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Its 2 AM you’re working on homework due the next day and all of a sudden the unthinkable happens. Your computer decides to freeze up. Even worse, you can’t seem to get it back up and running. We’ve all been there, and we all know the sinking feeling in your gut when this happens. Fortunately, there is help, even at 2 am!
If you live anywhere close to campus, you’re probably not too far away from of the two 24 hour computer labs located in the Information Technology Center (ITC) and Coe Library. The University has a variety of computer labs on campus (see computer lab website for the hours of each lab).
The ITC computer labs have all the software that you could possibly need to finish your homework, whether it is Adobe Photoshop, ArcGIS, or Microsoft Office. With 169 software programs installed on lab computers throughout campus, the computer labs are always a great resource.
The next day, you need your computer fixed so between 9 and 4 swing by the ITC again and bring your computer. The Service Center is located right next to the computer lab that you remember so fondly from the night before. The trained staff at the Service Center are more than happy to take a look at your computer and see what the problem is. Now the best news of all… IT’S FREE. No you heard me right, no charge!
Whether it’s a computer that you need for homework at 2 am, or you have a computer problem, the ITC is an excellent place to come. The labs are open 24 hours a day and the support team is top notch!
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UW owned this computer in the 1970s called a Xerox Sigma 7. It had 0.5 megabytes of memory and ran at a little less than 0.5 MIPS. Just for comparison, the average file size now for a picture is 3.3 megabytes. If you have a 10 GB smartphone, that has more than 20,000 times the storage, and you can fit it in your pocket.
Most of us can remember when Windows XP came out (maybe). Cleaner looking, faster and more stable than Windows 98 or 2000, which made it perfect for AIM or Oregon Trail 4th edition. Well that was 13 years ago and the death of Windows XP is approaching. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop supporting XP.
So why should you care? You can still check Facebook and run Word so why upgrade something that is working fine for you? With end of support comes increased risks of viruses or getting hacked. There are reports of malicious code being stockpiled, ready to move in as soon as Microsoft stops support.
Here’s the details. When Microsoft stops supporting XP, there will no longer be patches released to keep hackers out. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report published data saying that the security mitigation methods that were built into XP will no longer be able to stop modern day attacks since they are so much more advanced than they were 13 years ago. Windows has already seen more security problems that are just in XP (not Windows 7 or 8) in the last couple years, but up to this point Microsoft has been sending out fixes to those problems. After April 8th, Microsoft will no longer fix security holes in XP, so they will increase dramatically. The infection rate of XP is also significantly higher based on Microsoft’s malware infection rates data.
What does this mean for the UW community? XP computers have a greater chance of being infected or hacked which could let a virus or hacker get to other computers in the UW network. For this reason, starting in April, Information Technology may take steps to secure and restrict network activity for Windows XP computers.
Letting go of XP is like losing a close friend that you have spent countless hours with on AOL or MSN chat but it is time. IT is here to help you through this difficult time whether that is being a shoulder to cry on or helping you upgrade to Windows 7, we are here for you! Please contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1, or firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule a time to upgrade. Rest in peace XP.