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Got an iPad or IPhone? - Get iOS4.2 Now

Apple released iOS4.2 today. OK, why should you care?  Just another update for the iPhone, right?  Well, if you have an iPad, this is the software update you've been waiting for - can you spell multi-tasking?  Can you spell folders?

If you've got an iPhone 4, iPad or iPod Touch you need this update, too.  Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is now FREE!  No MobileMe pay for subscription required. If you have an iPhone 3G or 3GS, you are out of luck on the free part. Only the iPhone 4 can do Find My iPhone for free.

Other really cool features in iOS4.2 include AirPrint and AirPlay.  AirPrint lets you print from your iPhone or iPad wirelessly, instantly and without drivers - BUT hold on - it only works with a few brand new HP printers.  But hey, the holidays are right around the corner, right?  Add one to your wish list.  The Apple website has all the details and demos for the new iOS4.2 features.  Check it out here.
Over the summer, the Communications 229 Mac Classroom Lab was upgraded to new 27" iMacs with 1 TB hard drives, 8 GB of RAM, and a high-end video card.  In addition, the software package, Adobe Master Collection was upgraded to CS5. 

Five new iMacs with the same configuration as the Comm 229 Macs will be available in the General Purpose Computer Lab located in Webb Hall 410 for the start of the fall semester.  These new iMacs double the total number of Macs available in the Lab to 10.

The Physics Classroom Lab is also scheduled for upgraded hardware later this summer or early fall. The current G4 eMacs will be replaced with brand new Mac Minis connected to 23" Apple Cinema monitors.

How To: Live@EDU Email On Your iPhone

Did you know that you can have your Eastern student email delivered to your iPhone automatically?  Eastern's Live@EDU uses the latest version of the world-standard email system, Microsoft Exchange.  Apple recognized from the very beginning that the iPhone needed to support Exchange and in fact, they licensed the necessary software from Microsoft to just that.

You need to make a few simple configuration settings on your iPhone and your Eastern student email will be automatically delivered to your phone. 

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the iPhone home screen
  2.  Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. If this is your first email configuration on the phone, tap the Microsoft Exchange icon; if you have already setup at least one other email account on your iPhone, tap the Add Account...option, then tap Microsoft Exchange.
  4. Complete the configuration settings using the information below:
      • Your @my.easternct.edu student email address
      • Server =  pod51004.outlook.com
      • Domain = leave this field blank
      • Your Eastern student email address
      • Your Eastern email password
      • Enable SSL
  5. Your iPhone should attempt to connect to verify the setting.  Once verified, it will take several minutes before your email begins to arrive and display.

How To: Adjust Entourage 2008 Signature Block Placement

If you have enabled a signature block in Entourage 2008, you know the default placement when replying or forwarding a message is, to say the least, bizarre.  Entourage places your signature at the very bottom of the message - under the original message.  What were they thinking???

If you'd like to have your signature block behave the way it does in Outlook, inserted at the end of your reply which appears above the original message, here's how:

  1. Click on "Entourage" menu item
  2. Click on Preferences
  3. Click on Reply and Forward
  4. In the Mail Attribution section click the radio button next to "Place reply at top of message and include...." See the graphic below for proper setting
  5. Click OK
  6. Done!

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Microsoft Office 2008 Critical Security Update Released

The Microsoft has released a critical security update for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. The update improves security and includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. It also includes several improvements to enhance stability and performance. If you are running Office 2008, you need this update - now.

The Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.4 Update includes the following improvements (courtesy of Microsoft.com)

Improvements for all Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac applications

  • Helps improve security.
    This update fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2008 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. For more information, see the security bulletin that is listed earlier in this document.

Improvements for Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac

  • Stability is improved. 
    This update fixes an issue that could cause Excel to close unexpectedly in the following scenarios:
    • Corrupted fonts are present.
    • You insert a row or value into a calculated column.
    • You drag the scroll bar when Excel is displaying trendlines.
  • Performance is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes slow performance with certain printer drivers in Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
  • Imported content from a text file is formatted correctly.
    This update fixes an issue in which multiple line values in a single cell appear in separate rows when you save the contents as a text file and then open the file in Excel.

