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Has your iPhone been repaired by a non-Apple Technician? You may be in trouble after newest iOS update

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Posted: February 10, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , IT Security , TechSpeak in Translation


Thousands of iPhone users are being hit with Error 53 after the newest iOS update was released, which checks if your iPhone 6’s Touch ID sensor correctly matches the device’s other components. If your home button has been replaced by a non-Apple certified technician, your iPhone will likely receive Error 53 when you try to install the latest iOS 9 update. Have you received this error and are looking now for a solution? Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer any real solution...

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Microsoft no longer supporting Internet Explorer version 10 and older

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Posted: January 21, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , General Interest , IT Announcements


Are you running the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE) on your computer? If not, you’ll want to update soon. As of January 12, 2016, Microsoft officially ended support for IE version 10 and older . This means Microsoft no longer offers technical support or any security updates for older versions of IE, making them much more vulnerable to malware attacks. To check what version of Internet Explorer you are running, open IE and click the gear icon in the top right corner. At the bottom...

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Hotel guests targeted by Cybercriminals

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Posted: July 17, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , TechSpeak in Translation


Do you use public computers at hotels while on business trips or vacations? Your personal and banking information may be at risk! Cybercriminals are targeting public computers at hotels by installing keyloggers, which save any keystrokes you press. This information is then sent via email to the cybercriminal. What does this mean? With your keystrokes, cybercriminals are able to identify credit card numbers, log-in credentials, and more. But these attacks are not just after your information;...

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New Malware targeting Android Phones

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Posted: July 3, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , TechSpeak in Translation


If you thought your phone was safe, think again! Cybercriminals are getting smarter and smarter every day, and have even developed ways to attack you through your cellphone. By sending links through text messages, unsuspecting users can get directed to webpages and offered illegitimate apps that may cause harm, or steal personal information from their mobile devices. Google has been very responsive when it comes to battling malware on Android devices, but cybercriminals are getting more...

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Ransomware - Malicious Software on the rise

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Posted: July 3, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , IT Security , TechSpeak in Translation


Have you heard of ransomware? Another form of malicious software is on the rise, locking valuable computer files and data away from users with a powerful encryption tool. How do you get your files back? Retrieving your files is no easy task. The ransomware usually demands payment to regain access, otherwise the locked files and data will be unrecoverable. Criminals using ransomware are not discrete about it once they have locked data on a user’s computer. Notifications are sent to the...

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Tell it like IT is A Quick way to access your UNB Files from home

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Posted: June 25, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks , General Interest , TechSpeak in Translation


We are back this week with another exciting issue of Tell it like IT is. Our pet peeve this week is: “I want a faster way than myFiles (accessed through the myUNB Portal) to access my UNB Files from home on a personal computer.” We have just the trick! This guide will show you how to create shortcuts to your personal H:/ and Departmental shared drives, right from your personal Windows Computer. Step 1. First, setup UNB’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your personal computer. View the...

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Now is your chance to Opt-out of Spam

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Posted: June 11, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , TechSpeak in Translation , IT Security


Starting to see eNewsletters from companies asking you to ‘opt-in’ to continue to receive their newsletters? There is a reason for that! Effective July 1, Canada is introducing a new Anti-Spam Legislation. This means that businesses will no longer be allowed to send any form of commercial electronic messages (email, text, cellphone) unless provided with consent from the consumer. While you may not think Spam is a big deal, it is actually a big problem in Canada, ranking fourth on the Spam...

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A candy bar that won t satisfy your sweet tooth

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Posted: May 29, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , TechSpeak in Translation


Craving a candy bar? Believe it or not, you probably already have one in your bag or pocket. The bad news is it likely isn’t one you want to eat.   In the tech world, mobile phones that are solid with no moving parts except for the keypad buttons are often referred to as candy bars. Most phones these days would fall under this category, including the iPhone and many models of Android and Blackberry. Huh. Who knew?

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Harlem Shake and other popular memes - A look at the viral web trend

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Posted: February 28, 2013 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , General Interest


“Hey, I just met you,And this is crazy,But here’s my number,So call me, maybe?” In 2012, you were lucky to go a few days on the web without seeing those infamous lyrics from Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song ‘Call Me Maybe’. That’s because last year, variations on those lyrics spread like wildfire in what are known as internet memes. To put it plainly, an Internet meme is simply an idea or concept that spreads rapidly from person to person via the internet. Often times they are in the form of an...

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The Perks of Going Virtual at UNB

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Posted: February 27, 2013 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: General Interest , TechSpeak in Translation


Most of us have seen Neo and Trinity from The Matrix plug into a virtual world much larger than the physical seat they’re sitting in. Similarly, UNB is able to plug into and use approximately 120 virtual servers that only take up the space of about 18 physical servers. These virtual servers work just like real servers, allowing for data storage and running IT services, except they require substantially less space and resources to operate. Extra storage space isn’t the only benefit of going...

