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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

ITS Getting Students Connected with Shad Valley International

ITS

Posted: June 27, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Our Community


For over a decade, ITS has been helping out with Shad Valley International, a month long summer program for grade 10, 11 and 12 students that takes place at 10 different campuses across the country, including our very own UNB in Fredericton. Geared towards students with an interest in science, math, engineering and entrepreneurship, Shad Valley brings together some of Canada’s brightest...

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ITS here-to-help-you desk

ITS

Posted: June 27, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Geek Speak


If your computer crashes, you get hit with a virus, or maybe you just don’t know how to connect to UNB’s wireless network, UNB’s IT Help Desks are here to help. Fredericton students, faculty and staff can come visit us in the Harriet Irving Library - Learning Commons or contact us at 453-5199 or helpdesk@unb.ca . Saint John students can stop by the Student Technology Centre on the first floor...

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5 odd questions with Jeremy Hollins

ITS

Posted: June 25, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community, General Interest


1. Nintendo 64, or Xbox? Great, now I have the Lost Woods song from Ocarina of Time stuck in my head…2. What is a weird talent about yourself we may not know?When I type, I sound like Kenny Rogers...3. What is your favourite thing to do on a summer evening?On a warm summer evening, on a train bound for nowhere, met up with the Gambler, we were both too tired to sleep… (Now we're even for Lost...

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Professional Webpage Redirection Service at UNB

ITS

Posted: June 25, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Geek Speak


Do you have a LinkedIn profile or professional page through UNB’s webpage hosting service? ITS has a webpage redirection service available to all UNB faculty, staff and students that lets you redirect your personal UNB web address (‘people.unb.ca/Name.Name’ where ‘Name.Name’ is your email name you set during account activation) to a professional webpage of your choosing, such as: -      An...

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5 Odd Questions with Blair Sawler

ITS

Posted: June 19, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community, General Interest


  1. What would be the cutest outfit to dress up your cat/dog in? Hmmm, not sure, it'd be ironic to dress my dog up as a 90lb squirrel, since he chases them constantly! 2. Which emperor/leader would you want to meet? Living? None really, actually. 3. Hakuna Matata, or YOLO? Hakuna Matata for sure over YOLO. 4. What is the most used APP on your phone? Actually I don't even use my phone,...

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Bring the Office home

ITS

Posted: June 19, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak, General Interest


Do you work at home a lot? Maybe you are home sick but have a pile of work to catch up on? UNB has a campus agreement with Microsoft offering Faculty and Staff a Microsoft Office license for a personal computer when using it to work from home. This agreement - called HUP (Home Use Program) - lets you purchase a home use license for $11.00, giving you access to the Office 2013 (Windows) or...

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Going going gone

ITS

Posted: June 19, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak, General Interest


No matter the situation, if you want to end your online-relationship with a social media site you need to know how. It’s interfering with your studies, or maybe it’s the constant barrage of messages ... maybe it keeps you up late at night and it’s just time to end things. Here’s how you can delete your account from the two biggest social media sites right now. We might as well start with the...

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Singer Hall 156 One of many computer labs to receive a facelift this summer

ITS

Posted: June 19, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


Throughout the summer while most students are away from UNB, ITS is hard at work making upgrades to many computer labs on campus so they’re ready for you with new and improved technology when you return in the fall. Many of these lab renewals are thanks to the Student Technology Fee, an annual fee paid by all UNBF students used to improve technology services on campus for student use. This...

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Cellular roaming saver plan check

ITS

Posted: June 18, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak, General Interest


Bags packed, check. Toothbrush, check. Passport, check. Cell phone roaming plan … whoops! Don’t forget to get a cellular roaming saver plan the next time you’re leaving the country. You can leave your phone off or disable your roaming capabilities, but who wants to leave their phone off when they’re in, say, Spain? It’s easier to go to a roaming plan. Faculty and staff with a UNB-owned cell...

