On August 19th, we sent out information via email to all staff about the Dell laptop battery recall. A number of batteries, manufactured by Sony, have been found to be defective and can overheat and even catch on fire. If you haven't checked to see if your battery is one of the recalled batteries and request a replacement, you can go to:
All told, Sony is expected to spend some $250 million replacing 6.5 million defective batteries (Dell's is the largest recall at 4.1 million; Apple is recalling 1.8 million batteries; Toshiba is recalling approximately 340,000).
Last week Microsoft released version 7 of the Internet Explorer web browser (IE7). Internet Explorer updates are included as part of the regular Windows update process so you will automatically receive this update in the near future. IE7 offers a number of benefits and a streamlined interface. Some of the important changes include:
We will be posting more specific details (including when you might expect IE7 to appear in your automatic updates) later this week.
We're going to be offering two new online training series for ISU Extension staff:
Each class, held regularly via Breeze, will last 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions. Since everyone's needs and interests vary, so does the flexibility of these series. You can sign up for one, all, or none of the classes in a series. Even better, with Breeze, you can participate in a class right from your own office!
The General IT Topics series begins Monday, October 16th and will continue on the third Monday of each month with a different topic.
The Using Breeze Meeting series begins Monday, October 9th and will usually continue each week on Wednesdays with a different topic each time.
For a list of topics and registration information, go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Comp/Training/online
Can't attend a 'live' session? Class recordings will also be linked from this page after the event.
If you have questions about these offerings, contact Robin Brekke via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 515-294-8658.
Was anyone paying attention when I asked for help cleaning up office file shares (S: drives)? Apparently not too many! There has been a minor improvement, to the tune of about a 5% reduction in used space. I know we can all do better than that, so let's get out our brooms (aka delete keys) and file boxes (aka CDs/DVDs) and get rid of or archive that old data. Ten minutes a day will make a difference!