Processor: Dual-core processor or better
Memory/RAM: 4 gigabytes or more
Hard Drive: 250 gigabytes or larger
Headset: required for Adobe Connect synchronous meetings. USB headset preferred.
Several USB flash drives for transporting, transferring and backing up your files
External Hard drive which meets or exceeds your hard drive capacity (for backups)
Internet access: Broadband speed (DSL or cable)
Operating System Software:
Windows: Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate, or Home Premium) preferred
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer preferred
Office Suite Software:
Windows: Microsoft Office 2010 preferred but 2007 is acceptable
Macintosh: Microsoft Office 2011 preferred but 2008 is acceptable
Tool to read and create PDFs: e.g., CutePDF Writer, PDFCreator, or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Symantec Antivirus software is available FREE to ESU students via http://techsite.emporia.edu (click on Students > Software > Symantec Anti-Virus for Home Use; you will be prompted to log in using your ESU credentials–be sure to precede your ESU username with “esuad\“)
Netbooks and tablets typically do not have the processing power of a standard laptop or desktop computer, so they are not recommended.
Choose a laptop or desktop which has USB ports and audio jacks that are easily accessible.
Use a backup program such as Windows Backup or Mac OS Time Machine with an external hard drive to ensure file recovery in the event of a system malfunction.
Plug your computer into a surge protector or uninterruptible power supply.
See our recommendations for safe browsing to avoid viruses and trojans (because even antivirus software doesn’t catch everything).
Please contact SLIM TechCircle Support at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about SLIM’s technology requirements.