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Picking Apart Pixels

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Posted: July 10, 2012 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , General Interest


The term pixel is probably one that you’ve heard a number of times before, but have you ever paused to ponder what it really means? A pixel is the smallest unit represented in an image. Every pixel has its own colour and an address which corresponds to its coordinates in the image, so when several pixels are arranged next to one another, they form a picture. Your television and computer screen, for example, are made up of millions of pixels arranged into a grid. The more pixels squeezed into...

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How many mickeys did Mickey Mouse move his Mickey Mouse mouse

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Posted: March 21, 2012 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest , TechSpeak in Translation


When you hear the word “Mickey”, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is the beloved Disney character with big black ears, but did you know that the term ‘mickey’ can also be used to describe a different kind of mouse? According to Webopedia, a mickey is also the unit of measurement for the direction and speed of your computer mouse. Simply put, one mickey is equal to the smallest movement your mouse curser can make on the computer screen, which is typically about 1/200th of an...

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Spam vs Phishing Emails what s the difference

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Posted: January 11, 2012 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , General Interest


By now, most of us have heard the terms spam and phishing and know they have to do with email, but have you ever wondered what the difference is between the two? Spam, or junk mail, is unsolicited email that tries to sell you a product or service, such as the “latest and greatest” diet pill or some form of “cutting edge, high-quality” software.  Spammers (ie: the people sending the spam) send their messages to hundreds, thousands or even MILLIONS of email addresses at once with the hopes that...

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Your New UNB Computer - Behind the Scenes

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Posted: October 5, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , General Interest


Have you ever wondered how the operating system and software gets installed on your new Windows 7 computer before you receive it at your desk? Likely not – because ITS does this for you and you don't have to give it a second thought. ITS does this in an automated and efficient way so that when you receive your computer, it's ready for you to just turn it on and start using it! ITS uses a process called disk imaging – more commonly referred to as "imaging". When your new Windows 7 computer...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Remote Desktop

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Remote desktop technology makes it possible to view another computer's desktop on your computer. This means you can open folders, move files, and even run programs on the remote computer, right from your own desktop. Both Windows and Macintosh [and Linux] computers support remote desktop connections, though they use different implementations. Windows XP and Vista both include Remote Desktop as part of the operating system. The Remote Desktop program uses Microsoft Terminal Services and the...

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Focusing in on the Differences between JPEG GIF and PNG Image Files

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Ever wonder what the difference is between the JPEG, GIF and PNG image file formats? JPEG/JPG – The name JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, the name of the committee that came up with the JPEG standard. JPEG files can support 16 million colours, so they are great for photographs or graphics with a lot of detail. JPEGs are 'lossy' compression files, meaning information about the image is lost when you compress it (make it smaller). The higher the quality of a JPEG file the...

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Cookies for Everyone - Demystifying HTTP Cookies

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Posted: July 21, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


It's January and you're off to the theatre for an evening show.  You're wearing your heavy winter parka but the theatre is warm and seating is tight and you don't want to carry it with you.  Fortunately, the theatre provides a coat check service so you give them your coat and in return they pass you a small slip of paper with a number on it. After the show, you return to the coat check, present your ticket and your coat is returned to you. Your coat check ticket is like an HTTP cookie.  A...

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Phishing Emails Don t take the bait or you ll get hooked

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Posted: June 8, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , Tips and Tricks


You've likely heard a fishing story about how someone let the big one get away, but have you ever heard a phishing story about how someone got hooked by a big one? 'Phishing' is a computer term used to describe an online method of performing identity theft. When someone is 'phishing', they are trying to steal your personal information such as your user name and password or Bank Account information. These thieves or 'phishers' do this by sending email messages to thousands of email addresses...

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Widget - More than just another whatchamacallit

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Posted: March 23, 2011 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


For many, a widget is simply a term used to refer to an object for which you have forgotten the name or purpose. In the tech world, however, this term is a lot more than just another word for one of Inspector Gadget’s gizmos or a doohickey found in Mary Poppins’ magic bag. A widget in the tech sense refers to a small, stand-alone application that runs on a website, computer, or mobile device. Widgets come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and serve many different purposes, from displaying the...

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Welcome to the Cloud The Home of Gmail Facebook Twitter and More

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Posted: March 2, 2011 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: TechSpeak in Translation , Geek Speak


Ever heard the term “Cloud Computing” and wondered what it’s all about? Believe it or not, you probably know a lot more about this tech term than you give yourself credit for. Most of us have been riding the “Cloud” for years through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype and more. But what exactly is “Cloud Computing”, and what makes it so unique? This blog will hopefully help clear the air on “cloud” talk and put your mind at ease about using this increasingly popular online service. To put it...

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Tweetup

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Posted: January 26, 2011 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Tweetup: A real-life get-together organized using Twitter. Usually started by someone picking a time and place, and posting it to their own twitter account using the #tweetup hash tag. Fredericton recently held their own Tweetup in December at the Garrison House where they had complimentary appetizers, happy hour prices all night, and a lot of door prizes to give away. Typically people wear name tags with their Twitter handle on it instead of using their own names. It is a great way to...