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Classic game of cat and mouse

ITS

Posted: June 18, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


It's a tale as old as time; the classic game of cat and mouse. This time, it's a little more modern. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58iH8FaLB1g&feature=related

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All of your bills organized in one app

ITS

Posted: June 13, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Geek Speak


Rent, groceries, electricity, cable and internet … in other words, too many bills to keep track of. Wouldn’t it be great if you could put all of your financial income, and yes bills, into one place? Well, there’s an app for that. Mint.com lets you check all of your account balances, will warn you if you are over budget, and you can choose to set push-notifications alerting you to upcoming...

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Electronic Privacy

ITS

Posted: June 13, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Geek Speak


In a generation of technological progress we are able to carry a computer, calculator, mailbox, camera and even a bank in our pocket. All this is possible through our Smart Phones. But are we being smart with our phones? There are a few simple steps to follow to protect your IPhone: Go to settings Hit Privacy Choose your application Turn privacy on or off (depending on your preference) If...

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For the dad who has everything

ITS

Posted: June 13, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak, Our Community, General Interest


Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we wanted to let you know a few gadgets dear old dad may be wanting. Who better to ask than a dad? So we asked a few around the ITS office what latest piece of technology they had their eye on. The first gadget was Apple TV. Not only can you watch your favourite shows, movies or games in 1080p HD, but you can also get access to Netflix, Youtube,...

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Now you see me now you don t

ITS

Posted: June 13, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Geek Speak


Let’s be honest, we’ve all sent a photo of ourselves to friends where we look, let’s say, less than desirable. Or maybe we didn’t send any because we didn’t want our friends to have an embarrassing photo of ourselves they can use against us later. If only there was an app that allowed you to send a photo or video and after a one to 10 second duration it self-destructs … oh wait, there...

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The extra touch

ITS

Posted: June 13, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Geek Speak


Click ... Nothing happens. The lock button on your IPhone or IPad is broken. No need to worry about your battery dying because you can’t lock your screen, its assistive touch to the rescue! Follow these steps to activate your assistive touch: Go to Settings Click General Scroll down to Accessibility Hit Assistive Touch Switch it to On You can now use Assistive Touch to adjust your volume,...

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Management Briefing - EDUCAUSE Top Ten Tech Trends 2013

ITS

Posted: June 7, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management Briefings


Background EDUCAUSE is an international organization devoted to research and support of technology in higher education. For many years an expert panel of CIOs, researchers, and industry leaders has been convened by EDUCAUSE to examine technology trends, and to come up with a list of ten that have emerged as important to a very broad range of higher‐ed users and practitioners. ITS monitors the...

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Large file no problem

ITS

Posted: June 5, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak, General Interest


You’re trying to send a video, file or document but, once again, you see the “file too large” message. It’s one of the most frustrating things. But with UNB File Drop you’re in luck. UNB File Drop is a safe and secure way to let you send large files to UNB staff, faculty and students. Not a UNB student or staff? No worries. You can also use UNB File Drop to send files to anyone  with a UNB...

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New Budget Year Increase in IT Purchases and some Delays

ITS

Posted: June 5, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Our Community, Geek Speak


It’s the new budget year which means UNB is buying new tech gear! But it also means ITS is busy processing both old and newly purchased IT equipment – like computers, printers, software, etc. On average ITS Procurement sees 51 requests a week, but since May 1 we have seen a 127% jump, averaging of 116 requests a week, and we check every single purchase to make sure they are working properly...

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On iCloud Nine

ITS

Posted: June 5, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Geek Speak, General Interest


Your stomach drops when you try to turn on your iPhone and the screen stays black. Maybe you dropped it in a puddle, or maybe it’s just time to get a new iPhone, either way you need to find a way to retrieve your contacts, messages, and other valuables on your phone. Luckily you backed your phone up to iCloud. iCloud allows you to store your music, the hundreds – if not more – photos you’ve...

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VoIP s Final Destination

ITS

Posted: June 5, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


Starting June 1, and working through the month, VoIP will be in its fourth and final stage of migrating telephone lines on the UNB Fredericton campus over to the new VoIP telephone system. Once the fourth stage is complete an estimated 2,000 phones across campus will officially be moved to the new system. Just like the three phases before it, staff and faculty in Phase 4 can look forward to...

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