In this issue:
IT – Helping You Stretch Your Dollar
IT has several services that can help departments save money. Here are a few to keep in mind.
PC Sales and Maintenance
IT has special pricing on Dell computers, Dell and HP printers. IT can also help facilitate purchases from other vendors. IT can help departments to analyze their needs and select the best product to meet those needs, whether it is for a new computer, printer, or other technology devices.
IT is certified for Apple and Dell repair, which means IT can quickly handle both warranty and non-warranty support. IT can also facilitate repairs of most other manufacturers' computers and printers.
IT has volume pricing on both Adobe and Microsoft products that allow us to offer prices far below retail on many products. The most commonly purchased products can be downloaded and installed from the UW network or checked out from the Information Technology Center. IT now accepts P-card payments for software purchases, making it easy to purchase software and install it on your computer quickly.
Another IT cost saving service is Microsoft’s Work At Home program. Work at Home can potentially save you hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office and Windows media to use at home on personally owned computers.
To view prices or place an order, please visit our software ordering website.
IT offers training workshops on software from the basics of Adobe InDesign to advanced topics of Microsoft Access. These classes are available on campus for a fraction of the cost of training programs offered elsewhere. Not only will these classes save money on registration and travel costs, they are also geared towards how these programs are used in the UWsetting.
Training allows faculty, staff, and students to be more effective in whatever they need to do on campus, since they know how to use the software needed to complete work proficiently.
For descriptions of classes and a schedule of classes, please see our training website.
Windows Operating Systems Update
Windows XP Phase Out Continues
As Windows XP has passed its 10 year old birthday, IT has been moving campus users to Windows 7. IT will end support of Windows XP by September 2013. Windows 7 has numerous advantages, including:
IT user consultants will continue to assist departments with this conversion. If you have questions about how to move to Windows 7, please contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1, or email@example.com.
Windows 8 Released
Windows 8 was released last October. There are still several programs that are not supported by Windows 8, so Information Technology recommends not yet upgrading to Windows 8. IT will provide further announcements when Windows 8 is more fully supported. For more information on IT’s evaluation of Windows 8, please see our Windows 8 Enterprise at UW web page.
Avoiding Phishing by Recognizing the Bait
Phishing emails are on the rise and the consequences of just one phishing email can be devastating. They can cause data loss, financial loss, identity theft, or trouble for the whole UW network, and the rates of phishing emails doubled during a five month period last year. Avoid phishing emails with these defensive techniques:
If you have questions or want to learn more about computer security? View the Wyocast of our CSI: UW Computer Security Seminar.
Top 4 Reasons to Use UWyo Wireless vs. UW Guest
Anyone with a UW login can connect to and use UWyo or UWresnet wireless. There are many good reasons to connect to one of these networks instead of connecting to the UW Guest wireless network. Here are the top 4:
On the third Tuesday of every month any available Microsoft Updates will be automatically distributed to computers across campus. You will know that there are updates to install on your computer when you see the update icon, below, at the bottom left corner of your screen. You can install the updates using these instructions (www.uwyo.edu/askit/displaydoc.asp?id=5001).
If updates have not been installed by the second Tuesday of the following month your computer will automatically install them and may automatically restart. The dates for the automatic installation of updates and possible restarts for the rest of spring 2013 are listed below. Any open work could be lost if your computer automatically restarts. IT will no longer be sending out monthly reminders about these updates.
• February 12th
If you have questions about Microsoft updates, please check the WSUS FAQ (www.uwyo.edu/askit/displaydoc.asp?id=487) or contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP.