Backup Your Data Right Now

Since I’m passing on good material from other blogs, here’s another. Legal Geekery has a great post entitled Backup Your Computer Right Now. He recommends SugarSync. If you want a personal service, I’d recommend Mozy or DropBox (which I personally use).

Most law students take all of their notes and compile their outlines on laptop computers. However, it seems few law students bother backing up their data. Without backing up, law students are gambling with all of that irreplaceable data. Some people back their data up using a thumb drive which they then keep in their laptop bag. This is insufficient. If you keep your backup data in the same place as your laptop, they could both get stolen or ruined at the same time. Not backing up your data? You’re playing Russian roulette with your data and most likely your grades. Don’t do it.

We recommend that you do more than just use a digital backup.  You should also print out your outlines periodically and yes, USE A SERVICE.

But you don’t need to go out and get your own service. Here at Pepperdine we offer 30 gigs of great online anywhere available storage! You can access it from google.pepperdine.edu

 

More info on Google Drive as well as all the Pepperdine Google Services can be found here: http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/storage/googledrive.htm

Wifi Update for Law School

 

802.11a,b,g,n,ac

 

As of August 8, 2014, University IT has updated the School of Law WiFi system to improve speed and increase capacity.

This recent upgrade is significant but it won’t solve problems that some of our friends bring into the building.  We still need to understand that when we set our phone or other device as a WiFi hotspot, we could cancel out portions of the building’s enterprise WiFi by broadcasting on the same “channel”.  This device has now become a “ROGUE”!

Our three biggest challenges that only you can help with:

1. Rogue access points: If you have a cellular wifi hotspot, that hotspot will “step” on our building’s infrastructure WiFi network and create service-related problems for users connected to area building access points.

rogue access pont

2. Single Band Wifi: Many laptops and other devices have only single-band wifi capabilities.  A better solution is “dual-band” wifi (essentially wifi that includes “a” in the list of wifi types … e.g. 802.11a, b, g, n, ac).  The option of dual bands gives a sophisticated wifi network management system the opportunity to better balance demands on the wifi network.  Pepperdine has a system that will do this balancing but most of our user community does not have dual band wifi.  A USB wifi radio with dual band may help our users connect more reliably and with better overall service.  See the symbol at the top of this post and study it closely.  You want a wifi device with the “a” or better yet “ac” designation in the wifi certification of whatever you may purchase. Nearly all newer systems support “a” or “ac” but it’s worth asking your sales person if you’re buying something new — “ac” is the latest and best option today.

3. Turn them off: A radical and likely very unpopular approach is to turn off devices you switch-off-400x400are not using.  This may be a significant inconvenience to many users but if you switch additional devices “off” that will immediately free up space on the wifi network for other users.  Please note that “airplane mode” will not disable wifi.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Tech Gear: Buying Things for School

Many folks ask us if there are any savings to be had through our University Computer Store.  The answer is YES!  Though you should note that most of the offerings from our computer store are through negotiated relationships with major manufacturers and online retailers.

To see our recommendations for computers click HERE.

Check out the University Computer Store page for more information!

Be Careful When You’re on a Conference Call

THE MUTE FUNCTION IS YOUR FRIEND!

As an attorney, you may find yourself in a conference call, webinar, or a video conference several times a month if not more frequently.

Conference Calling

As a responsible member of the profession, you should observe the basic etiquette of meetings even when others on the call or video link can’t see or hear you.

I was recently on a long (almost 2 hours) conference call with a number of high level executives where one person who likely spends many hours a week on conference calls forgot to mute their phone … This unfortunate oversight included a car trip to a coffee shop and then three short conversations with a wait person at the coffee shop. During this whole time, the ambient noise of this person’s line was extraordinarily distracting, creating a very challenging atmosphere for others to pay attention to the focus of the call.

While the above incident was pretty innocuous with respect to what we overheard (that person is incredibly kind and polite), it left a negative impression upon many.  You don’t ever want to be that person.

Check out this video and see if you can spot the problems. (It’s ok to laugh.)

#1 Tip: If you are not talking (in a multiparty conference) then MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE and double check to ensure it is REALLY muted.

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Latest Firefox Update Brings New User Experience

Firefox just released an update that significantly changed the look and feel of the browser. The tabs have changed, and it is easier to determine which tab you are using. The menu was updated, and you can customize it to your heart’s content. Upon installation of the update, you are invited to take a tour.

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Clicking on the tour gets you started. The menu redesign is first up. Scrolling through the options, you can learn about the menu location, easily adding bookmarks, and locating add-ons to maximize your browsing experience.

FirefoxTour_Menu

After that, you’re pretty much on your own to play. Firefox is considered one of the more secure browsers. We have once again been reminded that Internet Explorer is not the ideal choice for safe browsing. Learn more about that here. If you are looking for an alternative to Internet Explorer, Firefox is a good choice. Chrome and Safari are also good, if Firefox is not for you.

If you have not already received the update, you can click on Help, then About in your file menu. A popup will let you know which version of Firefox you are using. If you are not on the current version, 29.0, you will see a button giving you the option to update to the latest version.

AboutFirefox

You can learn a little more about the new Firefox version from the video below.