Rock Around the Clock!

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“At Harding we sing.” Certainly a quote known well to anyone associated with Harding. However, Bisons are known for more than just their voices. Instrumental musicians are definitely a vital part of campus life. Some hobby musicians may have thought about recording or experimenting with their own music, but don’t know where to go or what they need.
Enter the iRig 2, from IK Multimedia. ($39.99)
The iRig 2 is a device that can utilize mobile devices in place of amplifiers for the guitarist (or bassist) on the go. Apps like AmpliTube (IK Multimedia) or GarageBand (Apple) are among the thousands compatible. But how does it work?
It sports a headphone plug for plugging into mobile devices, as well as ¼” input and output jacks for the instrument, 1/8” jack for headphones (so you can listen to the effects), an FX/THRU switch, and a gain control knob.
The best place to start is with AmpliTube, IK’s own app (made for both iOS at and Samsung Pro Audio). Once the software of choice is installed on your device, just plug your guitar or bass into the iRig 2 and attach it to your device. Then, depending on preference, hook in some headphones, an auxiliary cord to a personal speaker, or go big with your own amps using the ¼” output. The gain control helps you maximize your sound while keeping it clear, and the FX/THRU switch lets you switch between digital and pure analog signal.
I can hear some of the skepticism. “Is this just another vamped-up review for a run-of-the-mill product?” And the answer is no. iPhone Life magazine declared the iRig 2 as “Best of CES 2015”.

If you are interested in getting this Swiss Army Knife of sound, you can buy it at Best Buy in North Little Rock or Conway, or online from IK Multimedia or Amazon

University Data Safety: Blocking BitTorrent

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Universities are increasingly becoming targets for criminals who want to steal personally identifiable information. This allows them to access all sorts of things about people such as: SSN, bank information, loan information, vehicle tags, and even that information and more about relatives and friends about the person. Harding University takes its custodian role of your data very seriously.

Additionally, media outlets and law firms are aggressively pursuing people who are illegally downloading their copyrighted material. Harding receives 2 or 3 notices about Digital Millennial Rights Copyright Act (DMCA) breaches every day. These notices come with some hefty fines.

Taking this and other factors into account, Harding has decided to disable the BitTorrent service (and other similar services) on Harding's campus during the Thanksgiving break. Why? One of the most prolific channels for illegal downloading and other security concerns is through BitTorrent. Harding's IS&T department has researched this for some time and have looked into how other universities have dealt with these issues. It seems that Harding will be joining many other universities who have found no other way to stop these illegal and dangerous activities other than by blocking BitTorrent.

Harding is aware that BitTorrent can be used for legitimate purposes; however, we have reached a time where the non-legitimate uses far outweigh the legitimate uses. If you have been using BitTorrent for legitimate uses and are finding it difficult to find alternative ways to getting the material you are after, please contact our Help Desk at 501-279-4545 for help with this.

If you believe that you have a virus by using one of these services like BitTorrent, please bring your laptop or any other personal electronic device to our Help Desk and we would be happy to remove those for you. Thank you for your patience and we hope that this decision makes using Harding's network much safer for us all.

Top 10 Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

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10: Cortana Listens

Most people know that you can use the Cortana search bar to find files, programs, settings, and search the web. However, you are not limited to the typing on a keyboard into the search box because Cortana listens to you. Just like Siri or Google Talk, users can use their microphones to ask Cortana anything. She will then respond with answers, suggestions, ideas, reminders, and more. 

Simply click on the Notebook icon on the left side, select settings, and Turn Cortana to "On" with the switch.

9. Hate Cortana? Then Kill It.

Some people despise talking to their computer and do not find it helpful. That is totally fine because you do not have to use it. It gives you a more local experience. By killing Cortana, you completely eliminate web searches in the search bar. This will consolidate your searches to files, settings, and programs.

To kill Cortana, to the switch to "Off." Also turn the "Search online and include web filters" switch to off in your settings. This will disable Bing's search integration.

8. Customize Your Start Menu

Do you like the live tiles from Windows 8? If yes, you are in luck because they work the same way in Windows 8. Make your tiles small, medium, wide, and large. Turn live on and off, and place them where you like.

All you have to do is drag and drop tiles. You can also right click on them to change their size and unpin them.

