The number of OpenOffice users vs. Microsoft Office is impressive in itself, how will the latest alternative fair. http://redmondmag.com/articles/2011/01/25/libreoffice-breaks-from-oracle.aspx
New federal grants coming out for high quality immersive online learning environments. It is interesting that these, like many other grants as of late, have an emphasis on open access, open educational resources, and they require that all developments out of the grants are publicly released with share-alike licensing, such as Creative Commons: http://ow.ly/3J3aw
At some point (Microsoft is predicting within the year) BPOS will be combining with Live in a new offering called Office 365. Information that we have received indicates that current BPOS customers will be migrated first. http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/Features/2011/jan11/01-11Office365Education.mspx
An Educause Wiki page for Live@EDU information (less of an article and more of a potential resource) for those implementing Live@EDU http://www.educause.edu/wiki/Microsoft+Live%40edu+FAQ
MIT uses a LAN-Based Technology to improve cell coverage inside their buildings. http://campustechnology.com/articles/2010/08/04/lan-based-technology-improves-cell-phone-coverage-at-mit.aspx
On August 2, 2010, EDUCAUSE and VeriSign announced the completion of a project to deploy DNSSEC within the .edu portion of the Internet, which EDUCAUSE manages under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Institutions whose domain names end in .edu will now be able to utilize digital signatures to mitigate certain DNS security vulnerabilities, such as cache poisoning and man-in-the-middle attacks. http://www.educause.edu/Resources/Browse/DNSSEC/34405
A Chronicle article entitled: "A Self-Appointed Teacher Runs a One-Man 'Academy' on YouTube: Are his 10-minute lectures the future?" - http://chronicle.com/article/A-Self-Appointed-Teacher-Runs/65793/
I had an interesting discussion yesterday at the "Middle States" party. This is something we may want to keep an eye on for next semester. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100416-709971.html
This news report shows how easy it is for digital data to be "lost" in a more uncommon fashion than many companies realize. http://www.flixxy.com/copy-machines-security-risk.htm
Brian sent this link around... Is Blackboard turning over a new leaf or is this just slick marketing? You decide...
Electronics 'missing link' brings neural computing closer. Memristors are being used in a US military-funded project trying to make brain-like computers!
Very interesting website Lots of help!
Two articles on Scrum Agile project management. The first is by Rick Freedman and appeared in Tech Republic. It is a quick overview of Scrum which I have posted in the attachment section in case you are not a member. Now that your appetite is whetted, the other is an in-depth article from Better Software magazine about the Scrum process.
MIT's Opening Up Education free e-book http://ow.ly/18N4k - The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge. Also touches on Universal Design for Learning, collaboration, active learning, open source software, open courseware, open educational resources, etc..
Innovating the 21st-Century University: It's Time!CIS staffers may remember a dull 2007 Christmas gift, a book entitled "Wikinomics," in which the authors described how an open and collabrative environment can foster innovation and improve decision-making. Tapscott and Williams now offer how the same practices originally described for technology and business can be applied to higher education--and not just technology, but a variety of other academic and administrative activities as well.
Government funding for training health IT workers. New market for Delhi?
The Agile Waterfall: Mozilla talks about a new hybrid project management paradigm that melds Agile with traditional Waterfall.
The Decade of Development: E-Week lists software's most influencial developments through 2000-2010. What's on the list? Service Oriented Architecture, Open Source, the web as a platform and of course, Agile Methods.
Structure? The Flatter, the Better: NY Times interview with CEO of SunGard, Cristóbal Cond, on collaboration vs. top-down decion-making. If SunGard is doing it - and we adopt everything SunGard does - then...
Making Business Decisions: The Voices We Value: Why we want Product Owners and why we use Confluence.
Wiki Gardening - One of the great things about a wiki is the way structure emerges organically. Rather than imposing rigid "top down" hierarchies,
The Meaning of Open - Google provides their definition of openness and how they are working to live by those principles.
JIRA for project management - A quick analysis of how JIRA is being used for various project management tasks.
Office 2010 takes a move against malware Good for Microsoft for taking additional steps to help users fight viruses and malware. However this may be a nuisance and more trouble than it is worth, I guess we'll see when we start using it.
Hungary Mandates Open Standards Ahead of the curve? Misguided? Off Bill Gate's Christmas card list?
Windows phone 6 Really good white papers
WIKIs in the Workplace: A look at the increasing popularity of corporate WIKIs and the benefits they provide...
Which is Greener:Paper or Digital? A blogger does a brief analysis of what it really means to be green. (Full disclosure, this blog is sponsored by Ricoh, a printer manufacturer.
The White House goes lightweight and open-source for everything...
Telecommuting Policy This article indicates that telecommuting can increase productivity and reduce operational costs. The discussion highlights some of the policies and discussions that should be in place before telecommuting begins. It also includes some interesting facts and statistics.
The Case Against Georgia State University: Copyright Infringement or Fair Use? This is actually a video of a presentation from Sloan-C 2009 about a legal suit of copyright infringement regarding GSU printing of copyrighted materials from several university presses in which the President, Provost, and heads of Library and IT were named defendants.
Change Management Meets Web 2.0: Congratulations to CIS for being ahead of the curb: SUNY Delhi's use of Web 2.0 proves innovative and serves as a model for other campuses.
Assessment for Improvement: Tracking Student Engagement Over Time Annual Results 2009. This PDFcontains very interesting results of this on-going study of student engagement in the realms of persistence, retention, use of course management and other technologies, STEM courses, etc. The Teaching and Learning Technologies section starts on page 19, and states "Course management and interactive technologies were positively related to student engagement, self-reported learning outcomes, and deep approaches to learning. Course management technology was most strongly related to student-faculty interaction and self-reported gains in personal and social development. It is possible that the use of this type of organizational technology encourages contact among classmates as well as between students and their instructors. Interactive technologies corresponded most strongly with students' self-reported gains and the supportive campus environment benchmark. Students who use interactive technologies are also more likely to say their campus environment is supportive and contributes to their knowledge, skills, and personal development."
October 2009 OS stats: Windows 7 passes Snow Leopard, Linux In less than two weeks of general availability, Windows 7 has already captured a market share that is greater than Snow Leopard and Linux. Details inside.
Firefox turns 5!! - Five years ago today, Mozilla released Firefox 1.0. Ars celebrates the occasion by taking a trip back in time to revisit our classic coverage of the original release.
Open Source in the Enterprise - Fulfilling the Promise
Cost Savings with centralized virtual desktops Desktop Virtualization: Overcoming five real-world challenges
4 Screen Virtual Desktop Demo using PCoIP and VMWare View
Teradici- PCoIP technology incorporated with hardware and coming in VMWare View.
Will Web2.0 Overtake E-Mail? The post is short, but it points to two great articles from both sides of the debate. Andrew McAfee (a personal hero) also weighs in, with an opinion that one might expect, but the "defense" argument I think is really relevant as any organization manages risk.
Why programmers are not subject to protective labor laws An interesting perspective on the topic .
What is Google Wave? Coming down the pipeline: IM + email + wiki = easy to use collaborative tool for synchronous and asynchronous planning, coordinating, and documenting. It's also publishable (like, to a blog) and info can travel both ways. This 8 minute video gives a great summary about what the tool is, where it came from, and how it will work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6pgxLaDdQw&feature=player_embedded ... Wave is currently available to developers and a limited preview audience. Sign up to get invites here: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/wavesignup/
What is Google Voice? (links are to videos) Google Voice provides free long distance calling in the US and Canada (Can be used to save the college money by not paying for long distance charges), free SMS text messaging, voicemail to email, conference calling, call recording, SMS to email to SMS, call screening, and the ability to have several different numbers ring at once (work, home, cell, etc.) and decide which phone to pick the call up on, so people don't have to dial more than one number to track you down. Sign up to get invites here: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/googlevoiceinvite/
Gmail also hit by e-mail phishing schemeHotmail users aren't the only ones who've been hit by a phishing scheme over the past week.
Five ways that Apps.gov is a trendsetter"Apps.gov, a federal government initiative out of the General Services Administration, demonstrates several concepts that have been the dream of many private enterprise IT departments for some time, but have been successfully executed by very few."
