About Dan LaSota

Dan's background is seasoned by physics and astronomy, public government, teaching, software development and adventure. He's putting his M.Ed. in Online Innovative Design to work building remote control science labs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and lots of other fun courses too!

Testing MediaSite Embeds and Picture Preview

First, this one is from the ASHNHA conference in Anchorage last week: Then there is a generic TeachTip Live from UAF eCampus
By |October 1st, 2012|btop|0 Comments

Display iOS Screen on Desktop

Why would you want to display an iOS screen on a desktop?

Perhaps you want to do a side by side comparison of an interface on iOS versus the Desktop version of the same application. Perhaps you want to give a presentation to an overhead display and don’t want to fiddle with cords. In any […]

By |February 22nd, 2012|btop, CDE, Research|0 Comments

Additional Equation Work

From some quick testing: One can import a Word document with embedded MS Word equation objects into Google docs, but the equation objects do not come through very well.

One can also create separate equation objects in Google Docs, online as seen in this google doc version of Korteweg – de Vries Equation but I […]

By |November 8th, 2011|CDE|0 Comments

The Korteweg–de Vries Equation

Non-editable png screen shot:



This is a try inserting a PDF of  Korteweg–de Vries


This is the equation in MS Word:




This is using the CodeCogs online equation editor:

\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=6u\frac{\partial u}{\partial x}-\frac{\partial^3u}{\partial x^3}


OK, and now, Jetpack’s LaTeX plugin

\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=6u\frac{\partial u}{\partial x}-\frac{\partial^3u}{\partial x^3}





This is the latex code generated from Apple’s Grapher. […]

By |October 7th, 2011|CDE, share|0 Comments

AKDEC Updates

Updated akdec.net to php 5.3.7, MySQL 5.1.58, Apache was already current at 2.2.19 and WordPress sits at 3.2.1.

By |August 19th, 2011|btop|0 Comments

Solution to PDF Math Homework Comments

Several distance students submit homework by PDF of fax to PDF. How does an instructor inexpensively add comments and corrections to a PDF?

Some solutions:
Use built in annotation features of programs like Apple OS X Preview. Preview is Apple’s default PDF reader application which allows users to add simple text comments to existing PDFs. […]

By |August 11th, 2011|CDE|0 Comments

LaTeX in WordPress

First a new WordPress plugin that has several features, one of which allows you to insert LaTeX formula and equation code directly into post content. It’s part of the JetPack plugin and some workup of LaTeX code examples: https://en.support.wordpress.com/latex/.

There are other features of the JetPack plugin which come from WordPress.com features. Check it.

By |August 11th, 2011|CDE|0 Comments

Nav Menu Data Location in WordPress 3.2

If one has some nav menu items created from the admin panel like: Where does one find this in the database? mysql> select * from wproot_123_term_taxonomy; +------------------+---------+---------------+-------------+--------+-------+ | term_taxonomy_id | term_id | taxonomy | description | parent | count | +------------------+---------+---------------+-------------+--------+-------+ | [...]
By |July 29th, 2011|CDE|0 Comments