Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Network Maintenance Day Coming June 22

ITS staff will conduct a regular system maintenance period on Saturday June 22, 2013 from 6:00 AM until 12:00 noon.  We will be performing upgrades, testing connections, patching and doing other tasks to keep our critical campus information systems running efficiently.

Please expect that most networked services—including Banner, 1600grand channels and DegreeWorks—will be down, completely or intermittently, during the maintenance period.  If you have questions or concerns, contact Ramón Rentas at rentas@macalester.edu or 651-696-6633.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Moodlegroups Update 8:00 AM May 29

On Wednesday May 29, between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, we will upgrade moodlegroups.macalester.edu to the new version, to make it work and look better for you. During the upgrade, you will not be able to access moodlegroups.  All of your moodlegroups sites will be preserved.  If you have any questions about moodlegroups, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 651-695-6525 or helpdesk@macalester.edu.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Campus Voice Mail Maintenance early morning, May 28

On Tuesday May 28 between 7:00 and 8:00 AM, we will be performing maintenance on the voice mail system. This will cause a short disruption—no more than 30 minutes—to our voice mail service. During the disruption, you will not be able to access your voice mail, and unanswered calls to your phone will not be directed to your voice mailbox.

Telephone calling services should not be affected by this maintenance, only voice mail. Messages already stored in your voice mailbox will not be lost.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Borke at 651-696-6566 or borke@macalester.edu.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Google Apps

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


New quick action buttons in Gmail, designed to help you tackle your digital to-do’s as quickly as possible.

You can now share with others directly from the Google Drive folder on your Mac or PC.

The video chat service will now let users rewind live broadcasts, allowing those who came late to an event to catch up on the full chat.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

Recently, Google has pushed for more offline apps in the Chrome Web Store.

The feature is tucked away under the "Hangout Apps" section.

Google Business

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

The conference this year focused on a growing trend that affects our lives at home, at work and at school: the move towards a multi-screen world.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll get 30 GB of unified storage to use as you like between Drive and Gmail.

Last month, the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) successfully completed the migration of all 4,500 Archives employees to Google Apps for Government.

Google Extra

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

Ever wonder what the world is searching for? With Google Trends, you can see what's hot right now, and also explore the history and geography of a topic as it evolves.

Google Book Search

What worries you masters you. http://goo.gl/U5jP

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Google Updates Biweekly Post




Google Apps

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

Chat in Docs and Slides has a new look similar to what you’re used to in Gmail.

If you do a lot of scheduling over email, it's now a little bit easier to create events directly from your Gmail.

The video chat service will now let users rewind live broadcasts, allowing those who came late to an event to catch up on the full chat.

This tool was primarily used by new Gmail account holders to import mail and contacts from another email provider into their Gmail accounts.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

Google will retire Google Group's old interface soon after June 10th.

Use Google Street View Hyperlapse (a free tool) to create your own hyperlapse videos using Google Street View images. Watch this great example: New York City’s Manhattan Bridge

Google Business

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

World governments keep asking Google to remove content, and Google keeps tattling on them.

Google Extra

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Google Book Search

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few. http://goo.gl/YxHL

Monday, May 6, 2013

Email Delegation is Available at Macalester

Would you like your assistant to compose and respond to email on your behalf? Have you been tasked with composing and responding to messages for your supervisor? Email delegation is now available at Macalester.



Delegate a Macalester email account to another person.

  • A delegate can be a department coordinator, academic office professional, executive assistant or any professional colleague in your department.
  • Owners of personal, departmental, or shared accounts can delegate access to up to 25 Macalester email accounts. Examples of shared accounts: telecom@macalester.edu and helpdesk@macalester.edu.
  • Delegates can read, send, and delete messages on account owner's behalf. 
  • Delegates can access account owner's contacts.

Email delegation has limitations. 

  • Delegates cannot change account passwords or account settings for the account owner.
  • Delegates cannot chat on account owner's behalf.

Sent by will indicate to recipients messages sent by a delegate

Any messages a delegate sends from another account will have the delegates name listed in addition to the account owner's name. The account owner 's name will be shown as: Account Owner Name (sent by delegate's email).

Delegation can be revoked at any time. 

Rights can be delegated from any @macalester.edu account to any @macalester.edu email account. Rights can not be delegated from any @macalester.edu account to any non @macalester.edu account.

For assistance with email delegation: