CSE IT Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2016
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Put on your red shoes and dance the blues... This is the Winter 2016 issue of CSE IT News! As usual, we aim to bring you news, service reminders and updates on all things IT here @ UW CSE. 


'Ice in their veins...'  Meet the SLAs!

SLAs, or Student Lab Assistants, are CSE's front line IT heroes. Working out of the CSE Helpdesk CSE207, they are ready to answer your IT-related questions, or quickly address issues around the building. Drop in today and say 'yo', or visit the Student Lab Assistant Directory to find out a little more about each member of this fantastic group.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Snowed in?  Try Windows VDI

The CS Lab offers a set of remotely accessible virtual Windows machines that CSE students can connect to using a Remote Desktop client. The software on these machines is nearly identical to the configuration of the physical Windows lab machines and is intended to be a resource for those who may find it more convenient to work from their own device while in the labs, or get at Windows software while on a Linux workstation, or from anywhere, anytime. See our Windows VDI page for details on how to connect.


(Your)CSE: Freshened up for 2016

We've made some edits and feature improvements to MyCSE just in time for the New Year.  If you have other fresh ideas around how we might make this service more useful to you, please drop us a suggestion!  Until then... check it: 





Microsoft's Dreamspark Program

DreamSpark is a Microsoft program that provides most of their software offerings to students in STEM programs free of charge. CSE has a Premium membership in program, which you can access via our CSE Dreamspark webstore.  Recently Microsoft has also made some of their Azure Web Apps available to qualified students at no charge. See Azure for Dreamspark for more details on how to leverage this opportunity.



UW High Performance Computing Club

The Higher Performance Computing Club is a new organization on campus registered this past Spring. The club provides access to the Hyak research computing cluster for undergraduate and graduate students.  Hyak computing nodes were purchased with funds from the Student Technology Fee (STF) Please see the HPC Club Getting Started page for more info about how to join the club and get access.

Your Online Image

Sharpening Your Online Image

If you haven't considered how the world views you and your digital body of work lately, perhaps now is the time.  Here are links to a few great articles that remind us why it is important to periodically check these things, and useful tips on how best to optimize your online image.  The Career Center folks @ WGU have written a fine blog post on "Managing Your Digital Dirt". While Business Insider offers some  tips on how to employ Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to your favor.

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