You can use the web space from the department as much or as little as you like, but here are some useful suggestions.
There are two main areas where you’re visible online in the department: directory page and personal folder.
Every student has information in a /home/httpd/html/dept/directory/grads/username.include file, and this info appears on your department directory page. You have permission to edit this file and are thus responsible for whatever appears on it. It’s a good idea to update this as your research work progresses (after a semester project, summer project, yearly project … you get the idea) or as you get a clearer idea of what you want to research. It’s also common practice to post an updated curriculum vitae.
You also have a whole folder to yourself located at /home/httpd/html/username. This is your directory to do with as you please. Anything you put in this folder shows up online at astronomy.nmsu.edu/username. You can use this space to write a more in-depth explanation about the work you do or want to do, for example an explanation to those who aren’t familiar with your particular area of interest. You can create pages for the courses for which you TA, perhaps including class or lab policies and links you find useful. You can also create a personal page to talk more about yourself and your hobbies.
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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