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Cobain backup software: Installing

May 31, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

The install is straight forward enough; double click the downloaded file to start.

However, at one point, you'll be asked to install it as a service or application.

Install as an application available to all users (auto-start).

Cobain backup software: Creating a task

May 31, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

Right click on the white screen to the left and choose New Task.

With a new task, you'll need to make some changes to make it work the way you expect. Read more »

Cobain backup software: Configuring for automated backup

May 31, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

You can see Cobain is installed via the Cobain icon in the task bar.  (In this case it is a mushroom.  In future versions, it may look different)

Right click on that and choose Open to change the configurations.

If you wish to do a manual backup, choose instead Run all Tasks Now!

If you chose Open, you'll see this screen Read more »

Checking your Dell for warranty service

May 31, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

And enter your service tag information into the form.  It will tell you how long you have left on your warranty.

If the machine is still covered by a warranty, you can contact DoIT Installation and Repair and they'll work on it and replace hardware for free.

Here's how to contact DoIT Installation and Repair.

IP numbers: How do I know what mine is?

May 30, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

This is a useful thing to have if you intend on connecting to another computer via IP, such as for when you hope to connect to your work computer via Remote Desktop.

1st method:

  1. Go to


2nd method (Windows):

  1. Go to to the Start bar, and choose "Run".
  2. Type cmd in the box and hit enter.
  3. A command prompt will open.
  4. Type ipconfig/all and hit enter. 
  5. Look for the IP address.


Changing a user password for an operating system

May 30, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

On Windows XP:

Go to Control Panels.
Click on User Accounts.
Click on your account name.
Click on Create a Password.

Type in your new password in each of the top two boxes, then type a password hint in the 3rd box. 

Click Create Password.

If it asks if you'd like to make your account private, generally this is a no.

On a Mac: Read more »

VPN: Connecting to your computer remotely

May 30, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

This is for people running Windows.  If you're on a Mac and want to connect remotely, please email the Techzone ( for assistance.

There are two steps.

Prepare your WORK computer
Prepare your HOME computer Read more »

Network printing in the L&S TechZone

May 30, 2012 by Sara Nagreen

The printer that I'd like to use: 

LSS Computer Classroom Gets Makeover

January 26, 2010 by Lisa Jansen

LSS recently upgraded the computer
classroom in room 274 Van Hise Hall. The laptops are gone and have
been replaced with:


  • Mac minis capable of running both Mac
    and Windows programs
  • 22" LCD monitors
  • better web cameras
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