Category Archive: Windows

By Ross Madden
April 20, 2012 10:21 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Windows

Well, I finally got around to installing and playing around with some of the newness that will soon be Windows 8.  I downloaded both the 64 and 32 bit versions of the Windows 8 Beta Consumer Preview build 8250, and installed the 32 bit version onto an older HP XW4300 Workstation with 1GB of RAM, […]

By Ross Madden
March 12, 2010 1:47 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security News, Tips and Tricks, Windows

One little project I have been researching involves installing and monitoring an inexpensive video/image surveillance system in order to secure assets and resources.  This need has arisen due to several thefts that have taken place on campus.  My hope is that having installed this system will prevent any attempt, and if one does occur, I […]

By Ross Madden
February 2, 2010 10:04 am MT
Posted in Tips and Tricks, Windows

For the past decade or so, I have been stuck using the default Notepad application that comes pre-installed on every Windows computer.  For my purposes, the ‘Development Suite’ applications such as the MS ‘Visual’ tools and other development environments are too much – heavy and complicated.  As I am usually working on a single file […]

By Ross Madden
November 19, 2009 9:43 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Tips and Tricks, Windows

UPDATE: The information regarding the Cisco VPN in this article is deprecated as the Cisco IPSec VPN client has reached its end of life .  Please use the Secure Gateway instead: http://www.acns.colostate.edu/Connect. It has been stated before and will be stated again, but here goes – Cisco will not be releasing a VPN client for […]

By Ross Madden
November 17, 2009 3:53 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Tips and Tricks, Windows

I am often asked these two questions. I have a new computer, how can I remove all the CRAP that came preinstalled? I have an older computer, how can I speed it up? I will share with you a little IT secret, and that is CCleaner.  In short, this program optimizes your system, by removed […]

By Ross Madden
November 6, 2009 8:16 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Security News, Windows

I have restarting one of the Department of Biology’s Domain Controllers this morning at 7am on Friday, the 6th of November.  This restart was necessary to apply a few security patches.  Chloroform is one of two domain controllers within the Department.  Fluoroform is the other domain controller and was not restarted during this maintenance.  Domain […]

By Ross Madden
October 27, 2009 10:00 am MT
Posted in Apple, Security News, Windows

ACNS has just made available the new version of Symantec Endpoint Protection. This version not only solves the various firewall issues we were experiencing but also works properly with Windows 7. As I reported earlier, Windows 7 was popping up an annoying driver compatibility warning (http://wp.natsci.colostate.edu/bioit/2009/09/18/symantec-sep-windows-7-issue/). If you are suffering from the 11.0.4 SEP installation […]

By Ross Madden
October 8, 2009 9:03 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Windows

No, I’m not pitching some “Google pays me $1,425 a week” foolishness.  I am talking about how you can connect to your work computer from home if you find yourself sick, or if one of the campus’ emergency plans are implemented due to pandemic, weather, or whatever else you can think of. I have created […]

By Ross Madden
October 2, 2009 1:01 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, The Cloud, Windows

What is a Netbook? Netbooks are the term applied to ultra portable laptop computers which in turn come with a low price tag; typically, under $400.  The low price means that these devices are comparably underpowered for the operations a more expensive “laptop” or desktop computer could typically handle.  The ultra portable part means that […]

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By Ross Madden
September 25, 2009 9:54 am MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Windows

I often get asked if I can help users out with a copy of Photoshop for their lab or personal computer.  Of course, I cannot – the Department of Biology does not have a site license for Photoshop nor Photoshop Elements.  This leaves the burden of the license cost on the individuals using the software. […]

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