eDocs: Access Your Files Anytime, Anywhere
ITS is excited to announce the upcoming release of eDocs, a
document management system for UIS faculty, staff, and students.
Storing and backing up critical files, working from home, as
well as collaborating with colleagues both on and off campus is
fast, simple, and secure. eDocs is a self-managed system,
allowing users to have complete control over what is uploaded
and who can access it.
eDocs comes with a Blackboard Connector to link to files and
on eDocs directly from Blackboard.
Each user will be provided with 1GB of storage space.
is currently in the final phase of testing.
scheduled to be released to the campus community this summer. If
you are interested in becoming an early adopter, please contact
Kara McElwrath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webcasting. Podcasting. Streaming Video. Clickers. eDocs. Class
Capture. Atomic Learning. Camtasia.
Instructional Support and Training team is in the midst of a
series of faculty workshops showcasing these tools. If you
have missed the sessions, we invite you to view the archived
recordings available on our
Plain Language Web page.
General Computer Buying Tips
The Technology Support Center team has put together some general
tips for purchasing computers. They are designed for use by all
types of purchasers including parents, students, faculty, and staff. These tips are not a representation
of buying restrictions or policy at UIS but a compendium of our
experience with what works best for our customers.
Processors – Dual Core vs. Quad Core
Although some processor sharing is possible on computers today,
generally each processor handles one task on a machine. So if
you are an extreme multi-tasker who runs several processes at
the same time a quad core processor might be right for you. Most
computer users would be best served to go with a higher Ghz dual
core processor instead.
Operating System – Which OS?
Windows users, Windows XP Professional remains the operating
system of choice here on the UIS campus. It remains the most
stable choice for remote and wireless network access at UIS. At
first glance it seems that Windows XP is not available when
purchasing new computers, however if you call a sales
representative you can request Windows XP.
For Mac users, the latest operating system is preferred since
Apple Computer Inc. integrates many functional and security
updates with each release.
Memory: How Much?
Generally the most you can afford has always been the rule but
with more memory becoming available it is best to order no more
than 4 Gigabytes of memory on machines. The reason is that 32
bit operating systems can only use slightly over 3 Gigabytes of
system memory so any more than that remains unused.
Storage: To RAID or not to RAID?
Recently, more options for ordering a machine with multiple hard
drives configured for RAID are being offered. RAID 0 provides
faster hard drive access at a significant cost of stability,
while RAID 1 provides redundancy at the cost of space. We
recommend against ordering a computer with a RAID configuration,
as most UIS users would see no benefit. If you are unsure if you
could benefit from a RAID configuration, please contact the
Optical Drive: DVD or CD? R or RW?
Media is increasingly being offered only on DVD format and most
configurations include a DVD drive and we recommend including it
on your configuration. A DVD-R drive allows you to read DVD
format discs and is fine for those who don’t copy data to CD or
DVD discs. A DVD-RW drive is necessary if you intend to copy
files to a CD or DVD. We recommend a DVD-RW drive.
NOTE: It appears Blu-Ray has become the dominant format for
delivery of High Definition Movies. If you plan on watching
movies on your computer we recommend a Blu-Ray drive. Most Blu-Ray
drives also write to regular DVD discs.
Most, if not all, new desktops are already configured with LCD
flat panel monitors. We recommend not downgrading to a CRT if
offered. The LCD monitors take up much less space and are so much
lighter thus making it the best choice. How big a monitor depends on your
budget; for desktops we recommend at least a 17”, for laptops
the normal user, the automatically configured card will meet
their needs without issue. But if you are a user who normally
uses graphically intensive software, such as games and graphic
design software, you should invest in a card that has at least
256 MB of onboard video memory.
Once again generally the default configuration is adequate for
the normal user. The higher end cards that are listed and 7:1
Channel systems are meant more for audio mixing and gamers that
want to hear more ambient sounds. If you don’t fit either of
those categories, stick with the default card.
Keyboards & Mice: Wireless or Wired?
still recommend wired keyboards and mice for the campus
community. While wireless versions will provide more freedom,
they come with their downsides. They can and frequently do lose
wireless signal resulting in the devices being unresponsive. In
addition, they require batteries to operate and it can be
annoying to have to change them (sometimes frequently for mice).
I still need a floppy drive?
Most users do not need floppy drives anymore and most default
configurations do not include them. With the advent of CD & DVD
media and the use of inexpensive flash drive technology, the
floppy drive is an anachronism of computer technology.
I need a modem?
Once again this is based on your needs but most users connect to
a network (home or UIS) via an Ethernet network cable. A modem
is not necessary to access the UIS network for people located on
Speakers: Satellite or Attached?
recommend attached speakers for most users. The speakers provide
adequate sound while not taking up desk or floor space with
separate speakers and subwoofer.
Internet Security Software:
Most systems come with antivirus software free of charge such as
Trend Micro or McAfee security. We recommend no preconfigured
internet security since all employees and students on the UIS
campus are eligible for a free copy of the McAfee antivirus
Microsoft Office Software:
Faculty & Staff we do not recommend paying for Office since all
employees are entitled to that software free of charge through
our campus-wide licensing agreement.
Students can purchase the Office suite at a steeply discounted price ($45
for the standard version and $65 for the enterprise version)
from our Software WebStore.
The software is also available at the UIS Bookstore.
Technology Support Center, HSB 110
(877) 847-0443 [Toll free]
Lab, BRK 180
Computer Lab, UHB 2030
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