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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

A. Use your other one.

Because you have TWO, right?  If you don’t, you should.  If a document is of any importance whatsoever, there shouldn’t be only ONE copy of it!  You should have a copy on your computer AND on your flash drive.  If you don’t have a computer of your own, then you should have TWO flash drives.  Ideally you shouldn’t be traveling with both of them.  Or put a copy of that document on your network storage (Helios here on campus, Google Docs if you have a Google account (if you don’t, they’re available at no monetary charge)).  Flash drives are cheap.  And even if you can’t afford two, online storage is freely available!  So make copies of that important document!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The computers in our labs and classrooms are “frozen.”  This means that they don’t save any changes the user makes when they are logged in.  We have set most applications to save to your Helios network storage by default, but it is up to YOU to ensure for the proper saving of your document.  If you want it to be there the next time you log in, you MUST save to either Helios or your personal flash drive.  If you aren’t sure how to do that, you should save the document to the local Desktop and then drag it to “My Documents” (Windows) or “Home Directory” (Mac).  Those locations are the same as your Helios network storage.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Q. How do I open a file which name ends in “.pages” on a campus computer?

A. You don’t.  A .pages file was created with Apple’s iWork word processor program called (you guessed it) Pages.  SUNY Potsdam standardizes on Microsoft Office for its word processing and spreadsheet needs.  If you own a Mac and have iWork and want to edit your documents on campus, you must use Pages’ “export” feature to save your document as a Word file before you bring that document to campus.

You can then edit the document on campus.  When you take it home, Pages should still open it.  But subsequent Saves will result in a .pages document again.  So always remember to export your document before bringing it to campus for editing!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

All of the CTS-managed computers in labs and classrooms are configured to allow for remote management and updating.  As such, they should be left on all the time in case such management is necessary.  When no one is around.  I will frequently address problems from home and can’t do so if a computer I am trying to update is off.  Computers are set to automatically shut down at night and power on in the morning.  Screens are set to go off when no one is using the computer, and hard drives are configured to spin down when not being accessed.  A computer “just sitting there” is using minimal electricity, despite being “on all day”.

The exception to this is if a computer is making unusual noise or is obviously suffering a hardware failure (e.g., it’s on fire)!

Thank you for your cooperation in this!