Monday, June 22, 2015

Fall 2015 Moodle Active

The Fall 2015 Moodle site is now available at https://moodle.macalester.edu.If you have questions, please contact your AIA or the ITS Help Desk (helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Google Updates Biweekly Post



Publication Date: June 17, 2016

Google Apps

Updates to core Google Apps and the major services like Google+. Also major updates that may affect the Macalester community.



Starts appearing in Macalester’s domain 6/15/2015


UI Tweaks to Google navigation bar arrives in Macalester’s domain


  • The separate link to one’s Google+ Home page (‘+Name’) will be removed. People can continue to access their Google+ Home pages from the App launcher.
  • The sharing button will be removed. People can continue to share from their Google+ Home pages.
  • In the identity menu (under one’s profile image), the ‘View profile’ button will become a link where the ‘Account’ link currently lives and the button will now point to the new ‘My Account’ page.


With this launch, people can now insert images into Sheets even when they’re not online, provided they’re working in Chrome and have turned on offline access.


Today’s update to Google Sheets on the Web offers even more ways to visualize and analyze data.


For a richer experience when presenting screen-shared content, today we’re launching full-view screen sharing for Google Hangouts.


Today’s update to the Google Slides app makes it even easier to share presentations on big screens.


Documents written in non-Latin scripts will remain readable when exported from Google Docs on desktop to Microsoft Word.


Take the Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup, two simple, step-by-step guides for reviewing and editing one’s personal privacy and security settings.


Google Mobile
A new Chrome feature—search from any Web page with just a tap.


A new version of the Google Drive app for iOS is now available in the App Store.


Google’s program now includes researchers that will find, fix, and prevent vulnerabilities on Android, specifically.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.



Google Photos is available now on Android (https://goo.gl/BajWpo), iOS (https://goo.gl/toCWvw) and the Web (http://photos.google.com).


Today we’re launching Oauth support for all Yahoo and Microsoft accounts in the Gmail app for Android.




Google has been working with Adobe to ensure that your experience on the Web can be power-efficient as well as rich and interactive—and today, we’re introducing an update to Chrome that does just that.

Google Business

Google Business news, including policies, user privacy, politics and legal issues.



Infographic: Research led authors to conclude that secret questions are neither secure nor reliable enough to be used as a standalone account recovery mechanism. Spoiler alert: Easy answers aren’t secure.


Google Engineers: LTE over unlicensed coexists poorly with Wi-Fi.


The U.S. shouldn’t settle for less than ubiquitous, abundant broadband access.


Google is wielding a new weapon against Amazon and Microsoft for cloud computing customers: itself.

Google Extra

Other Google side projects, including art, science and fun stuff.



June 15, 2015: Google Doodle


June 10, 2015: Google Doodle


June 17, 2015: Google Doodle


Through the Google lens: Search trends May 29 - June 5, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Network Maintenance June 12-13, 2015

ITS staff will replace the college's SAN (Storage Area Network) starting at 1:00 PM on Friday June 12 and ending at 1:00 PM on Saturday June 13, 2015.

During this period of time all servers (e.g. Banner, 1600grand, DegreeWorks) and network drives (e.g. G:, H:, M:) will be inaccessible. If you need to use files stored in the network drives during that time, please move them to your local device (e.g. tablet, laptop, desktop).

Access to the Internet, Slate, and email will not be affected during this period.  If you have questions, please contact Ramón Rentas, rentas@macalester.edu or 651-696-6633.