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Dropbox and Office 2013

Are you using Dropbox and Office 2013 on your PC at home or school? If you are, then below is a small batch file to help Office 2013 programs to save straight into you Dropbox folder and get sync’d to the cloud(you will need the Dropbox desktop client installed). Download this batch file,  right click on it and run as Administrator. Follow the simple directions on screen.

Once the setup has completed, start a blank page in Word or Excel file, go to Save As and choose Add a Location. You will see an icon for Dropbox, choose it and you’re done. You can now save a document to the cloud and access it from any device. This is a great time saver going to and from my school. Remember as far as I can see Dropbox is the only cloud storage service which has a client with the ability to set the Proxies manually.

Unfortunately if you are using anything other than Windows 8.1 behind Proxies (like the NSW Dept of Ed.) then using the Microsoft cloud option Onedrive (formerly Skydrive) is not going to work. It will work through a browser but NOT directly through the Word or Excel application.

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EOFY desktop cleanup! Bus checklist!

One of the things I get called upon to do regularly is redesign forms/ logos/ letterheads etc. for the school I work at. Well a few months ago our school received a shiny new bus and I was asked to redesign the Inspection Paperwork. We needed to make it simple and effective… well to keep our new Fuso Rosa 24 seat bus like new. Now I’m making the assumption that because this is the bus we got, then other schools will probably get the same. I’m a huge fan of sharing, that’s why I thought it would be useful to share this document for other schools to use and change for their needs.

The bus vector drawing turned out pretty accurate, it’s a Fuso Rosa 24 seat bus. I originally found a similar bus online which I live traced in Illustrator. Then I went to the bus shelter took some photos with my phone and draw around the extra bits, doors, windows, bull bars, tow bar, mirrors and other little details all by hand using good old pen tool in Illustrator. After placing all the parts together and using some artistic license, wallah! A bus which, if I do say so myself, looks remarkably like our bus. I even made the sign on the door mirrored.

I’ve removed our schools crest. And now here’s a generic bus Pre/Post Inspection Checklist. I hope it floats around the Internet and ends up useful to some, especially other NSW DEC schools.

School Bus Checklist

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Veneers and Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)

Two excellent resources I found on Youtube recently that show the manufacture of several timber products. Although a little long in the tooth they make excellent resources for student and teachers covering Industrial Technology and Design and Technology.

How Timber Veneers are Made.

How Medium Density Fibreboard is Made.