Personal Computing & Devices

Discounted and No-Fee Productivity and Academic-Related Software

Why shop around for software when in many cases you can get it through the campus for discounted prices or in some cases no user fee at all. The campus site licensing webpage is your key to finding the best deals on our campus for Microsoft office applications and operating systems for faculty and staff computers, as well as academic-related software for statistics, graphing, math and research for students, faculty and staff.  

Campus Cable TV Channel Lineup Expanded

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The campus cable TV service has recently updated its channel lineup and offerings to include more high-definition (HD) channels. These additions bring the HD lineup up to 28 channels and include five channels of HBO programming, Fox Sports 1 (Speed), Fox Sports 2 (Fuel), as well as BuffsTV, the locally originated CU sports programming from BuffVision. Additionally, several channels have been removed from the analog group of channels since they were already being delivered as HD digital channels.

Tech Boot Camp: Get Off on the Right Foot with Technology

There is a wealth of technology on our campus that can help you reach your learning and research goals, but sometimes the biggest barrier is simply learning how to tap into that technology and put it to use. That’s where the Tech Boot Camp comes in.

The Student Training on Application Technology team, or STAT, will provide hourly training sessions during the first week of classes to help new students get started with using campus technology.

Record Numbers Taking Advantage of Anti-Theft Laptop Registration

The Office of Information Technology and the CU-Boulder Police Department are once again providing a free registration service for laptops and other portable computing devices and record numbers are taking advantage. A registered computer is less attractive to would-be thieves and is easier to recover if it is ever lost or stolen.

Windows 8

Windows 8 Release Information

Recommendation

As is the case with most new operating system releases, there are initially a number of incompatibilities with commonly used applications and this is also the case with Windows 8. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) recommends upgrading only when applications that you commonly use are supported and compatible. Also, a general familiarity with the new Metro interface is strongly encouraged before upgrading to Windows 8.

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Site Licenses - R

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.  The R language is widely used among statisticians for developing statistical software and data analysis.  It is well supported and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and Mac OS X.

R is an increasingly popular alternative, for many purposes, to the commercial statistical packages like SPSS, SAS, and Stata.  A growing number of courses either teach R or encourage its use.

How to get it

How to get it

Download R (for free) from http://www.r-project.org/

 Also available for free is RStudio, a powerful user interface for R.  Download from http://www.rstudio.com/

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Macintosh OS 10.8 Mountain Lion

Macintosh OS 10.8 Mountain Lion Release

Recommendation

As is the case with most new operating system releases, there are initially a number of incompatibilities with commonly used applications and Mountain Lion is no exception. OIT recommends upgrading only when applications that you commonly use are supported and compatible

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Site Licenses - Fetch

Overview

Fetch is used to make secure file transfers with other systems, using an intuitive and convenient GUI.

Features

Features

Fetch is available only for Macs, running Mac OS X 10.5 and later.

Note: The recommended equivalent for Windows is PuTTY.

Cost

Cost

No fee to faculty, staff, and students at CU-Boulder

Who can get it

Who can get it

Licenses are available to all departments, faculty, staff and students on the Boulder campus.

How to get it

How to get it

Download the files needed:

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Instructions:

Open the downloaded DMG file, and copy "Fetch.app" into your Mac's Applications folder. After closing the DMG file, run the Fetch for the first time and enter the license key when it is requested.

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Mobile Devices - Known Issues

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Listed below are known issues related to Mobile Devices and their use with campus services, as well as possible workarounds and/or progress toward resolution of the issues. If the suggested workarounds do not help you, or if you are having any issue at all, contact the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or call 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from a campus phone).

Issues affecting CULink & Exchange

Android OS

Calendar Appointment Shift

  • Impact: If using an android phone and synching calendar events, recurring events can randomly “shift their time.” This will be reflected on both the mobile device and your Exchange or CULink calendar.

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Apple Software - Macintosh OS Updates

Overview

Learn how to keep your Macintosh system up-to-date and therefore protected from security vulnerabilities.

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Laptop Registration

Overview

Do you have laptop protection? Make your laptop a less inviting target by registering it with CU-Boulder.

If you’re like most people, your laptop is an indispensable tool in your teaching, learning or research endeavors. Having your laptop and all the information on it stolen would be a huge setback. This is why the CU-Boulder offers laptop registration.

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Microsoft Software - Windows Updates

Overview

Learn how to keep your Windows system up-to-date and therefore protected from security vulnerabilities.

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Online Learning - SkillSoft

Overview

SkillSoft is your online training resource containing self-paced online and instructor-led training on a variety of topics, as well as access to a vast library via the Books 24x7 program. Best of all, you can access it all at no cost through the campus portal for Faculty, Staff and Student Employees.

SkillSoft Resources

Faculty, Staff and Student Employees - Directions to access SkillSoft

  1. Go to mycuinfo.colorado.edu and login with your IdentiKey.
  2. Click on the CU Resources tab.

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Site Licenses - STATA

Stata is available for purchase at reduced rates via a "GradPlan" at the CU-Boulder campus, by students, faculty, and staff.  (Note: CU-Denver is also a participating campus for Stata's GradPlan.)

Orders are picked up on campus. Include your colorado.edu email address when ordering, and you will be contacted by a StataCorp sales person with campus pick up time and location. Typically orders are available for pick up within 3 business days.

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Site Licenses - Oracle

The University has a site license for the following Oracle software products:

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