Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: February 26, 2014

Google Apps

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


Over the coming weeks the new Google Maps will make its way onto desktops around the world.


You may want to consider switching to Chrome if browser speed is of any importance to you.


Google has begun pushing its “Auto Backup” photo archival software to Mac and Windows users via the company’s social networking platform, Google+.


Gmail's new unsubscribe button makes it easier to get rid of email you don't want.


You can now search your emails by size in advanced search without having to memorize search operators like size: and larger:


Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.


The deal reinforces Google's commitment to fighting online fraud.


The technology, which allows Websites to confirm a user's identity through sound recognition, is likely to be used as a form of password replacement or additional security measure.


Google Business

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


Google CEO Larry Page is reported to have met with WhatsApp once he heard of Facebook's offer.


Hint: Getting hired is not about your G.P.A. It’s about what you can do and what you know.


Google Extra

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


Those tricky puzzles were warm and fuzzy for Valentine’s Day


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Common Drive Marriage




On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, ITS combined the Admin Common Drive and the Academics Common Drive to a single Common Drive.

How to connect the Common Drive


Windows


The path to the Common Drive (M Drive) will be updated automatically when Windows is restarted. 

Mac OS X 

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. From the Go menu, select Connect to Server
  3. In the Server Address field type: smb://files.macalester.edu/common
  4. Click Connect

Off campus

  1. Go to webfile.macalester.edu.
  2. Enter your Macalester username and password when prompted.
  3. Navigate to the Common folder.

Common Drive Details


  • Use the Common Drive to share or transfer files between departments that do not share G Drive.
  • Files and folders located on the Common Drive are accessible to anyone with a Macalester College network login.
  • All users have access to view, edit, and delete files stored on the Common Drive.
  • Do not share files with sensitive data.
  • Do not use the Common Drive for long-term file storage. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Brief Moodle Outage 2/20/2014

Moodle will be unavailable from 6:00 to 6:30 PM Thursday February 20, 2014.  During this brief downtime, we will be performing a maintenance upgrade.  If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Terms and Conditions May Apply documentary screening schedule clarification


There have been a number of notices released regarding two upcoming screenings of the serious but entertaining documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply.  This is a clarification of the details of that event. 

Terms and Conditions May Apply screening schedule:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
11:45 AM (approximately 60 minutes running time)
6:45 PM (approximately 80 minutes running time)
A brief Q&A facilitated by staff from the Library and ITS follows each screening.


These screenings are brought to you as part of Data Privacy Month, an annual effort by the National Cyber Security Alliance in conjunction with Educause, running through February 28. The goal is to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority.

Google Updates Biweekly Post


Publication Date: February 13, 2013

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

Choose from 30 additional country holiday calendars in Google Calendar to help keep track of special occasions in different countries.

Reset Chrome to clean up hijacked settings.

Receive Google Now notifications via the notifications center on your Mac, Windows or Chromebook computer.

Google Technology

News about other Google products and technology.

Google’s Chromebox for meetings package will sell for $999.

As part of the Digital Revolution exhibition, DevArt is looking for the next up-and-coming developer artist.

comScore announced a partnership with Google, the leader in digital advertising, to help advertisers figure out who is looking at their ads — in real time.

Google Business

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

Google’s report on government requests for user information encompasses all of the requests received.

Don’t mock the beleaguered Nook owner. That could have been you.

A consortium of Internet and privacy activists had long promoted Feb. 11 as the day the Internet would collectively stand up and shout down surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Google Extra

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

Very cool story and videos with very little to do with Google.

The search giant's rainbow Olympic-themed logo, posted to mark the first day of the Sochi Winter Games, sends a powerful message of support for not only gay athletes competing in the games.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Data Privacy Matters: Terms and Conditions May Apply documentary screening schedule



Admit it: you don't really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every Web site you visit.  But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets . . . and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government.  And you agreed to all of it.  

Learn more at a special viewing of the serious but entertaining Terms and Conditions May Apply documentary.

Terms and Conditions May Apply screening schedule:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
11:45 AM (approximately 60 minutes running time)
6:45 PM (approximately 80 minutes running time)
A brief Q&A facilitated by staff from the Library and ITS follows each screening.

The title is unlikely to excite, but the content of this quietly blistering documentary should rile even the most passive viewer. Investigating our casual surrender of privacy rights every time we click the “Agree” button on those dense (and typically unread) online user contracts, the director Cullen Hoback outlines the real-life dangers of digital heedlessness. As the film illustrates, a random tweet or innocent Google search could summon a SWAT team to your door or transform you into a suspected terrorist. 

Actual horror stories aside, this concise and lively summary of the many ways corporations, law enforcement and government agencies gather, share and use our information — assisted by digital giants like AT&T and Google — is creepily unnerving. 

Lightening the mood with clips from South Park and Minority Report (being arrested precrime is no longer science fiction), Mr. Hoback shows how digital executives like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook actively guard their own privacy while playing fast and loose with ours. Perfectly timed to coincide with the Edward J. Snowden brouhaha, Terms and Conditions May Apply wonders if our right to privacy has been lost forever. And, perhaps more saliently, if anyone cares. 


This screening is brought to you as part of Data Privacy Month, an annual effort by the National Cyber Security Alliance in conjunction with Educause, running through February 28. The goal is to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority.

Note:  Substantial portions of this message derived from original reviews in the New York Times and Rotten Tomatoes.