Are IT grads learning the right skills? A group of IT pros from the UK discuss hiring challenges of recent graduates.
Dion Hinchcliffe on ZDNet talks about the adoption of Enterprise 2.0 in business in a lengthy blog post about the success and challenges of Enterprise 2.0. He makes the point that despite the hype, it could take a decade or more for widespread adoption. A linked posting by Michael Krigsman, Five ways to avoid Enterprise 2.0 failure is also a good read, as it details the significant changes an organization faces as it moves to Enterprise 2.0 environment
What's the Point of Desktop Virtualization?Perhaps not the most insightful or broad article, however they ask readers to provide back on their own expeiences with assessment, deployment, outcomes, etc., so this might be an interesting article once the comments being to come in.
Why Consumers won't buy tablets"Apple's mythical tablet, the Crunchpad, and other keyboardless computers have one thing in common: Nobody wants them."
Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts Sample of a very interesting book
Hackers expose weakness in visiting trusted sites - more SSL security woes... time to keep those browsers up to date!
"Top-Ten IT Issues, 2009" - This EDUCAUSE Review article focuses on the top-ten issues that IT leaders identified as the most important for their institutions to resolve for strategic success.
"The Internet Devalues Everything it Touches" - Tome Foremski comments on the impact of the internet on business functions, technology workers and how the Internet could be leading deflation. Or may have been a root contributor to our recent global economic collapse. Cites the impact of cheap and ubiquitous processing power and new business models.
Moodle Links with Live@EDU - Microsoft has developed a new free Moodle plugin that will allow users to "take direct advantage of Live@edu features, including calendaring, search, e-mail, shared workspaces, storage, and instant messaging."
Ghost's operating system comes aliveYet another Web based OS emerges
"Windows 7 is the same as Ubuntu" Where is the OS anymore. With the rise of browser based applications (g*), I wonder if students care which OS delivers the browser to them?
Microsoft weighs next-phase in open-source support Spring, PHP, and Apache sized up: Some of the worlds smartest folks contributing to technology would help all involved - that's sort of the idea anyway!
Sloan-C International Emerging Technologies Symposium Video Archives
Google Wave: Why are we still talking about email? I think this highlights how we focus on doing what we have alrays done better, versus asking why we still do the things we do. By the time we get the campus migrated to a new email system, will email be obsolete?
SOA is Very Much Alive: Taking off from the "SOA is dead" discussions that occurred earlier this year, Forrester has released a new report titled "SOA Is Far From Dead---But It Should Be Buried." "Buried" inside a larger architectural vision because SOA alone is not enough. There are many more technology initiatives besides SOA. You need a bigger architectural vision that encompasses SOA, business process management, event processing, Web 2.0, and much more besides. I think this is exactly were Delhi is, unable to capitalize on the benefits of integration and interoperability because functional area business processes are poorly understood.
Amazon Kindle DX: Has the E-Book come of age? Can it revolutionize the textbook industry? Thin, light, yet large enough to read professional documents, not just novels. The 9.7" monochrome screen, 3500 item capacity, long battery life, 3G wireless support and text-to-speech means the Kindle DX has come of age. Article comments that it may save newspapers as they are downloaded overnight to the device and ready for viewing. This is technology to watch from a [the?] major player in the printed word market. Ready to buy one?
Boston College Will Stop Offering New Students E-Mail Accounts: This article was referenced by a campus assessing email options, which triggered a deluge of of responses. Respondents felt email was an important service (3 to 1), citing: email is a primary communications channel, campus managed email provides continuity in naming conventions for easier access and list management to name a few. I wonder how pull services such as a portal, or enterprise calendar might change this perception?
Wolfram Alpha Search Engine is billed as a "computational knowledge engine." Answer engine rather than a search engine. Is it the next big thing on the internet? Coming Soon. Wolfram Alpha Website, Wolfram Alpha youtube video, Wolfram Alpha article, Wolfram Alpha Description, Another Wolfram Alpha Review,
PC Card Converts Old Desktop Computer into Thin Client for $99: Thin-client vendor is offering a $99 PC card that converts old desktop PCs into thin clients. It's a technology that Daimler Chrysler recently decided to use to extend the life of its aging fleet of Dell desktop PCs.
