There are two main areas where you’re visible online in the department: directory page and personal directory.
All grad students have a page linked to the department website. You can find the link to yours from the AGSO site. There will already be some information filled in for you when you first arrive at the department, but it’s a good idea to update this as your research work progresses, and maybe post an updated curriculum vitae. Instructions on how to edit your department directory page can be found here.
You also have a directory located at /home/httpd/html/username. This is a handy place to add files for your own websites (which you can link from your NMSU website). Anything you put here shows up online at astronomy.nmsu.edu/username. You can create pages for the courses for which you TA, and include class/lab policies, useful links, etc. You can also create or link your own personal page here.
Template TA Page
To set up your own TA page, which will show up at astronomy.nmsu.edu/username, download the zipped tar file which contains the template page and images. Unpack the file in your personal web folder (/home/httpd/html/username) to get the HTML file and the images folder. Edit index.html using any text editor (like Emacs or vi) and change the information to match your class. Don’t forget to change the <title> tag before the main body of the file.
You can modify these images to your heart’s content. Every Linux machine has a graphics program called Gimp. You can open the header_paper.gif file and use the text tool to add whatever text you want.
If you want to have a lab page for more than one class, just change the name of the index.html file to ASTR110.html or to ASTR105.html, make a copy of the file, and change the name of the copy to the second class.
If you don’t want to use our template, there are plenty of free templates online. Not sure how to code HTML? These websites are some places to start.
Useful Programs and Websites
In the course of doing work (or messing around), we all come across programs and web sites which are gems. Here are a few of the cool ones your fellow grads have found.
HEASARC software packages
Carbon Copy Cloner
Chicken of the VNC
Texmaker & MiKTeX Instructions for using two open source programs to edit and compile Latex
Fourmilab’s calendar converter
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