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Want to Work at DormNet? Apply Here!

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Applications for DormNet Assistants for the school year 2018-2019 are now being accepted.

Students in any major who have some computer experience, an aptitude for learning, good troubleshooting skills and good interpersonal skills are encouraged to apply.

You can find the online application here or in the Bison Career Search.  PLEASE NOTE:  You must be logged in with your Harding username/password to access the application.

Application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2108.

Amazon Go ©

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Amazon has been on the forefront of making millions of people's lives easier for quite some time now. They released Amazon Prime, which allows unlimited 2 day shipping on most items with payment of a membership fee. Then came Amazon Alexa, an electronic personal assistant which can control many devices in your home. They also have released and are actively working on Amazon Key, a service that allows delivery people to briefly enter your home to drop off packages in order to minimize package theft.

Amazon didn't stop there, the next step in their quest to revolutionize our day-to-day lives seems to be their new idea: Amazon Go. Amazon Go seems to be in direct competition with Amazon's largest competitors such as Wal-Mart and Target. These stores sell a lot of the same goods that Amazon does, but they have physical locations, while Amazon's sales occur almost entirely on the internet. While Amazon has done very well with internet sales only, they haven't been able to tap into the market of customers who prefer shopping at a physical location. With Amazon Go, they not only are able to reach customers who prefer shopping at a store, they also revolutionized the process of shopping entirely.

Using state of the art sensors and scanning technology, Amazon has created a store completely void of checkout lines. The have effectively removed the one downside to grocery shopping. With Amazon Go, you simply download the store's app, enter the store, and place the items you want into your bag. The sensors within the store automatically register what you have taken off the shelf and automatically charge you for the items when you walk out of the store. There are no checkout lines or registers of any kind. You simply walk in and take the items you need.

For now, the one Amazon Go store in operation is about the size of a mini-mart and only sells grocery items. With time, this technology might allow Amazon to create larger stores with a larger variety of items to be bought while completely eliminating wait times. The creation and implementation of this technology may also inspire other retail giants to research similar technology and put it into use. I would personally be surprised if companies like Wal-Mart and Target were not already working on this.

Potential Big Changes Coming to Android Messages

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In a world defined by inter-connectivity between devices and the push to take advantage of the presence of Wifi in almost every nook and cranny of major cities or facilities, Android's 'Messages' app has remained unfortunately behind the curve. For those who wanted to do any kind of messaging without relying on cellular coverage we would have to either download an app specific to using Wifi for texting, or we would have to find a carrier that would make this capability part of the standard package (eg. Republic Wireless builds in wifi calling and texting for the phones in their lineup). This may be about to change.

It should first be noted that the changes mentioned here are entirely speculative. Android Police, a website that keeps a heavy tab on all things Android, has a segment called teardown where they look at code that is present or going to be present on new devices. Because it may not be live yet, it also may not pass testing!

The first interesting change for Android users comes in the form of being able to pair phones with their computer and be able to send and receive text messages to your computer through a web interface. You'll have to register the computer with your device (done in applications like Allo by navigating to a website and scanning a QR code) and then you will be able to send and receive via that web service. You will also be able to see a list of computer you are signed into the service with, and disconnect from any of them via the service.

The most exciting feature though is the potential for texting over Wifi. This is something that Android users have been waiting an exceptionally long time for, and the Android Police found code that indicates this could be pushed. An article found on the verge talks about how this would be implemented using a feature called RCS, or Rich Communication Services. What they have said is that it takes normal SMS and boosts its abilities to include things like high-resolution images, reading receipts, etc. This feature does, however, requires some kind of cloud-based infrastructure to work well, which led them to four possibilities. The first of course being, as the disclaimer stated above, that the code meant nothing and it will not come to fruition. The second being that this feature will only be available for Google's carrier, Project Fi, and this code merely turns on the functionality for Fi users. The third is Google giving carriers and option to use this RCS if they want to, but it won't be a standard for the phone and carriers will have the option of not implementing it. The last being that Google has laid the groundwork for an app that would "do for Android what iMessage does for iPhone: seamlessly supplant SMS."

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Android had roughly 80% of the global market share for operating systems on phones. If an app was released that would seamlessly connect all of these users, it is highly likely that this share would increase. Could this defeat the iPhone? (Not likely, but who knows!)

Connecting to HU-Student with a Mac

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Connecting to the Harding Network is easier than ever. Now we have one unified network for students across Harding campus.

Note before starting: you will need to download an antivirus to connect to the Harding network if you do not have one already. Despite popular belief, even Macs DO get viruses. We recommend Avira free antivirus.

Connecting with a Mac happens as follows.

Step One:
Click the WiFi symbol on the top right and select HU-Student (if WiFi is off, click to turn it on first!)

Step Two:
Type the password "BlackandGold24"

Step Three:
If it doesn't do this for you, open a web browser (Safari, Chrome, etc.) and navigate to a web page you haven't been to. We recommend baconsizzling.com. If you see bacon, you are good to go. If not, proceed to step four.

Step Four:
Enter your pipeline credentials and click submit

Step Five:
Download the Safeconnect Policy Key for Macintosh.

Step Six:
Run the installer, at the end, feel free to move the installer to the trash

Step Seven:
Type baconsizzling.com into your browser again. At this point you should be connected and good to go! If not, see step eight.

Step Eight:
If you see the following screenshot, then you need to install an antivirus software. We at DormNet recommend Avira free antivirus. This can be done by using a device with internet to get the installer, and using a flash drive to move it to the Mac that needs it (This is a great way to meet roommates and suitemates!). If no such device exists, then feel free to visit us in the Administration Building, room 205, and we can install one here!

Happy Netflixing! ~cough~ I mean studying!

Setting up HU-Student on Windows 10

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HU-Student is the new student wifi network that is used across all of campus! Here are some easy steps for setting it up on a Windows 10 computer!

1. Open your wifi icon and select HU-Student



2. Click Connect, enter the password "BlackandGold24", and you should be connected and secured.



3. In your desired browser of choice, a DormNet agreement should pop up - you want to type in you pipeline username and password


4. Download the Windows SafeConnect policy key


5. Run the installer


6. Click Install


7. Click Finish



You should now be able to browse Netflix, YouTube, Pipeline, etc. as desired. If you have any questions or need additional help, give us a call at (501)279-4545


Connecting to HU-Student with Android

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Connecting to HU-Student is much easier than the previous networks. There is now one network that all students will use to connect, regardless of their
location on campus.

For those who are having issues with connection, hopefully this blog post will enlighten you.

Step 1)
Get to your WiFi Settings. This step varies by device, but in the end you should be looking at something like this.


Step 2)
Click on HU-Student, and type the password "BlackandGold24", then connect.


Step 3)
If it doesn't already, open your web browser and navigate to a site you've never been to before. We suggest http://www.baconsizzling.com/. If you see bacon, then you're good to go. If not, proceed to step 4.


Step 4)
You should be looking at the Dormnet Agreement Page. Use your Harding Credentials to sign in and accept the agreement. Afterwards, you will be redirected to the Harding homepage. And with this, you're done.


Now you can feel free to Netflix, Quizlet, and Google your way to success!

As always, if you experience any difficulties, call us at 501-279-4545 or visit us in the Administration Building, room 205.