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Author: Ian Aberle
Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and for much of his career at the University had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at http://ianaberle.com.
SMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that electrical service will be shut off to several campus buildings as a part of campus construction activities. The shutdown will begin on Thursday, May 25, 2017, starting approximately at 7 p.m. and is expected to last until Friday, May 26, 2017, at 5 a.m. This pattern will repeat through Friday and end on Saturday, May 27, 017 at 5 a.m. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off.
SMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that electrical service will be shut off to several campus buildings as a part of campus construction activities. The shutdown will begin on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, starting approximately at 10 p.m. and is expected to last until Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 6 a.m. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off.
We all have had the situation where our computer has locked up or crashed while we are working on that important document that we, of course, didn’t save soon enough. Well, I won’t tell you that Code42’s CrashPlan backup software will protect you from failing to “Save, and Save Often,” but it will save you from catastrophic hard disk failure.
During April, the 2,000th person in the SMU community signed on to lyndaCampus for the first time. We introduced LyndaCampus in late 2015 to provide current SMU students, staff, and faculty access to the thousands of business, software, technology, and creative skills online training available from lynda.com. These training courses viewable from campus, home, or on-the-go, with the Lynda.com app. We are excited to see the SMU community bring Lynda into their home, studies, and learning. Continue reading Over 2K Learned from Lynda
With Apple’s recent updates to the iLife and iWork applications at the end of March, Apple has made the software available for free to all users. Previously, you had to purchase a new device or Mac to get the software at that price. Now users with older Macs can have access to the latest tools freely. The only downside is the Apple apps usually require more recent versions of the OS and/or computer processor. Continue reading Apple’s iLife and iWork are now available for free.
Pony Express, the pre-paid debit account available to all students, will be discontinued at the end of the semester. While Pony Express accounts were honored at all dining facilities on the SMU campus and a few other establishments off-campus, the program will be ending on May 17, 2017. Going forward, Flex Dollars is the recommended alternative for dining on campus without a meal plan. For Copy and Print funds, students will need to begin using their PaperCut account for their printing charges. Continue reading Pony Express Ending in May
Our latest edition of the OIT Quarterly Security Update is now available to the SMU community. In this edition, we discuss how technology is helping the police in an interview with SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer, how the Clery Act reveals campus crime on college campuses, how campus lockdowns work, how toll tags can speed up your parking in the morning, and how the Access Control Initiative is improving the requesting and approving cards and codes.