Microsoft gears up for Windows 8 - Windows 8, can we keep up? It's interesting to consider the emphasis on "data management." File structures, file management and identify management in a networked world is much differnt than the "local" drive. This direction seems to validate other develoeprs interests in distibuted computing. Where is "my" computer?
Telecommuting in IT Support - An Interesting study
Experts: Malicious program targets Macs- Malware for Macs, hype or just the tip of the iceberg?
Colleges Encouraged to Teach Customer Service as a Science - Maybe we should
Seven Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Windows 7 - Some points for consideration.
Designing Lean Green Energy-Saving Machines (blog post): See a tour of Google's "container data centers" - some pretty fascinating footage, including the "google-provided personal transportation system" technicians use to get around.
Microsoft's 2010 Brand - Microsoft is already planning its 2010 releases with revisions to Office, Sharepoint, Visio, Exchange and Project; many of these new releases will offer "unified communications solutions" (ex. voicemail text preview and instant messaging). Additionally the new version of Exchange Server which already has a beta available; has a web version that fully supports Firefox and Safari.
Oracle to Buy Sun - Oracle heavily relies on Java, so no major surprise why. But what it does leave one to wonder what about MySQL, Solaris and Open Office. Of all these secondary products, Oracle has a database already and Oracle has Unbreakable Linux (Red Hat collaboration). Open Office would be a new offering. So will Oracle remain lean and mean, and eliminate the duplicative products over time, or is their real goal to challenge Microsoft?
VOIP - He Who Hesitates Fears Costs - WITH BRYANT UNIVERSITY'S UC system, a call will ring various devices and track down a user who may be working with instant messaging, e-mail, or a voice connection... Most of the convergence benefits have been seen mainly in the IT department, where maintenance chores have been reduced. Yet, gradually, the integration of voice and data has begun to impact end users. According to Edwin Craft, telecommunications director at Western Kentucky University, which has been using Avaya IP PBX and phones to support 6,500 users, "The key benefits from VoIP come not so much from running voice over IP, but through having the ability to connect intelligent end devices to various applications and databases."
Cisco EnergyWise can be built on top of our current network switch environment. According to Annese, we can use EnergyWise to turn off Access Points, IP phones and manage other network appliances and servers so they don't draw current during down times. Delhi has a lot of the components in place to implement this software, which is included in SmartNet.
Novell Desktop Linux Ready for Enterprise, but Lacks Some Features: Nano? NANO? Nano is THE business critical app that is keeping organizations from adopting Linux Desktop? My God vi and pine are not packaged either (users would have to use viMproved)!!! BTW GNU Emacs is available and pre-packaged: "Computer" -> "Install Software" -> "emacs" -> "Search." But if the author is such a geek that he needs Nano, I am sure they could figure out how to compile it. Then hey, be a sport and contribute it back.
Romanian phisher gets 50 month prison term: One down, 38,000 to go!
Video: Five things you should know about SOA- So you've heard some IT person utter the term SOA. But what does SOA really mean?
Leadership vs. Management: Understand the differences - the notion that they are opposing disciplines / An episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives at TechRepublic.
10 reaons why Linux isn't triumphing over Windows - Kris Littlejohn hits the nail on the head. This parallels both my experience with Linux, especially item #10. I had an intern with basic Linux experience attemtpting to configure great piece of software. But when the hope and pray discussion board reply came back with a rude blast - we abondoned the project and found a commercial alternative where we were treated with respect.
Cisco's expected server splash raises data center ruckus - Cisco is on the verge of bringing converged computing to the Data Center.
Social Networking and Blogs More Popular Than Email - "Old-timers love Facebook, Nielsen says." It appears folks are communicating within social networks and communities rather than email. A hopeful sign for Confluence. Our (my) goal would be to foster this approach as the communications are in context, transparent and open, providing for better and more timely decision-making.
