Smarter, Better, Faster, Longer

Starting June 4th, Intel's 4th generation of i5 and i7 processors will be available for computers.  As we have seen in the past, this new generation provides the user with greater video performance as well as greater battery life in notebooks and ultrabooks.  In the realm of desktops, the new processors are substantially more powerful than their predeccessors and faster than the top-of-the-line AMD processor. With this new generation of processors we should expect to see portables reaching the levels of performance that was usually reserved for desktops.


Google Apps Improves Free Collaboration Options

With the roll-out of Google Apps for Education for CU Boulder students, there is the opportunity for improved free collaboration options for students that faculty and staff should be aware of.  

Google Apps for Education includes the following features for free:

- Mail (including Chat)

- Calendar

- Google Drive: Repository for documents

- Docs: Google's version of Word

- Sheets: Google's version of Excel

- Slides: Google's version of PowerPoint

- Sites: Shared workspaces for classes, work groups, and clubs

- Vault: Archiving and e-discovery

- And, more...

With all of these benefits to Google Apps for Education, your student's collaboration options just became essentially endless.  From chatting with classmates to storing and sharing documents from anywhere with instructors or classmates and much more.


Tired of Seeing Ads on Every Webpage? Learn to Block Them. It's Easy.



A couple of months ago I blogged about how to securely browse the web, now I have another tip to help improve your web-browsing experience.

If you're a Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Android user there's a great free add-on for your browser called "Ad-Block Plus" which automatically blocks most ads from appearing on your favorite websites.

A cool thing about Ad-Block Plus is that if it does not automatically block the ad, you can continually improve its functionality by telling it to block ads which continue to show up. And, for those of us who like to live dangerously, you can "pause" ad-block from blocking ads. Why? Maybe for those particular occasions that we need to see ads? Perhaps you marketing folks will find a use for that feature.

Some more features of Ad-Block Plus:

  • Acceptable ads: Ad-Block Plus will only block ads and pop-ups it finds to be "annoying" and will allow "unobtrusive ads", etc.
  • Disable Tracking: With Ad-Block Plus, you can disable a website's ability to track your online activity.
  • Disable Social Media Buttons: Tired of all the Facebook "Like" buttons everywhere? Ad-Block Plus will automatically disable them.
  • And more...

For those of you using Internet Explorer and Safari, there are options for those as well.

For Internet Explorer there is: Adblock IE, and Simple Adblock

For Safari there is: Safari AdBlock


Security and Your Computer


The unfortunate reality of life, especially in the tech world, is that theft is committed more than anyone wants to admit.

What steps can you take to prevent theft?

When you register your computer you will be given a security sticker to place on your property.  This sticker not only makes it easy to track the computer, it also acts as a visual deterrent to thieves.

It is a simple, fast, and free step that you can take to better guard against wouldbe thieves.

Laptop computer registration is available at the following locations:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder Telecommunications Center, 1045 18th Street, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon - Fri;
  • The Public Safety Building, 1805 33rd St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon - Fri;
  • Boulder Police Hill Community Police Center (CPC), 1310 College - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon - Fri; and,
  • Pearl Street CPC, 1500 Pearl St. - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon - Fri.

Source: CU-Boulder Police Department


When to Buy a New Mac?

One of the worst feelings is purchasing a brand new Mac product only to find out that Apple released an upgraded version two weeks later.  You are left feeling confused, betrayed and miffed that your brand- spanking new technology is already antiquated.

I have good news -- this depressive state is completely avoidable! forecasts when individual Apple products are nearing a "refresh".  Apple products tend to refresh at least 2 times each year.  This handy guide will leave you feeling great about your purchase knowing you will have the best for at least six months.