• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

    The NAWCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Rory McEvoy has been named Executive Director of the NAWCC. Rory is an internationally renowned horological scholar and comes to the NAWCC with strong credentials that solidly align with our education, fundraising, and membership growth objectives. He has a postgraduate degree in the conservation and restoration of antique clocks from West Dean College, and throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to handle some of the world’s most important horological artifacts, including longitude timekeepers by Harrison, Kendall, and Mudge.

    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

    You can read more about Rory McEvoy and this exciting announcement in the upcoming March/April issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin.

    Please join the entire Board and staff in welcoming Rory to the NAWCC community.

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In the previous version of the software we had the ability to post an image of a document that was a PDF file with a link to the document. We have another feature that provides similar capability. The Google Viewer can display most common office documents.

The editor tool bar has an insert option "..." that you can click to see the insertion feature list. The Google viewer is included in that list. If you place the URL of a document in the middle of the tag.

I believe it works with Office, PDF and Google Docs. This spreadsheet is my solar panel production. :)
 
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I have a query in to the developer of this feature. It only seems to work if you are referencing a document in Google Docs although it will accept any URL. The Gview window does not show the document from the "foreign" URL.

I think the ability to manage non-image documents without downloading is important, but it is currently controversial because of some security attack vectors. You can tell FireFox to display rather than download files but I cannot get Chrome to do it at all.
 
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You need to make sure that the URL has a correct file type at the end. i.e. .pdf for PDF files and .xls (or similar) for spreadsheets. The tool will recognize most file types, but what you got above was the uninterpreted dump of the spreadsheet.If you were a computer you could have read it. :)

Word documents stored in Google docs should also work, but Google docs does not necessarily put the file type in since it does not need it.

You should also be able to handle presentations that are in Google docs the same way. I may have time to explore the range of documents available but I think that any you can see in Google Docs will work as long as the URL includes the file type at the end.
 
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Google docs imposes a lot of security. I am not sure I can figure it all out.

Apparently if you have a Google account, you can request access. It is less useful than I hoped. That style would be OK in a conversation, but not in a thread.
 

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I can't even see the file in Tom's first post. Nothing but the posted words.
 
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