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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

A shortcut for your desktop

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Posted: February 26, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Need some help getting back to your desktop? In today’s busy and multitasking workplace, we often have all kinds of windows open on our computer at once– from Internet Explorer to Photoshop, sometimes as many as 10 different windows! But what do you do if you want to get back to your desktop quickly and easily? Windows 7 has two handy little features to help you out. Notice that little...

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Get more done with the help of an Owl

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Posted: February 26, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Do you find yourself getting sidetracked online? The internet is filled with distractions at every turn, and it can be a battle for a lot of students to get any studying done with a laptop in hand. Fortunately Productivity Owl can help make sure you’re always on task and focused. Productivity Owl is a program available for Google Chrome that monitors the webpages you’re accessing to make sure...

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Train your brain

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Posted: February 26, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


What’s the most important part of your body to exercise? Walking through most gyms, you’d think it was either your chest or your arms. Contrary to popular belief, however, it’s most important to exercise your brain. A sharp brain helps you work faster and harder, and helps you make better and quicker decisions. So where exactly can you go for exercises to keep your noggin in shape? Try...

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Wouldn t it be great to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself

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Posted: February 26, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Whether your goals are it’s work, health, financial or spiritually related, getting started on a goal can be a challenge, and following it through to the end can be even more difficult. So how can you make sure you stay focused while working towards your goal? With a little help from Lift – Daily Motivation. Lift is basically a personal life coach in your pocket.  It keeps you focused by giving...

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Access the Internet Worldwide with eduroam

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Posted: February 19, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Do you know how to get connected while you’re travelling abroad? In this day and age, Internet is more than a luxury to students, faculty and staff, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re in Africa, South America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the U.S. or somewhere else in Canada studying, recruiting players for your team, or travelling for conferences, eduroam allows you to connect to the internet at any...

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Google Keep all your sticky notes in one place

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Posted: February 19, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Using sticky notes for reminders is very helpful. You can stick them wherever is most convenient for you - on your fridge, your monitor or even in your car. One problem with sticky notes though, is that they are easily lost and frequently become unstuck. So how can you keep your reminders organized and in a handy location without losing them? With Google Keep. Google Keep allows you to have all...

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Organizing your PC as easy as 1 2 3

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Posted: February 19, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Computers are a lot like desks – a little bit of work can make them very cluttered. Just like a messy desk, a cluttered computer can make it difficult to get work done productively and efficiently. Spending a few minutes now on organization can save you hours in the long run, so what can you do to organize your computer? #1. Create folders – Folders allow you to organize all of your relevant...

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Protect your smartphone with a backup

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Posted: February 19, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Nowadays, our smartphones are like a second computer.  We use them to store our personal identification information, our banking information and phone numbers of all our contacts.  We invest countless hours downloading the apps we want, setting high scores in games and setting our phone up just the way we like it. At any moment, however, all of this time, effort and data could disappear.  Your...

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Wake up on time every morning with Wakerupper

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Posted: February 19, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Being on time is always important but especially on certain occasions. Doctors appointments, meetings and important calls just can’t be missed and sometimes an alarm clock just can’t be trusted. That’s when you need a wakeup call!  Wakerupper has you covered. Just like at a hotel, Wakerupper is a free service that will call you to ensure you’re up on time for the day’s tasks. Simply go to...

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Management Briefing - Mobility Policy and Process

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Posted: February 13, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Management Briefings


New UNB mobility policy and procurement processes on the way Issue UNB spends over $400,000 per year supplying cell phones, smartphones, and other devices to staff and faculty. Most of this is spent on recurring and usage charges that can vary wildly from month to month. Some (about $33,000) is paid to reimburse individuals for use of their personal devices. UNB’s current mobility...

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A low-cost online library

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Posted: February 12, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Checked the library for a book you’re looking for and it’s not available? Want to stop paying the high cost of paperbacks and hard-covers at your local bookstore? Then Scribd just might be for you. According to their website, Scribd is the world’s largest library with more than 40 million books and documents. With a library that doubles almost every year, almost any book you can think of from...

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Management Briefing - ITS Strategy Update Part 2

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Posted: February 12, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Management Briefings


Management Briefing – ITS Strategy Update Part 2: 2014 Preview Exceptional student experience – the momentum continues Several exciting projects devoted to enhancing student computing experience at UNB are underway. For example, students will soon no longer have to use a campus lab or ask permission to install certain software application packages on their own computers. Application...

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Manage your UNB files from your personal device with myFiles

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Posted: February 12, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Looking for an easier way to manage your work files from your personal computer? Look no further than myFiles. myFiles allows you to easily access your (H:/) drive and shared departmental drives from your personal devices from anywhere you have access to the web. To access myFiles, simply log in to your myUNB Portal and select myFiles from the Quick Launch Menu. From there, you can download or...

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UNB s VPN Client gets Promoted to Junos Pulse

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Posted: February 12, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Do you work from home and use UNB’s VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access your secure IT services and files saved on your personal (H:) or departmental network drives? Earlier this morning, ITS upgraded UNB’s VPN client to a new solution available for free to UNB faculty, staff and students for both Mac and Windows computers. This new client is not only faster with increased security and...

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Management Briefing - ITS Strategy Update Part 1

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Posted: February 7, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Management Briefings


Management Briefing – ITS Strategy Update Part 1: 2013 in Review Introduction ITS’ strategic plan was revised by stakeholders and approved by UMC early last year, and UNB’s first‐ever mobility strategy was also launched. Progress towards our objectives has been steady, with several key projects completed and new ones started. This is the first of 2 briefings on UNB’s IT strategy, and looks...

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5 Odd Questions with Scott Chamberlain

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Posted: February 5, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Our Community, General Interest


What do you do at ITS? I'm one of the Senior Project Managers. The Senior Project Manager manages medium to large Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects that directly contribute to operational efficiency and the achievement of UNB enterprise and departmental missions. 1. Name one interesting thing about you - For over 2 years I studied Chemical Engineering before finally...

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An easier way to convert and store files

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Posted: February 5, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


One of the most common yet frustrating processes when creating or using files can be converting them to another file format. Whether it be converting from Word to Excel, PDF to Word, Excel to Word, PDF to PowerPoint or almost any other combination under the sun, it seems the process rarely happens without some kind of complication. That is, until Cometdocs. Cometdocs is a cloud storage client...

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How to Reset your UNB Password

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Posted: February 5, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks, IT Announcements


With all the passwords we have to memorize these days, it’s easy for us to forget them. Do you know what to do if you forget your UNB password? First things first, you will either need to use a personal device or a kiosk computer (computer that does not require your UNB login details) such as those located in the Harriet Irving Library to reset your UNB password. Then it’s just a matter of...

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Read like a US President

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Posted: February 5, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Want to get through the reading for your next class in a matter of minutes rather than hours? One of the most monotonous things about university can be the incredible amount of reading that has to be done. It’s not uncommon to have to read 75, 1000 or even 150 pages from your textbook before your next class! And that’s even on top of all the other readings you have to do for your other...

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Warning Signs that should put your Phishing Radar on High Alert

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Posted: February 5, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements


Have you ever received an email claiming to come from UNB and asking for your personal information that seemed a little ‘off’ somehow? Phishing emails try to be clever by claiming to come from a trustworthy source, like UNB or your bank, but they almost always contain a few bits and pieces that expose them for what they really are - trash. A few warning signs of a phishing email to look out...

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