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1/27/2011

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

K. Fitch

01/24/2011

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

C. Shah-Nelson

1/14/2011

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
http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/what-is-office365.aspx

K. Fitch

11/9/2010

A look at some changes to Office 2010 as well as Web Apps with comparisions to some competitors. tinyurl.com/34sfg9t tinyurl.com/yftru42

K. Fitch

8/20/2010

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

C. Shah-Nelson

8/13/2010

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

R. Rosenblum

8/2/2010

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

C. Shah-Nelson

6/15/10

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/

C. Shah-Nelson

05/28/2010

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

D. Dougherty

05/26/2010

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

K. Fitch

05/13/2010

Brian sent this link around... Is Blackboard turning over a new leaf or is this just slick marketing? You decide...

B. Durfee

03/29/2010

Electronics 'missing link' brings neural computing closer. Memristors are being used in a US military-funded project trying to make brain-like computers!

J. Beaudet

03/22/2010

Very interesting website Lots of help!

M. Buel

03/15/2010

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.

R. Rosenblum

02/19/2010

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..

C. Shah-Nelson

02/19/2010

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.
The authors believe, "if the university opens up and embraces collaborative learning and collaborative knowledge production, it has a chance of surviving and even thriving in the networked, global economy."

P. Masson

02/12/2010

Government funding for training health IT workers. New market for Delhi?

R. Rosenblum

02/01/2010

The Agile Waterfall: Mozilla talks about a new hybrid project management paradigm that melds Agile with traditional Waterfall.
"There are some developers that work on their own bugs in a manner that is Agile," Beltzner said. "Then there are some Mozilla developers that work on technology trends in a more traditional, waterfall approach."
...

"Really, we're not tied to any specific development model," Beltzner said. "We're tied to what is effective."

B. Durfee

01/10/2010

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.

P. Masson

01/17/2010

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...
Key points:

  • "...establish a meritocracy..."
  • "...technologies that allow people to see what others are doing, share information, collaborate, brag about their successes..."
  • "...the boss is to then work on those collaboration platforms, as opposed to being the one making the decisions."
  • "I [Cole] care a lot less about the individual skills. I look for drive and a sense of somebody's intellectual curiosity."
  • "We have tended to make [better decisions] with people who are willing to buck conventional wisdom... It takes incredible self-confidence."

P. Masson

01/13/2010

Making Business Decisions: The Voices We Value: Why we want Product Owners and why we use Confluence.

P. Masson

12/29/09

Wiki Gardening - One of the great things about a wiki is the way structure emerges organically. Rather than imposing rigid "top down" hierarchies,
taxonomies, and ontologies a wiki enables people to organize ideas and conversations in ways that make sense to them. The structure emerges
and over time, and is constantly evolving. Like any organic process, however, it can be messy. There will be duplicate pages with slightly similar names, links to nonexistent pages, pages that aren't linked to, and so on. So it's helpful to do a little "gardening"--pruning, tending, and cleaning up the wiki as it grows. The objective of good gardening is to lend the wiki some shape, but not kill it with rigid rules or taxonomies.

P. Masson

12/26/09

The Meaning of Open - Google provides their definition of openness and how they are working to live by those principles.

P. Masson

12/23/09

JIRA for project management - A quick analysis of how JIRA is being used for various project management tasks.

B. Durfee

12/21/09

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.

K. Fitch

12/18/09

Hungary Mandates Open Standards Ahead of the curve? Misguided? Off Bill Gate's Christmas card list?

B. Durfee

12/18/09

Windows phone 6 Really good white papers

M. Buel

12/15/09

WIKIs in the Workplace: A look at the increasing popularity of corporate WIKIs and the benefits they provide...

B. Durfee

12/01/09

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.

S. Brislin

12/01/09

Microsoft investigating 'black screen of death' It pays to test Microsoft Security Patches
blog flollow up to this article

S. Brislin

11/30/09

The White House goes lightweight and open-source for everything...

B. Durfee

11/18/09

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.

K. Fitch

11/17/09

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.

C. Shah-Nelson

11/12/09

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.

P. Masson

11/11/09

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."

C. Shah-Nelson

11/09/09

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.

M.Buel

11/09/09

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.

M.Buel

10/27/09

Open Source in the Enterprise - Fulfilling the Promise
This white paper explores the advantages and possible disadvantages of open-source software, the types of companies that deliver open-source products and services, guidance for how to get started with open source, and the clear advantages offered by Sun.

G. Miller

10/21/09

Cost Savings with centralized virtual desktops Desktop Virtualization: Overcoming five real-world challenges
Two good articles on Desktop Virtualization, they were produced by Citrix so they are slightly skewed however they indicate pros and cons, things to watch out for and cost anaysis.

