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Lectern Computer Upgrades Scheduled to Begin December 14

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

On Monday, December 14, Classroom Technology will begin an effort to upgrade Windows-based lectern computers from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional.  The effort will also include upgrading the memory and hard drives to enhance the overall performance.   In IT, several of us have been using Windows 10 since it was released in summer 2015, and […]

Saving Bandwidth at Home

Posted on: November 13th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

For those of us living outside the city limits, DSL or cable service for Internet access may not be an option. However, there are alternatives offered over satellite or other cellular networks, although these Internet services typically have monthly bandwidth limits. So, what can you do to stay within those limits? Here are a few […]

El Capitan Briefing: What You Need to Know Before Installing the Latest OS X Iteration on Your Mac

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

On September 30, Apple released the latest iteration of their popular operating system, OS X El Capitan. El Capitan focuses primarily on improving performance and the user experience, although there are a number of enhancements along with one major issue. Below are some noteworthy highlights. Office 2011/2016 Woes: Soon after upgrading to El Capitan, Mac […]

Box Edit News: Version 2 Support Ends on October 31, 2015

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Box Edit is a desktop application that allows you to edit or create files directly on Box, without having to download the file and upload it back to Box.  IT recently received an announcement concerning the end of support for Box Edit version 2.  If you use Box Edit, please take a moment to get […]

Attention Students! Top 10 Technology Tips

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been busy preparing for new and returning students. Below are some of the key technology topics; please take a moment to get up to speed. Protect your WebID.   Your UM WebID is used to access many University systems and services mentioned below.  Please treat it like your […]

Technology Reminders: UM Box, WiFi, and Vault

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

We know you are busy. Please take a moment to review these brief and useful technology tips. Box In very simple terms, UM Box is an alternative to your USB drive.  You get 15 GB of storage by default and automatic document versioning.  Do you need more than 15 GB?  Just ask for more.  In addition, […]

My First Experiences with Windows 10

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

I am already a fan of Windows 10. In June, I decided to install Windows 10 on a non-critical machine, so I downloaded a copy of Windows 10 Pro for free from the original source, the Windows Insider Program. The Insider Program requires a Microsoft account and some patience, since the program intentionally releases software before the consumer […]

Avoid the Burn: Practical Security Advice to Protect You and Your Computer during the Summer

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

In IT, we frequently answer questions concerning online security topics like email phishing scams attempting to steal your passwords, computer viruses and even sophisticated denial of service attacks. We must remember that the physical security of computers, tablets, and phones also remains a major concern. Recently, an individual attempted to gain access to a vital […]

Get up to Speed on Recent IT Enhancements

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been busy preparing for new and returning faculty and students. Below are some of the important changes we completed over the winter break. Paperless Time Entry for Employees After an extensive pilot process involving several departments within the Administration and Finance division of the University, the Offices of […]