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Is your TimeMachine Backup Working?

Let’s say you’ve got Time Machine setup to backup all of you files… or at least you think you do. How do you KNOW it’s working? Here are two quick ways to check. Continue reading “Is your TimeMachine Backup Working?”

Why your clock MUST be accurate

Having issues connecting to wireless? GPS location inaccurate? Can’t log into your Banks Website? Check your time and date! Continue reading “Why your clock MUST be accurate”

Browse the Web Securely when Off Campus

“Don’t do your online banking or anything sensitive on a public Wi-Fi network.” The advice is out there, but why can using a public Wi-Fi network actually be dangerous? And wouldn’t online banking be secure, as it’s encrypted?

There are a few big problems with using a public Wi-Fi network. The open nature of the network allows for snooping, the network could be full of compromised machines, or — most worryingly — the hotspot itself could be malicious. Continue reading “Browse the Web Securely when Off Campus”

Release or Cancel Print Job in Library without Card

We have provided basic instructions regarding how to securely print to the Kenison Library Xerox copier using Brewster’s new “Papercut” service. However, there are times when you may want to manually cancel a job, authorize it for release (without using your “prox” card) or just see the history or even environmental impact of your printing. Continue reading “Release or Cancel Print Job in Library without Card”

Secure Printing via PaperCut

The same type of “Proximity” card and reader used to get into our buildings is now being used to securely release teacher generated print jobs on the Kennison Library Xerox printer/copier using software called “PaperCut”.

When a teacher prints to the Kennison Xerox, the print job will wait to print until you “release” it by touching your “prox” card to the reader located on top of the Xerox copier. Continue reading “Secure Printing via PaperCut”

Calendar Gadget in Gmail


Sometimes it is the little time-savers or “gadgets” that make our daily routines just a little easier without us ever realizing it.  Gmail has a Calendar Gadget that may just make your day!  The Calendar Gadget will allow you to view your daily events right in your Gmail window sidebar.

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Mac 101: Keyboard Shortcuts – The Arrow Keys & Swipe

Forward & Previous Shortcuts

The following short cuts will help you navigate between open web pages in Safari & Google and also in your Gmail. We all use the “back & forward” icons at the top of a browser to go backward & forward in web browsers.  Instead, you can use Command Key Shortcuts or trackpad swipe gestures.

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Mac 101: Text Message Continuity-from Mac to iPhone

We all get our text messages on our phones, but are you receiving your messages on your computer or iPad?  Introducing Apple Continuity!

Link your iPhone number to your Apple ID.  Then, you can use your phone number with iMessages on your Mac or iPad.

Here is how to add an account and some helpful tips to sync your messages, tweak your settings and stay connected on all your devices.

Continue reading “Mac 101: Text Message Continuity-from Mac to iPhone”

Sync your Apple Devices with iCloud

Your Apple ID is the account you use to access Apple services like the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime and more. It includes the email address and password you use to sign in as well as all the contact, payment, and security details you’ll use across Apple services. Continue reading “Sync your Apple Devices with iCloud”

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