The University of St. Thomas

Surface Pro or iPad Air?

Published on: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

It is a tough time to decide what to buy. For law professors or legal professionals, Word is indispensable. So the pad that offers that options is a go-to device. Surface Pro and 2 have that, but with the Word for iPad available, I would prefer sticking with iPad. The challenge: we have to wait for the University to roll out the Office 365 product which is now under testing. I did not get the chance to test, but I am told that it is coming at the end of May or later. Once that is in place, hopefully we can use Word for iPad. Right now, the app itself is free, but if you want to use it, you have to buy the subscription. I have not figured out how to add St. Thomas subscription once the university has subscribed to the online product. I will be testing the app once I get the chance to test and will post the result.

Website Security surrounding the recent uproar over OpenSSL hole

Published on: Monday, April 14th, 2014

If you have heard about a new website security threat called Heartbleed in the news, you are probably told to change your online passwords to a lot of online sites, such as Yahoo.

We are told by central IT that your UST password on UST sites are safe and will remain secure.

If you want to know more about this threat elsewhere, check here.

The versatile copiers in the libraries

Published on: Monday, April 7th, 2014

The copy machines located in the library do more than just copying your documents. You can scan your documents into PDF. One page comes about 36 KB, small in size. A 40 page document can be scanned into PDF for about 1.5 MB.

If your document is printed on both sides, the copier can scan both sides in one pass. Choose the Original-two-sided options under Scan tab on the copier to use this feature.

If you prefer to scan the original into color copy, choose Full color under the Scan tab. Be careful- color copy dramatically increases the size of the resulting PDF, one page about 2 MB. It is good if you only have a small amount of pages to scan.

And lastly, the scanned PDF can go to your email or a jump drive.

These options should serve most of our needs. If you want to use these features and do not know how to operate, contact Don or Kelly.

Share and edit files securely

Published on: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

This online service called WatchDox claims that they can make the sharing, editing and syncing of files secure. It is a paid service. It might be worthwhile for some enterprises, or law firms. You can check it out here.

Enable basic file security

Published on: Monday, February 17th, 2014

Though it might not have happened to you personally, we for sure have heard horror stories of missing laptops by attorneys. To implement basic steps to ensure the security of the files you have on your laptop, here is an article detailing the steps using free program. Read it here.

iPad Apps for lawyers

Published on: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

This site has posted a variety of apps that lawyers can use, some free but most you need to pay.

NSA used Google cookies to spy on you…

Published on: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

According to this article carried on PC World, NSA hitchhiked on Google’s cookie to select specific target to snoop. This article also shows you how to check the cookies on your computer. If you are interested, you can follow the steps. Basically, it is:

1. Go to
2. Right click and choose inspect elements
3. On the lower portion of the screen, click on Resources tab and you will see your PREF cookies.
4. Notice the ID. That is unique to your browser and that is how Google spy on you. Now NSA simply takes a free ride on that and can spy on you, too, if they want to.

Have fun.

How to check your printing balance

Published on: Monday, November 25th, 2013

For current students who want to find out the balance on the printing account, follow the steps listed below:

1. Log into the UST Portal:
2. In the bottom right of the screen under Applications, choose Current Printing Balance. See screenshot:
3. Fill in the Start Date and End Date and click Submit. See screenshot below:

Mapping your personal laptop to UST printers

Published on: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

New instructions for how to print from your personal laptops to UST networked public printers are available. Click here to access different instructions for PC and Mac.

Make your tablet the only tool you use for work…

Published on: Friday, November 1st, 2013

This article from PC Magazine lists a slew of accessories and apps which can wean you from using a laptop or computer and use only your tablet. Read on…