7. Tablet Mode

This is for you touchscreen lovers. If you have a tablet or convertible, do not fear because tablet mode is still here. This nice thing is that you can toggle it on and off. If you enjoy the start menu of Windows 8, then simply turn Tablet Mode to "On".

Search for Tablet Mode, click on Tablet Mode Settings, and flip the switch to "On".

6. Schedule Your Restarts

It's about time they made this feature. Since most updates require that you restart your PC, you can now schedule the next time your PC restarts. Do not worry about random restarts while working on your papers and projects anymore.

Open the Settings option in the Start menu, go to Updates and Recovery, Windows Update, dive into Advanced Options, then have Windows notify you when to schedule a restart.

5. Nerdy Command Prompt Tools

You nerds out there better get excited for this one. Microsoft created some sweet new command line features. The ability to copy and paste with Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V. Wahoo!!! 

To access the goods, right click the title bar, select Properties, then enable new features under "Edit Options."

4. Virtual Desktops

This was probably a copy off of Mac, but a much needed feature for Windows. You can now move your windows into different virtual desktops. This allows you to separate your apps and programs into discrete areas.

Use Task View (the button that looks like two panels, one over the other, in the taskbard) or Windows key + Tab, while Alt + Tab in order to switch between desktops. To add a desktop just click and hold the app you desire to move and hold it over  + New desktop.

3. Offline Maps

Hallelujah! The newly renovated Maps app works offline. Never worry about finding out how to get your destination when you are without wifi or cellular data.

Click the Settings icon in the Maps app, then select Download or update maps under the "Offline maps" header. Windows will tell you how large the file is before it downloads.

2. Solitaire is Back

After the banishment of Solitaire in the Windows store on Windows 8. Solitaire has returned. Maybe someday pinball will return as well... But let's rejoice for Solitaire for now!

Look for "Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview" in All Apps or just search for Solitaire.

1. GodMode

A blast from the past has returned. The legendary GodMode works perfectly in Windows 10. Some of you might not even know this was a real thing. Essentially, GodMode unveils a power user menu that brings together all of the system's settings and configuration options into one place.

Just create a new folder and rename it to this:


I hope you enjoyed the all of the these fantastic new features on Windows 10. All of these tips, tricks, and pics came from If you would like to explore more exciting tips and tricks for Windows 10, then read "Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks."

Content Filering

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Do you use a content filter such as AdBlocker?  If you do, you probably appreciate the noticeable difference in the number of adds which you are exposed to online each day.  Maybe you wish that you didn’t have to suffer through those terrible YouTube adds or that you could listen to music without interruptions on Spotify or iTunes radio.  However, what you may have forgotten is that things that we want are not free. 

We are exposed to ads while we troll Facebook, watch YouTube videos, and listen to music because the content which we are experiencing from probably cost money to produce.  The YouTube artist which produces your favorite show have families and the podcasts which shamelessly sponsor some service provider do so not on their own accord but to make your viewing/listening experience possible.  According to PBS’s Idea Channel, when the product is free, you are the product.  You (or the promise of your presence) has been sold.

Modern advertising tells us that the most effective form of capitalism is results when mass groups of people are exposed to the same add.  This is why we often hear the same ad while listening to popular music or TV show.  Companies know when their target audience will be paying attention and they will pay to place their information at your disposal.

We should keep in mind the phrase, “you get what you pay for” in the context of online content.  Sure it may feel like all content should be free, but ask yourself this:  “if you are enjoying this content and would like to see more, why wouldn’t you pay for it?” 

Nobody wants to be exposed to ads which feel like they’re not targeted to them.  That’s poor advertising.  However, if you appreciate good content, make sure to subscribe to that YouTube channel or purchase the license to listen to your music.  By doing so you are helping to support creativity among artists while providing for someone else’s livelihood. 

For further information, watch the PBS Idea Channel video here.

Faster Start Ups

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Here is a really quick and easy way to fix your slow start-ups for both windows and macs! It also fixes the pesky moments when Skype and Spotify start and are IMPOSSIBLE to close!!

