IC EdTech Day - March 19th

The Computing Center will be participating in the 25th Annual Education Technology Day at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 19th. We will be working with our friends from Hewlett Packard showing their latest tablets, notebooks and computer systems. 

Ed Tech Day is a regional technology event that attracts over 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. National manufacturers will be in attendance  including Adobe Systems, Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft.

While one of the primary audiences for the event is the higher education community, the event is open to everyone.  There is plenty of information that is of interest to K-12 education, the business and not-for-profit communities. At the event you'll be able to talk directly with representatives from major computer and technology manufactuerers and suppliers, explore educational applications, learn how technology is being used today in and outside of higher education and see what can be expected in the coming years. 

The 2015 show will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Emerson Suites and adjoining areas of the Campus Center at Ithaca College. The show features a Vendor Technology Showcase, a College Showcase, and a series of seminars. 

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Hidden Costs in Using Old Hardware

Desktop PCs aren't dead.  They play significant roles in most of our businesses and organizations.  Although written from a Hewlett Packard point of view, this article's message is relevant regardless of the brand of equipment in use.

In today’s era of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, mobility is a high priority—making small businesses more dynamic and responsive in an on-the-go world.

That reality, however, should not detract from the important role desktop PCs still play in today’s business environment, delivering more power, more robust upgrade options, and more functionality compared to their portable counterparts.

While large enterprises typically refresh their desktop PCs once every three years, small businesses tend to hold on to their PCs for five to seven years [1]. Older hardware, however, often slows operations and sparks hidden costs. In fact, PCs more than four-and-a-half years old are estimated to cost 50 percent more to support and take 50 percent longer to perform many tasks [2].

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Supertaskers vs multitaskers

More than 4 out of 10 young professionals are Supertaskers, toggling seamlessly between apps and devices for personal and work tasks. With data from a 2014 survey of professionals and businesses who use technology in and outside the office, here are the 10 signs you’re definitely a supertasker:

 

  1. One is the loneliest number: Reading this on your smartphone while OITNB plays on your tablet and you update an excel file on your laptop? If you’ve got any combination of these items near you, you’re in the majority of professionals who use two to three work and personal devices on a daily basis.

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Tablet vs Notebook

 (Editor’s note:  First it was notebook computers replacing desktops PCs.  Now it’s tablet computers replacing notebooks.  Every device has advantages and disadvantages.  It’s always up to the user which device(s) are best.)

 If the rumors are to be believed, 2013 will be the year that worldwide sales of tablet PCs overtake notebooks. The second half of 2012 saw increasing demands for tablets as new screen sizes and price points were introduced. In fact, tablets have already outsold notebooks in China and North America.

So, where does this leave notebooks? When notebooks first entered the market, their mobility was heralded as being a technological breakthrough. These days, mobility is more of an expectation than advancement. Once tablets hit the market with their smaller-than-notebook size and almost-as-powerful-as-a-notebook processors, it was just a matter of time before the line between notebooks and tablets began to blur.

Even though a worldwide reduction in demand has caused shipments of notebooks to slow down, don't count them out just yet. The latter half of 2013 will see new processors for notebooks that will allow for more tablet-like PC features and longer battery life.

But if you're a business with a mobile workforce, you're probably not concerned about best-selling trends; you're concerned about which technology is best for your business.

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Windows XP...it was nice knowing you

 

One of the most popular and longest lived Microsoft operating systems that we all know and love, Windows XP, has almost run its course. Microsoft has announced that they will end support for XP on April 8, 2014.

What does this mean if you have a Windows XP machine?

You will no longer be able to receive tech support from Microsoft if your computer has an issue and most retail outlets will likely discontinue support for XP as well.

The Computing Center will continue to provide support on a very basic level, with no guarantees that we’ll be able to resolve issues. Without being able to reach out to Microsoft for assistance, we may not be able to solve more complex problems.

What are your options?

In order to stay with your familiar Windows platform, your options are to upgrade to Windows 7 or the newly released Windows 8. In most cases, computers will need to be upgraded as well.  

Our recommendation is to start budgeting and planning for a change now, rather than waiting until you are no longer able to find support for your current systems. Contact us to learn about your options!

 

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