Friday, May 13, 2011

Alert: Power-Related Systems Downtime POSTPONED

Due to scheduling conflicts, Facilities Services has postponed the Humanities Building electrical shutdown previously announced for Wednesday 5/18. There will be no IT service interruptions or scheduled downtimes during the week of May 16-20. All ITS infrastructure and equipment will remain on and accessible.

Facilities Services, Information Technology Services and our electrical contractors will be working together to reschedule the necessary Humanities building electrical cutover. When we have determined the new date, we will communicate that to you as quickly as possible, as well as any other relevant information. Again, thanks for your understanding.

Graduates' Accounts Disabled September 16, 2011

Congratulations to the Class of 2011! As you transition from student to alumnus, plan ahead. Your Macalester electronic accounts will be disabled on Friday, September 16, 2011. These include not just your Google email, but also Google Docs, Calendar, Sites and other Google services; files you have saved on the G:, H: and M: drives, and any personal Web pages. You will need to migrate any files you want out of these accounts before September 16, 2011.

For shared files, especially Google docs, you should transfer ownership to someone else. By making another person (who is not graduating) the owner, a Google doc can continue to be shared and edited after your account is deleted.

Full details and instructions are posted on the ITS Web site.

Depending on how much mail you have, it can take several days—even a week—for the Google Mail Fetcher to migrate your messages. Don’t wait until the last minute to begin migrating your data. Move it or lose it!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Students, Back Up Your Stuff!

If your capstone project, term papers, research notes and other data are stored in just one place - say, only on your computer - you risk losing it all in a heartbeat. One spilled beverage, power surge or accidental fumble and it all could be permanently gone. Back it up.

*Store copies of your most critical files in your network H: drive.

*External hard drives are not expensive.

*Flash drives ("thumb drives") are even cheaper.

*Consider burning your data to CD.

If you need advice or assistance about how to back up and protect your data, please call the ITS Help Desk at x.6525 or email helpdesk@macalester.edu.