Thursday, November 29, 2012

Three Tips For Your Netbook

Just to sum up:

1. Restarting seems to be the simplest, most effective way to fix any problem. Every single day at the Help Desk we see students for this problem or that problem, and we ask them, "When did you restart your netbook last?" Quite often they don't even remember!

    Restart your netbook every day!

2. The mapping of the printers is pretty much an Asus thing. If you're a sophomore, junior, or senior, the current image for your netbook is already mapped to "School Netbook Printers," which works on all of the netbook printers around the building. But if you've got an Asus, map your printer this way.

    By the way, the day after Sunny printed this video, we discovered that Asus printers don't need to be mapped to individual printers--- a single mapping does the trick for all of the printers. Watch the video and learn how to do it. 

3. Use the Cloud!  Even if you're in love with saving directly to your netbook, you should still back up your data on the cloud. Just make it a habit. Use your Google account; that's why you have it. If you just can't bring yourself to use the cloud, then invest in a USB pen drive so that you can back up your files. Computers crash! Plan ahead.

By the way, for those of you who are interested, the video above is embedded directly from Google Drive, which is something you can do with video now. Videos you store on your Google Drive now come with an embed code that works on all websites. It's pretty cool. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Improving Your Asus Printing Experience

If you have an Asus netbook (Class of 2016), the odds are that you've experienced some difficulties printing on the school netbook printers. It's a problem that we addressed before, but now we have even a better solution. 

If you follow the instructions in this video, you can set your Asus netbook to print to any netbook printer in the building using a single printer icon. It's actually pretty easy. Go ahead and watch the video, then copy the code below, and try it on your own Asus netbook. Remember, you can always come into the Help Desk for assistance. 

It's worth the two minutes that it takes! Copy the code below (same as the code in the video) and use it on your own Asus netbook printer settings. 


Note: These instructions are intended for the HP printers we've set up at our schools to be used with netbooks. If you're viewing this from another district, you'll probably need to figure out a URI code that works for your specific printers. We can help with that--- get in touch @219tech.