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Welcome back! It’s the first day of classes and IT wanted to remind you to have a fantastic day and tune into our blog for weekly updates about technology around campus, tips, and helpful information.

 

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IT Offerings

Welcome back to the University of Wyoming. As you prepare for classes, the Information Technology department, IT, would like to tell you of some of the services offered. In the IT building, located at the end of Sorority Row in between Orr Hall and the Fine Arts building, you will find a computer lab and the walk-in Service Center. The walk-in Service Center is a computer support center for all UW enrolled students, faculty, and staff. They are able to help you with

  • virus and malware removal,
  • system clean/tune up,
  • computer reformatting,
  • hardware diagnostics,
  • operation system installations,
  • program/software installations,
  • one-on-one consulting of computing needs,
  • setting up email and wireless on mobile devices,
  • network trouble shooting.

In addition to these services IT staffs computer labs around campus for your convenience. In these staffed labs, you will find a Lab Assistant, which would be happy to answer your questions and help you with problems as that arise in the labs.

 

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Moving in

New students, welcome to the University of Wyoming! The IT department would like to tell you about the internet access you will have on campus. You will find that your dorm or apartment has Ethernet ports that will allow you to plug directly into your computer or set up your own router to have internet access. Around campus you will find that you will have access to Wi-Fi through the UWyo network. You will want use the Uwyo network and not UW guest because Uwyo is a faster connection and will allow you to stay connected to the internet longer without having to always sign in. To sign into the Uwyo network, you will use your uwyo username and password.

Best of luck moving in and welcome to Laramie!

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Welcome Back

Welcome to the UWIT’s Help Desk Blog. This blog will provide useful information about the technological growth around campus and quick tips. This site is meant to provide you with information. If there is something you would like to see or have questions of your own, please contact the Help Desk at 1-307-766-4357, option 1 or by email at userhelp@uwyo.edu 

Remember to check back in at our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and new information.

We look forward to see you all next week!

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Quick Tip Friday – See how awesome the Alt key is

The ALT key has more of a purpose than being the middle key in the old-school method of rebooting your computer (back when ‘Ctrl+Alt+Delete’ was the solution to any problem). Stop manually adding those squiggles, slashes, tails and dots when completing foreign language assignments! Jazz up that email to mom asking for money with ♥’s and ☺’s! Step up your word processing game and impress your professors by adding the ALT key codes to your technological arsenal. Simply hold down one of the ALT keys, make sure that ‘Num Lock’ is on and type the accompanying code on the number pad on the far right of the keyboard (not the number keys at the top of your keyboard). Voilà!

ALT key shortcuts on your PC keyboard

Alt Codes Symbol Description
Alt 0224 à a grave
Alt 0225 á a acute
Alt 0226 â a circumflex
Alt 0227 ã a tilde
Alt 0228 ä a umlaut
Alt 0231 ç c cedilla
Alt 0232 è e grave
Alt 0233 é e acute
Alt 0234 ê e circumflex
Alt 0235 ë e umlaut
Alt 0236 ì i grave
Alt 0237 í i acute
Alt 0238 î i circumflex
Alt 0239 ï i umlaut
Alt 164 ñ n tilde
Alt 0242 ò o grave
Alt 0243 ó o acute
Alt 0244 ô o circumflex
Alt 0245 õ o tilde
Alt 0246 ö o umlaut
Alt 0154 š s caron
Alt 0249 ù u grave
Alt 0250 ú u acute
Alt 0251 û u circumflex
Alt 0252 ü u umlaut
Alt 0253 ý y acute
Alt 0255 ÿ y umlaut
Alt 0158 ž z caron