K. Fitch

10/21/09

4 Screen Virtual Desktop Demo using PCoIP and VMWare View
Fresh from the VMUG (VMWare Users Group) yesterday. Looks like VMWare understands that video delivery is the big hold back on mainstream Thin Client adoption. This technology is coming out in their release of View 4 next month and opens entirely new possibilities. Up to 120 users on 8 cores (2x4 like our blades) and they even specifically mentioned AutoCAD in their presentation. Watch the video and be amazed.

S. May

10/21/09

Teradici- PCoIP technology incorporated with hardware and coming in VMWare View.
What does that mean? Zero Client desktops (no desktop, no thinclient, just a PCoIP enabled Monitor). Samsung SnycMaster 930ND
Down side? The solution may not be viable for distances over 2,500 miles.
Nay Sayers: The competition for one (Citrix Blog).

S. May

10/19/09

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.

P. Masson

10/9/09

Why programmers are not subject to protective labor laws An interesting perspective on the topic .

S. May

10/6/09

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/

C. Shah-Nelson

10/6/09

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/ 

C Shah-Nelson

10/06/09

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.

S. Brislin

9/18/09

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."

S. Brislin

9/15/09

Are IT grads learning the right skills? A group of IT pros from the UK discuss hiring challenges of recent graduates.

S. Brislin

9/10/09

Microsoft: Yep, we teach Best Buy to trash Linux:

M. Buel

9/4/09

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

R. Rosenblum

8/20/09

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.

P. Masson

8/05/09

Why Consumers won't buy tablets"Apple's mythical tablet, the Crunchpad, and other keyboardless computers have one thing in common: Nobody wants them."

S. Brislin

8/04/09

Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts Sample of a very interesting book

M. Buel

8/3/09

Hackers expose weakness in visiting trusted sites - more SSL security woes... time to keep those browsers up to date!

C. Shah-Nelson

7/30/09

"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.

B.
Hutzley

7/23/2009

"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.

R. Rosenblum

7/21/09

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."

C. Shah-Nelson

7/21/09

UN announces launch of world's first tuition-free, online university University of the People- (video). It is built on open courseware, open source technology, and volunteers.

C. Shah-Nelson

7/14/2009

Ghost's operating system comes aliveYet another Web based OS emerges

S. Brislin

7/10/2009

"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?

P. Masson

7/6/2009

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!

P. Masson

6/24/2009

Sloan-C International Emerging Technologies Symposium Video Archives
For those who missed it, the entirety of the recorded sessions is online for viewing (be sure to check out all 3 pages of links to videos and presentations!!) What a fantastic resource!

Here are some of my favorites:

C. Shah-Nelson

5/29/2009

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?

P. Masson

5/27/2009

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.

P. Masson

5/6/2009

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?

R. Rosenblum

5/5/2009

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?

P. Masson

5/4/2009

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,

D. Underwood

2/29/09

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.

How many computers are we decommissioning this year? How many of these could we turn into thin clients? I would like to see an assessment of this to see if it is feasible for us here at Delhi.
Comment: We are decommissioning about 27 systems but to bring them back as thin clients would not be feasible. You are not saving enough money to make it a sound inventment. It's like putting a new motor in an old car, all the other stuff is still old and will eventually break down and in the long run not be worth time and money to keep them running. Deb Underwood

P. Masson

4/22/2009

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?

P. Masson

4/22/2009

Telecommuting in IT Support - An Interesting study

M. Buel

4/22/2009

Experts: Malicious program targets Macs- Malware for Macs, hype or just the tip of the iceberg?

S. Brislin

4/21/2009

Colleges Encouraged to Teach Customer Service as a Science - Maybe we should

M.Buel

4/21/2009

Seven Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Windows 7 - Some points for consideration.

P. Masson

4/21/2009

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.

C. Shah-Nelson

4/20/2009

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.

K. Fitch

4/20/2009

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?

S. May

4/17/09

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."

C. Shah-Nelson

4/14/2009

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.

R. Rosenblum

3/30/2009

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.
The goal here is to provide a desktop for the average PC user. I don't imagine most folks working as a secretary, salesman, etc. are editing config's on their XP systems (their sys admin won't let them). And if the point is that the sys admin needs this, then we are talking about another class of user. To cite Nano as the show-stopper would validate those that want MS Office over Open Office, not because it is better or worse, but rather because they simply just don't want to learn a new application.
It would be more understandable if the author mentioned AutoDesk/AutoCad or something that was indeed a business critical application for a particular sector - but Nano? NANO?

P. Masson

3/30/2009

Romanian phisher gets 50 month prison term: One down, 38,000 to go!

P. Masson

3/24/2009

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?

