Back to the Future II - or NOT

We may still be waiting for a Delorian that travels through time, but a surprisingly number of "predictions" made in that movie have become reality! Has it really been 30 years?

October 21, 2015, is the date Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. He encounters a number of different technologies that were strange to his 1985 brain, but are common to us … 30 years later. The movie’s creators made a lot of predictions about the future of technology and they came amazingly close in a number of cases.

In honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary, here’s a look at some of those predictions that have come true.

Voice-command television. When Marty’s son arrives home in the future, he walks into the living room and tells the TV to open a number of different channels for him to watch. Anyone familiar with Kinect for Xbox knows Marty’s experience is almost exactly like what’s possible now. Voice-controlled remotes also provide similar capabilities.

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Office 365 -- Something to Consider

Microsoft's Office 365 has become one of our "go to applications" for many local businesses and organizations.  While not for everyone, we have converted numerous companies to this efficient application from tiny offices with only a couple of users to organizations with hundreds of employees.

Office 365 is your complete office in the cloud and is a great choice for businesses of all sizes, especially since 43% of SMB employees work at more than one location. Whether it be from your car, home, or office, you can access your documents that are stored in the cloud from anywhere. Every user can install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs so you have access anytime, from PC to smartphone and tablet. 

A its heart is Office itself - the familiar Office applications businesses use every day - now offered as a cloud service, so it's always up to date. But Office 365 is also so much more. It's about bringing enterprise-grade services to organizations of all sizes, from online meetings to sharing documents to business-class email.

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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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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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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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