Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How to Print on a Campus Printer from YOUR Computer

Introduction

On Whitman's campus, the primary way to print black and white documents for classes and personal use is to use one of the printers located in the computer labs around campus.  To do so, you must inevitably use GoPrint which may be accessed from any on-campus computer.  What many students do not realize is that they may
 also connect to a GoPrint printer from their own personal computer.  The following is an in depth guide on how to add a campus printer to your computer.

GoPrint, an overview

GoPrint is a centralized printer management system used by Whitman College to cater to the printing needs of the student body and faculty. You can access GoPrint from any computer connected to the Whitman network ( Whitman_wireless and Whitman_secure only). 
 To print from personal computer, you will need to first go through our GoPrint Printer Setup Instructions. Each semester students are given $50 of free printing. One page of black and white printing is charged at 5 cents per page for single-sided printing and 4.5 cents per side for double sided duplex printing. Color printing is 50 cents per page/side. Seniors producing a thesis may request an additional $15 on their account free-of-charge by emailing goprint@whitman.edu and indicating their major and thesis advisor. If the $50 dollars worth of printing credit is used before the semester you must request additional printing credit. To check current usage of your personal credit, check your GoPrint Dashboard. During finals (December and May) black and white printing is provided free-of-charge. If your print job is lost due to a technical problem with the printer you can go to the GoPrint Dashboard  to request printing credits refunded in your account.

Detecting Phishing and Scam Emails

Introduction

Learning how to discern between legitimate emails and scams is an important skill to possess, and telling the difference can be very straightforward. The most important thing you can do is pay attention when you read emails. Also note that Whitman College will never ask for your passwords, either in an email or in person.  You will always have to type them out yourselves.

Guide to KeePass

KeePass: What is it and why should I use it?

KeePass is a password management software that allows you to store usernames and passwords in one location on your computer, all protected by one master password.  The information is stored locally and never on a "cloud" so it is impossible to access the information from another computer.  If KeePass is open and running on your computer (you must sign in using your master password), you can program it to autofill any username/password information when you encounter a login.

Top Google Chrome Extensions for Students

Introduction

Chrome "extensions" are small pieces of software that can be installed in conjunction with your chrome browser to enhance your experience on the internet.  There are many extensions on the Chrome web store which can be accessed here, and they all promise an improved browsing experience of some sort. Here are a few that we at WCTS picked based on productivity and some just for fun. Be careful not to add too many to your browser however, because they will use up too much memory and slow down your computer, hence defeating the purpose of having an extension.

Top Five Android Games

Top Five Android Games


Machinarium ($4.99)


  
You are a robot that due to a series of unfortunate events ended up disassembled in a scrap yard. That’s the starting premise for this gorgeous hand-drawn side-scroller, in which you play as an unnamed robotic protagonist just trying to find his place in the world. Using a point-and-click interface and an expansive interactive environment, Machinarium is without a single line of dialogue but manages to be an incredibly immersive experience. One caveat; if your screen is smaller than 5”, don’t bother. This game plays wonderfully on tablets but it’s not the same experience on a smartphone.


Arcane Legends (FREE)



If you’re looking for a sleek mobile MMORPG, you can’t do much better than Arcane Legends. The game doesn’t exactly break new ground, and it doesn’t have close to the complexities available in games like World of Warcraft or League of Legends. But it doesn’t try to be anything more than it is, and for this it succeeds. Playing as a legendary hero destined to save the world from a fearsome demon, you choose one of three classes and are set loose to fight monsters and explore dungeons. The controls are easy to pick up and you’ll be battling in no time at all—perfect if you want to kill some goblins while waiting in line at the grocery store. The best part? It’s free.

  
Bloons Tower Defense 5 ($2.99)



This cartoonish tower defense game gives a first impression of an easy, childish game. You play as monkeys attempting to pop balloons (“bloons”) before they get through your defenses. The early levels are simple, but as you proceed through the 50 stages your screen invariably erupts into a beautiful chaos of swarming colorful balloons, lasers, cannons, and spikes. BTD 5 is simple to pick up but difficult to master, with increasingly advanced towers unlocking as you rack up experience. With three difficulty settings, over 20 levels and 50-85 stages per level, the amount of available gameplay is immense. This is an addictive, one-of-a-kind tower defense game that is absolutely worth its meager price tag. 


