Author Archives: Sam

Points Spreadsheet Alternative

I’ve seen a few people asking about an updated points spreadsheet in the shoutbox, so I figured I’d remind people about the points calculator I wrote last semester. It doesn’t do everything that the spreadsheet does, but it does tell you if you’re spending too many or too few points/meals, and it’s a lot faster to check than a spreadsheet.

It’s at http://samdk.com/points if you want to use it.

Multitouch Meeting

Interested in collaboration and learning, video games, programming, art, hardware, or the future? The Wesleyan Multitouch Developers are developing a video game for the SMART Multitouch Application Contest and we need your help. We welcome artists, designers, programmers, and enthusiasts of all experience and skill levels.

What: Informational meeting and brainstorming
When: Tomorrow, Thursday Feb 4th at 5pm
Where: Exley 341

Universal Signs Screening

Wesleyan University Presents
A Screening of Universal Signs
Followed by Question and Answer with Filmmakers
Ann Calamia and Catherine Miller

Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2:00pm
Goldsmith Family Cinema
Join us for a Meet and Greet following the Q&A with refreshments courtesy of
Sweet Harmony Bakery and Café and Tschudin Chocolates
Admission is free with valid Wes ID
$5.00 for the general public.  Tickets available online at
http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/boxoffice.html or by phone at (860)685-3355 or at the door.

Sponsored by the Film Department and Sign Language House

Getting the internet working properly: what’s happening, and a workaround

*edit* Things seem to be working properly. I’d recommend changing your settings back now.

Wesleyan’s DNS (Domain Name Service) servers seem to have stopped working. Whenever you access a URL, the DNS server is what maps a URL (say, wesleying.org) to the IP address (in Wesleying’s case, 74.126.25.10), which is an address your computer uses to communicate with the server you’re trying to access. (Your computer probably caches URL to IP mappings for sites you use frequently, which is why some things (such as Wesleying for me) are working.) Happily, Google just opened up an alternate DNS service that you should be able to use at least temporarily, and which will make everything work again.

The instructions below are copied from http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using.html, since you probably can’t access it at the moment. Also, if you want to change back to Wesleyan’s DNS servers when they’re working, you should just be able to delete the preferred DNS server entries and have your computer auto-detect the right ones again. If you need to add Wesleyan’s entries manually for any reason, the IPs are 129.133.6.11 and 129.133.6.10.

Microsoft Windows

DNS settings are specified in the TCP/IP Properties window for the selected network connection.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Microsoft Windows Vista

  1. Go the Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, then Manage network connections.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and click Properties.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and click Properties.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.
  5. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.
  8. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.
  9. Restart the connection you selected in step 3.
  10. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Testing your new settings below.
  11. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

Mac OS X

DNS settings are specified in the Network window.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Mac OS 10.5

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences, then click Network.
  2. If the lock icon in the lower left-hand corner of the window is locked, click the icon to make changes, and when prompted to authenticate, enter your password.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select Built-In Ethernet, and click Advanced.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select Airport, and click Advanced.
  4. Select the DNS tab.
  5. Click + to replace any listed addresses with, or add, the Google IP addresses at the top of the list: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.
  6. Click Apply and OK.
  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Testing your new settings below.
  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

Linux

In most modern Linux distributions, DNS settings are configured through Network Manager.

Example: Changing DNS server settings on Ubuntu

  1. In the System menu, click Preferences, then click Network Connections.
  2. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, select the Wired tab, then select your network interface in the list. It is usually called eth0.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, select the Wireless tab, then select the appropriate wireless network.
  3. Click Edit, and in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings tab.
  4. If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select Automatic (DHCP) addresses only instead. If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
  5. In the DNS servers field, enter the Google Public DNS IP addresses, separated by a space: 8.8.8.8  8.8.4.4
  6. Click Apply to save the change. If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  7. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Testing your new settings below.
  8. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change.

If your distribution doesn’t use Network Manager, your DNS settings are specified in /etc/resolv.conf.

Film Hall Screening: Children of a Lesser God

Children of a lesser godFilm Hall and Sign House will be screening Children of a Lesser God on Saturday night at 7:30.

Film Hall is in Nic 6 Basement, enter through the glass hallway connecting Nic 6 and 7, go to the left and Film Hall will be on the right.  The doors will be propped at 7:15

Date: Saturday December 5th
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Film Hall (Nic 6 Basement)

Open Spots in Film Hall

Film Hall still has two open spots for next semester, both in two room doubles.  Film Hall is located in Nic 6 basement.  It has a full lounge, kitchen, and projector set up.  If you’re interested in Film and looking for a nice new place to live second semester please email dkobrin(at)wesleyan(dot)edu as soon as possible.

Starcraft Tournament (and general game-playing)

scBring a laptop, a mouse, headphones, an ethernet cable, and a power strip if you have one. Free to just play games (there will be a wide variety). $4 or two cans to enter Starcraft tournament. Proceeds go to charity. There will be free pizza!

When: Tomorrow (Saturday), 4pm
Where: Exley 137
Cost: $4 or 2 cans for the tournament, free to play everything else

La Haine at Film Hall

Come to Film Hall Saturday night at 7:30 to watch La Haine

Film Hall is in Nic 6 basement, enter through the glass hallway between Nic 6 and 7 and go left.
Doors will be propped at 7:15

Date: Nov. 14 – Nov. 14
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: Film Hall

Film Hall Screening: Shaun of the Dead

Come join Film Hall for a special Halloween Screening of Shaun of the Dead tonight!

There will be Popcorn and Candy. Doors will be propped at 7:15, the movie starts at 7:30.

(Film Hall is in Nic 6 basement, enter through the glass hallway between Nic
6 and 7 and go left.)