Users being upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 will receive, among many other upgrades and enhancements, a great built-in way to take screen shots. Since the early days of Windows, using the Print Screen button, located in the upper right corner of your keyboard, was a quick way to grab the entire contents of your screen into your system’s clipboard. You can still do that under Windows 7, but a new tool, the Snipping Tool, is also available. To find it, go to your Start button and then type “Snip” in the search area. The first tool that comes up should be the Snipping Tool. When you launch it, it allows you to create a new snip by dragging a box around any area of your screen. Then, you can either save it as a graphic file or copy it to your clipboard. Very handy!
Veteran Mac users will note that this capability has been built-in to the Mac OS for years. On the Mac, use Command-Shift-3 to take a whole-screen shot (which is dropped as a file on your desktop) or use Command-Shift-4 to snip out a region of your screen.
Google+ is Google’s social network. Like Facebook, Google+ allows you to share information with your friends, acquaintances, co-workers, classmates, and the world. Augustana uses Google Apps for our email, calendar, document sharing, and more – which means that Augustana users will now be able to create Google+ accounts with their Augustana email addresses.
While originally only available to Gmail accounts, Google+ is now available to Google Apps subscribers. After some initial testing within ITS, we have decided to make it available to the entire campus. There are some really cool things that you can do with Google+ including hangouts (where you make yourself available for text/audio/video chat with up to 10 people) and circles (friend groups that allow you to share information with only the appropriate people).
Important note: Google+ requires users to use their real name when creating accounts which is illegal to do for people under 18. Therefore, Google+ requires users to be 18 to use their service. If you sign up for Google+ and are not yet 18, Google may suspend not only your Google+ account but your general Google Apps account as well. Therefore, DO NOT sign up for Google+ if you are younger than 18!
The ITS support page provides links to the official Google+ support. Check it out to learn a bit more about the service before it is rolled out to the campus next week: http://www.augustana.edu/x39063.xml.