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Computer Services produces technology news items called TECH Bits geared primarily to Temple University faculty and staff. TECH Bits are distributed via e-mail on a weekly basis during the semester. An archive of these messages appears below. For more information about Temple resources, visit the Faculty or Staff websites.

Format: 2018
Format: 2018-01

Buying a Computer on a Tight Budget

Need to purchase a computer for your department or yourself on a tight budget? Go green and get a tremendous bargain too by buying a computer from Temple's award winning Computer Recycling Center (CRC).

Using a baseline standard, the CRC staff refurbishes older computers and monitors retired from university service. The re-purposed equipment is made available for purchase first by departments for university use and then for faculty and staff for personal use. The items for purchase are featured on the CRC's web store.


Expand Your Meeting Options with a Conference Call

The next time you are trying to get everyone in the same room for a meeting, consider setting up a conference call. A conference call is helpful when you can't locate meeting space or wish to accommodate attendees located off campus. It is also an efficient way to hold short meetings. By calling in, attendees can participate in the meeting from the convenience of their offices.


TUportal Provides Extensive Help Materials

As you know, TUportal is the main hub for accessing Temple's major systems. But did you know that TUportal also has a Unified Resource Center with nearly 200 links to training materials and system-related information?


Microsoft-Work-at-Home Program Offers Free Software

If you find that you are taking Temple work home, be sure to look into the Microsoft Work-At-Home Software Distribution Program. Through this program, you can obtain free Microsoft software for your home computer for work-related purposes only (and not for family members). The software programs available for eligible faculty and staff are Microsoft Office 2010, Office Enterprise 2007, Windows 7 (32-bit), and Office for Mac Standard 2011 for the Mac.


Add a Personal Touch to TUportal

Just about everything you need to do online at Temple can be accessed through TUportal. By logging in, you can access numerous systems, view your pay and benefit information, update contact information, check the organizational hierarchy, submit grades, and more.


Create Your Own Temple Email Address

Make it easy for people to remember your Temple email address by creating custom addresses. When you received your AccessNet account, you were given an account name that is displayed as your e-mail address. All Temple email users have the option to create an alternative email name known as an alias. An alias appears to be a separate e-mail address but messages are sent to your same account name account.


Check System Status for the Latest Updates

Tap into the Help Desk's central operations through the System Status page. Find out if a server is down, an upgrade is scheduled, or a new phishing scam is making the rounds.

The Help Desk is the central hub for tracking system and network issues, upgrade and maintenance periods, computer viruses, e-mail frauds, telephone availability, and just about anything that affects our technology resources. As issues are reported and also resolved, updates are quickly shared with the Temple Community in short, up-to-date news items on the System Status page.


Protect Your Home Computer for Under $10

Protect your home computer against viruses and malware with the same highly-rated software used on university-owned computers and in Temple's residence halls. Computer Services has negotiated a reduced rate for students, faculty, and staff to obtain Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), also known as Norton, for only $8.00 for home use.

For information on the minimum requirements to run the software and for the locations where you can purchase it, see the Antivirus Software for Personal Use web page.


Supplement Coursework with a Library of Online Tutorials

Help your students become more tech savvy or update your own skills with free access to Computer Services is now providing unlimited access to over 1,100 online courses for students, faculty, and staff through This resource is a vast library of high-quality and engaging video tutorials taught by industry experts. Topics include business skills, photography, design, music, video, animation, and web design and development.


Tap into a Treasure Trove of Technology Research

Gartner is a leading technology research company that employs 4,800 associates and 1,250 research analysts to research, analyze, and interpret the business of technology and track trends. Computer Services offers free access to the Gartner research reports to all students, faculty and staff through TUportal.