Tech Time

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Welcome to Tech Time, the show where we answer your questions regarding ITS supported software.

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Photoshop is a massive program that is limited to your imagination. In this video we'll cover a few of the most common tools used in Photoshop.

Even the professionals in Learning and Professional Development sometimes have a difficult time in front of the camera! Check out our bloopers from 2014.

  After a while, you may start to notice your mac slowing down and find that it is bloated with unwanted files. This episode of Tech Time will give you some tips for cleaning up and speeding up your computer.

After a while, you may start to notice your PC slowing down and find that it is bloated with unwanted files. This episode of Tech Time will give you some tips for cleaning up and speeding up your computer.

Green PC is an ITS server that allows you to access a Windows desktop and applications from any computer with a network connection.

BbLearn's Content Collection feature is a service provided by BbLearn to help faculty, staff, and students share NAU-related files that are too large to share through e-mail.  In this video we'll walk you through importing files into BbLearn's Content Collection, sharing these files through e-mail, and then accessing these files when you are the one receiving them.

You can use Microsoft Outlook rules to stay more organized and locate specific emails easier and faster! Rules are a way to have incoming messages sorted, filed, marked or otherwise handled automatically. Different reasons to use rules in Microsoft Outlook could be to move messages from a particular address into a specific folder, to assign a category or flag messages with a particular word in the subject of an email, or to forward all messages with attachments to another email address.

Working with Fetch.  Join Ryan and Jason in this Tech Time Video as they discuss the FTP Mac application, Fetch.

We all have important documents that we would hate to lose, whether it be personal files or shared documentation. Backing up your data files is a must to ensure you always have access to your important documents, and to decrease the risk of losing them due to a computer malfunction or mistake. In this episode of Tech Time, I am going to show you how to store data files on different NAU servers depending on the type of information you are saving and whether or not those files should be shared with others in your department.

Everyone is aware of ways to go green to help keep the Earth a beautiful place. But what about ways to go green with technology at home and at work? In this episode of Tech Time, we show you just a couple of ways you can be more sustainable while using technology.

If you log on to your LOUIE account, you might notice a new function called Jacks Scheduler. This new tool helps build your class schedule based on the classes you want to take and any necessary breaks you might need. This makes the overall process of designing the perfect class schedule easier and a lot less stressful.

Lynda offers self-paced, hands-on video courses on a variety of important skills; from using Microsoft and Adobe products to creative skill sets like photography, web design, and video editing. And the best part? NAU provides full access to the Lynda library to all students, faculty, and staff.

You can use keyboard shortcuts to speed up some of your daily tasks. This video covers some of the most popular shortcuts for Macs.

In this episode we will walk you through the steps on how to remote into a PC from a MAC. You can use this tool when you are working from home, are in a meeting, or giving a presentation and need to access something on your work computer.

Mapping a Shared Drive. This episode of Tech Time will show you how to connect to a shared drive using both Mac OSX and Windows 7. Specifically, we will show you how to connect to the home drive, also known as the Bonsai Drive or H Drive.For written documentation regarding Bonsai, visit:

In this episode, we are going to explore the Dana server, how you can access it, and what it can be used for. Dana is a virtual space that you, as an NAU student, can access to host a web page or use it as a cloud drive to store up to 500 Megabytes of data. For written documentation, visit:

Blackboard Learn is NAU’s online Learning Management System. It is where you will access any online classes you take through NAU, and it also contains online resources for in-person NAU classes such as documents, videos, quizzes, assignments, and discussion boards.

This free text notification service is called NAU Alert. When you setup your cell phone with NAU Alert, you will receive important emergency notifications, including weather-related closures. For written documentation, visit:

In this episode we are going to talk about how to set up your NAU Gmail account on your Apple iOS mobile device or Android mobile device. Setting up access to your NAU Gmail account on your mobile device is quite simple and takes only a couple of minutes. For written documentation, visit:

The vLab provides NAU affiliates with remote access to the student computer lab environment. All you need is a free Remote Desktop Connection utility, High Speed Internet Access, and an active NAU student, faculty, or staff account. For written documentation. visit:

For those of you who are new to NAU, welcome! You now live and study on one of the most unique, beautiful campuses in the country. It is a large campus, and finding your way around can be daunting. Navigating NAU’s digital resources, on the other hand, is simplified through the use of MyNAU, your portal to important NAU functions like accessing your email, viewing your class schedule, signing up for courses, and accessing Blackboard.

Apple’s newest operating System, Mavericks, is now fully supported by ITS here at NAU. Although Mavericks is similar to Mountain Lion, there are a few new features that will help you stay organized and be more productive.

In PowerPoint you can either create many different types of slides. In this Tech Time we'll point you in the right direction on how to create professional and engaging slides.

Add your picture to Outlook, the NAU email address book, and Sharepoint by default and make your picture available inside of Lync.

One of the most important tasks that you will face between semesters is registering for classes. Today we are going to explore the ins and outs of the Louie interface, and help you get more comfortable with NAU’s class registration system.

Remote Desktop.  This episode of Tech Time covers Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop allows for a user to log into a computer (like your office computer) from a computer in another location (like from home or in a lab on campus).

You can use Remote Desktop to log into your office PC or the terminal server from your Mac. This is a great way to work in software that is not available on the Mac and to be able to grab files that you have saved on Bonsai or your PC.

Restore files and documents from your Home, or Bonasai Drive or the NAUShares Drive.

As the semester gets underway, your financial aid will help you pay for university finances such as room and board, meal plans, parking passes, and other campus expenses. But what happens to that extra money left over once everything has been paid for with your financial aid? In this episode, we will walk you through the steps on how to set up your direct deposit so you can have your financial aid refund deposited into your personal bank account. If you are faculty or staff or a student worker, these steps for setting up direct deposit are the same for you so you can have your paycheck deposited into your bank account. For written documentation, visit:

There may be a time when your department or professor asks you to analyze large amounts of data. NAU provides software to do just that. SPSS is a computer program used for survey authoring, data mining, text analytics, statistical analysis, and collaboration & deployment. SPSS is available at NAU Computer Labs and on our Virtual Lab System. ITS also subsidizes installations for faculty, staff, and students. This Tech Time Tutorial will guide you through the process of retrieving a license, downloading and installing SPSS.

Everyone loves to be paid for their work, so you must make sure that you enter your hours correctly in order to be paid accordingly. In this episode, we will take you through completing a timesheet entry as a student worker.

In this episode of Tech Time we give a brief overview of the completely redesigned ITS web presence.

The following Tech Time video explains what a virtual private network or VPN is. This video will explain how to set up a VPN and when you should use it.

Excel is a popular program found in the Microsoft Office Suite. It has many different uses and in this episode we will highlight just a few of the new additions to the current version of Excel.

The new additions to PowerPoint 2010 can be extremely useful. Being able to broadcast your presentation in real time over the web, adjust your auto-saving features, and inserting videos from social media sites are a few things that we cover in this video.

In this episode of Tech Time we discuss the newest version of Word 2010, a popular word processor from Microsoft. This video will showcase a few of the new features that are available in Word 2010.

Windows 7.  This episode of Tech Time Will briefly discuss some of the new features of the windows 7 Operating System. We will also give you some tips on how to get Windows 7 on your own computer.

You can use keyboard shortcuts to speed up some of your daily tasks. This video covers some of the most popular shortcuts for Windows.