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Microsoft Office suite is free for all K-Staters

Free IT resources at K-StateAll K-State students and faculty/staff can now get the full Microsoft Office suite for free, as part of the university’s Office 365 site license.

Known as Office 365 ProPlus, the suite provides both desktop and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office.  It is for personal use and can be installed on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five phones.

In addition, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Operating System licenses are available to faculty/staff for all university-owned computers at no cost. Check with the technical support staff in your unit for more information.

For more details, see K-State’s Office 365 website (k-state.edu/its/office365). If you have questions, contact the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 785-532-7722 (toll-free 800-865-6143).

Windows 10 update for university-owned computers

by Eric Dover

On July 29, Microsoft will be releasing its new operating system, Windows 10. For university-owned computers, it is recommended not to upgrade to the new operating system for at least six months or until K-State can thoroughly test university systems compatibility with the new operating system.  Continue reading “Windows 10 update for university-owned computers”

Shred Day nets 7 tons of K-State paper for shredding, recycling

Document Resources truck holding boxes of paper documents to be shreddedA total of 14,840 pounds, or more than 7 tons, of paper materials were collected from K-State departments July 15 for shredding and secure disposal. This is twice the amount of materials collected for shredding during our October 2013 Shred Day event.

On the Manhattan campus, 6.06 tons of paper documents were collected. The Salina campus collected 1.33 tons, according to Tony Hoover, computer information specialist at Salina. Continue reading “Shred Day nets 7 tons of K-State paper for shredding, recycling”

Departments: Secure disposal of paper, electronic media available all year long

(Editor’s note: Weblinks in this article were updated Oct. 14, 2015.)

In addition to the university’s periodic Shred Day events, departments can securely dispose of paper and electronic media (eWaste) throughout the year.  Continue reading “Departments: Secure disposal of paper, electronic media available all year long”

K-State use of ImageNow / Perceptive Content recognized for cost-savings approach

by Information Systems Office

K-State’s use of ImageNow software, now renamed Perceptive Content, was featured in a recent article on Perceptive Software’s website, “Kansas State University: a DIY approach to expansion on campus“.

K-State’s “train-the-trainer” approach has helped save funds and allows departments to focus their dollars on licensing and scanners, said Rhiannon Englert, ImageNow systems specialist in the Office of Information Systems.  Continue reading “K-State use of ImageNow / Perceptive Content recognized for cost-savings approach”

Assistance for students who need to upgrade their computer from Windows XP

Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP Service Pack 3 on April 8.  This means that there will be no new security updates or support through Microsoft. After this date, your computer may be more vulnerable to security risks and may be blocked from accessing the K-State network.

ResNet and iTAC are teaming up to provide upgrade assistance for student computers that are still running Windows XP.   Continue reading “Assistance for students who need to upgrade their computer from Windows XP”

NVivo site license renewed; new license key for users

K-State recently renewed its site license for NVivo 10 to allow all current faculty, staff, and graduate students to have access to this qualitative and mixed methods research software.  As part of this process, a new license key was issued for all site-license-based users of the software.

To ensure uninterrupted access to each installation of the software, please be sure to update the license.  Continue reading “NVivo site license renewed; new license key for users”

iPad warranty and repair services now available to K-Staters and campus units

Apple iPad devices can now be checked in for warranty replacement as well as out-of-warranty replacement services at the IT Help Desk in 214 Hale Library. This program is open for both personally owned and university-owned devices.  Continue reading “iPad warranty and repair services now available to K-Staters and campus units”

Gift ideas, big and small, on K-State technology wishlists

IT staff have a wide range of items on their wishlists, from fun and entertaining technology to a Cessna Citation jet with new-tech features. If you’re still searching for that special gift, these ideas may help.

This list was compiled from K-State IT staff who answered the question “What tech gifts would you like to receive or give this holiday season?”

  • HEXBUG Aquabot with Fishbowl ($14.99). K-State staff said: “When adults get fascinated by a cute little 3-inch fish swimming around in its own bowl with real water (it’s water-activated), just imagine how much kids will love it. I even want one.”
  • Fitbit health/activity trackers (from $59.95).  From the website: “…products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life so you can achieve your health and fitness goals.”
  • Sentry Turret USB Desk Defender ($29.99). From the website: “Strike fear into the hearts of your enemies (or coworkers) with your very own Turret Desk Defender, powered by USB. When it detects movement, the wings open and it will announce the acquisition of a target…”

Continue reading “Gift ideas, big and small, on K-State technology wishlists”