Posts by Cynthia Slater

 
 
 

New Mac OS 10.10 (“Yosemite”) Released

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Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x), released on 16 October 2014 and is available as an upgrade for faculty and staff who are currently running Mavericks (10.9.x).  If your machine is running Mavericks (10.9.x) or Mountain Lion (10.8.x) the upgrade will appear automatically in Software Updates under the Apple Menu.  If your machine is running Snow Leopard (10.6.x) or Lion (10.7.x), you will need to contact the Technology HelpDesk to discuss upgrade options.

As with all operating system upgrades, there are potential issues of compatibility with applications and services and we are currently neither promoting nor discouraging the upgrade.  New computers provided for faculty and staff will continue to have 10.9.5 (Mavericks) installed for now; public labs are not scheduled to be updated to Yosemite at this time.  Knowing that there will be “early adopters” who opt to upgrade right away, we have created a site to share known issues and areas of concern.  Visit go/yosemite/ to view — or add to — this work-in-progress.

Yosemite has several improvements, including better support of multiple monitors, handoff capabilities between Yosemite and iOS8 devices, and enhanced iCloud Drive capabilities.  See Apple’s complete list of what’s new in Yosemite or take a personal tour using lynda.com’s new, hour-long course, Mac OS X Yosemite New Features.

lynda.com Site Unavailable Sept 19 from 2:00-3:00 AM (EST)

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lynda_logo 72x72For the night owls out there, please note that our lynda.com online learning resource will be unavailable from 2:00 – 3:00 AM Friday, September 19, while web server capacity improvements are implemented.    (What’s that you say?   You haven’t heard of lynda??  Visit go/lyndainfo to see what you’re missing.)

 

For Staff & Faculty: One Stop Shopping for Department & Course Website Assistance

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Help Key

Need to make changes to your departmental web page?  Could you use a hand with your course website or blog?  Have questions about moving your webforms to our new secure server?  Do wiki formatting woes keep you awake at night?  We have the solution — a peaceful place where you can work on your pages AND get your questions answered.  Sign up for a Website Maintenance Work Session (or two).  Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Technology will be available to answer your questions and help you troubleshoot problems. These are not formal workshops — please bring your work, your questions, and yourself!

Our first session will be offered Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 am in Davis Family Library, room 105.  Visit go/techworkshops to view the rest of the fall semester schedule.  Please use our convenient online signup form to let us know you what session(s) you plan to attend.

WorldAPP/Key Survey Performance Issues [updated 7/15/14]

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We would like to share the messages received from our Key Survey vendor, WorldAPP, concerning current performance issues:

From: Customer Care [mailto:customercare@worldapp.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:34 PM
Subject: WorldAPP Performance Notification Update

We are following up to provide you with an update on the progress of the investigation of the recent WorldAPP Platform performance issue.

Our technical teams have applied a number of enhancements to the data collection module within the platform to address this issue. WorldAPP will continue daily maintenance work on the platform for the next week.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the recent performance issue. We realize the important role our services play in your business, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

For additional information surrounding this issue we encourage you to visit our WorldAPP Community message board. Please do not hesitate to contact WorldAPP Support via live chat, phone: 781-849-8118 ext. 1 or email: support@worldapp.com, if you have any further questions or require additional assistance.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best Regards,

WorldAPP Customer Care
customercare@worldapp.com

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From: Customer Care [mailto:customercare@worldapp.com]
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:46 PM
Subject: WorldAPP Performance Notification

This message is to inform you that we are currently experiencing intermittent performance issues inside the platform.Though the application is available, and we have identified the issue, there may be temporary interruptions in service as we work to test and implement enhancements. We will be posting live updates inside the WorldAPP Community forum to keep you up to speed on our progress.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as this technical difficulty is being resolved.

We will follow up with you within the next 24 hours with a detailed report of the cause and actions taken to address the performance issues.

Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
WorldAPP Customer Care
customercare@worldapp.com

Printing to Public Printers — Minding P’s & Queues Just Got Easier

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Blue PrinterDo you print at the College libraries?  At any of our public computing labs?  If so, on your next visit, expect a streamlined list of printer choices offering expanded locations where you can go to release your print job(s).  It’s easier and more flexible!

Look for two new print queues — Library_Printers and Non_Library_Printers — that are now available for use.    (FollowMeBW will be retired.)

Remember…  For fastest results, print directly from a lab computer.  Visit go/howtoprint to view our updated instructions on how to print to a public printer.

Macintosh – Middfiles – Mmmmm… News You Can Use

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Mac users…  Are you having the best possible experience with Middfiles?  It may be time to update how you connect to Middfiles, as well as create some useful shortcuts!

First, check your connection.  In the Finder, click on the Go menu, then click Connect to Server.  You should use cifs://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles and remove any “smb” middfiles favorites you may have stored, as shown.

Go>Connect to Server

Removing outdated SMB favorite

Now it’s time to create some powerful Sidebar favorites for easy access to your frequently-used folders (see sample below).  Sidebar favorite locations are visible in all your programs!  Refer to our wiki article for complete details on how to create these favorites & get rid of outdated ones.

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Technical stuff:  We use the SMB protocol to connect to Middfiles almost exclusively on campus and the latest revision is CIFS.  To use the most current version of SMB you must specify CIFS in your connection.  Outdated connections may results in errors when saving to Middfiles or be slower.

Follow-Me Printing Update: Easier-to-Remember Print Queue Name

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Woman-PrinterFans of Follow-Me Printing will be happy to know we have changed the print queue name, making it easier to remember.  When submitting your print job, look for FollowMeBW which has replaced Virtual BlackandWhite, effective 10/4/13.

Students, if you haven’t yet tried “Follow-Me” you’re making your printing life more difficult than it needs to be.  Visit go/followme to learn more or check out our earlier blog post.  This time saver allows you to print to a single print queue, then go to any participating print release station to release your print job(s).

Remember…  for fastest results, use Follow-Me Printing on a lab computer.