Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Banner Warning Message



Attention Banner Users: The first time you log into Banner after the Network Maintenance day on Saturday June 22, you may receive a warning message. This message is the result of necessary updates we will be making to Banner and does not constitute any additional risk to your computer. Please proceed to run Banner. If you have any questions regarding the warning message, contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525.

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.


An article on the new gmail features


An introduction to the new google forms


Two new updates to Macalester’s google environment:
- New version of forms was released on May 28th
- 30GB unified storage (Gmail & Drive) is now available for the community


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.




Some free google drive tools that may be useful


Google Business

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


Google acquires Waze for $1.03 Billion

Google Extra

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

Official Google Enterprise Blog: FedEx.com re-imagined with Google Maps Engine

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New version of Google Forms has arrived at Macalester in June 2013!




An updated version of Google Forms will start to appear in Macalester Google Apps accounts on June 6, 2013. Most of the functionality has been improved, and the look and feel has changed so check it out. Existing forms remain unchanged.

Update highlights:

  • Copy and paste lists! Improved copy-and-paste will let you copy a list of bullets from the web or multiple rows of text from a spreadsheet; then, when you paste into a form, each line will be appear as an individual answer. 
  • Collaborate in real-time and invite other editors. Share the form under File > Share...
  • Confirmation message option appears at the end of the form.
  • Send form option is now a button located at the top and bottom of the form; sending 100 emails per day limitation remains unchanged when using this feature.
  • Check out choose response destination! Unlike the previous version, forms are no longer tied to a specific spreadsheet. Responses are collected and stored only in the form. If owners prefer to see the data in a spreadsheet, they can specify a destination spreadsheet for the data at any time.
  • Insert images on your form.
  • Include Date and Time question types and the responses will be collected with standard date and time formats.
  • Print form. When you print a form, each question is formatted in a way that makes it simple for people to fill in when printed on paper.

More information on Google Forms:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

File Server Maintenance Tuesday June 11

On Tuesday evening June 11, 2013, between 9:00 and 10:00 PM, ITS will be expanding the storage capacity of two network drives, G: (for groups) and H: (for individuals). During that time, all network drives will be inaccessible. Please remember to shut down your computers on Tuesday after work, and close any active connections or open files.

Stored files will not be affected during the maintenance.  All other networked services, including Banner, Internet access and Google Apps, should remain accessible and function normally.  If you have questions, please call Ramón Rentas at 651-696-6633.

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.


Insert a bookmark to create a link directly to the part of your shared slide or doc.


Instantly see your relevant emails, Google Drive files, Calendar events, and more when you search in Gmail.


Gmail’s new inbox groups your mail into categories which appear as different tabs.


Buttons appear next to certain types of messages in your inbox and let you take action on an email without ever having to open it.


Several improvements will make creating and accessing your stuff on-the-go even easier.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.




Register for this no-cost, self-paced, online course where you will watch videos (or read text lessons) and apply the skills you learn. Offered from June 10 - June 24, 2013.


Google Business

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


Check out what this security snapshot revealed about Google’s website security practices.


Google Extra

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


Very cool infographic


New repair service for iPhone 5 users where they'll replace a broken iPhone 5 display for $149 regardless of whether you have AppleCare or not.


Follow on Google+



Google Book Search


Never judge a book by its movie. http://goo.gl/TK9CB