Welcome to Carlyle CUSD Technology Page. If you have a message or question you wish to share with the entire district concerning technology, please post it to the "Technology Message Board". To send an e-mail to the Technology Department, click on the e-mail box below. Please don't send tech requests here. Thanks.
Back to School Techoology
Tips to have a virus/spyware free school year.
Just as automobiles need routine maintenance to run smoothy, your classroom PCs fit this category as well. Below are a few tips for your return back to school to remain virus and spyware free.
- Always turn your PC off at the end of each day. Leaving your PC over a long period of time improves your chance of power surges and spikes that can seriously damage your hard drive and or mother board.
- Remove all Ad Aware Programs. Ad Aware has been bogging down systems and needs to be removed. Please uninstall as soon as you can on all machines. To do this click on "Start" button and look for "Lavasoft" program group. In the program set there should be a selection on uninstalling program. After completion you may need to restart system.
- Update Windows when prompted so. If you see a yellow shield in your SysTray ( these are the icons located near the clock in the lower right corner) you should click on it and follow instructions. Windows includes routine security updates that protects your system from hackers and hijack attempts.
Install the latest AVG program. AVG is our in house Antivirus software. The servers have been uploaded to version 11.0. Most of the student computers and teacher stations have been upgraded. If your icon on desktop still say AVG 9.5 you will need to upgrade. How do i upgrade:
- go to "shared" folder in "my computer"
- go to "AVGscripts" folder
- Double-click AVGSetup.bat
- At this point you should get a black window.
- This will run for quite awhile. When complete you will get a shutdown window. Let the computer restart.
- If you need tech assistance click on "Tech Support" on district website located at the top of each school page.
Slam the Spam
What is Spam?
Spam is "unsolicited commercial bulk e-mail".
How do spammers get your e-mail address?
- from your registration at unscrupulous sites(think sweepstakes)
- from your newsgroup postings
- from chat sessions
- spambots that crawl the Web for anything including an @ sign on a Website
- from e-mail lists the spammer buys
- from mailing lists to which you subscribe
- by randomly generating name combinations for your domain
- by harvesting all the e-mail addresses on your company's server
Tips to decrease Spamming to your PC
- Guard your in-box. Don't give out your e-mail address to anyone but the people you actually expect to correspond with.
- Use Free Web mail accounts. For merchants and legit others you don't correspond with regularly, use Web mail, such as Hotmail's or Netzero's. You can abandon it if it gets spammed.
- Use fake addresses. Most Web-based sign-up forms require an e-mail address, but ask yourself, do they really need it? If you don't want to hear from the site, don't give a real address.
- Don't post your address. Resist the implulse to post it on Web sites, guest books, contact list, newsgroups, chat rooms, and so on; spammers harvest from these places.
- Don't answer spam. EVER. You won't stop spam by writing to the spammers, even if you ask nicely.
- Opt Out. When you do sign up for or buy something online and you have to give out an e-mail address, remember to opt out of everything you're not absolutely sure you want to receive.
Technology in Public Schools
Computer Access ___ Student-to-computer ratios continued to improve or stay even in 2001-2002. Students per instructional use computer remained constant at 4:1. Students per multimedia computer and students per computer with Internet acess both improved from 7:1 to 6:1. Students per networked computer also dropped from 6:1 to 5:1. Internet Access____ Virtually all schools (94%) have access to the Internet and more than three out of four (77%) have a high-speed connection (T1, T3, cable modem, or digital satellite) Teacher Use__More than 80% of schools report that the majority of their teachers (50% or more) use computers daily for instructional purposes and more than 70% report that the majority of their teachers use the Internet for instructional purposes.
Tip Of the Month
Most people don't think much about their hard drives unless the computer crashes or another problem occurs. But you shouldn't worry about keeping your computer running smoothly only when something goes wrong. Regular maintenance can prevent trouble before it starts. Here are some hints for maintaining your system in top form.
The following accessories and tasks should be run monthly.
Run Check Disk or Scandisk
Windows NT/2000/XP: In My Computer, right-click the drive and choose Properties. Under Tools, select Error-Checking. In most cases this check will not proceed until you restart the computer.
Windows 95/98/ME: Click on Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and then Scandisk. Choose the drive you want to check. Click on "Standard" and be sure the box is checked for automatic fix. Then click the Start button.
It will take several minutes to complete the process. This should fix a number of things which can go wrong on your hard drive. No need to run the "thorough" check unless you are having problems. The "thorough" mode checks the physical hard drive. Depending on the size of the drive, the thorough check can take more than half an hour.
It is most important to run this utility after the computer has shut down improperly (if the computer was abruptly shut down by a power outage, for example).
Previous Tip of the Month
Defragment the drive
Click on Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Defrag (or Disk Defragmenter) to open the defragmenting utility. The purpose for running defrag is to put your files into contiguous form. When a file is created, it looks for open locations on the hard drives and puts a piece of the file here and another piece there -- they become fragmented. As files become more and more fragmented, it takes longer to load and save them. Defrag puts them back together, which improves system performance. This may take 20 minutes or longer depending on how badly the drive is fragmented. On Windows NT/2000/XP it is possible to keep working while the defragmentation is taking place, but the system may respond sluggishly. On Windows 98 and ME, you should not do any other work while defrag is running.
If you work with large files such as audio, video, or big images, you may wish to defragment on a weekly basis. Most users should not need to defragment more frequently than once a month.