Welcome! I am Jason Nguyen, a graduate student in ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, and this blog is where I make observations about music, culture, and academic life.

“You can text in class…if it’s going to ME!” – Student Texts –> Google Spreadsheet. (Semi-)LIVE in the Classroom!



So in C122 Interpersonal Communication this week, I wanted everyone to submit a greeting of some sort to me, and then we could look at the student responses in aggregate. Basically, this is what I wanted to happen:

Me: Everybody pretend that I’m the friend you want to talk to after class, and text me how you’ll greet them.
Students: [ dutifully texting their messages ]
*magic magic magic*
The Board: [ magically shows all the text messages ]

The solution I came up with wasn’t perfect (it takes a few minutes to update and grab all the texts), but it went pretty damn well. Instructions after the jump. Continue reading “You can text in class…if it’s going to ME!” – Student Texts –> Google Spreadsheet. (Semi-)LIVE in the Classroom!

Clipperz and Other Password Management Options

Clipperz LogoIf you’ve kept up with web news, then you might have heard about the hack of the Gawker website, which exposed a ton of user’s password information to unsavory elements.  Such an isolated incident wouldn’t be a big deal–except people tend to use the same password everywhere.  We’ve all done it.  You might be using the same password for your sensitive email as your Facebook.  It’s convenient, and with so many web services and applications to work with, it is impractical to have a unique one for each site.  On top of that, those folks working on corporate or otherwise sensitive sites might be used to changing your password every month or so.  How to be secure while not creating a hassle?

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Windows File Associations in Wine UPDATE

So, my previous post showed how to manually update the registry to get Wine applications that launch other files to open them in Linux (so you don’t have to install Foxit for Windows to open a PDF that Evernote launches, for example).  Well, that was really clunky, so I made the following package that […]

Windows File Associations in Linux WINE

UPDATE: Easier version available here.

Normal readers can ignore the following tech geek asplosion…

I recently transitioned to Ubuntu from Windows and it’s been a pretty awesome journey.  For the most part, the native apps are great–OpenOffice.org (word processor), Firefox for Linux, Pidgin (instant messaging), etc.–but I’ve had to use one Windows application, Evernote, which I am running through the WINE abstraction layer.

Evernote 3.1 works great in Evernote (the new Evernote 3.5 beta will not work because it uses the .NET 3.5 Framework) save for some graphical glitches and the following technical issues:

  • no easy way to open attachments (.doc ; .pdf ; etc)
  • no file drag and drop for attachments

Today I’m going to deal with the first problem…

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