Tablet Computers – Computers Nonetheless

My three weeks with an iPad

“Over the break, I had the opportunity to experiment with an iPad 2 that my department has purchased. The department is loaning the iPad out to faculty for two weeks at a time to see if there is a compelling educational use for the device with our students — in which case, I’m assuming we will try to buy more. As tech-obsessed as I am, this is the first time I’ve had to spend time with an iPad, and here are my impressions…”


Will tablets eventually replace laptops?

“A new study suggests that almost half of all Americans believe tablets will replace laptops. But some of its other findings might surprise you.”


Guide to Facebook Security

A free 14-page Facebook security guide, co-authored by Purdue Information Assurance research engineer Keith Watson, offers tips to help users avoid cyber risks posed by the social networking service:

Security Research Engineer’s Guide Urges Facebook Users to be Cautious

Direct PDF download:

Guide to Facebook Security

More social media tips from Purdue:

Follow these tips to keep your Facebook account secure…

Be safe out there!

–Education IT

Interactive Whiteboards

The College of Education has acquired two additional interactive whiteboards to go along with the one that was installed last year (summer 2010) in BRNG 3295.  We now have eInstruction interactive whiteboards permanently installed in BRNG 3288 and BRNG 3295.  In addition to these, we also have a portable SMART Board mobile cart system (currently located in BRNG 3295).  Please see below for more detailed information related to the manufacturers of these systems as well as pictures of our current hardware.


BRNG 3288 eInstruction Interactive Whiteboard
BRNG 3288 eInstruction Interactive Whiteboard
BRNG 3295 eInstruction Interactive Whiteboard
BRNG 3295 eInstruction Interactive Whiteboard

SMART Technologies

Portable SMART Board System
Portable SMART Board System
 If you are interested in seeing one of these systems in action or scheduling their use, please contact the Education IT team at

 -Education IT

Spider 3.0 How-To

Spider 3.0 is a tool that runs locally on your computer to scan for certain types of restricted data. By default, Spider looks for Social Security and Credit Card numbers. Spider scans the contents of all of the files on your computer to see if there are any numbers which might resemble restricted data. It then creates a log (list) of those files to be manually checked by the user. One of the challenges of using a program such as Spider is that it uses “pattern matching” and typically finds patterns in some files that are not actually restricted data. So you’ll need to carefully go through the list of files that Spider returns to see if actual restricted data exists in them.  Below are instructions for running Spider 3.0 once it is installed on your computer.

Please click below for the reference document (PDF):

⇒ Beware of email scams!!!

Dear College of Eduaction,

Email scammers are targeting Purdue again at the beginning of the semester!  If you receive an email message such as the one below asking you to provide account information or log into questionable web sites, please DO NOT click links or respond.  Simply delete the email.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Education IT team.  Thank you and happy computing!!!  🙂

–Education IT,

—–Original Message—–
From: aaaa @
Sent: 8/15/11 4:25 AM
Subject: Virus Detected

Virus Detected

A virus has been detected in your mail account and in other for
you not to loose your account, you are to click on the link below.
Failure to do this will loose his/her mail account.

http ://


— or —

—–Original Message—–
From: Dinh Sy Hien [mailto:a @ b . c]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:45 AM



http : //


— or —

—–Original Message—–
From: Microsoft Exchange []
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 4:53 PM
To: ———-
Subject: OWA: Your [] is on Restriction.

Purdue University
We detected irregular action on your e-mail system on August 22, 2011.

As the Primary owner, you must verify your account activity before you
can continue using your account, and upon verification, we will remove any
restrictions placed on your account.

click on the link below:

You can also forward your mail from any other e-mail accounts such as
Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. to your Webmail account so that your contacts won’t
have to memorize a new e-mail address and you can access all of your mail
in one place.  You can find forwarding instructions for your other e-mail
accounts in their online documentation.

Webmail service has reserved a system maintenance window of Saturdays from 4:00 a.m.
to 8:00 a.m. that will be used only if Webmail service needs to perform any work that
will take the system off-line. Otherwise, the e-mail system will
be available around the clock.
Thank You,
Microsoft Exchange