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Your Computer’s Security

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By , February 18, 2010 10:23 am

Hello all.

I just wanted to take a second to remind everyone that we all should have our screen savers set to require passwords to get back in. If your computer goes to screen saver and when you move your mouse you get right onto your computer where you left it, you are not secure!

To set up this function, minimize everything on your desktop, then right-click on the wallpaper and pick Properties. Choose the Screen Saver tab and make sure there’s a check mark next to “On resume, password protect.” Then click OK.

With this set up correctly, you won’t have to worry about getting back to your office to log off your computer if you’re not there at the end of the day. Or even when you walk away from your computer for a few minutes.

Trillian at Home

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By , October 27, 2009 2:23 pm

If you are interested in installing Trillian on your home computer and connecting to your Meebo account from home, here’s what you need to do.

You’ll already have your Trillian account and your Meebo Account created, so you just need to download/install Trillian and configure it to connect to your Meebo account. Get Trillian at and install it as you normally would. Once you have it running, click on Trillian–Manage Connections and then “Add a new connection.”

  • Select Jabber/XMPP
  • For username use your Meebo account with the domain (ex:
  • For password use your Meebo password
  • Check the box next to Automatically connect to this account at startup
  • Under Settings, enter for your hostname and 5222 for the Port
  • Check the box next to Override default resource name with and type Home
  • Click “Back” and you’re done.

New Computers Throughout Irwin

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By , August 10, 2009 8:55 am

Here is an update on all the computer replacements.

All of the computers in the Reference Area have been replaced with newer ones. They are all PCs now, no iMacs.

All of the other “public” PCs throughout the building have been replaced with the newer ones also. The computers that were in IL-119 have been upgraded like the rest, but then redistributed throughout the building along with the Macs that used to be in Reference.

Current Summary:

Basement: 2 PCs and 2Macs in the Education Commons, 1 Mac in Rich Media Room, 2 PCs in the General area (where the newspapers used to be)
Main Floor: 25 PCs in the main lab (1 with Scanner), 1 group workstation in the back of the Reference Collection, 2 group workstations in the CLS
2nd Floor: 1 PC in SE quad, 2 wireless Macs in SW quad, 1 PC & 1 wireless Mac in NW quad, 1 PC in NE quad
3rd Floor: 1 PC in NW quad, 1 wireless Mac in NE quad

All total, that is 36 PCs and 7 Macs (including the Rich Media Room) available throughout Irwin.

Laptops should be arriving in IL-119 this week.

Irwin Public Computers Replaced

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By , August 6, 2009 11:30 am

Today many of the public-access (“lab”) computers were replaced with newer models. Not brand new, but a couple years newer than the ones that were here. The I.R. people will be back tomorrow to finish replacing the ones they didn’t do today (IL119, etc.). Over the next week or so I’ll be verifying that they have the necessary programs, printers, and configurations.


More about Managing Email

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By , July 21, 2009 1:31 pm

The friendly folks in I.R. have just put on their website a
collection of “Worksmart Guides” from Microsoft that can help you be more
productive with your email, taking advantage of tips and tricks (and just
learning more) to get the most out of your email. Right now there are only 4
documents and 3 of them are about Outlook.

Check them out:


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