Category Archives: Tech Information

Cloud Backups: Why they really are a good idea

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You can never be too careful with your files these days. Har drives fail, things get spilled, and we drop things. It’s always good to have multiple backups. As someone who does wedding videography and photography, I can’t afford to rely on the original file. Hence the reason why I usually backup my work to three places.  An external hard drive, my second hard drive on my PC and finally, my Google Drive account. I can’t tell you how many times I have sorted my files and began editing and suddenly a file becomes corrupted. So I simply pull from one of my backups and were good. Now I may just be a little over the top with my backups, but you can never be too careful.

I know that some of you might already be thinking that cloud-based storage costs a lot. It can depend on what you want or need. But typically you can get anywhere from 15-20 Gigs for free and if you want more, each service has their own breakdown and pricing which you will need to decide for yourself and what you want. So whether you’re a student, professor, researcher or an editor, it never hurts to keep backups and organize them. You’ll always thank yourself later.

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Nursing Students Rejoice! Latest Fitbit Blaze Update Adds Fully Functioning Analog Clock Watch Faces!

If you’re a nursing student who wants a Fitbit but is discouraged by the lack of devices that use the second hand? Be discouraged no more. A recent update went out for the Fitbit Blaze and it’s so far pretty awesome. It gives a lot more variety in watch faces and now features all three hands in analog clocks. So now you can use your Fitbit at work or school to track your activity and read those pulses efficiently! But as previously mentioned this only works right now for the Fitbit Blaze. None of the other models have a fully functioning analog clock sadly. That doesn’t mean we’re going to lose hope for the Charge HR 2!

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Fitbit has goals you can aspire to reach and they can be completely customized too!

Fitbit isn’t really known for listening or being quick to acknowledge customer’s needs. So here’s hoping this is a sign of change and improvements from now on! I can personally testify that the Fitbit Blaze is an amazing smartwatch. Now with the new update I can get notifications from ALL of my applications and it’s made me fall in love with it more and more.

The price of the Fitbit Blaze? Depends where you look. Right now on Amazon it’s below $200. Since the release of the new Charge HR 2 it’s brought the price of the Blaze down a little bit. So if you’re interested go ahead and take a look at it!

Internet Access at UW

As you all settle into your first week here at University of Wyoming,  Information Technology (IT) just wanted to take a moment to tell you about internet access here on campus and how to connect.

You can find information on our wireless network here.

Here is a wireless map of our network as well.

We also have guides for connecting to the wireless network with a Android and iPhone.

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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 has staffed 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.

 

Build Your Own Phone!

Yup, you read that right. Google has announced a Modular Phone system and it’s coming this fall for developers. But that begs the question, what is a modular phone? Here’s an example. Like taking photos but your phone’s camera is sub par? Get a new one! want more battery life and don’t really use your phone for pictures? get a bigger battery! That’s the concept behind this new cool device. You can even change out the screen on this guy.

The idea originally came out back in 2014 and has been in development since then. Google is open to new idea and is letting developers get their hands on it this fall to help create new add ons for the phone. If anyone is interested, click here. The possibilites for this phone are pretty big. On the page you can already see pretty creative modules that have been added to these phones and with this project open to the public, it will only get better with time.

So what are your thoughts on this? Think this will kick off or will it just be another phone gimmick that will die out in a few years? Let us know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to follow our social media such as Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on tech news like this!

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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Summer Lab Hours

With the start of summer classes, we just wanted to take a minute to remind everyone about our on campus labs. Our on campus labs are staffed  and open for your convenience. To find the up to date summer hours, check the schedule out here!

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