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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Changes in technologies present opportunities

 

Thanks to new technology, it’s an exciting time for small and mid-size businesses. That’s because many are finding that increased access to new technology – such as cloud and mobile solutions – can provide access to services that were never within their reach before, helping them grow and be more productive.

They are also finding that using old or outdated technology can hinder a company’s ability to do business in a number of ways – from security risks and compliance issues to not being able to implement even modest changes or updates in software, all of which can significantly hamper a company’s ability to be successful and competitive.

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Windows XP Registry Hack Has Minimal Effect

Why are we still wrting about Windows XP?  Because there are still a lot of users out there still using it.  If your Windows XP computer still access the Internet, please consider an upgrade!

In April 2014, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. This means that if your computer is still running Windows XP, you are no longer receiving security updates.

Several tech news sources have recently reported a change that you can make to your Windows registry (known as a “registry hack”) that tells your Windows XP computer that it’s running Windows Embedded or Windows Server 2003.

Although this hack might allow your Windows XP computer to receive automatic updates, these updates will not fully protect your Windows XP computer. And because these updates are not intended for Windows XP, they might also cause your computer to stop working correctly.

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Creating a Healthier Workplace

Editor's Note: It used to be that people only worked at their desks.  Today, we have clients who have stand-up workstations in their offices, use mobile carts, and many of us have and use mobile devices throughout our work day.  Here are a number of ideas for making your and your client's workplaces more healthly.

The US Department of Health and Human Services says 59% of employees do not get adequate exercise, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sites that 75% of healthcare costs come from chronic diseases—the most preventable type of diseases. Exercising while working, or during a break from work, can give you more energy, reduce stress, and can help prevent you—and your employees—from catching the latest bug, meaning less sick days and healthcare expenditures.

Employers and team leaders play an important role in encouraging fitness at work and changing the company culture to support wellness. Here are a few ways you can lead by example to keep your employees healthier and more productive.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer Vulnerability

UPDATE -- As of  5/1/2014, Thursday afternoon (ET), Microsoft has issued a patch to fix the Internet Explorer Vulnerbility. Interestingly, they included Windows XP in the patch rollout.  For those machines with Auto Update enabled, the patch will be loaded automatically. 

More information: 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2964358

From Windows XP machines:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2014/05/01/out-of-band-release-to-address-microsoft-security-advisory-2963983.aspx

 

This has been the month for serious security issues for computer users.  First there was the Heartbleed problem that potentially compromised server side security.  Now we have a very serious Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerability, that affects the Internet Explorer Browser -  IE Versions 6-11, has been recently discovered.  While there is currently NO “fix” for the issue, there are some work-arounds. Anyone running a Windows operating system potentially has to deal with this issue.

First and most important -- Do NOT Use the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser with any Windows Operating System!  

  • If you are still using Windows XP, use another browser, like Google Chrome, or Firefox.  There will not be a patch released for Windows XP.  We recommend removing Internet Explorer permanently.

  • For Windows 7 or 8, and if your applications allow the use of another brower. use Google Chrome, Firefox or other non-Microsoft browser, until Microsoft releases a Patch for IE. 
     
  • If you must use Internet Explorer, removing the Adobe Flash plugin is a workaround although certain websites that use Flash may not work correctly.

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