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How the least-savvy girl found her way to a tech-savvy blog

Welcome to my first blog post!

My name is Stephanie and I’m so excited to be writing for Elon’s Technology Blog, though I never expected to find myself here. Read on and find out why!

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Greetings, Blog Community!

Hello all!

Running Alpha Phi Omega's Pie Your Professor fundraiser last spring.

Running Alpha Phi Omega’s Pie Your Professor fundraiser last spring.

My name is Maria Temming. I’m a junior double majoring in Physics and Creative Writing with a minor in Astronomy—a strange combination, right? Probably the result of reading and writing too much science fiction as a kid. Writing has always been my first love, be it fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. If you’d told me at age ten that I’d someday take a Quantum Mechanics course, I would have recoiled in horror. But somewhere along the line, an admiration for Jean-Luc Picard’s Enterprise crew turned into a real fascination with the science of the cosmos. So I spent the summer writing for Sky and Telescope magazine, and this semester I’m vacillating between Computer Science and Linguistics homework, happy to say there’s nothing I’d rather be doing. Ultimately, I hope to pursue a career in science writing.

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Is updating technology a bad thing?

There tend to be two types of technology users in the world—those that update their devices as soon as a patch or upgrade is released, and those that hang on to their device as is, never performing updates because they don’t like change or are skeptical of what the update actually entails. After all, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. But is updating the technology on your device always the best thing to do? Here are some tips of when to update and when you might want to hold off a little while longer. Continue reading »

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Organize your research with Zotero

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 11.07.14 AMThe beginning of the new school year is the best time to create new habits, and our Belk librarians are here to help. Library staff members Lynne Bisko and Vicki Siler believe that organization is key during the research process of major papers or presentations. That is why they suggest Zotero as your new research tool.

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Organizing your Organizations: A Senior’s Perspective

237315746_1f00700a5dTomorrow’s Organization Fair offers new and returning students the chance to join a few of over 200 organizations Elon has to offer. As a senior, I have done my fair share of overcommitting to organizations and having to balance a hefty schedule. This is how I keep my commitments in order.

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Tech tips for a successful fall semester

As classes begin for the fall semester, Instructional & Campus Technologies (ICT) have integrated a variety of new changes to technology across campus. Some of these new changes affect returning students, while others affect students both new and old. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to making sure your personal technology is utilized in the best ways possible. Continue reading »

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Campus print stations upgraded

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The new Omega Print Station

Elon’s Instructional and Campus Technologies continually evaluates and updates our services to meet the changing and growing needs of students, faculty, and staff. In light of this, Campus Technology Support (CTS) has worked diligently this summer to upgrade Print Management Stations (PMS) for HP and Xerox printers across campus with universal print drivers that allow users to print documents from any HP or Xerox print station on campus. Continue reading »

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Students can backup work with Google Drive

Many may not realize it, but ElonGoogle-Drive University’s partnership with Google Apps for Education provides students with 30GB of cloud storage space through Google Drive. This robust tool allows students to back up files and folders to the cloud, to actually create files through apps integrated with Google Drive, and to share those files with other individuals who have a Google account. In the past, students have traditionally used the U:Drive to store work, but the extensive tools Google Drive offers makes this the new preferred method for storing data. Continue reading »

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Service Desk is the new Help Desk

Over the last year, a variety of changes have been implemented across Campus Technology Support (CTS) to help improve efficiency and better assist our faculty, staff, and students. Many of these changes have had a strong impact on the Technology Help Desk, evolving the unit’s traditional role into that of a Technology Service Desk. As a Service Desk, the unit will be able to better track, prioritize, and escalate technology issues affecting the university community. Continue reading »

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4 tips to help prevent drive-by downloads

If you have ever installed a software program, you are probably familiar with having to click on an “accept”, “confirm”, or “agree” button before the program will install.  A drive-by download is a download of adware, malware, or software not authorized by the user.  A drive-by download can happen as you visit websites.  The downloads happen in the background with the most common purposes of recording sites you visit and searching for passwords on your system. Continue reading »

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