Print from your phone! Now available in UW Student Labs!

How many times have you had to hunt for a computer in the library in order to print just a few last minute documents for class? Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just connect to a printer from your personal computer or phone? Well, UW IT has made that a reality!

UW Student Mobile Printing service or Everyonmobile printing 2ePrint just launched! The Mobile Printing service allows students to print documents from mobile devices and personal computers through a website or the supported iOS or Android app. This service links with your UW username and the print charges are deducted from your printing account.

Installation and setup is easy and can save you a ton of time in the long run!  From the mobile printing website, you can find the instructions to get set up.  The service only works if you are connected to the UW network and only the following types of documents can be printed: Microsoft Office, PDFs, image files (JPGs, GIFs, TIFs, and BMPs) and TXT documents.

Imagine the time and stress that can be saved by having this service! This is an amazing opportunity for all UW students so take advantage of it!

Jackie Alexander

IT Surveys! Share your feedback and enter to win a great prize

UWIT is surveying current UW students, faculty, and staff to help us improve our offerings and services. It takes only a few minutes and makes you eligible to win your choice of one of the awesome prizes listed below:ipad

  • iPad Mini (16 GB, Wi-Fi)
  • Kindle Fire HD (16 GB)
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • Apple iPod touch (16 GB)
  • Xbox 360 4 GB Console
  • Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Your feedback helps improve UW’s technology and its support.  Complete the surveys soon!  The due dates are below with a link to each survey:


Throw Back Thursday – Clippy

How many people remember this guy? Like this post if you remember just how helpful he really was.

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It’s 2 AM and my computer died!

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).

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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 lab3ITC 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!

Tucker Hawkinson
Information Technology Front Desk

Throw Back Thursday – Old School Computing

old computer1UW 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.

Awareness of Your Social Networking Presence

We spend more time out of the day on our phones socializing in our virtual lives than we do in the real world. It is easy to get caught up in these cybernetic realities that we have created, but it is important to remember that just as we have a presence or image in the real life, we also have a virtual profile of ourselves.  One that everyone can access and that stays around a long time.

Social media is great keeping in touch with friends and family from a distance, but it can also be a great tool for gaining success in your professional life. Therefore it is important to maintain a professional profile. When Social media 2you go in for an interview the first thing that your employer will see is your appearance. If you really want the job, you hopefully dressed appropriately for the occasion. If that same employer were to look you up on your Facebook page would it be consistent with the person that was just in their office?  Keep in mind that employer may very well have looked you up on Facebook before you came in for the interview.  Facebook may be your first impression.

Pictures say a thousand words, and the world is one click away from viewing how you spend your free time. Keep your pictures tidy. Maintain a professional profile picture which doesn’t mean that it has to be a boring photo of you pretending to be professional. Put a picture up that you would be proud of, one Satisfied senior woman with eyeglassesthat says something about your personality. As for the rest of your pictures, a good rule to follow is don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want your grandma to see. Don’t post your wild escapades, or that one time you failed a test. And while we are on that same note, don’t tag your friends in those photos either. Sometimes your friends catch you off guard or think it’s funny to snap a photo of you at your worst. Keep those friends in check and be aware of what photos you are tagged in and be mindful of what you tag them in as well.

Besides photos, what you say on your social networking sites says a lot about you. Always be respectful and professional when posting anything to yours or anyone else’s feed. If you had a bad day at work, it is probably not the wisest decision to post it online where your boss or coworkers might be able to see. Be Social Media 1mindful of your language and content. Don’t use offensive language or be blatantly disrespectful when voicing your opinion. Social networking sites are great tools to speak freely about your judgments and beliefs but being respectfully aware of others in cyberspace is the only way you will be respected. There are lots of opportunities to comment on others too. Another rule to follow is if someone posts something that you’re not particularly fond of it is easier to not say anything at all or address the situation somewhere other than the internet.

The internet is permanent. Everything that you post will exist forever in the cyber world. Take the time to clean up your social networking sites and consider how you want the world to see you through the eyes of the computer screen. Social networking sites are meant to get you ahead, don’t fall behind because your profile is an inaccurate or inappropriate representation of yourself.

Hannah Jones
ITC Front Desk

Death Comes For Windows XP

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 XP 4Windows 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.

XP 3Letting 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, to schedule a time to upgrade.  Rest in peace XP.

Jackie Alexander