Tech Times - Dec. 2013
Get free and discounted software through the USF eStore
Unbeknownst to many people in the USF community, ITS offers many discounts to students and faculty on various PC and Apple software products. Through the USF eStore (estore.usfca.edu), discounts are available on over 190 tech-related products. Walter Petruska, USF’s Information Security Officer, states the eStore offers “The products that are most useful for students because they either need [this product] for a course, they have asked for it, or the faculty has requested its availability for the student.” Microsoft Office365, Adobe Creative Cloud, VMware Fusion, and Parallels are just a few of the many products that have been made available for free or greatly discounted purchases.
The eStore offers two different software programs — Dreamspark and Personal Software Purchases. Every item listed on the DreamSpark page is a Microsoft-based program, and is offered free exclusively to students and faculty. Personal Software Purchases offers great discounts on Adobe and various other tech-related goods for students, faculty, and staff. [Learn more]
Student Computing Guide helps navigate services at USF
Over the years, many students have felt lost when trying to familiarize themselves with the USF website. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” is a phrase heard often amongst new students when browsing through USF’s site. Well, students, the good people at ITS have heard you and have put together a guide that will relieve all of your stresses.
The Student Computing Guide was created as a convenience for students who have trouble utilizing the ITS website. The Student Computing Guide addresses basic policies, needs, and questions that many students may have. Maintained and managed by Nikki Williams, the director of Client Support Services, the guide is regularly updated to make certain that it continues to address students’ needs and answers all major questions that you may have. [Learn more]
Remodeled Parina Lab provides space for study and more
For the past few years USF campus-goers have witnessed the campus transform while under construction. Arguably one of the most significant developments for students has been the renovation of the Parina Computer Lab, which has become a popular location for students to meet up or study in between classes. Located on the third floor of the University Center (UC), just one floor above the USF cafeteria, Parina Lab now offers not only a convenient spot to eat, study, and relax while on campus, but it also offers a wide array of technology that students can take advantage of.
Installed along the walls of the computer lab are a dozen Mac Minis, allowing students to quickly print documents while on the go. Additionally, upgrades to the lab’s printers have been made so that students can print from virtually anywhere on campus. Parina is now home to two large Pharos printers that offer wireless printing capabilities, meaning that students may even print from a laptop. [Learn more]