Category Archives: Tech Advice

Time management, work smarter not harder!

If it’s one thing that is crammed the most when you are going to school whether it’s elementary or college, you will be taught a lot about how to manage your time effectively. But have you noticed a lot of those guides or lessons are a little old school? That’s what I’m here to tell you is an up to date version of that!

I personally use an app called Planner Pro-Personal Organizer for Android. For iOS, you can use Class Manager which essentially does the same thing. You can look around for one that suits your style if you want. These are just suggestions to get you started!

Now once you have those installed, it’s time to plan! What I like to do is every Sunday I sit down and look through my assignments and write down times I need to work on such things. Even during class when something is announced I may need to write it down just in case they don’t put it on Wyocourses. From there I plan out the entire day including work. Once I finish doing that, I plan some destress time. So whether that means I go to the park and walk around catching Pokemon (exercise is good for you!) Or I sit down and take some time to get caught up in a really good game. Sometimes I just take  the time to read even! But I know it helps a lot!

I’m not saying you need to do it my way or some way that a teacher thinks is best. You need to find what works for you! Obviously, 15 minutes on Math and 3 hours in a game isn’t going to work. So you need to be responsible when it comes to that. but once you get a system down, it makes everything 3x easier and less stressful! So go on! Find out what suits you and helps you become more productive! You’ll find it more rewarding in both grades, and you’ll feel more accomplished!

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Affordable Entertainment For The College Life

Entertainment, most of the time, it isn’t cheap. So what’s a broke college student to do? Fortunately there are alternatives and we got you covered.

Introducing the Raspberry Pi. While this isn’t an actual edible pie, it is a full fledged computer complete with it’s own version of Linux installed called Raspian.

One of these bad boys can stream your favorite entertainment services such as Netflix, Hulu, Crunchy roll and if you want to switch it up, it can stream Google Play Music, iTunes, Pandora or Spotify. Pick your flavor.

So long as your Pi has internet connection you’re ready to roll. But how much does the Raspberry Pi cost? Depends on the model, but don’t fret, the most expensive model is $35 tops. It hooks up to any TV that supports HDMI which at this point is most Television and monitors so you should have an HDMI laying around. It also doesn’t have an on board WiFi Card. But it does have an Ethernet port as well as 4 USB slots that you can hook up a USB WiFi Adapter which you can find here. Just plug it in and you’re good to go!

If this got you hungry for more, you can find some neat projects if you’re inclined to dig a little deeper and learn a few new things. You can find some awesome tutorials here

 

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My phone can do what?

To conclude our month that has taught us more smart features of our phones, we will be learning how to take a screen shot on your Android phone. If you press the power button and the volume down key at the same time and hold until the shutter clicks, the picture will then be stored to your gallery.

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As we have hit the halfway point in the semester we would like to hear from you. Please email, call, tweet, or post your IT questions on our social media sites and we will be answering them in our Friday posts.

My phone can do what?

For the month of October, we would like to show case some of the neat things that we have found that iPhones and Android phones can do. Every week we will highlight a feature that we find useful.

This week we wanted to tell you about how you could teach Siri new words. When she pronounces something wrong, just say, “That’s not how you pronounce [Blank]” or “That’s not how you pronounce the name [Blank]” and she will give you alternatives and you will be able to select the best pronunciations.

 

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Old Technology, New Uses

I don’t know about you, but I eat a lot of bread. There is nothing better than going to the store and picking out a loaf that is fresh! However, it’s not always easy to tell when the bread you are picking out was baked.  Now know when the bread was baked with the picture below.

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Then after you get home you have bread clips that seem worthless after eating your loaf of bread. Re purpose them! Now not only know when your bread was baked, but have use for those clips!

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Track that Package!

This post will conclude the Google Search tips of the month.  As someone who mails a lot of packages with tracking, I did not know this. So to me, this one is pretty cool! You can put your tracking number straight into the Google Search bar and Google is able to track your UPS, USPS, or FedEx package. You only need to know the tracking number and which company is shipping your package.25

Tune in next month for ways to better your phone!

Internet Explorer Problem – Switch to Another Browser until it is Fixed

A critical flaw has been found in Internet Explorer’s browser (all versions) that could make your computer vulnerable to hackers. The flaw is called “Operation Clandestine Fox.” The hackers set up websites that can gain complete control of your computer allowing them to install apps, break into accounts, and use the computer on their own. They use Adobe Flash in order to gain access. This is a unique, never seen before attack so it is even more dangerous.ie 1 Even Homeland Security has issued a security alert about it which doesn’t happen often. Luckily, there is an easy way to avoid it.

The best step that you can take in order to protect yourself is to stop using Internet Explorer until Microsoft releases a fix for it. Other browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox do not have this problem so they are safe. If you have to use Internet Explorer for some reason, you will want to increase your security setting to high. Note that this will make it so that some websites will not function as normal. It is also suggested that you disable Adobe Flash plug-in since that will stop the bug.  UWIT will provide more information when Microsoft has a fix.

Keep in mind most of us are using our browsers for Facebook or studying for finals so it is just easier to use a different browser until this is fixed that way you don’t lose that last minute paper that you are working on. If you feel that your computer is infected call the UW Help Desk right away at 307-766-4357.

Jackie Alexander
Information Technology