Category Archive: Tips and Tricks

By Aaron Vanasse
March 29, 2018 3:10 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

The hidden files and folders setting is both a blessing and a curse. Microsoft has attempted to keep us from making some rather consequential mistakes. The majority of hidden files and folders on your PC are windows systems files and application files that need 99.9999% zero human intervention. In other words, if it most likely […]

By Ross Madden
February 8, 2018 10:47 am MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Internet & Networking, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

As of February 2018, the Department of Chemistry has funded a CSU site license for several MestreNova plugins.  The following functionality is covered by this site license: NMR qNMR IUPAC Name Reaction Monitoring Installing MestreNova To install MestreNova, simply download and install from this URL: https://mestrelab.com/download/mnova Installing License Files Once you have installed the current […]

By Aaron Vanasse
January 29, 2018 5:15 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

Occasionally when working with in Windows, you may experience a situation where a program or application prompts to make a change or allow a change to “hidden files and/or folders”. The reason we have hidden files and folders is to prevent accidental corruption or deletion of critical files. Most of these files will never have […]

By Ross Madden
November 1, 2017 11:53 am MT
Posted in E-mail, General CNSIT, The Cloud, Tips and Tricks

On occasion, CNSIT receives questions regarding the possibility of a message being caught by an incoming e-mail filter.  The symptom for the end user is usually that a message they have expected hasn’t been delivered.  Typically, there are 3 options for the message’s absence. Junk Folder on the Client The first place to check is […]

By Ross Madden
May 2, 2017 11:07 am MT
Posted in Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

We have noticed a bug in the update process for Windows 7 SP1 machines.  The pattern we see is when a machine hasn’t run updates since before October 2016, and when a current update is started, we sit on the “Checking for Updates” step for what could be hours and hours.  One solution is to […]

By Ross Madden
January 24, 2017 2:30 pm MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, General Computing, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

Is your hard drive in the red and you have no idea where all that space is being consumed?  We often use the following free programs to interpret this mysterious phenomenon.  These utilize a type of graph called a Treemap, which attempts to visualize the files in blocks.  The larger the block, the more space […]

By Ross Madden
August 15, 2016 1:24 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Internet & Networking, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks

Your CSU eID Account Your CSU eName (aka, eID) is your University wide username.  This, in combination with your CSU password, is what you will use to gain access to almost all resources you have access to. Your E-mail Account (O365) Your CSU inbox is where mail sent to your CSU e-mail address is delivered.  […]

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By Ross Madden
April 11, 2016 6:10 pm MT
Posted in Tips and Tricks, Windows

With Microsoft becoming increasingly more aggressive with the Windows 10 update notifications, I thought it was a good time to create an article with some tips on how to prevent an accidental upgrade. First, the easy way (and recommended way).  Download the following standalone app called the GWX Control Panel here: (http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/GWX_control_panel.exe).  Download it, run […]

By CNS IT
March 10, 2016 1:34 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Tips and Tricks

There is a new BMB Order Form! It looks and acts very much like the old order form, with a couple of minor changes. First, The bottom button is now a email button instead of a submit button.                         Put in your email address […]

By Ross Madden
March 3, 2016 12:08 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Internet & Networking, Knowledge Base, Pangea, The Cloud, Tips and Tricks

Personal storage has been handled by many different technologies over the years.  At first, the term was just used to describe data on your personal computer – stored on it’s local hard drive.  We may have supplemented this storage with the use of external hard drives that we could move around from one computer to […]

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