One question that pops up again and again seems to be: Why can’t I can’t log into Jefferson from home? If you are having trouble connecting there are several important things to you might want to check on: your Internet connection, that you are connecting to Jefferson, and which account you are using (you’ll want to make sure it’s your UUA account).
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One of the downsides to the recent Jefferson update comes to us in the form of incompatible printers. If you are unlucky, the printer connected to your home computer may no longer be available when you are logged in to Jefferson. One option is to buy a new printer, but if you want to cheat, there is a way you can kind of print from Jefferson anyway using a PDF Printer. (more…)
Recently the UUA replaced its terminal server (Jefferson). One thing you may not know about the new Jefferson is that it is possible to have it display Windows 7 Themes. You just have to make a few changes to the Remote Desktop Connection program on your computer first. Read on for all the details.
UUA has a WeTransfer channel that you can use to send files that are too big for an email (up to 2 GB). Using it is easy, simply head over to https://uua.wetransfer.com and enter your email address, the address of the person you’d like to send a file to and select the file(s) you’d like to send them.
Most of the time, Windows programs behave, but occasionally they freeze up and stubbornly refuse to close or respond. Usually you can use End Task from the task manager to close them but if that fails there is another trick you can use: End Process. Here’s how both of these methods work. (more…)
Most of the time programs running on your Mac behave, but occasionally they freeze up and stubbornly refuse to close or respond. Usually you can force an application to quit by pressing Option+Command+Escape, selecting the wayward program, and clickng the Force Quit button. If that fails there is another trick to close a frozen program. Morbidly enough it’s a command called kill. (more…)
Sometimes you receive a file that gives you pause. It might be from a website you don’t fully trust, or it has appeared mysteriously in your inbox. What ever the case, you’d like to make sure it’s on the up-and-up. While it’s pretty tough to get 100% certainty, analyzing a suspect file with VirusTotal can get you pretty close. VirusTotal is a website that inspects a link or file you give it. It scans the file with about 40 different antivirus solutions and shows you the results. If you find yourself scanning links and files frequently they offer a desktop application (Windows only) and browser plugin (Firefox) that can add scanning with VirusTotal as an option to your right-click menu.
Modern communications brings with it an unfortunate side effect: spam. To combat this the UUA employs a product from Google called Postini. All the UUA email runs through Postini’s spam filters before it gets to our inboxes. Normally this is great but sometimes you want to tweak things a bit. How?
Did you know that files you save on your computer are not backed up? It’s sad but true that anything you save on the hard drive of your work computer could be lost if something bad happened. Fortunately if you use a desktop on Beacon hill there is an easy way to make sure files are backed up. Here’s how to tell your computer to store your Desktop and Documents folder in your U:\ Drive rather than on your local computer.