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teaching computing in Samoa

火, 2008-01-22 11:29

hi everyone
I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa, who will be teaching computers, science, and maybe math at a secondary school in the small village of Savaia. I just wanted to say hello, and see if there are any other peace corps people who use techsoup.

I also wanted to ask if anyone knows of any computer teaching related curriculum specific for teaching overseas…or better yet computer curriculum for teaching in Samoa (either in Samoan or in English). School has not started yet, but from what other volunteers have said, some students have a really hard time with some of the computer concepts. I’m looking for creative ways to explain these concepts (like the concept of computer files).

I’m trying to post adventures to my blog if your interested.

fa soifua (bye, good health),
matt Crichton (Mataio)

How to find that Outlook Email

金, 2008-01-18 09:06
Do you use Outlook for your email? If you're like most people, you probably get tons of mail a day and don't necessarily remember the folder you filed that important email under. TechSoup blog has tips on how to find that email in Outlook.

I'm excited to learn this new trick for managing email in Outlook. Another Outlook search tool that I have used is x1, a free Outlook search tool.

What Outlook management tricks do you use? Share your favorite tips here.


Moving Microsoft Server 2003/Exchange 2003 to a new drive

木, 2007-11-22 00:55
Does anybody have directions/advice on how to copy a drive holding MS Exchange 2003 running on Server 2003 onto a new drive? Would it be as simple as imaging the entire current drive onto the new one ?

What I am dealing with is a single Exchange 2003 server running Microsoft Server 2003. It has two drives, one of which is quickly running out of drive space (this is the system disk holding the OS and program files). I have moved all of the files I can off of this drive to free up room so my only alternative, that I can think of, is to replace the current drive with a new larger one.

The question is can I image the entire current system drive onto the new drive and expect things to run smoothly.


importing QuickBooks nonprofit chart of accounts

火, 2007-11-20 09:20
Does anyone know if I import QB nonprofit chart of accounts into my existing database--will it totally screw up the chart of accounts?
I have QB premiere nonprofit 2006 and have been using chart of account we've created over the years....
Or suggestions as to how to switch?

Turn one computer into many

火, 2007-11-06 06:03
TechSoup's article One Computer, Multiple Operating Systems discusses how virtualization software is allowing organizations to run several operating systems on the same computer -- simultaneously.

Have you used virtualization software? What programs have you tried, and what would you recommend?

Interested in learning more about this technology? Share your questions here.

Project Management Software

金, 2007-11-02 02:37
We are a fairly small nonprofit with a large number for resources (contractors/consultants) on multiple projects. We're investigating purchasing project management software and I've read the thread from a few years back but was wondering if anyone had suggestions or experience they'd like to share pertaining to software they currently use. One important factor is Mac compatibility as we use both PC & Mac in our office.

My co-worker has done some preliminary research and has narrowed it down to the following: MSProject, At Task, Quick Base, VertaBase, AutoTask, and Kick Start.

Thanks for your input,
Ursula Lobacz

Project KickStart

日, 2007-10-21 02:06
After downloading the trial version of MS Project I think it might be overkill.

I downloaded a copy of Project Kickstart which costs alot more then MSProject for non profits and has alot less features.

Does anyone use Project Kickstart and do you think its worth the cost?

Free Grant-seeking tool

木, 2007-10-11 04:59
TechSoup blog points out a new, free grant-seeking tool for nonprofits. NOZA allows organizations to anonymously search over numerous grant records for donations made to US-based nonprofits.

What resources have you used to find grant sources? Let us know here.


Cannot access register page

日, 2007-10-07 03:25
I cannot access the register your organization page. I have tried it with FireFox, IE 7, and Safari 3.0.1. All running on a Windows XP Pro sp2

Error Type:
Unspecified error
/stock/include/setupenv.asp, line 45

Browser Type:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en) AppleWebKit/522.12.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0.1 Safari/522.12.2

GET /stock/secure/searchorg_register.asp

Saturday, October 06, 2007, 11:20:40 AM

# Error Type:
Unspecified error
/stock/include/setupenv.asp, line 45

# Browser Type:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070914 Firefox/

# Page:
GET /stock/ts_intermediate_login.asp

# Time:
Saturday, October 06, 2007, 11:25:21 AM

What Web-based event-registration tools have you tried?

