May 21, 2004
Videoconferencing Equipment

The purpose of this message is to provide information regarding desktop videoconferencing equipment which you can use on the new ISU Extension network for person-to-person communications and for on-line learning.

The following links provide recommendations on low-cost video cameras for your laptop and desktop computers. While it isnít required to purchase both a video camera and a headset, we highly recommend you purchase both for effective communications. For about $130 to $150, you can connect to the new statewide network and communicate using the audio, video, presentation and application sharing capabilities of your desktop computer.

Two primary network applications have been selected for on-line communications, Windows Messenger for person-to-person communications and Macromedia Breeze Live for on-line conferencing and presentations. Below, you will find some initial information on installing and setting up Windows Messenger. We will be providing more information on Macromedia Breeze in the coming weeks.

We are also still evaluating higher-end conferencing equipment and applications which are better suited for a conference room environment.

You should consider this investment for specialists, CEEDs and any staff who are consistently communicating with their peers and colleagues across the state and across the country. In addition, staff interested in developing educational programs for on-line delivery, should consider this investment.

Videoconferencing Equipment

Windows Messenger

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Floyd Davenport

Posted by at 04:33 PM
May 20, 2004
Purchasing a Data Projector

Matt Darbyshire with the ISU Instructional Technology Center has put together a nice overview of selected data projects including pricing and vendor information.

In general, we recommend the NEC VT-660. However, if you would like to visit with Matt regarding your specific needs, you can contact him via email at or phone at 515-294-6074.

Data Projector Recommendations

Update: The Data Projector Recommendations file linked above is now up-to-date as of May 18, 2005. NEC VT676 or NEC VT670 (which has a $200 rebate through June 30th) look like the current models we'd recommend.

Posted by dcoates at 04:50 PM
May 04, 2004
Sasser Worm is circulating

As some of you already know from the news or internet sites, there is a new virus on the web named Sasser. Sasser uses a security hole in Windows to infect your computer and to spread itself through the Internet to other computers.

Follow the steps below to make sure you don't get infected:

  1. Log in as Administrator on your computer

  2. Go to the WindowsUpdate site and apply any Critical Updates for your computer. (Open Internet Explorer, go to Tools->WindowsUpdate )

  3. Visit this Microsoft Site to scan your computer and remove the virus if you are infected. ( This is Step 3 on the page "Automatically Check for and Remove Sasser".)

    When you have successfully removed the virus (or were not infected) the web page will show you.

    As always, if you have any questions, please call the Computer Support Hotline at (515) 294-1725.

    Posted by at 11:14 AM