Coming Friday: AT&T Will Launch Support for MMS on iPhone 3G & 3GS

AT&T will begin supporting MMS messaging beginning Friday, September 25th. This won't have any impact on iPhone 1st gen, but will work with iPhone 3G and 3GS. Check your text messages - AT&T began sending MMS announcement reminders to iPhone subscribers today.

iPhone 3.1 - Get It or Pass?

Tough question? Not really - the short answer is "Get it".  On the face of it, it looks like a minor upgrade, but the reality is if you use your iPhone for your Eastern calendar, you definitely need it.  3.1 includes some important bug-fixes for invitation management and Exchange syncing issues.  It also includes a cool, new way to manage your home screen icons using your computer and iTunes.  For all the details on the fixes and new functionality that are in 3.1 click here

How To: Entourage 2008 Global Address Book From Off-Campus

If you use Entourage 2008 from off-campus, you probably realized, almost immediately, that you can't lookup users in the Global Address Book, also known as the "GAL". Fortunately, one of the smart folks at Microsoft created an AppleScript that is easy to install and even easier to use, that allows you to search Eastern's Global Address Book and even display the user's contact information. 


To get the script and instructions on how to install and use it, click here.  Note: once installed you will access the GAL lookup script by clicking on the Script icon on the Entourage menu bar.  Many are unfamiliar with this, so I've included a graphic below to help illustrate it.
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How To: Faculty & Staff Email On Your iPhone or iPad

* UPDATED TO REFLECT NEW EXCHANGE 2010 SERVER *

Did you know that you can have your Eastern email delivered to your iOS device automatically?  Eastern uses the world-standard email system, Microsoft Exchange, for faculty/staff email.  Apple recognized from the very beginning that the iPhone and iPad needed to support Exchange and in fact, they licensed the necessary software from Microsoft to do just that.

You need to make a few simple configuration settings on your iPhone or iPad and your Eastern email will be automatically delivered to your phone. 

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the home screen
  2.  Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. If this is your first email configuration on the device, tap the Microsoft Exchange icon; if you have already setup at least one other email account on your device, tap the Add Account...option, then tap Microsoft Exchange.
  4. Complete the configuration settings using the information below:
      • Your Eastern email address
      • Server = webmail.easternct.edu (*updated information for Exchange 2010 accounts)
      • Domain = easternct.edu
      • Your Eastern username
      • Your Eastern email password

NOTE: You may get a "pop-up" message during the initial setup and again later warning you about a problem with a certificate. You must OK the certificate error or your iPhone/iPad won't connect to the email server. 

Apple Releases iPhone 3.0 Software

June 17, 2009 - Apple released for download through iTunes, the much-awaited 3.0 version of the iPhone's operating system.  The new iPhone 3G S arrives on Friday, June 19th.

There are many new features in this latest version of the software, however many of them are specific to the actual hardware version of your iPhone.  Those with the first generation iPhone get some of the most wanted features, those with the second generation iPhone 3G get most of them, but if you want them all, you must have one of the new iPhone 3G S models. 

I downloaded and installed it on my first gen iPhone and experienced no issues with the download/install or new features, so I suspect most everyone will have a good experience upgrading the software on an existing 1st Gen phone, at least. Unfortunately, tethering your iPhone to your laptop, while supported in this latest software version is hidden by Apple in the US, at least until AT&T can come up with a plan to manage/charge for that feature.

To learn more about Software 3.0 or the iPhone 3G S, go to www.apple.com.  If you want to get the software upgrade on your iPhone, simply connect your iPhone to your computer, open iTunes and click on your iPhone's icon in the left panel.  iTunes will present you with the option to download and install the software.  Set aside an hour to get it done, but it will likely take less time.