Lets start with Windows (works for windows 8-10):
  1. Go to task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc)
  2. Go to the Startup tab
  3. Find any programs that you do not want to open on start up and disable them.
    • I would suggest disabling Spotify, Skype, iTunes, chrome, and any other programs that you have noticed causing frustration.
  4. Observe how quickly your computer is ready to use after startup!
It's as easy as that!

*Note: Do NOT take your Antivirus or SafeConnect off of your startup list.

Now for Macs:
  1. Go to system preferences (click the Apple).
  2. Go to Users & Groups
  3. Click on the 'Login Items' tab
  4. Remove any programs you do not want on startup.
Also very easy!

*Note: Do NOT take your Antivirus or SafeConnect off of your startup list.

It's Great to be at Harding and Microsoft Agrees!

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We have all heard that It's Great to be at Harding and have seen the pictures around campus of the smiling faces of our peers. But what emotion are they really showing? Microsoft seems to think that they are indeed happy. But why do I think that Microsoft thinks this?

Well I used Microsoft's new emotion detection AI beta software to read the emotions off of one of the pictures from the Harding website. It detected one face and it was primarily happy. This tool rates each emotion (anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, neutral, sadness, and surprise) on a scale from 0 to 1 where the amount of each emotion adds up to 1. The happiness on this girl's face was 0.9999996 with every other emotion rated very very small.

So why did Microsoft create this software and how can we expect to see it our future gadgets?  Some ideas they have shared is for marketers to use it to judge the emotions of their potential customers. Another possible application is for messaging app additions that go based off of emotions.

The possible future applications of this technology may not interest you but if you just want to have some fun with it and  try it out for yourself with your own pictures you can go to or if you are a programmer and want to use this software in your own program there is an API at And if you need an extra smile and are participating in no shave November you can try out Microsoft's other new fun facial recognition software that detects and rates your facial hair at I hope you have a day that is primarily happy and enjoy plugging in all your pictures!

G is for Google and A is for Alphabet

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If you've forgotten your abc's recently, or maybe just wanted to teach someone else, and decided to search 'alphabet' in Google, you may have come across something unexpected...

You would really think that the first result would be a video result from Sesame Street where the Cookie Monster talks about how "C is for COOKIE" or something along those lines. Look at the URL on that first result, How peculiar!

If you following the link you'll be led to a website describing where Larry Page describes a mass restructuring of Google and all its resources. Alphabet has been created to be a holding company for all things Google. Google itself will now become one of the child companies, and it will encompass the search engine itself, Android, Chrome, Maps, Youtube as well as Google Photos and Google Now. Don't worry, nothing crazy should be happening with any of those for now.

This may all seem like boring information that will only be important for investors and other people who like to stand in the line of fire on Wall Street and yell at each other in ways that only investors and members of the stock exchange can understand. But I promise it gets more exciting than that.

Larry Page is quoted as saying, "Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things". No doubt this is true; for the past few years Google has been known for their 'moonshots', experimenting with driverless cars, virtual reality, things of the like. But it's all been contained under Google's name. With the new restructuring, TONS of these projects now have their own companies! Things like:

Calico: Alphabet's most life-altering project...literally. Google and the chairman of Apple-Arthur D. Levinson- have teamed up to form a company that is completely concerned with extending human life. Starting with a cure for cancer, they view this as "not as big a change as you might think". This company is looking to cure disease, in the broadest sense of the word.

Fiber: This has been in the works for a while, but this is essentially Alphabet's internet service. They offer 1gb/s speeds as well as cable service. The service has no caps on use, and subscribing comes with a terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage. Their service also boasts being able to record up to 500 hours and 8 shows simultaneously.

Nest Labs: This company is in the process of completely automating homes. Thermostats that know when you get home and what temperatures you like at certain times of day, lights that turn on in the house as soon as you pull into the driveway, and bacon that starts cooking itself on Saturday morning(ok, that last one I made up. But honestly it's probably not too far off). Described as desiring to make "a more cohesive smart home".

Google X: This is the real out-there company. Driverless cars, drones, interactive contact lenses(at this point, they are designed to monitor glucose levels for people with diabetes. There's already a prototype), and, ultimately, anything that Page and Brin decide they want to chase.

This could mean big things for the future, and it's definitely worth getting excited about. This is just a small overview of Alphabet, I highly suggest looking up it and following along. Who knows what they'll come up with next!