OIT Technology News: End of the Year 2018 Edition

OIT Technology News
Happy Holidays from all of us in the Office of Information Technology.

Happy Holidays from all of us in the Office of Information Technology.

In this edition of OIT’s Technology News, we highlight SMU’s attendance at the Supercomputing 2018 (SC18) conference, 20 years of the SMU STAR Program, how a glass & chip shortages might impact computer inventory, new plugins in Blog.SMU, Lynda retiring, a new Office coming soon, an Appspace Q&A, plus holiday hours for the IT Help Desk.

SMU Booth at SC18 SMU shines at SC18 Supercomputing Conference in Dallas

At this year’s Supercomputing 2018 (SC18) conference in Dallas, SMU proudly showcased advances in computational research, virtual reality, and world-renowned gaming development using ManeFrame II.

Privacy Celebrating 20 years of the SMU STAR Program

A professor had an idea of a way to help faculty realize their vision but did not have the technical expertise. 20 years later, the SMU STAR Program continues to assist faculty on technology projects.

Glass & Chip Shortages Placing Institutions in Inventory Crunch

The Wall Street Journal reports a supply chain shortage at Intel is causing chip curtailments for manufacturers. On top of that, the supply of glass is contracting with the move to larger displays.

Blog.SMU migration brings new features and plugins

This fall, Blog.SMU was migrated to CampusPress allowing access to many new plugins and features. In this post, we would like to highlight some of the new tools and plugins available in the cloud.

Office 2019 is On The Way

Microsoft has recently released the latest update to the Office suite. Office 2019 offers a few new features including new motion graphics, editing tools, formulas, and more.

Lynda.com to become LinkedIn Learning

After 23 years, Lynda is taking a well-earned retirement! Lynda.com will soon become LinkedIn Learning. This new service will continue to provide the legendary quality courses, but will now be integrated with LinkedIn’s professional social network.

To celebrate, we are also launching a Watch & Win contest.

Appspace Digital Signage Q&A

The IT Help Desk has received a few questions regarding Appspace since launching Appspace Cloud. We want to share some answers to your questions about Adobe Flash, sign status, roles, and training.

Canvas Corner: November 2018 Edition

This month in Canvas Corner, we cover Favorites in Canvas Commons, the New Rich Content Editor HTML 5 Recorder, and improvements to SpeedGrader on Mobile with the Eraser Tool and image annotations.

Check Out Tech Tip Tuesdays in January!

If you’ve been watching our ongoing Quick Tip series, you’ll want to tune in this January for our Tech Tip Tuesday webinars! For four Tuesdays in January (plus one Wednesday) we will be holding live 30-minute webinars with quick and easy tips.

Help Desk Holiday & Winter Hours on the Way

Winter break is once again fast approaching, and we would like to make you aware of the winter hours for the IT Help Desk.

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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 ianaberle.com.