My DioErie: Work from home


Resources for remote workers:


Video meeting with Zoom:

Sign up for free account.  Meet with up to 100 people for 40 minutes for free.
Host instructions
Zoom security settings - Lock down your zoom meetings for added security
Should you still use Zoom

Microsoft Office


Check email from home - shortcut to just mail
OneDrive - shortcut to files and folders in the cloud
Microsoft Office online - all apps and resources

Install Office 365 for free:

1. Log into Office.
2. Click the Install Office button.
3. Choose Office 365 apps and follow screen prompts.
4. Later, install Skype for Business from Office.com:
a. Click Other Install Options.
b. Click View apps and devices.
c. Choose Install Skype and follow screen prompts.

Computer training

Updates from Kathy


Click this link if you are working with Kathy
so she can see your screen:  Remote support from Kathy

Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

What is Microsoft Teams?  Microsoft Teams as a collaboration dashboard is a launching pad for working remotely with others. What can you do with Teams?  Teams is a one-stop-shop for accessing tools you and your teammates need to stay on task and up to date. It provides multiple channels of communication and collaboration, including instant messaging or chat, pre-recorded or live video, message board style forums or discussion groups, file-sharing, screen sharing, shared calendar and more!  Who can join my "team":   Anyone with an email address assigned by the diocese can be in a team for sure but guests can also share in some of your team resources.   How many teams can we have?   Unlimited.   How can I learn more?   Call me.   I'll give you access to a test team.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Have you installed Microsoft Office on your home PC?    If your computer already had a demo version of Microsoft Office installed, it could become a problem later.  Press and hold the Windows start button along with the letter "S."  Type Control Panel in the Search box.  Click Control Panel as it appears in the search results.   Select Programs and Features.  In the Search Programs and Features box (upper-right corner), search for the word Office.  If more than one version appears, right-click the version you aren't using and select Uninstall.  The version from the Diocese would be listed as Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus - en-us.


Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Employees of SMCC use Microsoft Office 365.  This version of Microsoft Office is ever-evolving.  Microsoft product teams dedicated to the on-going improvement the Microsoft productivity suite work in parallel to keep their product line fresh.   We are on the Monthly Update Channel which means we get new updates as they are released.    If you check the Help tab in any Microsoft Office application, you can learn about new features by clicking the "What's New" button.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

The Computer Security Awareness Training page has a new update.   Check out the May 6th topic Spot the Red Flags


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Some iphone users may have difficulty after password changes.   In their infinite wisdom, Apple has removed the password field from the account setup screen.   Affected users may have to delete their work account from their phone and then re-add it.  There is a chance that tapping on the "account error" link at the bottom of the screen MAY allow entry of a new password however this doesn't always work.


Friday, May 1, 2020.  On vacation Friday, May 1 and Monday May 4.

Microsoft announces new Live Presentations feature in PowerPoint.  Learn more here.


Thursday, April 30, 2020.  On vacation Friday, May 1 and Monday May 4.

Want to learn a new skill?   Create a basic online image slideshow with Sway. There are different types of Sway presentations, this tutorial simply focuses on a Slideshow as a starting point.   Feel free to test all of the settings after you complete this basic tutorial.


Monday, April 27, 2020.  On vacation Friday, May 1 and Monday May 4.

Fishing is a fun pastime.   Phishing is a dangerous threat to your computer, your finances and your identity.   Learn about phishing schemes here.   AARP also covers the dangers of phishing scams here.


Friday, April 24, 2020.  On vacation today as well as May 1 and May 4.

Learn to use Excel:  Excel makes it easy to crunch numbers.   This Technology for Teachers and Students video will introduce you to Excel.


Wednesday and Thursday, Aprill 22 & 23, 2020

On vacation.


Monday, April 20, 2020 - If you need a mask, let me know.

How to Protect Your Phone and the Data on It: Your cell phone holds sensitive, personal information.  If your phone ends up in the wrong hands, someone could steal your identity or your money. Find out what you can do to protect the data on your phone and how to remove that information before you get rid of your phone.


Friday, April 17, 2020

Looking for a new way to present your ideas?   Microsoft Sway is included with your eriercd.org account AND it is free to anyone who creates a free Microsoft account.   This YouTube video is a pretty decent walkthrough of the product.  Sway imakes it easy to create and share interactive reports, personal stories, presentations, and more. Teachers are using Sway to engage their students and students use Sway to present their ideas.  Here is a quick slide show featuring images.  I could have added text audio and video.   Links to your Sway presentations can be shared by email or embedded on a web page. Log into Sway now. and Check out tutorials here


Tuesday, April 16, 2020 - Sorry this post was late

I've been working with a lot of parishes lately.   Many are looking for ways to provide Mass - either livestreamed or pre-recorded - to parishioners.     I have also helped many use their parish management software to communicate with parishioners via.  PDS is making free online giving available to parishes who need it.   And, the Diocese is still offering parishes websites for free.   If you speak to parish staff, let them know that I am here to help. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2020 - Happy Birthday Rich!!!

Hackers try to capitalize on COVID-19 fears: Last night over 95 emails were sent to employees with a malicious payload. The subject line read: Anti-Coronavirus Solution by Lifotronic China.  While our mail server successfully defended the attack, hackers are tenacious and will attempt other strategies for delivering their dangerous email. Please be careful with any email our system identifies as from an "external sender".  The alert shown below in red is added to all external email.  When you see this message in an email asking you to click on links or open an attachment, please take some time to investigate the legitimacy of the email.   (Note, the warning is not always in red.  If the sender uses "plain text" the alert can only appear as black text.)

This email is from an external sender. Take care when clicking links, opening attachments or responding.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Happy Easter

Should you still use Zoom?   The short answer is yep.   The long answer can be found here


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Zoom announces the addition of  "Security Toolbar Icon for Hosts."  The meeting host will now have a Security option in their meeting controls, which exposes all of Zoom’s existing in-meeting security controls in one place. This includes locking the meeting, enabling Waiting Room, and more. Users can also now enable Waiting Room in a meeting, even if the feature was not turned on before the start of the meeting. For more information, please visit this recently published Blog.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - afternoon

Added instructions for people who want to host a Zoom meeting.  Please see the Video Meeting heading at right.   Please aslo read the Zoom Security Settings document.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - morning

Working from home on a smaller screen? Change Outlook's zoom and font settings. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/change-the-font-or-font-size-in-the-message-list-57bd24a6-1f85-45ac-a657-fba877d3fe00


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Network outage originally schedule for April 9th and then rescheduled to April 13th has been cancelled.