Angry Birds Star Wars (FREE)



As the Angry Birds franchise has expanded dramatically into an international sensation, it would be reasonable to assume that the quality of the games would diminish as they attempt to reach a larger market. Apparently developers Roxio didn’t get the message, because this Star Wars adaptation actually significantly improves on the Angry Birds formula. With environments that follow the original series storyline and birds that wield lightsabers, force fields, and blasters, this game is truly a gem. This is no “release-and-watch” game--you must use the unique powers of the birds throughout their flight to pass these challenging levels. A fun and engaging game that’s impossible not to enjoy.


World of Goo ($2.99)



Sometimes the best games are ones that stick with a simple concept and execute it to perfection. World of Goo certainly takes this philosophy and goes with it. The objective of the game is to get your “goo-balls” from one side of the level into a pipe on the other. You navigate obstacles by building towers and bridges out of your goo-balls. The challenging part is to keep these structures from falling over—they are made of goo, after all. The physics-engine works very well and the scenery is interesting and colorful. In addition, the music is playful and fun to listen to. It’s hard not to find something to like about World of Goo, so give it a try.

Top Five iOS Games

Top Five iOS Games


Infinity Blade II ($6.99)

  
While the relatively steep price tag may scare away more casual gamers, Infinity Blade II is arguably the best game available to iOS gamers. Your character is lost in a mysterious world of monsters and demons, and you have no choice but to hack and slash your way through it. The story is surprisingly deep, as you learn more about your quest and the protagonist along the way. The graphics are top-notch and the gameplay is simple to pick up but difficult to master. If you’re going to buy any game for iOS, this is a fantastic choice.

Tiny Wings ($0.99)



A classic, cheap game with a simple premise and colorful graphics, Tiny Wings hits all the right notes. As a tiny flightless bird, use the rolling hills of this world to your benefit to build up speed and launch yourself across the landscape. Race against your brothers and sisters to be the first to cross the finish line and receive huge bonuses. This is a fun game well worth the low price-tag.


 Bad Piggies ($0.99)



As good as the Angry Birds series is, arguably the best game by their developer Rovio doesn’t have a feather in sight. Bad Piggies is all about the pigs from Angry Birds attempting to get their hands on as many eggs as possible. The object of the game is building vehicles capable of getting the pigs to their goal. While the game is silly to a fault, it takes a lot of creativity to build the perfect machine to get all the stars in each level. This game will have you laughing at one moment and scratching your head in the next.


Groove Coaster ($2.99)



The repeated theme I get when reading reviews of Groove Coaster is “you just gotta play it”. The idea is simple; select a song and tap along to it at indicated points ala Guitar Hero. But Groove Coaster goes much further than that, taking you on a ride through a surreal landscape with twists and turns aplenty. The songs are great but the visuals are what makes this a great game.


Kingdom Rush ($0.99)



If you play a lot of games, you know that tower-defense is a staple in the flash-game arsenal. However, Kingdom Rush gives the genre a breath of fresh air with this cartoon-y, fast-paced approach. Although there are gaps in the gameplay for you to build new towers to face the incoming hordes, success in Kingdom Rush requires you to be active throughout, upgrading your soldiers and altering their attack patterns. Very addictive.


How To Use Whitman's Virtual Helpdesk

Introduction

While you can always contact the Whitman College Technology Services Helpdesk via email at helpdesk@whitman.edu, or via phone at 509.527.4976, you can also contact us online via our Virtual Helpdesk. This will place you into a live chat session with a Helpdesk representative between our hours of 8am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm on weekdays.

Top Ten Most Useful Free and Paid Android Applications

Top Five Free Android Apps


PicsArt – Photo Studio (FREE)


If you’re looking for a more advanced way to edit your photos, look no further than PicsArt Photo Studio. The sheer amount of features available on this app is unreal; all the basic tools are here with additional effects, filters, color corrections, drawing, frames, and much, much more. A fairly simple interface makes editing photos a breeze, and you’re bound to have fun just fooling around with the plethora of options available to you. This is Instagram on steroids.

Auto Memory Manager (FREE)


When you’ve had your Android phone or device for a while, you’ll notice that it doesn’t run as fast as it used to. This is normal, as more applications and more memory in use means a slower device. Auto Memory Manager tunes up your device to run quicker and more efficiently. This app scans your phone for relevant and detailed memory information and lets you set memory priority on applications you run. If your phone starts to feel sluggish, this is a simple and free way to boost its performance.



