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Q/A: Office for Mac upgrades on volume-license purchases?

Do K-State departments get a free upgrade to Office 2011 software (for Macs only)?

No. Microsoft purchases made through SHI International (via State Contract 07365) are volume-license purchases. Free upgrades are not available for volume-license purchases (see Microsoft’s Technology Guarantee for details). Departments that need to purchase Office for Mac are encouraged to wait to purchase the new version when it is released.

The only exception is if a department participates in the Software Assurance progam and has purchased it for Office for Mac 2008. In that case, those departments will be notified of upgrade procedures.

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24-hour study area reopens in Hale Library

The 24-hour study area in Hale Library reopened Monday, Sept. 13, with a new look, lots of table space, Macs, wireless access, and printing capabilities. Information Technology Services has shifted computers, and six iMacs are now in that space. Laser printing is still available, and plans are to add more walk-up stations in the mix.

6 new iMacs are now in the 24-hour study area in Hale Library

Einstein Brothers Bagels shop shares the updated space, and a grand opening is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Q/A: How to display full e-mail headers on a Mac laptop?

An IT security webpage (Identifying and Responding to a scam) says to “check full e-mail headers on questionable e-mail.” How do I do that on my Mac laptop? The Windows process — to right-click the message and select “Full headers” — doesn’t work on my Mac laptop, and there’s no “full headers” choice anywhere.

First, some caveats:

  • When using a two-button mouse on a Mac, right-click works the same way as on a PC.
  • When using a one-button mouse on a Mac, Control-click is required to simulate a right-click.
  • When using a laptop with no mouse, Control-click on the trackpad button is required.

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Today (Sept. 7) is last day of back-to-school computer sales

Computer back-to-school offers at the K-State Student Union Computer Store end today (Tuesday, Sept. 7). K-State students, faculty/staff, and emeritus with valid K-State IDs can buy qualifying Mac and iPod products and receive an online rebate of up to $199.

Along with a full inventory featuring MacBooks, iPads, iPods, accessories, as well as a select line of Dell laptops, your Authorized Apple Campus store continues to offer education discounts on Student Select Microsoft and Adobe products. The software savings can be as much as 80 percent off of retail prices.

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“Mac 101″ seminar Monday, Sept. 13

Bought a new Mac? Interested in the basics of the Mac OS X? Make plans to attend a Mac 101 session 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in Room 207 of the K-State Student Union. See the attached Mac 101 flier (PDF) for more information.

Christine Caplinger, the Apple student campus rep, will be the presenter. E-mail her at christine.caplinger@me.com with any questions about the session.

Office and home computer repair for K-Staters

K-Staters who need their personal or departmental computers repaired can bring them to the IT Help Desk, 214 Hale Library. Services include:

Apple back-to-school special runs through Sept. 7

It is “Back to School” time and through Tuesday, Sept. 7, Apple is offering a free iPod after mail-in rebate with the purchase of a qualifying Mac for Higher Education students, faculty/staff, and K-12 employees. This is in addition to Apple’s everyday education pricing.

With the purchase of a qualifying Mac, get your choice of a 4GB iPod shuffle; 8GB or 16GB iPod nano; or an 8GB iPod touch for free after mail-in rebate. Other iPod models qualify, but the maximum rebate is $199.

In addition, the Union Computer Store is running an in-store special that sweetens the deal by letting customers add an HP F4480 All-in-One printer (copy/print/scan) for 99 cents with their Mac purchase. And that includes a 6-foot USB cable!

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Apple computers in Hale InfoCommons and Union Caribou Coffee to be unavailable June 14-16

Beginning June 14, central IT staff will be making changes to the Apple computing environment in Hale Library and also Caribou Coffee in the K-State Student Union. It is expected that Apple computers in these environments will be unavailable from June 14 through June 16. However, all Windows-based computers in those computing facilities will continue to function normally.

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Departments: Switching to a Mac? Things to consider

Thinking about switching to a Mac for your main computer? Here are some things to keep in mind in order to make the switch a smooth one.

  1. Make note of all the applications you use in Windows and ensure there are equivalent versions for Mac OS X. For example, there are no current versions of AutoCAD that run on Mac OS X. And K-State’s HyperSnap license only runs on Windows. Some university systems might not be available using a Mac operating system.
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"Safe(r) web browsing" PowerPoint slides online

For those who missed the IT security roundtable April 9, it’s comforting to know that presenter Harvard Townsend (K-State’s chief information security officer) diligently documents the details in his PowerPoint files. The Safe(r) Web Browsing presentation (50-slide PowerPoint) that’s now online serves as a realistic roadmap of the latest dangers and defenses for K-Staters who want to be safer-than-sorry when browsing the Web.

As Townsend has said before, “The scary thing is you don’t even have to click on anything – just visiting a site with malicious code can initiate a download that installs malware on your computer without you knowing it.”

Slide 29 from the Safe(r) Web Browsing presentation
Slide 29 from the Safe(r) Web Browsing presentation (click the image to download the PowerPoint)

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