Author Archives: Chris Norris

New infrastructure for Google Apps accounts coming soon!

As noted back in January, Google is transitioning all Google Apps accounts to a new infrastructure. Google had identified July 25th, 2011 as the date that accounts in Middlebury’s Google Apps instance would be automatically transitioned, however we have elected to delay that transition until we have had an opportunity to notify and advise individuals who have conflicting accounts.

If you have not already done so, please review and complete the transition readiness checklist items that pertain to your individual situation as soon as possible.

If something goes wrong for you, send me a note and we’ll work it out together.

Please try to keep in mind that Middlebury’s Google Apps (MGA) instance is considered a “live pilot” and as such, not everyone with a middlebury.edu address has an MGA account. Thus, it is possible to have a conflicting account even if you are not using MGA. Users with conflicting accounts will be forced to rename their account to something NOT middlebury.edu. You can take care of this prior to the automatic transition by resolving your conflicting account (see #2).

PS. Here is the email from Google…

Subject: Changes are coming for your @middlebury.edu Google Apps account

Hello Google Apps user,

Important changes are coming to your @middlebury.edu Google Apps account. Your account will soon be converted and start working more like a full Google Account.

What this change will mean for you:

  • Access to many more Google products. You’ll soon be able to use all the Google services that your administrator allows you to access with your middlebury.edu account.
  • New sign in option. You will be able to sign in to Google services from the regular sign-in pages (like http://mail.google.com). Your username is your full middlebury.edu email address.
  • Data ownership. All data contained in middlebury.edu Google Apps accounts continues to be owned by your organization, and is subject to middlebury.edu’s terms and conditions. Learn more

Prepare yourself:

  • For more information, we encourage you to review the Transition Checklist. The Help Center also has answers to many common questions (note that you won’t be able to view the full Help Center until you’ve been transitioned).
  • If you have other questions, please contact your administrator.

We hope you enjoy your new improved Google Apps account!

Sincerely,
Your Google Apps administrator

Middlebury Access to Gartner Research

Are you interested in the most current and cutting edge information about technology?

The Middlebury campus community can now find out what’s happening in IT with access to research, news analysis and trends from Gartner Inc.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers technology-related insight that helps clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,000 distinct organizations. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,400 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries.

Students can benefit by using Gartner to find research for assignments, learn where IT is headed and how it will shape our world, discover an area of interest, or even get ideas on careers. Gartner research enriches the educational experience by providing timely, objective real-world examples and content.

Faculty & Staff can benefit by using Gartner to stay current on IT industry trends. Gartner provides insight to the application of technology to real-world problems and enables understanding of the long-term trends and issues that current and future IT decision makers will face.

Gartner’s research is licensed for use and is accessible at no cost to our students, faculty and staff. To access Gartner, you’ll need to first authenticate using your Middlebury username and password, if you haven’t already.

Access Gartner Research

(Bookmark go/gartner)

EDUCAUSE Presents: Mobile Computing (April 25-29, 2011)

EDUCAUSE is holding a “5-Day Sprint” of daily web seminars about Mobile Computing at the end of April. If you are unable to attend the live web seminars, recordings will be made available on the EDUCAUSE web site following the events.

—From EDUCAUSE—
This free, weeklong experience allows you to choose from a wide range of scheduled events and asynchronous activities. Take part in daily web seminars, discussions, and other happenings to explore mobile computing and what it means for higher education.

Each day will be dedicated to a different theme related to mobile computing. Come and go at your leisure as you take part in the daily activities that interest you most.

Daily Themes

Monday: The Future of Mobile Computing
Hear how the community is framing and contextualizing the depth and breadth of what mobile computing means on campus, setting the stage for a week of rich and dynamic discussion.

Tuesday: Teaching and Learning
Join us as we discuss the learning that is—or could be—enabled by mobile technology.

Wednesday: Mobile Enterprise Integration
Engage in the conversation about how to plan for a fully integrated mobile experience for faculty, staff, and students.

Thursday: Security, Privacy, and Policy
Bring your experiences and ideas as we examine the current state of mobile security, anticipate what’s coming, and explore effective practices.

Friday: Mobile Infrastructure
Come together as we touch on the wide range of hardware, software, and network infrastructure components necessary to make mobile computing an effective addition to campus services.

Read more…
Sign up!

Middlebury Google Apps Changes

Over the next few weeks, Google will be making some changes to the Google Apps infrastructure that may affect you.

If you have used your Middlebury email address to sign up for “consumer” Google services, you will have to change the email address associated with those services to a non-Middlebury address. “Consumer” Google services are common web-based applications from Google such as: Alerts, Blogger, Books, Docs, iGoogle, Maps, Picasa Web Albums, Reader, Sites, Translate, and many others.

If you have an existing Middlebury Google Apps account, it will be automatically transitioned to the new Google Apps infrastructure. While your access to Middlebury Google Apps services won’t be affected by this change, the first time you log into Middlebury Google Apps after your account has transitioned, you will have to accept a new terms of service agreement.

If you have any questions, please contact gadmin@middlebury.edu for more information.

Chris Norris
LIS Administration

Easier event scheduling and more in Google Calendar

Google writes that: A new event page in Google Calendar has been introduced. Among the changes such as simplified layout and making the style more consistent with other Google apps, some new functionality has also been added:

  • New repeating event editor
  • New tool to help you find a time for your event and work better across time zones
  • Ability to set your default working hours for events

-Chris

New collaborative highlighting in Google Documents

From the Google Apps Updates blog…

“When editing a document with other editors, you can now see the text that other editors are highlighting as they select it. This makes it much easier to collaborate on deleting and moving text items.”

Read the full article here: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/08/collaborative-highlighting-in-documents.html

-Chris