BaconReader for Reddit (FREE)


If you frequent the user-generated link site reddit.com, you know how addicting it can be. But as it turns out, reddit does not always play nicely with smartphones. For quite some time, the application “reddit is fun” cornered the market for the go-to reddit application. With the unveiling of BaconReader, that title is in jeopardy. Combining the simplicity of “reddit is fun” with a sharp, intuitive interface, BaconReader looks good and works better. If you’re a redditor, give this app a try.

Sky Map by Google (FREE)


If you’ve never gotten around to taking that astronomy class but are curious about what’s in our night sky, Google Sky Map is perfect for you. The interface is mind-blowingly simple; just point your smartphone at a section of the night sky, and Sky Map will display and identify the constellations, stars, and planets that inhabit that area. While the app is clearly meant for novice star-gazers, there’s value here for more experienced enthusiasts. With a “night mode” and a huge set of filters to specify what you want Sky Map to display, this app has something for everyone.



Google Drive (FREE)


In April of 2012, the much-loved Google Documents was absorbed by Google’s brand new file-syncing software to create Google Drive. Offering a free 5 gigabytes of storage, this application offers cloud storage of all your important files. In addition, it’s a top-of-the-line collaborative office suite. All the functionality of Google Docs remains, just in a sweeter package. If 5 gigabytes doesn’t satisfy your needs, you also can upgrade your storage size for a minimal fee.
Find it here.


Top Five Paid Android Apps


JuiceDefender Ultimate ($4.99)


As you might have guessed, this application is all about preserving the battery life on your Android device. The basic JuiceDefender, which is free, generally will save enough battery to make most users happy. If you find yourself wanting to really stretch how long your device lasts between charges, JuiceDefender Ultimate is a perfect solution. In addition to all the normal battery saving features, Ultimate version provides a smart brightness control, automated Wi-Fi controls and a per-app power display. Extends battery life from the hours into days.

SwiftKey Keyboard ($3.99)


One of the advantages to running Android over iOS is the openness of the operating system. While iOS users are stuck with the stock keyboard, Android can swap over to SwiftKey, which makes typing up quick texts and notes a breeze. Using the flow-typing method, SwiftKey adeptly predicts what words you are typing and it gets better at these predictions the more you use it. Not as useful when typing up long documents, but chances are that’s not how you’re using the device anyway.

HD Widgets ($1.99)



If you’re willing to shell out a couple of bucks, HD Widgets will make your Android device look gorgeous. That’s the selling point behind this app, which replaces the default Android widgets with highly customizable and well-designed tools. Even if you never use another widget but the classic weather and clock varieties, HD Widgets gives your device a sleek, fresh look.



TuneIn Radio Pro ($4.99)


The first thing you’ll notice about TuneIn Radio Pro is the sheer variety of radio stations offered. Upon install, more than 70,000 stations are available for high quality streaming. But that’s what’s offered with the free version of TuneIn, so why upgrade? The Pro version offers a sort of DVR-like capability. While listening to a station, you can pause the song, rewind it, even record it to listen to the track later. This ability, combined with TuneIn’s seamless interface, makes for a worthwhile download.

Smart Tools ($2.50)


The consolidation of many useful measurement and utility apps, Smart Tools turns your Android device into a digital Swiss Army Knife. The basic apps are all there: flashlight, ruler, compass, protractor, etc. However, Smart Tools holds a couple of clever arrows in its quiver. For example, the Smart Measure Pro allows you to measure the height of faraway objects and how far away you are from said object. Given the reasonable price tag, this is well worth the buy.



Top Ten Most Useful Free and Paid iOS Applications

Top Five Free iOS Apps



Wikipanion 



Most of us use Wikipedia on a fairly regular basis. After all, one of the best things about having a smartphone is having all that information at your fingertips. However, Wikipedia’s official iOS application often starts and stops, reloading the page awkwardly. Enter Wikipanion. With full access to the Wikipedia database, it presents all that information in a smooth, organized fashion. The design is elegant and searching is a breeze. Easily outpaces Wikipedia’s homegrown app.