火, 2007-09-25 05:37
Has your organization used a Web-based event-registration tool or service? What type of event did you use it for, and would you recommend it to others?

Meals on Wheels software

土, 2007-09-15 06:02
We are a Area Agency on Aging in VT that is looking for a web-based tool to use to track Meals on Wheels recipients, routes, daily kitchen and route sheets.

How do you know when it's time for a server?

水, 2007-09-12 06:38
What are some of the signs that indicate it may be time to adopt a server at your nonprofit? What factors should you weigh when making that decision?

If you're considering using a server at your organization, TechSoup's article Do I Need a Server? can help you get started on evaluating your needs.

Have additional tips for those making the transition? Share your feedback here.

Web Conferencing programs

水, 2007-09-05 07:23
Sooner or later I think we'll need to get one of these, to cut down on travel costs when teleconferencing won't suffice. Program capabilities are improving and becoming more useful. I'd like to know what programs are out there. One staff member was asked to use Elluminate ( by someone at another non-profit, and that was easy to set up from our end, but I don't know if it's something we might want to purchase ourselves or not. I used WebEx free trial to watch a video on FileMaker, but I don't think we need something like that. Mainly we'd be looking for a way that our staff can make a presentation using PowerPoint and have the other people able to see and hear it on their computers, wherever they are, and be able to ask questions. Can any of you tell me about programs you use, similar types of programs, and about their costs?

Microsoft Word: page border doesn't print

火, 2007-08-28 22:52
I'm trying to put a border on a Word document and when I go to print, I get:
The page borders of section 1 are set outside the printable area of the page. Do you want to continue?

No matter how I finagle the margins (or try the suggestions on Microsoft's site), I can't seem to fix this. So what happens is that (in portrait mode), the bottom half of the border does not print. Any suggestions?
Thank you all.

Ideas for TechSoup Online Events

火, 2007-08-21 02:40
Here at TechSoup we're coming up with some exciting new online community events to take place in the coming months. Some of the events we've held in the past have included digital storytelling, social networking, and disaster planning and recovery.

We'd love to get event ideas from the TechSoup community. Have a suggestion for an online event you'd like to see? Post your ideas here.



Need a help (desk)?

土, 2007-08-18 02:50
Does your organization need an easy way to keep track of all its tech issues? Many nonprofits often have to come up with different ways to patch together a "help desk" to track and manage technical problems. TechSoup Blog points out a free help desk application that can provide a system for tracking IT problems.

How does your organization track "help desk" tech problems? What solutions have you found to be effective?


Pls help with Outlook distribution lists

木, 2007-08-09 05:47
I have one staff member who (all of a sudden) cannot send to her "staff" distribution list on Outlook 2003. We have tried deleting & recreating the list but that has not worked. Please give any suggestions for fixing this issue.

Principles to design by?

木, 2007-08-09 03:15
What design principles should you follow when planning or evaluating projects for your nonprofit? Should you prioritize function over form? Simplicity over complexity?

In the article Five Principles to Design By, Joshua Porter shares his thoughts on what makes a design work. Share your feedback here.

Downloaded vs. Boxed

木, 2007-08-02 00:26
As high-speed Internet connections become more commonplace, software companies are forgoing traditional boxed packages and instead offering their products for download over the Web.

Would you rather download software or purchase boxed packages? Or does it matter? Tell us what your preference is, and why.

Forum Rules/Community Standards

木, 2007-07-19 06:16
Please note our Forum Rules/Community Standards which covers the rules and guidelines for participating in our forums.

We look forward to seeing you in the community!