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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

tidBiTS will be on vacation until August 3rd

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Posted: July 23, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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The tidBiTS blog will not be available until August 3rd, but trust that there will be fantastic new articles that day!

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Launch of the New CETL Website

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

Category: Our Community, Projects


The introduction of our Content Management System and a singular style has begun to change the face of the UNB web community.  What began with the myUNB project continued with the new ITS website and has now spread to our latest member of the revamped UNB web community - CETL or the Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning. CETL has worked to migrate and update their information while now...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Podcast

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Podcast, derived from (iPOD broadCAST) [is] an audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player. Although many podcasts are played in a regular computer, the original idea was to listen on a portable device; hence, the "pod" name from "iPod." Although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music, images and...

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Tips and Tricks - Microsoft Word - I m Counting on it

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

Category: Tips and Tricks


Many of us are aware that we can use word count in Microsoft Word, a necessary feature to meet the minimum words expected in a university paper, but did you know you can count by more than that? In fact Microsoft Word allows you to count the words, lines, paragraphs and the characters in a document • For a word count, select the desired text and Word displays the word count on the Status...

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New Tech - the PowerMat

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Posted: July 20, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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In the world of Tech, products come and go at an alarming rate, but they all need one thing to be useful- power. Whether powering directly through a power adapter, via USB, or batteries, Tech needs power to do what it does best.  Just as the iPod and other MP3 devices have driven sales of auxillary devices and products, powering up your device has inspired some new Tech of its own - the...

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PMP Project Management Professional

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Posted: July 20, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Projects, Our Community


Project Management Professional (PMP) is a certification  in project management. It is managed by the Project Management Institute and is based on the PMP Examination Specification published by PMI in 2005. Most exam questions reference to PMI's ANSI  standard A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, abbreviated to PMBOK Guide. Here at ITS we have been embracing Project Management...

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Update UNB IT Governance

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Posted: July 20, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


A UNB IT Governance Committee is being formed to make decisions on IT at UNB.  As a step to defining and establishing the work of this committee, the UMC (University Management Committee) has given final approval to the Terms of Reference under which this committee will operate. As a body, the UNB IT Governance Committee is responsible for the success of IT at UNB  in keeping with UNB's...

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Gaming for Free - How to Find It

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

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We all like to get things for free.  Quite a lot of debate comes around what is free for the taking on the Internet, but one thing is true, there are some great, free games out there for you to play. Some of the categories of free gaming/example games are: 1. Adobe Flash: Monkey Lander, Extreme Pamplona, RoboKill, Crush the Castle, Little Wheel, Haunted Forever 2. Ad-supported games on iPad...

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Tips and Tricks - PowerPoint - Timing Your Presentation

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

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PowerPoint - Record Your Slide Show Timings for Kiosk or Practice PowerPoint has a stopwatch feature that lets you time yourself as you rehearse a presentation.  When you run a rehearsed timing session, PowerPoint records how long you spend on each slide.  You can use this information in one of two ways: • Use the timed results to set a timed slideshow for a kiosk display • Use the timed...

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5 Odd Questions with Nick Cameron

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Posted: July 13, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Here at ITS, we believe that an Odd Question should not only be Odd, but willing to go where no semi-private blog from a technology company has gone before (we're not sure where that line sits). So, we sent out a fresh set of ridiculous-and look what came back from Nick! Name: Nick Cameron Position with ITS: Systems Analyst That means your job is: Asking, "did you try turning it off and on...

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ITS Weighs In Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint

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Posted: July 13, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Our own Ben Steeves, prolific contributor to tidBiTS and Manager of Application Development and Analysis at ITS was asked to weigh in on the benefits of using  Apple's Keynote presentation software over the traditional Microsoft Powerpoint, and here is his review: Keynote is a great alternative to PowerPoint for Mac users.  If you're never been much of a PowerPoint user, or you don't come from...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Android OS

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Posted: July 13, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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Android OS Developed to be a direct competitor to Apple's iPhone OS, Blackberry OS, and Palm's OS, Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware, and key applications. The Android OS is designed for smartphones by the Open Handset Alliance. What makes this operating system different from the iOS or BlackBerry OS? Android is open-source, which means...

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Employee Anniversaries for June and July

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

Category: Our Community


No department can succeed without the dedication and time put into it. These excellent staff members who were hired throughout the years in June and July are important to all of us. Starting 31 years ago with the invaluable Fred Webber, King of the Coffee Clatch, here are our monthly anniversaries: June: Dan Hovey (12 years) Jeff Jardine (4 years) Megan Stewart (11 years) Kim Washburn (26...

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Isil Flynn Relocating to ITS Fredericton

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

Category: Our Community


You'll soon be seeing Isil Flynn, ITS's interaction designer and web guru, around Wasson Computing Centre a lot more often. Isil is relocating to Fredericton and will be occupying D50A.  Stop in and say "hi" and maybe get a free old hard drive from her stash (limited time offer while supplies last, offer void where prohibited, some conditions apply).

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New SPAM Filtering Options Available In eServices

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

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ITS email systems have always had powerful SPAM and vacation message functions, but configuring them could be a challenge. Both can now be configured easily from within eServices. Faculty/Staff and guests: the new SPAM filtering and vacation message capabilities are available by logging into eServices and clicking on Email/Calendar > Email Options. Students: the SPAM filter is available by...

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Weighing In RIM s BlackBerry at UNB

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

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BlackBerrys can be used as a functional device for a UNB faculty/staff role as well as students. One of the main advantages of a Blackberry is that you can purchase versions which offer a full querty keyboard with real buttons. On these versions you can scroll trough your programs and email using a trackball (pearl) or newer versions offer a touchpad. One of the main disadvantages for using...

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How Many People Are on Your Surfboard

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Posted: July 6, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

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You are swimming strongly, the wave building up behind you and at the last moment you stand on the board to ride that curl into shore.  Behind you, you hear a voice that says, "thanks for the ride Dude, I never could stand the cost of buying my own surfboard!"  Indignant at such effrontery you tell him to get off, and he laughs, saying, "go ahead and make me, Dude!". An improbable scenario, but...

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MyCampus - the myUNB Portal Solution

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Posted: July 6, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: myUNB Portal Project


MyCampus is the enterprise portal application we've chosen to be the hub of our new single sign-on eServices replacement. Currently, we're working with the consortium that supplies MyCampus -- CampusEAI -- to install and configure the application for UNB so we can leave the gate with single sign-on enabled for many of our key applications such as EZProxy and Quest for the library, eServices,...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Social Networking

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Posted: July 6, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Social Networking The grouping of individuals in a specific group. Although social networking is not restricted to the Internet, it is now less commonly referred to as an in-person interaction. Members of social networking websites (ie Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc) can communicate about a common interest, topic or event. The topics of these groups can range from antique golf clubs to your...

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