve written before about options for receiving papers electronically outside either e-mail or a campus-based learning management system. (For example, earlier this month I wrote about GoFileDrop, which lets you receive files of any type into your Google Docs account. Also see Send to Dropbox or Dropbox Forms.)
The advantages of such a system are, basically, that it gets files out of your e-mail and directly into a location where you can start to work with them, that it eliminates uncertainty around e-mail receipt, and that it doesn’t get you locked into the LMS. Handy!
A recent entry into the file-receipt market is FileStork (Via LifeHacker). FileStork makes it incredibly simple for Dropbox users to request files from people on either a one-time or more open-ended basis. (This is probably a little easier and safer than sharing a folder with an entire class.) Here’s how it works…
July 5, 2011, 11:00 am
I’ve spent a lot of time making my physical desk fit my work. I flip through new office supply catalogs with anticipation. That doesn’t mean my office isn’t a mess at the end of the semester, but I usually have a number of tools to get it in order. On the other hand, my Windows desktop is–well, out of control. Whenever I’m in a hurry, I fall into the habit of saving almost all files to my desktop for quick uploading or email. This week, I set out to excavate it out from under a mass of rarely-used icons and half-remembered files and found myself faced with the ongoing challenges of virtual organization. Here are a few steps that helped me along the way.
- Treat your desktop like your closet. The finite nature of physical space makes it easier to let things go. When cleaning out a closet, for instance, the standards are easy: does something fit? Do you need it? Will you ever use it…
April 7, 2011, 11:00 am
This past week, I was preparing some images to upload to my Omeka archive. The images had been scanned by a special collections librarian, who had named each of the files by number. I wanted more descriptive file names. Each image was a page from a single book, and I wanted to rename the files to reflect the book’s author, title, publication year, and page numbers. With more than 100 individual page files, however, I did not want to select and rename each one.
Enter Name Mangler, a batch renaming tool for OS X (for alternative batch naming tools, including several for Windows or Linux, see alternativeTo’s entry on Name Mangler). Name Mangler allows you to perform a range of specific changes to sets of file names:
- Find and replace. This command will find a particular set of characters in your chosen files and replace them with characters you’ve chosen. If you need to correct a typo…