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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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Road Work at Roundabout Near School of Law

March 15, 2014:  Construction Notification120g-Reflective-Vest

Please note that there will be an installation of an updated temporary white pedestrian delineation system at the roundabout. This system will be installed in place of the existing temporary system at the roundabout at the intersection of Seaver Dr. and Presidents Dr.

The work will begin this Saturday, March 15th. Work will be performed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

During the work all roads and sidewalks will remain open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Any noise related to the work will be confined to the work site.

 

 

4 Ways To Keep Your Smartphone’s Battery Healthy

This article was originally published at http://www.yahoo.com/tech/how-to-treat-your-smartphones-battery-right-71981818317.html

Alyssa Bereznak wrote about how to keep your Smartphone’s Battery Healthy and Juiced Up:

Smartphones are magical, loyal little companions, there to give you your bank account balance, directions to the movies, and a recommendation for a killer Chinese restaurant all in a few swipes.

But, with a little neglect, they can die on you in the worst moments. Avoid this nightmare scenario and treat your little friend right, with these quick tips to maintaining your battery’s health.

Less is More

Back when nickel-based batteries were a thing, people were encouraged to “train” their batteries by completely draining them and then completely recharging them. (The Yoda-esque idea being that they wouldn’t properly function without knowing their full potential.) Forget what you’ve heard.

Pretty much every modern smartphone contains a lithium-ion battery, which are entirely different beasts.

In general, you should keep your smartphone’s battery charged above 50 percent. If you want to take it one step further, you should try to do one full drain a month, for calibration purposes. But any more of this and you’ll be shortening your battery’s lifespan.

Overnight phone-chargers take note! Technically you should not be charging your phone for extended spans of time. Though most chargers are designed to curb charging once your phone is all full, you should avoid juicing it to 100 percent and then leaving it connected to a charger. Overall, short starts and fits of juice are much better than constant zero to 100 charging. If you’re totally neurotic, the real sweet spot oscillates between 80 and 40 percent at all times.

Zero Is Bad

Lithium-ion batteries sometimes get volatile at zero percent. Like good little robots, however, they are usually equipped with self-destruct circuits that will kill your battery in order to prevent an explosion or something. This obviously doesn’t happen every day, but better to be safe than sorry.

Chill Out

Your smartphone is not invincible. Do not leave it on your car’s dashboard in 90 degree weather. Do not set it next to you as you sunbathe. Do not bring it to your Bikram yoga class. It doesn’t matter if your phone is off, the heat will fry your battery.

That’s because your phone is most comfortable at about 32-degrees Fahrenheit (and even then, it will lose a small percentage of its maximum capacity per year). Once you get to up to more tropical temperatures, you risk losing anything from 20 to 35 percent per year. Not like you should forgo a trip to Hawaii just to preserve precious battery life, but just be mindful about where you leave it.

Plug ‘Er In

Though wireless charging devices are convenient and chic, most inductive wireless chargers tend to waste energy by generating heat. Remember what we said about heat? (HEAT = BAD) The best method to charge a smartphone is by directly hooking it into a wall (as opposed to connecting it to your computer). It charges faster and safer that way.

Remove Personal Info

Need to remove Personal Information (aka Metadata) from your Word documents before sharing with others? It’s easy to find and remove hidden data and personal information

You can use the Document Inspector to find and remove hidden data and personal information in Word documents.

  1. Open the Word document that you want to inspect for hidden data and personal information.
  2. Click the File tab, click Save As, and then type a name in the File name box to save a copy of your original document.

 Important   It is a good idea to use the Document Inspector on a copy of your original document, because it is not always possible to restore the data that the Document Inspector removes.

  1. In the copy of your original document, click the File tab, and then click Info:

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  1. Under Prepare for Sharing, click Check for Issues, and then click Inspect Document:

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  1. In the Document Inspector dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the types of hidden content that you want to be inspected. For more information about the individual Inspectors, see Information the Document Inspector finds and removes
  2. metadata3Click Inspect.
  3. Review the results of the inspection in the Document Inspector dialog box.
  4. Click Remove All next to the inspection results for the types of hidden content that you want to remove from your document.

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Switching to Gmail at Pepperdine

12.31.gmail2001Email, and the way we send and recieve it, has evolved in the years since it was first introduced.  More and more today, we get overloaded with e-mail, with overflowing inboxes and not enough storage to hold it all.  And recently, Pepperdine has introduced a new tool to help combat your e-mail overflow – Google Apps at Pepperdine.

Why should I change?

You can keep your @pepperdine.edu email address, but use Google’s advanced email interface – without ads. It comes with a powerful spam filter and 30GB of free space to be shared among all available Google services. Google’s powerful search engines means an end to email folders, no more Outlook or .PST files, and your e-mail syncs seamlessly to whatever mobile device you choose.  You’ll never run out of space in your Inbox again, and with threaded conversations, replies to an e-mail get filed along with the first one, giving you a message-board like experience to help tame your inbox.

Ok, I’m in!  How to I switch?  What does it involve?

First off, know that your old e-mail is safe from deletion.  It will continue to live at webmail.pepperdine.edu, and you can switch back if you decide you don’t like Google Apps.  The switch is fairly straightforward – first you set up the account, then you redirect any new e-mail to it, then you set it up to send e-mail.  I’ll cover setup on a mobile device in a later post.

