Always eject external drives before unplugging them….

by on November 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

Ever been a witness to the following error message below?

If so then you might have corrupted or even lost files on that drive. It’s a simple rule to help keep your files safe. The reason to making sure you eject your drives (thumb drives, external drives) is the computer needs to complete filing and housekeeping on your drives. If unplugged before those steps take place then problems could arise.

It is simple to eject your drives by a few ways. You can select the drive on your desktop and drag it to the trash can. The trash can will turn into an eject icon which will properly disconnect your drive.  You can also click on the eject icon located next to the drive in your finder window just as you would a CD or DVD.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by on November 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

We will have someone answering the Help Desk from 7:30-4:00 Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday – 7:30-well, who knows when the axe comes down. We wish you a very happy, restful, ski-full…holiday.  Remember, computers like to be shut down.  Please keep the computer in the house (not in your trunk),  and they don’t get thirsty!  No water, wine or tea…  Please use care as they are up there in age!

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by on November 5, 2010 at 9:00 am

To register for Trainings, go to   EduCal  Your username is your full Bend-La Pine email address.  You password is the same as your network login.

If you do not see the Training you were looking for, please fill out a Help Desk ticket.  Someone from  Information Technology will contact you.

Stationery Pad

by on November 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

Do you have files that you use as templates and want to prevent an accidental replacement of your original file? There is an option you can use called “Stationery Pad” By enabling this on your specific files when opened it will create a duplicate of that file of which you can work from and save without having to worry about replacing your template file.

To locate this option either right click, or ctrl + click on the file and click on Get Info. Click on the drop down next to General and place a check next to “Stationery Pad”.

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How full is your Trash?

by on November 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

Is your trash can on your dock looking a little full? Most users are unaware that keeping items in your trash takes up hard drive space, which if your hard drive is already full can lead to slow and sluggish performance. The easiest way to check how much space your trash is taking is to click and open your trash. Then press Command + I. You will see the Info window which will calculate and display how much space is being used.

Best practice would be if you send files, pictures, movies to the trash frequently, empty it out weekly to help keep hard drive space available to you.

Hot Corners

by on November 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

Hot corners allows you to set certain actions to the corners of your screen by dragging your mouse cursor to any corner. To set up, go to System Preferences, Expose & Spaces and select the “Expose” tab. You will see the Hot Corners option at the top of  window. Click on the drop-downs to see the available options from which you can select.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

by on November 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

You may have noticed our new Keyboard Shortcut page. This will be a growing list of shortcuts that you can use with your Mac. If you know of shortcuts that use you then please share those in the comment section below for others to see and so that we can add them to the list.

Got Questions? Tech Tuesday’s

by on November 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

Then  we welcome you to join us for Tech Tuesdays. An open drop in session for staff to bring in their laptops and questions and get them answered in an open ended environment. These questions can range from how to get organized, software questions, projects or idea’s you would like to try. Anything you want we will get it covered.

Submitting questions is easy, either leave your question in the comment section below, or e-mail them to Rachel Mavis. The sessions go from 3:00pm to around 5:00pm downtown in The Basement, RM 109.

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