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New Quality Assurance and Process Management

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Posted: November 19, 2010 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: IT Announcements , TechSpeak in Translation , Our Community , Projects


Article written by: Janice G. El-Bayoumi Head of Quality Assurance and Process Management Integrated Technology Services University of New Brunswick The new Quality Assurance and Process Management function started in ITS on Aug 1, 2010. As you may know, I took on the challenge of developing the function on that date. You may be asking yourself – what the heck is that function supposed to do? And what has Janice been spending her time doing over the past few months? I will attempt to...

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What is LDAP

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


From time to time you may hear people talking about "LDAP" or see LDAP referenced in current technical issues on the ITS website. Maybe you even tried to read our recent article on Solaris 10 LDAP Authentication. But what is this mysterious four-letter acronym? LDAP stands for "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol", but that really doesn't tell the whole story. When people talk about "LDAP", they're really talking about the complex combination of business rules, software and data that...

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UNB Secure File Drop

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Do you need to receive large files from someone outside of UNB or exchange large files with UNB colleagues? UNB Secure File Drop may be the answer. Users of the ITS developed Secure File Drop simply identify the recipients, include a message and upload the files. Intended recipients will receive an email with a direct link to the files intended for them. With encrypted file storage and security for user specific access, large files can be easily sent and received without affecting your UNB...

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TechSpeak in Translation VOIP

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Posted: August 25, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, and generally refers to an alternative technology to standard telephone systems. The big difference with VOIP is that voice transmissions travel over data networks that use the Internet Protocol. The IP phone plugs into a data jack rather than the typical phone jack most people are familiar with. One of the main reasons for switching to VOIP from traditional telephone services is the opportunity to save significant amounts of dollars on telephone...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Phishing

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Posted: August 5, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Phishing is similar to fishing in a lake, but instead of trying to capture fish, phishers attempt to steal your personal information. They send out e-mails that appear to come from legitimate websites such as eBay, PayPal, or other banking institutions. The e-mails state that your information needs to be updated or validated and ask that you enter your username and password, after clicking a link included in the e-mail. Some e-mails will ask that you enter even more information, ...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Cyberbullying

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


There are bullies and then there are cyberbullies. While bullying typically happens at school or work, cyberbullying takes place over cyberspace. This includes both Internet and cell phone communication. Like physical bullying, cyberbullying is aimed at younger people, such as children and teenagers. It may involve harassing, threatening, embarrassing, or humiliating young people online. Cyberbullying can take many forms. The following are just a few examples: * Making fun of another user...

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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 video. Just like news feeds, podcasts are made available to people via a syndication format. Users install a...

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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 high school’s graduation class. Source: http://www.whatissocialnetworking.com/

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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 computer's hard drive.

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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 community as a response to proprietary software owned by corporations. Definition scooped wholesale from...

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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 spyware get on your computer? Just like viruses, spyware can be installed when you open an e-mail...

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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 most of the traditional search engines have transformed themselves into Web portals to attract and...

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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 website, but this very fine, new tidBiTS blog!

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TechSpeak in Translation - Green Computing

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Green computing or green IT, refers to environmentally sustainable computing or IT. It is "the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems—such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems—efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment. Green IT also strives to achieve economic viability and improved system performance and use, while abiding by our social...

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TechSpeak in Translation - Defining Cyberinfrastructure

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Posted: May 11, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Cyberinfrastructure consists of computing systems, data storage systems, advanced instruments and data repositories, visualization environments, and people, all linked together by software and high performance networks to improve research productivity and enable breakthroughs not otherwise possible. Like the physical infrastructure of roads, bridges, power grids, telephone lines, and water systems that support modern society, cyberinfrastructure refers to the distributed computer, information...

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TechSpeak in Translation - VPN Virtual Private Network

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


A network is a group of computers connected through a local area. If your interest is in connecting a computer to a network through the internet you would use a VPN client. The client creates a "tunneled" connection where the information is scrambled through encryption. With this, your computer is now part of the network, as though it were physically connected.

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Online data storage

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Posted: April 27, 2010 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


Also called Internet storage or hosted storage, it is a data storage management solution that enables individuals or organizations to store their data on the Internet using a service provider, rather than storing the data locally on a physical disk, such as a hard drive or tape backup.

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TechSpeak in Translation - Cloud Computing

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

Category: TechSpeak in Translation


As we are a tech organisation for UNB, we are expected to understand the technology we interact with, and the terms that come with it. With our audience in mind, as we cannot all be completely aware of everything in the computing world- we bring TechSpeak in Translation- a service that takes the technical and defines it in terms the rest of us can, and may prefer, to digest. Our first candidate for translation is Cloud Computing. A basic principle of cloud computing is that you're accessing...

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