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Microsoft Campus Agreement: Work-at-home software available

Information Technology Services began offering eligible faculty/staff use of the following software at home for work-related purposes effective Monday, Feb. 28:

  • Windows 7 Professional Upgrade (32-bit/64-bit)
  • Office Professional Plus 2010
  • Office Mac Standard 2011

The software is not available for personal use. K-Staters can purchase the software for personal use under the Microsoft Select Agreement at the K-State Student Union Computer Store.

Note to departments: Free software downloads of Microsoft’s operating systems and the Microsoft Office Suite are available for all university-owned computers.  See the Jan. 18 Microsoft Campus Agreement article.

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Microsoft Campus Agreement

Information Technology Services has procured a Microsoft Campus Agreement to provide faculty and staff access to Microsoft’s operating systems and the Microsoft Office Suite for all university-owned computers. The products covered under the agreement include:

  • Microsoft Operating System – for Mac and Windows environments
  • Microsoft Office Suite – for Mac and Windows environments
  • Core CAL Suite

Technical support staff in units across campus were sent an e-mail with this information and given access to the K-State Online space that provides the media files and documentation about the Microsoft Campus Agreement. For technical support staff who did not receive the e-mail, contact the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 785-532-7722.

Spring 2011 computing-lab software requests due Dec. 1

iTAC staff are in the process of preparing computers in the K-State InfoCommons and university computing labs for updates during the December/January break. Any requests for additional software should be sent to softwarerequest@k-state.edu no later than Dec. 1. This allows time to install and test software before deploying to the labs.

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SPSS software pricing going up

IBM SPSS pricing is going up Sept. 28. While this will not impact the campus SPSS-PC license renewal costs this year, it does impact purchases of add-ons made after that time.

Faculty/staff and departments that are considering adding SPSS AMOS, Data Entry, Data Collection, Exact Tests, and so forth should contact Kathy Leonard (kantink@k-state.edu, 785-532-4926) no later than Sept. 23 to take advantage of current pricing.

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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Mathematica 7 open training seminar Sept. 14

To support the Mathematica site license at Kansas State University, Wolfram Research will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 14, to provide training for Mathematica 7. This training session will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 401 Hale Library, and there will be time after the training session to answer technical and licensing questions about Mathematica.

Mathematica is often thought of as useful for only math, but this training session will illustrate why Version 7 changes the pedagogy of teaching within biology, chemistry, economics, physics, engineering, and a number of other academic departments. Continue reading “Mathematica 7 open training seminar Sept. 14”

Microsoft, Adobe products added to Student Select program

New Microsoft and Adobe software titles have been added to the K-State Student Select Software program available at the K-State Student Union Computer StoreTo see programs included in each title, a printable price list, and FAQs, see the Student Select PDF.

All titles require a current K-State ID for purchasing and are available to faculty/staff, students, and emeriti. Distance students, employees of local agencies (K-State Student Union, Athletics, Foundation, etc.), and satellite campuses and workplaces (i.e. Extension) are included. Alumni and employees of K-State affiliates are not eligible.

All titles are limited to “1 user – 2 computers” and licensing terms state they are for your own personal educational use, and not for resale.  All titles are distributed on a CD/DVD and each package includes its own unique activation key.

Microsoft titles added

  • Office 2010 Professional Plus for Windows – $79.95

Adobe Creative Suite 5 titles added (available for Mac and PC)

  • Dreamweaver CS5 – $129
  • Flash Professional CS5 – $149
  • Photoshop Extended CS5 –  $179
  • Design Standard CS5 – $249
  • Design Premium CS5 – $379
  • Web Premium Cs5 – $379
  • Production Premium CS5 – $379
  • Master Collection CS5 – $599

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Adobe contract negotiations under way

The university’s contract with Adobe Systems expires Friday, April 30. Negotiations are under way but are unlikely to be completed until early May.

SHI, our large account reseller for Adobe products, is aware of the situation, and beginning May 1, they will hold Adobe orders until the new contract is completed.

Contact Kathy Leonard (kantink@k-state.edu, 785-532-4926) if you have questions about the contract status. Contact the Purchasing Office  (785-532-6412) if you have specific purchasing questions.

iPad apps roundup: epicurious, News Pro, WeatherBug Elite

The iPad has been on the street now for a little over a week, and application developers have been busy creating their latest wares. Here are some of the apps that I have had a chance to play with and find useful and fun.

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“Epicurious” is an application that connects to a database housing an array of recipes. You can browse recipes by category, event type, ingredients, and ranking.

Feedback is available from folks who have attempted the recipe. Many will provide helpful deviations or hints, and the rating system of “would make again” has been helpful in narrowing down recipes for further experimentation.

The app is free and is available at the
epicurious-recipes-shopping link in the iTunes store.

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