Slow PC? A Couple Tips…

Does it take forever for your computer to start up? Here are some quick easy
steps to try:

  1. First thing is to look at how many programs start in the background when you start up the computer.
    1. If this is a Windows 7 computer, you can go to the start menu located on the bottom left corner. In the search bar type “msconfig.exe.” Select the search results then go to the Startup tab. To prevent a program from starting up with Windows, select the “check” box located next to the desired program so there isn’t a check mark in the box. Click OK once you have made your choices. (WARNING: Please do this with only with programs that you have installed.) Afterwards, you will be prompted to restart your computer to make those changes – you can skip this if you have things to do but please note those changes won’t happen until a restart is complete.
    2. In Windows 8 or 8.1 or 10 you need to go to the Task Manager via right-clicking on the Taskbar. When Task Manager is open, go to the Startup tab and then use the Disable button to disable programs. 
      1. If after you are done with streamlining your start up programs, you need to look at your Recycle Bin, does it have lots of files? If so, go through it and see what files can be deleted. If you know all files can be deleted, right-click on the bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.  Afterwards, it will prompt you, select Yes.

        Hopefully, these steps help you. 

Submitted By: Aaron Bauer

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow – Edward Teller

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With headlines running everyday about hackers accessing this data bank or that credit card company, protecting sensitive information is of growing difficulty. A handful of antivirus software companies have made a name for themselves due to the services they provide and are reputable. In some cases, the options can be costly but you may find an option or two at little or no cost. Using a trusted antivirus software is a wise step in protecting your information and your devices.

Submitted By: Katie Eaton

Be wonderful – Anonymous

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Need Writing Resources?

Writing papers can be difficult and sometimes all we need is a little encouragement and some guidance in the right direction. Visit Loyola’s Writing Center for help on all writing assignments.

Additionally, the next time you’re writing a research paper be sure to utilize the online databases available on Loyola’s website; hundreds of sources pertaining to your topic will be readily available to use. 

Submitted By: Roger Rodriguez

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
 —Larry L. King, WD



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Kolibri OS

Last week I provided some information on the Kolibri operating system, which is a lesser-known operating system that has some advantages. This week I will be continuing to talk about lesser-known operating systems and talking about the Mozilla operating system. Its interface is very similar to an Android interface. It has web apps that were built using HTML5, CSS3, and Java Script. Everything inside it is a web page running on its separate browser process. There are four different ways to try the Firefox OS: through a desktop client for your operating system, through a Firefox OS Simulator add-on, by building a Firefox OS simulator, and by building a Firefox OS from source.

You can find more information on the Firefox operating system:

Submitted By: Aparna Gollakota

Research is creating new knowledge – Neil Armstrong

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Technology & Natural Lighting

Do you have trouble sleeping after using your computer or mobile phone late at night? Are you tired of getting headaches or sore eyes after looking at a screen after sunset? For people who like to use their computer or mobile device in the evening, the artificial light can be a big detriment to sleep patterns, eyesight, and general health and wellbeing. Software called f.lux adjusts the color temperature of the various screens in your life to match the natural lighting in the room you’re in– instead of appearing to have to a blue hue, the screen will seem to be orange after the sun has set, which is closer to the color of most indoor lighting. The software is completely free, easy to set up, and requires no maintenance. If you’re interested in improving your night time computing experience, download f.lux.

Submitted By: Max Dabek

Never stop learning – Anonymous

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ITS Technology Sessions

Join ITS online to learn about different technology and technology services at Loyola. Offered on the first Thursday of each month, these 30-minute sessions provide short presentations and discussions about various technologies and technology services. Participants can join via the web, listen in, post comments and questions, and learn more about technologies used both for administrative and instructional purposes. Participants will also have the opportunity to join the discussion, ask questions, and provide feedback. Registration is not required.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin

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Have you heard of the IBM’s WATSON application? WATSON is an innovative tool invented by IBM to analyze a high volume of data and operates more like a human than a computer. Recently, it was announced the next goal for Watson is to teach third grade Math, meeting the needs of the students and the third grade teachers. Click here to learn more.

Submitted By: Chibuzo Anaeto

Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic. – Arthur C. Clarke

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Technology and Finance

The finance industry has been almost completely transformed due to the developments of technology and computing power over the past couple decades. With a large portion of analysis and trading done on the internet, more people can participate in investment opportunities than ever before. Technology makes the world of finance both more accessible and also much more volatile. With so much information being spread so quickly on a global scale, panic may spread quicker and may lead to unwarranted economic crisis. The introduction of the internet into finance also makes the field much more competitive because it is easier for more people to get involved, thus creating more competition. Here are a couple links to learn more about finance and several things to consider about moving into a executive role in the industry.

Submitted By: Conor Sullivan

 “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

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CME Business Analytics Lab

Are you a Finance major? Or interested in learning more about investing and markets? Have you had a chance to check out the CME Business Analytics Lab on the 3rd floor of the new Schreiber Center? Check online to see when the lab is available – and you will be able to walk right in and use the equipment for free. The Bloomberg terminals are available to all students. Once logged into the terminal, there are a number of free online courses and certifications you can receive – which normally cost hundreds of dollars online – plus it’s a great resume builder.

Submitted By: Conor Sullivan

The best way to predict the future is to invent it – Alan Kay

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BitTorrent, uTorrent, Pando, Transmission, what’s it all about? Though it has its uses, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is not allowed on any of Loyola’s WiFi networks. Because of this, programs such as the ones listed previously will interfere with your WiFi connection while on the Loyola campus.

he best way to prevent these problems from occurring is to remove any and all P2P programs from your machine before bringing it on campus. Though it’s not allowed on campus, P2P file sharing isn’t necessarily illegal. Contrary to popular belief, there are more uses for P2P sharing than simply downloading music, videos, and games. In fact, it is completely within your rights to share these kinds of files and it only becomes illegal when you share copyrighted material (music, movies, programs, games, TV shows, etc).
That being said, even when being used for legal purposes, you must be careful using P2P sharing networks.

There is often a lot of risk associated with P2P sharing and not just because of downloading copyrighted material; it is all too easy for an individual to share a malicious file disguised as something legitimate. When this happens, you are willingly giving someone else access to your machine, files, and other personal information.
For more information about P2P file sharing and copyright law check out the following links: and

For more information about P2P file sharing and copyright law check out the following links:

Submitted By: Ian Cassidy

Love what you do and do what you love. Doing something new and different requires a level of drive and passion that is really hard to fake. When your heart is behind what you are doing, so much is possible.” – Tracy Sun

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