OIT Quick Tip: Using Playposit with Canvas

In this Quick Tip, Simmons Academic Technology Service Director Jennifer Culver shows us Playposit, a new video solution currently being piloted that allows you to add quiz questions and other interactive elements to any YouTube video. Check it out!

If you are interested in joining the pilot program, send Jennifer an e-mail.

Connecting Box.SMU and Linux

Box@SMU Tips & Tricksupdated for ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (November 12, 2018)

If you are primarily a Linux user and have started using Box.SMU, you’ve probably noticed that the incredibly useful Box Sync application is not available for Linux. But don’t worry! There is a method for Linux users to get access to their Box files directly within their computer’s file manager.

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Password Managers Make Security Easy

PadlockAs National Cybersecurity Awareness Month draws to a close, one of the easiest things you can do to help protect your identity and your sensitive files is to ensure that you have unique, secure passwords for all of your online services. Of course, that is easier said than done! Keeping up with all of the passwords for every last service you use online can be overwhelming if you go it alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools out there that can help.

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Making PDF Files Accessible Starter Kit

While you may already know how to make PDF files in a jiffy, have you ever wondered if your documents were easily readable by those who use assistive technologies with their devices? Be it a software screen reader, a braille interpreter, or some other system, it is important to keep these in mind when creating a PDF. In this video tutorial, you will learn how to get started with Adobe Acrobat’s built-in accessibility settings that can quickly make your new and existing documents readable to as many people as possible. Continue reading Making PDF Files Accessible Starter Kit

The end to 32-bit macOS software is coming

32-bit app is not optimized warningAfter updating your Mac to macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, you may have noticed a new alert when launching older apps. When you launch one of these 32-bit applications, your system will warn you that it is “not optimized” for macOS. If you click Okay, the application will continue to run as normal – for now – but there might be issues in the future. Continue reading The end to 32-bit macOS software is coming

Windows Tip: Set Your Favorite Folders to Sync to Box

BoxBox is a great way to save, share, and collaborate on your files. There are all kinds of uses for this cloud storage platform, and our very own Chad Madding with our Client Systems team has a great method for syncing your commonly used folders (like My Documents, My Pictures, etc) to your Box account automatically. This trick uses Box’s “Box Sync” software, and can allow you to access your office computer’s files anywhere using Box. Continue reading Windows Tip: Set Your Favorite Folders to Sync to Box

Over 500 Art eBooks from The Met Available for Free

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de BerryThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The Met, has released over 500 of their art books available for personal use. MetPublications is a gateway to The Met’s extensive publishing arm that includes over 1,500 titles of books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades. A third of these titles in the ‘MetPublications’ collection are available to read, download, and browse for free. Students can download PDF versions of publications comprising of art history books, educator guides, collected papers, catalogs, and even many out-of-print books spanning five decades of the collection. Continue reading Over 500 Art eBooks from The Met Available for Free

Recent LANDesk Reboots: Why They Happened

In December, the clients for LANDesk, our inventory agent and software deployment tool,  were updated on SMU-owned computers to enhance security by allowing for more consistent and automated reboots to handle software patches and system updates.

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The amount of installed important updates increased dramatically in January 2018.

This new process has provided a significant increase in the number of SMU computers up to date on their security patches. However, many folks became irritated, and understandably so, when their computer kept asking them to restart multiple times. In this post, we will demystify why these restarts occur and how you can prevent them from interrupting your workflow in the future.

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