IT Help Desk Support Structure - To find out about current trends in help desk support staff structure HDI asked its members to share what they
Sanity check: Are Netbooks quietly driving us to thin clients and cloud computing?- The Jason Hiner argues points out that the movement toward the $300-$500 Netbooks may be the driving force behind prolific thin client adoption. It's the largest growing segment of PC sales, out pacing sales growth in Desktops (on the decline) and Notebooks. To use some network terminology, Netbooks seem to be a move toward fit clients (somewhere between thin and fat clients).
Windows 7 - Although Windows 7 is based on Windows Vista it "boots faster and has a smaller memory footprint." Windows 7 includes many features which are specifically appealing to IT professionals like AppLocker, BitLocker, DirectAccess, User State Migration Tool, Problem Steps Recorder, Unified Tracing and Deployment Image Servicing and Management. These are also interesting: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd320282.aspx?ITPID=tnflash
Google Collaborates on Moodle Integration - Moodlerooms helped develop a single sign-on integration with Google Apps Education edition. "Through the integration, users loaded into Moodle will be automatically loaded into Google Apps Education Edition, "providing users with Web-based e-mail, document authoring, spreadsheets, presentations and sites, all integrated with their online learning platform," explained Moodlerooms' West Coast Managing Director Michael Penney."
Communication Evolution http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4457682?fr=yvmtf
Washington Legislators call for Big Brother Legislation - Legislators are calling for a new federal law that would require Internet providers and operators of Wi-Fi access points to keep records for two years about users to aid police investigations. This has multiple implications, the first being the implementation of systems to log and archive the data. The second more damaging impact to the average user is the likely shutdown of free Wi-Fi access, why would a company or person providing free Wi-Fi want to make an investment into compliance when it would be much easier to pull the plug. These requirements mirror in many ways regulations that already exist for Cellular and land line telephone use. But how can such a regulation be pushed down to the average home owner sharing his wireless with the neighborhood?
Another, "not quite an article," but is this how we see our users?
Not quite an article, but is this how IT support is really perceived?
Surgeons send 'tweets' from operationg room
Two good vendor articles on VOIP arrived in my mailbox on the same day:
'Here Comes Everybody': What's Next On The Web (Audio file): Clay Shirky provides several examples of how organizations are adopting various Internet services to foster collaboration, decision-making and a new way of organizing and doing business.
SSL: Really broken this time- Cryptographers have exploited a known weakness in the MD5 algorithm. They have been able to create "collisions" which are two different hashed entities end up being identical. This allows the creation of forged digital certificates and potentially makes HTTPS completely meaningless. The exploit requires a two prong attack to compromise a DNS server and then to use a certificate with a collision certificate. Does this spell the beginning of the end for MD5 encryption? Experts say SHA-1 encryption is succeptable to similar vulnerabilities.
RIAA shifts gears on music piracy, says it won't file more suitsWell maybe that's one less thing to worry about...
The computer mouse turns 40 The computer mouse, arguably the single most important consumer gadget of the digital era, marked its 40th birthday on Tuesday December 8th 2008. The device has advanced from its original form of a wooden block with wheels on it and a chord coming out the back...but where is it going from here?
USB Device Nightmare Becomes Reality One campus found that one in six USB devices was loaded with malware that could infect computers. What should your campus be doing?
Knowledge Management - A bit of reasoning behind the value of knowledge management and some observations with organizations who have tried. Interesting to read with Delhi and Confluence in mind.
Botnets: Web-hosting site closed down and spam drops 50 percent - Wondering where all your SPAM went?
HP missionaries convert 250 mainframe shops Not quite our technology, but definitely highlighting the benefits of our move to blade architecture.
Déjà vu: Sony recalls batteries Sony is recalling 100,000 laptop batteries. There have been 40 reports of the batteries overheating. They are used by HP, Toshiba and Dell. About two years ago, Sony recalled 10 million batteries.
Social networking will save us all, says Orange Web 2.0 to cure recession, apparently- Article and reference highlighting the value of social networking tools within organizations.
The WAgile Software Development Life Cycle - A blog flow chart by Jason Gorman that proves that CIS has always been Agile - well WAgile!
Three Things the CIA Learned about Implementing an Enterprise Wiki :
Coordinated Autonomy: Mass Individualism, Undirected Direction, Open Privacy, a look at one institution's attempt at defining IT.
