Simple tips for traveling with computers

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Simple tips for travelling with computers

  1. Charge your battery fully.
    1. Mac users, if you’re using an AC adapter with the short plug, make sure you bring the long cable.
  2. Consider bringing your laptop at the Helpdesk for a quick diagnostic test. It’s like a preventative visit at the doctor’s. Ask us about VPN while you're visiting us.
  3. Bring a flash drive. They are ridiculously cheap and enormously useful.
  4. Giving PowerPoint presentations? Consider making a PDF version of your presentation. Just in case you use a foreign computer that doesn’t have the necessary fonts, etc…
  5. You may have heard about VPN. You may have even used it. The reality is that VPN connections may not function everywhere. You see, VPN depends on the network you are using. So if you are using the hotel's network, VPN may not work if the hotel network's administrator is blocking VPN, or has not configured the network properly. While we have a sleuth of options that can help you get inside the College network with or without VPN, you should keep in mind that any network problems you are experiencing, are probably a result of the foreign network you're using, and we have no control over it.
    1. Cisco VPN: Used the be "standard" way of doing VPN. Seems like more and more places are blocking it, though.
    2. Your computer's native VPN: Mac OS X and Windows have great VPN software out of the box that works differently from the Cisco one, and may work where Cisco fails.
    3. WebVPN: Basically a webpage that lets you do VPN. For now, this is PC-only, but it should work on just about any network.
  6. Keep in mind these web-based tools:
    1. http://go.middlebury.edu/files - gives you access to your personal file server space (/home), classes, as well as departmental server spaces (under /orgs) 
    2. WebMail - Outlook/Entourage not working? Use WebMail! It's a fast alternative that's a real life saver.
  7. Backup your files to your personal file server space (/home) 
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