Friday, November 17, 2017

Scheduled Maintenance Downtime - Banner & Self-Service

Information Technology Services will be performing scheduled maintenance on our Administrative systems. This scheduled maintenance will require Banner and Self-Service to be off line on November 18, 2017 between 9:00pm - 1:00am. (4 hours).

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Information Technology Services

Thursday, November 16, 2017

UPDATE: 310pm RESOLVED --- Campus Wide Issue Affecting Network and DHCP

The issue was resolved at approximately 2:45.
We do not expect it to reoccur.


This is a known issue.  We are working on resolving this issue right now.  In the meantime there may be sporadic internet outages.

We will update once the issue is resolved.

Convert text to all CAPS and more in Google Docs

 Capitalizing a large portion of text or an especially long title can be a pain.  Doing the opposite—converting capital letters to lowercase—is equally a waste of time. With this launch, we’re making those tasks quick and easy in Google Docs on the web.

Starting today, simply choose “Capitalization” from the Format menu in Docs, and select one of the following:
  • lowercase, to make all the letters in your selection lowercase.
  • UPPERCASE, to capitalize all the letters in your selection.
  • Title Case, to capitalize the first letter of each word in your selection.

It’s that easy. Like other recent launches in Docs, this feature allows you to spend less time formatting and more time on the things that matter, like strategizing, collaborating, and developing new ideas.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jamboard Update: Create and Edit Objects in Jams on Your Mobile Phone

Building off of the recent improvements to the Jamboard app for your mobile phone, the latest Jamboard release allows you to do even more on the go with your phone. We’re also making it easier to move content between frames on your Jamboard device.

Create and edit objects in jams on your mobile phone
Creating and collaborating on jams just got even easier. You can now use the Jamboard app on your Android and iOS phones to:
  • Create jams
  • Move/scale/rotate objects
  • Move objects to adjacent frames
  • Delete and duplicate objects
  • Undo/redo changes
  • Edit sticky notes
  • Zoom in and out, and pan
  • And more...
Move objects to other frames via the frame bar on your Jamboard device
In addition, for quicker editing within jams, you can now move objects to other frames easily via the frame bar at the top of your Jamboard device screen.

For a full list of new features and improvements from this month’s release, check out the What’s New in Jamboard page in the Help Center.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Shop Safe Online, Even on Black Friday!

In 2016, for the first time ever, shoppers bought more online than in stores. All Internet-connected devices are vulnerable, especially when being used for purchases. You need to be aware of ways to protect yourself as you shop online.
The holiday season is the perfect time for cybercriminals to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers. When you go to the grocery store or local shop, it's habit to grab your reusable bags, lock the car, and make sure you've safely put away your credit card or cash before heading home with the day's purchases. Similar precautions need to be taken when you're shopping online from the comfort of your own home. If you make these simple precautions regular online shopping habits, you'll be protecting your purchases and personal information.
The National Cyber Security Alliance recommends following these basic steps so you'll be ready to cybershop safely and securely.
  • Lock down your login. One of the most critical things you can do in preparation for the online shopping season is to fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like e-mail, banking, and social media.
  • Keep clean machines. Before searching for that perfect gift, be sure that all web-connected devices—including PCs, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets—are free from malware and infections by running only the most current versions of software and apps.
  • Shop reliable websites online. Use the sites of retailers you trust. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Conduct research. When using a new website for your holiday purchases, read reviews and see if other customers have had a positive or negative experience with the site.
  • Personal information is like money: value it and protect it. When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember that you only need to fill out required fields at checkout.
  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots. If you are out and about, limit the type of business you conduct over open public Wi-Fi connections, including logging in to key accounts, such as e-mail and banking. Adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone. If you must use open Wi-Fi connections, connect to a virtual private network (VPN) first.
  • Check the address bar. Look for the green lock icon and https:// in the URL before using your credit card online.
Be a Cybersmart Holiday Shopper. Conduct Research, Get Two Steps Ahead, Get Saavy About Wi-Fi Hotspots, When in Doubt Throw it Out, Protect Your Money.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

How to Get the New Google Calendar on the Web Right Now

In follow up to this previous blog post about the new Google Calendar for Web, follow these instructions to begin using the New Google Calendar for Web:

Navigate to the Google Calendar App on your Apps Launcher:

Look for a button near the top right corner (between Agenda and More buttons) that says Use New Calendar.

If you already have the Calendar open, refresh the page to get the button to appear.

Click on the Upgrade now button:

Click "Learn more about the new design" to get an overview of the new features in Calendar:

The new Google Calendar is cleaner, has more white space and is easier to read. 

After switching you can customize the appearance by clicking the settings cog in the upper right portion of the screen.  To revert to the old design altogether you may select the Back to Classic Calendar.

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Reminder: Transition to Google File Stream

Please note Google Drive Sync ends support on December 11, 2017.

This change will require you to take action and transition to Google File Stream.

Visit the Drive Help Center to install Drive File Stream and get started.

Refer to previous blog posts for more information:

Google Drive File Stream

Google Drive Just Got Easier for You and Your Team

If you need assistance with the transition please contact ITS.
Call: 718-862-7973