Focus on Institutional Culture Drives High Rate of Faculty Technology Adoption at Genesee CC
Easing app deployment with an open source sandbox
40 Million Account Numbers Stolen
Enterprise 2.0: Agile, Emergent & Integrated
Intel Open Source Solutions for Education: http://cache-www.intel.com/cd/00/00/27/41/274112_274112.pdf
http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9929280-56.html?tag=bl To assist people with locating functions in the new version of Office (in which the toolbars and menus have been replaced with a ribbon) Microsoft has released a new add-on for Office called Search Commands. It seems the new layout wasn't as intuitive as Microsoft hoped. They have also started a new 'company' that will help them test new ideas with clients before they are implemented.
Order From Chaos - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities IT organization has transformed itself from a technology organization to a service organization in which project investment decisions are made through an open, objective and predictable process of selection and implmentation.
The End of Application Deployment -This whitepaper presents an interesting approach to getting applications to the users through virtualization. They suggest trading in deployment for delivery. They claim this approach gives the users better performance and availability; provides more data security, synchronization and better backups; and allows the IT department to save time with installs, patches, updates, recoveries, etc.
Prediction: Microsoft will leapfrog Vista, release Windows 7 early, and change its OS business - "Tech Sanity Check" article suggests Microsoft relizes Vista is a bust and will not be adopted by business regardless of the threats to de-support. Windows 7 will become the next OS of choice for business. Large number of responses concurring with article.
Toward Collaboration: Dispelling the Common Myths of Governance - The underlying issue is not inefficient processes, a broken data architecture, or old systems -- these are only symptoms. Rather, it is the fact that these business units do not work toward common solutions through a collaborative governance structure. Getting management to recognize that governance requires serious attention, and that the solution involves creating a collaborative governance structure, will take some creative internal marketing.
Vista laptop hacked, finally - A Vista laptop was breached last week, after two days work. The hacking contest took place at the CanSecWest conference. Vista held up well; a Flash flaw opened the door. Hackers speculated that Mac OS X would go first. It did---in just two minutes. Linux never fell.
Iterating and Incrementing are Seperate Ideas - This is an extremely interesting blog article on Agile Development. Through a graphic example, Jeff Patton describes the differences between iterative development and incremental development. He is criticizing that some practitioners of Agile development interchangeably use these terms. He also shares his presentation which illustrates confusion over the snowman model and through an entertaining cast of musicians explains how embracing uncertainty can be a beneficial business strategy. Thanks to Kenny Fass for sending me this link.
A Vision of Students Today - As many of us have been out of the classroom for several years now, here's an extremely interesting class project that conveys the students commentary on their view of Higher Education. As can be seen in the video, they used collaborative tools to develop their project and survey. Not sure these can be considered hard fast facts, but seeing, "I will read 8 books this year... 2300 web pages & 1281 FaceBook Profiles," that grabs your attention in a way that is hard to ignore. Thanks to Bill Williams for sending me this link.
MAC Vs. WINDOWS VULNERABILITY STATS FOR 2007
MICROSOFT UPDATE CONTROVERSY REIGNITED
What's wrong with mobile browsers
Verizon Wireless drops "unlimited" mobile Internet plans
Broadband-over-power-lines battle goes to court
What to do when open source is not good enough 09/17/2007
Compartments, Customers, or Convergence? Evolving Challenges to IT Progress
Practice vs. Process in IT (blog post) - added 6/29/07
IBM:Lost computer tapes
UCLA''s IT Vision and Strategic Plan
Linux: Not for the general Users
MIT: Windows Vista not Ready for Prime Time
Instant Messaging (IM) in Higher Ed (added 2/21/07)
Course Management Systems: migration from WebCT
Social Software (aka Web 2.0) - blogs, wikis, podcasts
Data Mining & Business Intelligence >> Open for Business (open source)
eLearning: Getting the Money Right
Emotional Intelligence in IT
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Getting Beyond Break/Fix - Helpdesk
Network Funding Models: Cornell University, University of California at San Diego, and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Microsoft pushing IE7 to organizations using (WSUS)to manage upgrades.