Runkeeper



If you’re a running enthusiast, this app is a must-have. With a boasted community of over 17 million runners, Runkeeper earns rave reviews from most who try it. Akin to having a personal trainer in your pocket, the app takes detailed statistics of the pace, distance and time of your workouts. Integrated support allows you to play your music in-app, while audio cues offer encouragement and inform you of your progress. In addition, you can view your workout history and track your improvements, with Runkeeper notifying you when you hit personal bests.

Snapseed



There are plenty of free photo-editing applications for iOS, but the consensus seems to be that Snapseed is pulling ahead of the pack. With an intuitive design, Snapseed allows quick editing of the contrast, brightness, and color of a photo with just a few swipes of your finger. Cropping and straightening are similarly easy. For the more ambitious photo-editors, there are many more powerful features in Snapseed’s interface that far exceed most of the editors on the market. Once finished, you can share your edited photos directly to Facebook or Twitter.

Find My iPhone



If you have another device that runs iOS, Find My iPhone is a must-have application. If you misplace your iPhone, you can use this app to locate your phone on a map. Even if your phone is set to silent, you can instruct it to play a sound at full volume for two minutes to making finding it even easier. If you’re worried your phone was stolen, you can remotely lock your device and wipe all personal data. You can even display a message on the phone for whoever finds it.

Songza



Sometimes you just want your music to anticipate your mood. Songza aims to “play you the right music at the right time”, and that’s exactly what it achieves. Songza offers thousands of custom-made playlists categorized by mood, genre and activity, streaming for free in high-quality audio. For every situation from working out and partying to “Waking Up Happy” and “Singing in the Shower”, Songza has you covered.



Top Five Paid iOS Apps



Camera+ ($0.99)



This app has been around for a while, and the result is a clean, bug-free app that massively improves upon your iPhone’s built-in camera application. Currently on sale for $0.99, Camera+ is an options machine. With dozens of ways to alter your camera prior to taking a photo, and hundreds of ways to edit it after, this is an impressive piece of software. Essential if you’re looking to push your photo-snapping to the next level.

TurboScan ($1.99)



One of the best-rated applications on the market today, TurboScan fills a huge need of students and young professionals. With the incredibly affordable price-tag of $1.99, TurboScan turns your iPhone into a multipage scanner. The well-built software quickly scans documents, receipts, even whiteboards and allows immediate storage or email as multipage PDF or JPG files. Most importantly, the quality of the scanned documents is copier-quality. A very useful app.

Notability ($1.99)


  
Notability was recently named by Apple as one of the top 25 paid applications of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. At its core, Notability is notation software that allows easy organization of your thoughts and ideas. However, it goes much further than that. In addition to allowing you take your own notes on a slick interface, you can also easily annotate PDF files. The most useful feature is the “linked audio recording”, which allows you to simultaneously record and take notes during a lecture or meeting. When reviewing your notes later, you can hear what was said at any particular time by clicking on any word. 

Clear ($0.99)



While there are many free to-do list applications on the market, this one is worth ponying up the money for. Clear’s bottom line is simplicity, and it works well. Just “pull” your finger down the screen to create a task to complete, and “push” the task to the side when it’s done. With a visually striking and intuitive interface, you can’t go wrong with Clear.

1Password ($8.99)



Whether you find yourself forgetting your passwords or just want to simplify your web-browsing, 1Password is a useful, albeit expensive, application. 1Password stores all your passwords behind a single “master” password you enter upon logging in to your device. It generates secure passwords to every site you visit and can even hold other important information like bank accounts and credit card numbers. All that information is protected with a special “military-grade” 256-bit AES encryption. While the $8.99 price-tag is likely to scare off some users, the peace-of-mind 1Password provides probably justifies the cost.

Manual Device Registration

Introduction:


Whitman Wireless and Whitman Secure are wireless networks that are extensions of the Whitman network.  You must enter your Whitman user name and password to use them, ensuring their security.  However, you can manually register your wireless device with WCTS on a more permanent basis. This is a quick and easy process that will allow you to bypass the entry of your credentials, saving you time and frustration.  Any device that connects to a wireless network can and should be manually registered, such as laptops, cellphones, tablets, and gaming systems (Xbox, PlayStation). To request manual device registration, please visit the following web site:  https://whitreg.whitman.edu/cgi-bin/manual_device.cgi