S. May

3/17/2009

Leadership vs. Management: Understand the differences - the notion that they are opposing disciplines / An episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives at TechRepublic.

K. Fass

3/16/2009

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.
10 reasons why Linux will triumph over Windows- Jack Wallen tries to make the same old attacks against Microsoft and his list virtually becomes a rant against Vista. But I believe he misses the the mark as most Linux Guru's, users want to use an OS, not write one! It's about ease of use for the user, ease of administration for the Systems Administrator. While not an OS, just look at the iPod a raging success. Why? I suspect is has something to do with being easy to use? Most folks are trying to run a business and at the end of the day make a profit. And lastly, why if the Linux development community cannot agree on a version of Linux would the average user looking for his/her next computer not become overwhelmed. The Linux.org site returns 57 matches for "Mainstream/General Public" Linux Releases. Hmmm... Do I order that system with Vista Premium or Vista Ultimate?

S. May

3/12/2009

Cisco's expected server splash raises data center ruckus - Cisco is on the verge of bringing converged computing to the Data Center.

 

3/10/2009

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.

P. Masson

3/3/2009

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
are currently doing in their support centers. Results are based on responses from 486 support professionals. Data
were collected via an on-line survey which members responded to from February 11, 2009 through February 17,
2009.

M Buel

3/2/2009

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).

S. May

2/26/2009

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

K. Fitch

2/26/2009

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."

C. Shah-Nelson

2/24/2009

Communication Evolution http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4457682?fr=yvmtf

M. Buel

2/23/2009

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?

S. May

3/25/2009

Another, "not quite an article," but is this how we see our users?

P. Masson

2/21/2009

Not quite an article, but is this how IT support is really perceived?

P. Masson

2//18/2009

Surgeons send 'tweets' from operationg room
CNN.com technology section highlights a group of Michigan doctors that give real time updates to complicated procedures using social-networking site Twitter.

S. Brislin

1/28/2009

Two good vendor articles on VOIP arrived in my mailbox on the same day:
CDWG's Networking and Unified Communications Network Guide - The Introduction, Chapter 1 on page 3 and Chapter 4, Unified Communications, beginning on page 21 are good for an overview on VoIP and how telecommunications is changing dramatically with Unified Communications.

CDWG's EdTech January 2009 magazine begins with this headline "VoIP - Collaboration is Key" which seem like good words to live by since success of the project is linked to an experienced vendor. Their articles go on to show how VoIP is used in organizations as a collaborative tool as voice and data systems. The first article, Voice Over IP: Talking the Talk is about implementing VoIP and the expanded capabilities available. Get Connected talks about the convergence of voice and data and resultant cost savings and benefits.

R. Rosenblum

1/19/2009

Catskill Connectivity A New York County Adds Wireless

M. Buel

1/13/2009

'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.

P. Masson

1/6/2009

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.

Scott May

12/22/08

RIAA shifts gears on music piracy, says it won't file more suitsWell maybe that's one less thing to worry about...

P. Masson

12/18/08

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?

J. Beaudet

12/12/08

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?

J. Beaudet

12/03/08

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.

P. Masson

11/17/08

Botnets: Web-hosting site closed down and spam drops 50 percent - Wondering where all your SPAM went?


S. May

11/11/08

HP missionaries convert 250 mainframe shops Not quite our technology, but definitely highlighting the benefits of our move to blade architecture.

P. Masson

11/4/08

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.

J. Beaudet

10/30/08

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.

P. Masson

10/20/08

The WAgile Software Development Life Cycle - A blog flow chart by Jason Gorman that proves that CIS has always been Agile - well WAgile!

Post-Agilism Explained (Pretentiously)- A blog by Jason Gorman that challenges Agile. Is Agile agile? Is Agile required for success? And has Agile been commoditised? I was left thinking that pure Agilists and Open Sourcerers are more invested in libertarian view points more than anything else. However he raises great points about "Agile" which I can sum up with a quote from the blog, "... if no test exists that can tell you if you're doing XP right, then maybe, just maybe, nobody has actually been doing XP right."

S. May

10/10/08

Three Things the CIA Learned about Implementing an Enterprise Wiki :
1. Set Access policies 2. Start small 3. Move information out of traditional enterprise tools such as email.

C. Shah-Nelson

10/09/08

Coordinated Autonomy: Mass Individualism, Undirected Direction, Open Privacy, a look at one institution's attempt at defining IT.

P. Masson

10/8/08

Focus on Institutional Culture Drives High Rate of Faculty Technology Adoption at Genesee CC
At Genesee Community College (GCC), they have achieved high faculty usage of online learning tools by focusing on institutional culture.

