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InsideUNB and myUNB Web address changes

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Posted: May 25, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: myUNB Portal Project


The web address changes have been made to InsideUNB and the myUNB portal. It was important to do this to make it easier to differentiate between the two web sites. Now, to visit InsideUNB, a place for information for all faculty, staff and students, just go to www.unb.ca/insideunb. You can still get to the myUNB Portal, which contains personal information relevant to you, from InsideUNB but to...

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Locking your Computer - A quick and easy way to protect your virtual valuables

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Posted: May 25, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks


The first thing you do when you leave your car filled with valuables is lock the doors, right? Makes sense, because this is how you keep the valuables in your car safe. But what about your computer? People walk away from their computer all the time without protecting its content.  Like your car, you should never leave your computer unattended without locking it first, even if you are just...

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Lynda com Online software training your pace your space

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Posted: May 25, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category:


Picture this: Your boss or professor just asked you to use a computer program you don't know very well or you've never even heard of before.  Don't Panic! If you are a UNB faculty, staff or student, there is a great online resource available to you for free through ITS that can help you develop your skills in a wide range of computer programs. Lynda.com is an award-winning provider of...

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New Baby for Michael Jewett

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Posted: May 25, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Congratulations to Michael Jewett, ITS's Assistant Director of Information Technology Security, and his wife Katie on the recent birth of their third son, Matthew James Jewett. The little guy arrived on Saturday, May 21 at 1:01 p.m. weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 19 ¾ inches in length. Last word from Michael is that everyone is doing fine. From all of us here at ITS,...

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Designing a Usable Interface

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Posted: May 18, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks


Definition: 'Usable' = easy to use, easy to learn; not having to guess what something means or how to use the product/interface. When developing a website or web application, the User Interface (UI) design begins to take place during the Interaction Design phase of the project. This phase follows the Discovery and Research phase which helps to map business needs and end-user goals. Before any...

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ITS Students turned Full Time ITS Staff

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Posted: May 18, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Did you know? Many of our current ITS staff members used to work at ITS as UNB student employees before receiving their full-time positions. Take Pierre Arseneau and Jon MacAdam for example, ITS's two newest employees. Jon first began working at ITS as a UNB student in 2007 and is now working full time for the Communications & Network Services team as a Network Technologist. Pierre, who...

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John Mercer Laughing his way to Retirement

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Posted: May 18, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


John Mercer, a Senior Technologist at ITS, will be retiring at the end of May after over 33 years at UNB. Here is a look at John's career with ITS: John's career at ITS began on April 3rd, 1978 – a date he will likely never forget as it also happens to be his wife's birthday. John's first role was that of a paper sorter where his duties included sorting jobs and reading punch cards. During this...

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5 Odd Questions with John Mercer

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Posted: May 11, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Name: John Mercer What do you do at ITS?I am responsible for repairing the computers here on campus. This includes laptops, desktops, towers and printers of various vendors such as Dell, Lenevo, Lexmark, Apple, Zerox and IBM. If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?It would have to be a room full of Alexander Keith’s beer. I can then return the empties and pay off the...

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Chris Pelkey Now Blogging from Zambia

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Posted: May 11, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Last month, tidBITS introduced you to Chris Pelkey, an Electrical Engineering student and ITS student assistant who recently flew out of Fredericton to spend his summer in Zambia through the Engineers Without Border’s Junior Fellowship Program. While he is there, Chris will be working for a company called Rent-to-Own that rents out farm equipment to local farmers in order to help them expand...

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Congratulations to Our 2011 UNB Grads

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Posted: May 11, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


After countless late nights of studying and working on assignments at the library, they’ve finally reached the finish line! ITS would like to say a big congratulations to all 2011 UNB graduates, including the following ITS student assistants who are graduating from their respective degree programs next week: Salman Akhtar – Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical Engineering)Adam Beck -...

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ITS Counting Down the Days to Congress 2011

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Posted: May 11, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


In a few weeks, UNB and STU will have the privilege of hosting the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress 2011, or more simply put, Congress 2011. From May 28 to June 4, 2011, professors, researchers and students will gather on the UNB and STU campuses to discuss issues and share ideas with one another. This conference is the largest of its kind in North America and...

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The votes are in Students think texting in class is a no-no

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Posted: May 11, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

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These days, phones are used for a lot more than just making a simple phone call. Now they let us text, chat, surf, tweet and more, and from just about anywhere. But, as they say, there is a time and a place for everything. So when might it be inappropriate for us to use our cell phones? In a recent poll on the myUNB Portal we asked you if students should be allowed to text, tweet, or surf while...

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Celebrating our Staff - May

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Posted: May 4, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


The following staff members are celebrating May anniversaries for their years of service at UNB. Anniversaries are based on original start dates. Peter Jacobs - 29 yearsJennifer Randall - 13 yearsJeff Smith - 12 yearsGreg Merritt - 11 yearsNorma Newman - 9 yearsSteve Gamblin - 6 years Thank you for all your hard work!

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Helpful tips to make tracking down your lost BlackBerry or iPhone a little easier

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Posted: May 4, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks


Sometimes trying to find a misplaced phone can feel like a lost cause. Even if someone were to find a phone, how are they supposed to know who to return it to if it is password protected? Fortunately for BlackBerry and iPhone users, both of these smartphones offer helpful tools that will increase the likelihood of your missing phone being returned to you safely. If you have a BlackBerry, you...

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It s a Boy

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Posted: May 4, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


Congratulations to Cyril Tobin, a Network Technician here at ITS, and his wife Heidi who recently welcomed their first child into the world. Landon James Tobin arrived at 3:49 a.m. on Monday, May 2, which also happens to be the birthday of his proud dad. Upon arrival, baby Landon weighed in at 7 lbs and was 20 inches in length. Mom, dad and baby are all doing well and looking forward to...

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The ITS Help Desk has Moved

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Posted: May 4, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


The ITS Help Desk has officially closed the doors to its Head Hall location and is now working solely out of its new home at the Harriet Irving Library (HIL) - Learning Commons. Come check it out. Don't forget, this month we will be reintroducing Live Chat. have a quick question? You will soon be able to type your IT question and get an immediate response from one of our student Help Desk...

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Welcome New ITS Employees

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Posted: May 4, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community


ITS would like to give a warm welcome to the following individuals who recently joined our Networking Services team:  Jon MacAdam recently finished his Electrical Engineering degree at UNB. He has been a student employee in the group for the last few years and now joins us full time. You can find Jon in D15. Pierre Arseneau has most recently worked as a student in the ITS tech shop and will...

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Clearing Browser Cache

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Posted: May 3, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks


Sometimes when new web pages are published, or new pieces of functionality are added to an existing web based application, you might not immediately see the changes. This is normally a result of "browser caching". Images, ads, banners and even entire webpages are stored locally on your computer in a "cache" folder. Each time you visit a webpage, this folder is checked to see if you have...

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