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Retirement Celebration for Doug Beairsto

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Posted: June 30, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Doug Beairsto, former Senior Technology Strategist with ITS, retired in May after thirty years working at the University of New Brunswick. To celebrate Doug's many efforts as both an employee and a volunteer with UNB, we are hosting a retirement celebration on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from two to four p.m. The event will be held at the Alumni Memorial Building Lounge and we ask that all of you...

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5 Odd Questions with Greg Merritt

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Posted: June 29, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Name: Greg Merritt Position with ITS: Actual title to be determined, but I am going with Senior Client Support Analyst. That means your job is: I’m the cleaner. I go in, access the mess, compliment the dress, and make it go away. 1. If you were dropped onto a savanna in Africa, what would you do first? Look for a liquor store. 2. Who would you say is the best band in the world? The Beatles...

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Choosing the best Smartphone

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Posted: June 29, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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As we know, the cellphone market now accounts for huge numbers in sales in the technology market, even eclipsing the desktop and laptop sales as companies like Apple.  The question these days is not about the importance of cellphones in everyone's lives- from the teen that texts just down the hall from their friends at school; the parent that uses a cellphone to be accessible in the event...

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ITS Help Desk Tweeting About Technology

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Posted: June 29, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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The ITS Help Desk now has a Twitter account where they will be posting technology and ITS news, helpful tech tips, and information about ITS-sanctioned initiatives.  You do not need a Twitter account to see the updates which can be found online at www.twitter.com/unb_its_help, and you can subscribe to the RSS feed using your web browser or email client.  If you do use Twitter you can follow...

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Conferencing Services at UNB

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Posted: June 24, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Conference call Services are used when four or more people from various locations wish to have a telephone conference. The conference call can be setup with Aliant by calling the conference services at:  1-800-561-7338, choosing the menu option for “Audio" Conference" and finally selecting the Toll Free Meet Me Option.  Since Conferencing Services are provided by Aliant, all service charges...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Web 3 0

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Posted: June 24, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Although annoying to many after the over use of Web 2.0 (used since 2004), Web 3.0 is arguably read/write/execute with the operating system and the web being one and the same. Definition provided by digitalurban.com. An example of this move to Web 3.0 is Google's Chrome OS which promises to have the applications and much of the operating system information itself come from the web, not the...

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Tips and Tricks - Microsoft Word - Split Screen

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Posted: June 24, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks


Split Screen – View tab > Window group > Split See two parts of your document at the same time by choosing Split from the View > Window menu. 1. Click the Split command button • Your cursor will become loaded with the split bar 2. Click anywhere on your document page to place the split bar where you want to divide the document window • Separate vertical scroll bars allow you to bring...

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Introducing Jack McDougall our newest Solutions member

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Posted: June 22, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Jack made his appearance 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday June 16th at 6 pounds 13 ounces much to the delight of proud parents Sean and Vanessa McDougall. Congrats from all of us!

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Retirement Citation for Sandra Billing

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Posted: June 22, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Sandra started her UNB career in 1982 performing data entry using the key card press and mainframe terminals in what was formerly known as the Computing Centre.  In May of 2002 Sandra moved to the Imaging & Print Services unit, where she remained until her retirement. During her time at Imaging & Print Services, she redefined the quality of service provided for exam and Student Opinion Survey...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Open Source

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Posted: June 22, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Open Source Generically, open source refers to a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge, i.e., open. Open source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community. Open source sprouted in the technological...

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Nikkel s Two Cents - UNB IT Governance - Part Two

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Posted: June 17, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Part II - UNB IT Governance Model IT Governance has five focus areas, ensuring: Strategic Alignment Enterprise IT is aligned with the university’s strategic plan The IT strategic plan sustains and enables goals and objectives of the university The IT strategic plan is multi-year, with short-, medium-, and long-term goals and objectives Value Delivery Mechanisms are in place to ensure...

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Reorganization of ITS Solutions

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Posted: June 17, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Office shuffles aren’t the only thing that’s on the move in Solutions. With the merger of Solutions and Enterprise Systems last month, a few changes were made to our reporting structure to reflect the expanded swath of responsibilities from the care and feeding of the servers through the care and feeding of the web … and lots in between. On the one hand, there is system development and support...

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TechSpeak in Translations - Spyware

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Posted: June 17, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Spyware As the name implies, this is software that "spies" on your computer. Nobody likes to be spied on, and your computer doesn't like it either. Spyware can capture information like Web browsing habits, e-mail messages, usernames and passwords, and credit card information. If left unchecked, the software can transmit this data to another person's computer over the Internet. So how does...

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Quote Winner is Made Comic Character

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Posted: June 15, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Dwayne Brewer correctly answered the call for quote and was immortalized in cartoon format. Keep your eyes peeled on tidBiTS for another chance to guess a quote and be converted to line drawings! The Quote: “Get your feet off my desk, get out of here- you stink, and we’re not going to buy your product.” Author: Joe Keenan- President of Atari responding to Steve Jobs’ offer to sell him...