C. Shah-Nelson

8/20/08

Easing app deployment with an open source sandbox
A story about how University of Mary Washington hooked up with a hosting service that's providing them with what they provocatively describe as a sandbox, which allows them to work in a more exploratory and iterative way.They did this using Bluehost.com - similar to our own delhitools.net through Hostmonster.com

C. Shah-Nelson

8/7/2008

40 Million Account Numbers Stolen
Federal Government Indictment of 11 suspects in the theft of 40 million credit and debit card numbers via hacking wireless networks. Retailers involved are: OfficeMax, Barnes & Noble, Boston Market, Sports Authority, Forever 21, DSW, BJ's Wholesale Club and TJX Companies, which operates retail stores T.J. Maxx and Marshall's.

S. May

7/18/2008

Enterprise 2.0: Agile, Emergent & Integrated
Research from AIIM on the adoption of "Enterprise2.0" (Agile for the Enterprise), including; Definition, Technology, Appropriateness, State of Adoption, Conditions for Adoption.

P. Masson

7/18/2008

Intel Open Source Solutions for Education: http://cache-www.intel.com/cd/00/00/27/41/274112_274112.pdf

P. Masson
(Moved from page posted by C. Shah-Nelson)

5/2/2008

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.

K. Fitch

5/01/2008

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.

P. Masson

4/30/2008

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.

K. Fitch

4/21/2008

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.

R. Rosenblum

4/14/2008

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.

P. Masson

4/7/2008

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.

J. Beaudet

2/5/2008

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.

S. May

2/5/2008

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.

S. May

 

MAC Vs. WINDOWS VULNERABILITY STATS FOR 2007
Interesting article on the average number of monthly security flaws corrected for the two chief commercial OS's by George Ou on ZDnet.
See the surprising results and the nasty feedback at: http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=758&tag=nl.e622

 

 

MICROSOFT UPDATE CONTROVERSY REIGNITED
IT people love to be in control of their own machines. You're not going to spend years becoming an expert only to have someone else tell you how to run your PC. And if you've taken steps to set things up a certain way, and it gets changed anyway, why them's fightin' words!
This September, the WindowsSecrets Web site broke the news that Windows Automatic Update was updating files even if the user specifically blocked those updates.
Now the boys from WindowsSecrets have a new scoop - apparently OneCare is doing the exact same thing! Not only that, but the Microsoft security service will automatically reboot your machine.
http://redmondmag.com/news/article.asp?editorialsid=9180

 

 

What's wrong with mobile browsers
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9044307

 

 

Verizon Wireless drops "unlimited" mobile Internet plans
http://www.oag.state.ny.us/press/2007/oct/oct23a_07.html

 

 

Broadband-over-power-lines battle goes to court
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9802730-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

 

 

What to do when open source is not good enough 09/17/2007
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9780228-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

 

 

Compartments, Customers, or Convergence? Evolving Challenges to IT Progress
http://www.educause.edu/apps/er/erm07/erm0731.asp

 

 

Practice vs. Process in IT (blog post) - added 6/29/07
http://www.acronymrequired.com/2004/08/process_vs_prac.html

 

 

IBM:Lost computer tapes
http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070517/NEWS01/705170366/1001

 

 

UCLA''s IT Vision and Strategic Plan
http://www.oit.ucla.edu/CommonDocuments/ITPB_Brochure.pdf

 

 

Open Source Education
http://oedb.org/library/features/how-the-open-source-movement-has-changed-education-10-success-stories

 

 

Linux: Not for the general Users
http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-021.html

 

 

MIT: Windows Vista not Ready for Prime Time
http://campustechnology.com/news_article.asp?id=20189&typeid=150

 

 

Instant Messaging (IM) in Higher Ed (added 2/21/07)
http://www.educause.edu/apps/eq/eqm07/eqm0714.asp

 

 

Course Management Systems: migration from WebCT
http://campustechnology.com/article.asp?id=19879

 

 

Social Software (aka Web 2.0) - blogs, wikis, podcasts
http://campustechnology.com/article.asp?id=19881

 

 

Data Mining & Business Intelligence >> Open for Business (open source)
http://campustechnology.com/article.asp?id=20093

 

 

eLearning: Getting the Money Right
http://campustechnology.com/article.asp?id=20088

 

 

Emotional Intelligence in IT
http://campustechnology.com/article.asp?id=20087 

 

 

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Getting Beyond Break/Fix - Helpdesk
http://thejournal.com/articles/19562

 

 

Network Funding Models: Cornell University, University of California at San Diego, and University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ers0502/cs/ecs0501.pdf

 

 

Microsoft pushing IE7 to organizations using (WSUS)to manage upgrades.
http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-9856700-57.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

 

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