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How To Change Your First Data Web Site Password  View Printable Version 
Thursday, September 16 2010 @ 09:27 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

This article describes the process of changing your password on the First Data Web Site.

You are required to change any temporary password you are given by the Technology Department. In addition, you must not write down and leave any passwords in a location where they can be discovered by other people, nor shall you share your password with anyone else.

  1. Log into First Data by pointing your web browser to
    https://secure.linkpt.net/lpc/servlet/LPCLogin

    Enter the store number from existing documentation.

    Your username is the first part of your email address, up to but not including the "at" ( @ ) sign. For example: yourusername@muscatine.k12.ia.us

    Enter both your username and temporary password then click the "Login" button.

  2. Click the "Change Password" link in the upper right corner of the window
  3. Enter your current (temporary) password, then enter a new password that you will remember into the following two fields on this page, then click the "Submit" button.

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How To Change Your Email Password  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 25 2010 @ 08:25 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

This article describes the process of changing your email password.

You are required to change any temporary password you are given by the Technology Department. In addition, you must not write down and leave any passwords in a location where they can be discovered by other people, nor shall you share your password with anyone else.

  1. Log into Web Mail by pointing your web browser to
    http://webmail.muscatineschools.org

    Your username is the first part of your email address, up to but not including the "at" ( @ ) sign. For example: yourusername@muscatine.k12.ia.us

    Enter both your username and password then click the "Log In" button.

  2. Click the "options" link in the upper right corner of the window, then select "Preferences". (If you do not see the options link, you may have to scroll over, or maximize your browser window)

  3. Click the "Change Password" button in the middle of the screen.

  4. Enter a new password that you will remember into the top two fields on this page, then click the "Change" button.

    If the change is successful, you will see the following message appear at the top of the page:
    +OK username@muscatine.k12.ia.us added to database

  5. Click the "Close" button at the bottom of the screen.

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Enable and Configure SPAM Control  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 18 2010 @ 09:10 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

To configure the anti-spam features in our email system please follow these steps.

1) At any computer, open a web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer or Firefox) and log into our WebMail system, SurgeWeb. If you do not know the address, please contact the help desk and we will send it to you.

2) Enter your username in the username field and your email password in the password field. Click Log in.

Once logged in you will see a list of your email.

3) In the upper right corner of the screen click on "options" and then choose "preferences."

This will open the options screen with multiple "tabs" such as "General, Filtering & Spam Control, Screen Layout etc."

4) Click on the "Filtering & Spam Control" tab.

5) At the top of this page you will see a section labeled "One step spam configuration." To the right of that you will see a drop down menu. Click on that and choose "Challenge almost certain spam, mark likely spam RECOMMENDED."

6) Now click the "Save" button which is above that option next to the word "Options."

You've now configured the mail system to trap messages that are almost certainly spam and store them in the SPAM folder that you see on the left hand side of the screen. Those messages will sit in that folder until they are 30 days old and then they will be deleted automatically.

We HIGHLY suggest logging in once and awhile to this interface and just checking your SPAM folder to make sure that "VALID" messages aren't trapped by accident.

http://goo.gl/Tacgu

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Change Drive Letter For Your Flash Drive  View Printable Version 
Thursday, October 09 2008 @ 08:14 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: eayering

To Change Drive Letters of Flash Drives, etc.

1) Go to START -> Control Panels -> Administrative tools -> Computer Management

2) Click on Disk Management

3) Right click the drive you want to change -> Change drive letter and paths

4) Click change

5) Enter New Letter (stay away from A, B, C, D, F, G, H,J, Y and Z)

6) Click OK

7) Click Yes in the dialog box

8) The drive remounts with the new letter


*Thank you to Eric Yerington for this contribution!

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Tech Tickets  View Printable Version 
Friday, August 17 2007 @ 03:34 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

Tech Tickets is the Technology Department's online "work order" database, and is a replacement to an older system that had been in use for several years. Our new system is vastly improved over the previous one, and should serve us well into the forseeable future.

Where Is It?

To access Tech Tickets, you can either click on the Clipboard Icon on the front page of the Help Desk Web Site, or you may access it directly with the URL http://techtickets.muscatineschools.org:8081.

Log In / Submit a Ticket

When logging into Tech Tickets for the first time, use your district username for both the username and password field, and then click the login button.

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Convert all text to uppercase in Excel  View Printable Version 
Thursday, February 01 2007 @ 08:17 PM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

I love finding new ways to save time, or to make my job easier. I completly subscribe to the old adage of "Work smarter, not harder". I was recently asked to produce a data file containing only upper-case text, but the problem was that the database from which all of this information would come from is entered in mixed case.

Work smarter, not harder! I was not about to RE-TYPE 322 RECORDS WITH THE CAPS LOCK KEY ON, so there had to be a better way of going about it. Of course, Excel had a solution - a built in function that will convert text in a cell to upper case characters - PERFECT!

Well, not quite. Like most functions in Excel, you must have a source piece of data, and a second result field which contains the result of the function or calculation. Not exactly what I wanted... I don't want to have duplicated columns of information, one mixed case and the other upper case. I'd have to delete the original column, but not before I selected the upper case column, copied it, then pasted special -> values. Otherwise, if I just deleted the original source column, the uppercase column would have nothing to reference, and I would lose all that information anyway.

There HAS to be a better way! Work Smarter!!!

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SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM  View Printable Version 
Monday, May 17 2004 @ 10:05 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: sacomsto

We started blocking SPAM as a district, back in July of 2003. The graph below should give you an idea just how much e-mail traffic we generate and just how much SPAM we block per month. Keep in mind that some SPAM still gets through... but without the SPAM blocking measures we've taken, you can see how much more we would have to deal with.

The scary thing is that each month the number goes up as does the percentage of SPAM. We're only a business with 800 or so e-mail users. If you extrapolate these numbers up to what a large corporation might be experiencing, is it any wonder the internet as a whole seems to have slowed down over the past few years?

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Breaking News: 4 out of 5 dentists prefer Bluetooth!  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, March 03 2004 @ 09:37 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: sacomsto

What is Bluetooth?

Simply put, Bluetooth is a wireless protocol designed to facilitate device interconnectivity over short distances at relatively low speeds. Well, at least it sounded simple when I said it out loudÖ letís try that again. Ahem, it uh enables electronic devices, such as cell phones, PDAs, printers, computers, and game devices to all talk to each other without all the messy cables.

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Mobile Computing With a PocketPC  View Printable Version 
Thursday, December 11 2003 @ 11:39 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: wrwright

Only a few years ago, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants, not Public Displays of Affection) were wimpy devices useful for little more than as a traveling Rolodex. Technology has marched on in the interim and now portable computing is becoming ready for prime time.

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Wired vs Wireless  View Printable Version 
Monday, November 10 2003 @ 10:59 AM Central Standard Time
Contributed by: jdwest

Today as we are inundated with a media blitz singing the praise of and trying to get us to buy the latest wireless technology or WI-FI as it commonly referred to by the many hardware manufacturers, we face a dilemma whether to stay plugged in our unplug and be totally mobile. Below I hope to provide you with the information to make an informed decision on what is the best type of networking option for your computer needs.

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