Another quick concept – you have two e-mail accounts at Pepperdine.  One is your wavenet username @ pepperdine.edu, such as jdoe2@pepperdine.edu, and the second is your long-form email, such as john.doe@pepperdine.edu.  I’ll walk you through how to change both to Gmail.

  1. Sign Up for the account.  Visit google.pepperdine.edu and click the giant blue “Sign Up” button.Signup for Google Apps
  2. Redirect your e-Mail.  Visit networkid.pepperdine.edu and click “Redirectredirect1Then choose “Click Here to Continue” at the bottom.redirect2Then choose “Use Google Apps” and confirm any questions.redirect3
  3. Sign in to your new account!  Visit mail.google.com and sign in with your wavenet username @ pepperdine.edu, i.e. jdoe2@pepperdine.edu.
     You can also click the E-Mail button in Wavenet.signIn
  4. Welcome to your new inbox!  Within ten minutes or so, all new email sent to your e-mail addresses will be delivered to your new Google inbox.welcome
  5. Now we need to setup Gmail to send e-mails from your long-form Pepperdine address – In this example, it only is set up for jdoe2@pepperdine.edu, but now we need to set up john.doe@pepperdine.edu.  Click the gear in the top right, then click Settings.settingsNext, click Accounts, and then “Add another eMail address you own”accountsNow we need to add the long-form e-mail address, so fill in the information with your name as you would like it displayed (“John Doe” in this case), and your long-form Pepperdine e-mail address (John.Doe@pepperdine.edu).  Click “Next”, then “Send Verification”.addEmailYou’ll need to verify that you own that e-mail address, so check your new inbox for an e-mail seeking verification.  It may be in your Spam – check on the left hand column under “More” for “Spam”.  If it is there, click “Not Spam”, then find it in your inbox and click the verification link.
  6. You’re all done!  If you want, you can set your long-form Pepperdine e-mail as the Default e-mail, to use it instead of the short jdoe2@pepperdine – that can be done under the Accounts menu.  Enjoy all the features Google Apps has to offer!

MyID Password Reset Errors

The Password Reset- Error Messages includes screenshots of various error messages that may be seen in MyID when attempting to reset a password.

Note that the https://myid.pepperdine.edu website provides some additional resources, including a link to verify/update your MyID profile, a link which can be used to change a known password, and a short training video.

1. The user’s profile information is blank.

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2. The user doesn’t recognize the email or phone number that the PIN was sent to.
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3. The system doesn’t recognize the user.
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Note: All of these messages direct you to go to: https://myid.pepperdine.edu/help

This URL will:

  • Link to our new Password Reset Request Form.
  • Generate a help desk ticket for Anytime Support.
  • Anytime Support (the Password Reset Group), will help people update their profiles.

Forgot Your Password? MyID Reset

The MyID PIN Reset outlines the process for resetting a forgotten password via MyID:

1. Go to: https://myid.pepperdine.edu

2. Click Option 2: Click “Forgot Password”
myid13. Enter your NetworkID.
4. Type the letters displayed in the picture.
5. Select the check box (to allow PIN text message)
6. Click “Request PIN” myid2

7. You will receive a confirmation message, click “Close”
myid38. Retrieve the PIN from your alternate email or mobile phone. Enter it here and click “Validate”
myid49. Enter your new password twice and click “Reset Password”
*Please Note: If your password does not meet our complexity requirements, you will see a red X next to the issues that need to be fixed.myid5
10. Password reset was successful. Please close your browser.
myid6Password Tip: Don’t Get Locked Out!
Update passwords you stored on your mobile devices, too!

School of Law Faculty on Twitter

Want to know what your professor Tweets about? Below is a list of School of Law Faculty who use the social media network, Twitter:

Robert Anderson-‏ @WITNESSETHBlog

Jeff Baker- ‏@JRBProf

Paul Caron- @SoCalTaxProf

Colleen Graffy- ‏@Colleen_Graffy

Michael Avi Helfand- ‏@MAHelfand

Bernard James- @SchoolSafetyLaw

Douglas W. Kmiec- ‏@dougkmiec

Greg McNeal- @GregoryMcNeal

Derek T. Muller- ‏@derektmuller

Interested in finding out which SOL Faculty have Web sites and blogs? View a list of their Web sites here.

Network ID Services

Important update:

Password resets are now being handled by MyID.pepperdine.edu rather than NetworkID.pepperdine.edu. Email redirects, directory preferesnces and contact information will still be updated through NetworkID.pepperdine.edu for a few months while those services are migrated to the new MyID.pepperdine.edu platform.

If you haven’t ever setup your NetworkID Services, there’s no better time than now.

Password resets are the number one call we receive at the Help Desk. By logging in now and setting up a NetworkID profile you can later reset your password using either your cell phone, a non-Pepperdine personal email account or the more familiar secret question methods commonly available on websites.

A NetworkID profile provides critical information to verify the identity of any user who has forgotten or needs to change their password.

Benefits of a NetworkID profile:

  • Self-Service Password Reset
  • Change Verification Method
  • Change Email Delivery Options
  • Edit Directory Preferences and Contact Information

In addition you can find access to the new Google Apps at Pepperdine. Signing up for this service enables your Pepperdine Email via the popular Google Gmail system as well as offering access to other great Google Apps: Drive (for online collaberation), Calendaring (for scheduling), Google Talk (for chat) and more. Please note that if you chose to use Gmail to manage your Pepperdine email account your email will no longer be available via Webmail.Pepperdine.Edu