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The Great ITS Office Shuffle

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Posted: June 15, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


In case you have been wondering what's been happening around ITS, it's the Great ITS Office Shuffle, when people suddenly find themselves in new offices around the ol' ITS Horseshoe. Early on we saw a shuffle as Tracy Allen shifted around close to the boardroom door.  Jeff Smith had a turn and can now be found next to Dave Totton on Help Desk Row, while Amy received a new roommate as Cheryl...

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Tips and Tricks - Excel Tip 2

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Posted: June 15, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks


Print Worksheet Column Labels on Every Page For large spreadsheets, repeating titles is incredibly useful.  Both row headings and column headings can be printed on each sheet of the printed document so that you don’t need to keep referring back to the first page that those titles happened to be on. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Print Titles. On the Rows to repeat at...

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Eduroam - Internet Roaming Around the World

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Posted: June 10, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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As we find ourselves traveling more and more as Students, Faculty and Staff of UNB into the world at large, there is a growing need to keep connected as we do. Getting hooked up to a wireless network while traveling can be frustrating and time-consuming, and for a researcher on the road, it can be crippling to their work. With this in mind, many universities around the world joined together to...

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Nikkel s Two Cents - UNB IT Governance - Part One

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Posted: June 10, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Good IT governance ensures that enterprise IT functions and processes are aligned with institutional strategic goals and objectives, minimize risk, and are transparent, accountable, well-managed, and responsive to changing needs. Further, governance should foster a culture of user engagement, assessment, and professionalism in all IT areas, including customer support and administrative,...

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Reorganization of ITS Client Services

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Posted: June 10, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Within the last few months Client Services has experienced significant growth with the addition of Imaging & Print Services, Desktop Management Group, and Instructional Services. This has required a re-evaluation of the organizational structure to determine if it is still current and effective. The following changes will occur effective June 21, 2010: Desktop Management, Procurement Services,...

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ITS Help Desk Review of the new iPad

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Posted: June 8, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Integrated Technology Services have recently purchased a new Apple iPad available for testing by all ITS Staff members.  If an ITS staff member is interested in simply testing the iPad out, or if you have suggestions regarding test cases for the iPad, please email Ben Steeves. Our very own Help Desk staff member, Dave Kell, had a chance to test out the iPad and bring it to UNBF Early...

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Retirement Citation for Peter Ruddock

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Posted: June 8, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Peter Morgan Ruddock started his career at the UNB Computing Centre in 1979, after earning a Masters degree in Computer Science.  He joined what was then called the User Services group and spent those early years assisting faculty and students develop programming solutions for their research and graduate work. Peter was highly proficient in the programming language APL, the nemesis of many who...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Portal

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Posted: June 8, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


As we have a new portal coming to UNB, this seems like the appropriate time to define what a portal really is: A Web Portal or Public Portal refers to a Web site or service that offers a broad array of resources and services, such as e-mail, forums, search engines, and online shopping malls. The first Web portals were online services, such as AOL, that provided access to the Web, but by now...

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UNB Changing to Kaspersky Anti-Virus Solution

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Posted: June 8, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Did you know effective June 1, 2010 UNB and members of the NB/PEI Educational Computer Network (a consortium of Universities in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) switched to a new anti-virus product called Kaspersky Anti-Virus?  Over the past year a team representing each University issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), evaluated a number of potential solutions, and met with vendors...

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Benefits of the new Windows License Agreement

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Posted: June 3, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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How the Campus Select Agreement benefits UNB: All new computers purchased by UNB are ordered with the Home version of Windows 7, including Macs. These systems are upgraded to Windows 7 Enterprise after they arrive at ITS. Previously, new systems were ordered with Windows 7 Enterprise, which is appropriate for our computing environment. This means a saving of $75; ITS charges back $25 to cover...

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Retirement Citation for Doug Beairsto

ITS

Posted: June 3, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Doug Beairsto, our former Senior Technology Strategist here at ITS, retired last month after thirty years with the university. Here is a look at Doug's career with ITS:Doug Alan Beairsto began his career at the Computing Centre in 1980 in the systems group working with mainframe communications. Those were the days when terminals began replacing punch cards and new connections allowed UNBSJ as...

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5 Odd Questions With Amy Urquhart

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Posted: June 2, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Name: Amy Urquhart Position with ITS: Web Assistant That means your job is: to coddle the technologically confused If you could pick a new middle name, what would you choose?Well I rather like my middle name, but if I had to choose... Jessika. When you get up in the morning, what's your favourite thing to do?Hit the snooze button. If you could design a new machine, what would it be?A clone...

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Useful on the Internet

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Posted: June 2, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, Design Desk, Geek Speak


Not even Stumbleupon can find all the gold out there in the millions of Internet pages, so we've asked our own intrepid staff to find gold in the hills (so to speak). Answering the call this time is Ben Steeves, our Manager of Application Development and Analysis here at ITS. Everyone knows about how Google Docs and LiveOffice let you do "the office thing" on-line, but here are a few free...

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TechSpeak in Translation - CMS

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Posted: June 1, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


CMS or Content Management System A tool for managing content, usually on a Web site, that separates the design, interactivity, and content from one another to make it easier for content authors to provide content.- taken from this article published at About.com One example of the Content Management System is the Cascade CMS we use here at ITS. This system is used not only for our new ITS...

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