ALT key accents in UPPER CASE

Alt Codes Symbol Description
Alt 0192 À A grave
Alt 0193 Á A acute
Alt 0194 Â A circumflex
Alt 0195 Ã A tilde
Alt 0196 Ä A umlaut
Alt 0199 Ç C cedilla
Alt 0200 È E grave
Alt 0201 É E acute
Alt 0202 Ê E circumflex
Alt 0203 Ë E umlaut
Alt 0204 Ì I grave
Alt 0205 Í I acute
Alt 0206 Î I circumflex
Alt 0207 Ï I umlaut
Alt 165 Ñ N tilde
Alt 0210 Ò O grave
Alt 0211 Ó O acute
Alt 0212 Ô O circumflex
Alt 0213 Õ O tilde
Alt 0214 Ö O umlaut
Alt 0138 Š S caron
Alt 0218 Ú U acute
Alt 0219 Û U circumflex
Alt 0220 Ü U umlaut
Alt 0217 Ù U grave
Alt 0221 Ý Y acute
Alt 0159 Ÿ Y umlaut
Alt 0142 Ž Z caron

How to make symbols with ALT keys on your keyboard

Alt 1 smiley face
Alt 2 black smiley face
Alt 3 Heart
Alt 4 Diamond
Alt 5 Club
Alt 6 spade
Alt 11 m­ale sign
Alt 12 female sign
Alt 13 e­ighth note
Alt 14 beamed eighth note
Alt 15 ¤ sun
Alt 18 u­p/down arrow
Alt 24 up arrow
Alt 25 down arrow
Alt 26 right arrow
Alt 27 l­eft arrow
Alt 29 lef­t right arrow
Alt 251  √ check mark / square root
Alt 252  ⁿ power n
Alt 8236 , infinity
Alt 8721 Nary summation (auto sum)
Alt 0153 trademark symbol
Alt 0161 ¡ upside down exclamation poin
Alt 0162 ¢ cent sign
Alt 0169 © copyright
Alt 0174 ® registered ­ trademark symbol
Alt 0176 ° degree symbol
Alt 0177 ± plus-or-minus
Alt 0178 ² squared
Alt 0179 ³ cubed
Alt 0182 paragr­aph mark
Alt 0190 ¾ fraction, three-fourths
Alt 0191 ¿ upside down question mark
Alt 0215 × multiplication sign

Get Outside with the AllTrails App

Laramie is in a wonderful location forAlltrails 2 hiking, mountain biking and just getting outdoors when the weather is warm, which it finally is! The only issue is sometimes it is hard to find the right trail, or you want to find a different trail that may be a little less travelled. Well, technology is here to help! A great app to download is the AllTrails app (it is free too!).

 

 

Alltrails 1It has over 50,000 trail guides and gives you maps, photos, and reviews. An amazing feature is that you can save the map so when you have no service in Medicine Bow then you can still have your guide. It is a great option to get outdoors and find the perfect trail for you. A plus is the more people in the Laramie area that use the app then the better it will become. So enjoy the warm weather while it last this summer!

 

Jackie Alexander
CIO Office Aide

Save Some Time with HootSuite

Facebook. Twitter. Google+. FourSquare. LinkedIn. Tumblr.

The list goes on and on, but one trend that has been constant over the last several years has been the growing number of social media platforms available to internet users that serve a wide range of purposes. According to research from the Ispos Open Thinking Exchange, the average American who uses social networking spends over three hours per day on various social media platforms. Social media began with GeoCities in the mid-1990’s and has expanded into a routinized, time-consuming activity that for many internet users simply trying to keep up with a world that shows no signs of slowing down can be difficult.

Fortunately, there is an answer for individuals and businesses looking to streamline their social media profiles.

hootsuite

HootSuite is a social media management tool that was created by internet entrepreneur Ryan Holmes in 2008. Essentially, HootSuite syncs together various social platforms for internet users so that one posting can update all of your selected platforms at once. Much like Spotify and Pandora, HootSuite is a built around a ‘freemium’ model, meaning that some features of its services are available at no cost for users. The Free package offers the syncing of 3 internet platforms with the ‘Pro’ and ‘Enterprise’ plans being available for individuals who need further synchronization. HootSuite currently has over 9 million users ranging from college students to major companies and organizations such as The Gap, Sony Music and the Obama administration.

College students can sometimes find themselves bogged down by the responsibilities of studying, working and looking for jobs while at the same time trying to manage everything at once without going crazy. If you find yourself struggling to balance it all, check out HootSuite and see if its features can be of benefit. We all could use a little extra time in our day.

 Kyle Brown
ITC Front Desk Staff