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Friday Links, September 19th

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Will the Next Classroom Disruption Be in 3-D? Facebook’s Virtual-Reality Company Thinks So – Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland here, but before he did he amassed 227 parking tickets. And he managed to meet two business partners who would help him build the virtual-reality company Oculus VR, which Facebook bought this year for about $2-billion.

Killer Moodle Gamification Tips You Must Know – There are many ways through which you can use Moodle gamification to improve eLearning. Reliable studies show the gamifying the learning process can add a lot of value a part from enhancing the participation of the learners and teachers alike.

Samsung and Oculus partner to create Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4 (hands-on) – Facebook’s Oculus VR is creating the Rift. Sony’s PlayStation is creating Project Morpheus. Google is… well, Cardboard exists. And now Samsung’s getting in on the virtual reality action, announcing Gear VR at IFA 2014 today in Berlin, Germany.

ILLiad Web pages down for ILLiad Upgrade

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The ILLiad Web pages will be down at 2:00 pm today while we upgrade the ILLiad software.  The ILL web site should be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update.

If anyone has problems after 4:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or rmanning@middlebury.edu for assistance.

The ABC of Blu-ray: Foreign Region Blu-ray in classrooms

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Our classrooms support the playback of DVDs from any region of the world. However, this is not the case with Blu-ray discs. Blu-ray discs come in four “flavors” based on their region: Region Free, Region A, Region B, Region. C Currently, our classrooms support the playback of Region Free and Region A Blu-ray discs. (See the Regions section of this page for more info on Blu-ray regions: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/info.php).

At this time Media Services does not support the playback of Blu-rays from regions B and C in classrooms.

The Library does not order titles on Blu-ray from regions B and C and it does not maintain a library of titles of them.

If you have purchased a Region B or C Blu-ray disc that you need to use in class, please check the existing collection to see if we have the title in Region A. If not, the Library can attempt to purchase the (A) American region. Please use this form to request the purchase.

Even though equipment to play Blu-ray discs from any regions exists, it is not easy to use and it is unreliable. The procedure to project a blu ray of another region (B or C) is a complex procedure and will effect the ability for another person to play Blu-ray discs. In addition, the need for a remote control also adds a layer of complexity. Power outages also adversely effect the players settings and may make playback impossible.

For the reasons outlined above media services does not, at this time, support Blu-ray discs from region B or C.

We hope this will change in the future, and we will announce an update on this blog when that happens.

Sincerely,
Stewart Lane and Petar Mitrevski
Media Services

Friday Links, September 12th, 2014

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

It isn’t every day a new genus – or perhaps a new phylum – is discovered! Read more at PLOS|one

10 ways the iPhone 6 could give Android a run for its money - The iPhone 6 was revealed on September 9, 2014. Find out what features should have Android developers scrambling to pick up the slack.

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Some slowness in network server access expected today

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We’re seeing an abnormally high level of traffic between our storage systems across data centers. The result of this is the user community will occasionally see slow data transfers. E.g. Opening or saving files to the network, retrieving email, mounting shared drives, etc… We expect to reach normal levels within the next 24 hours.

ITS student printing updates

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Information Technology Services updated some printing services over the summer:

Visit go/howtoprint to view our updated instructions on how to print to a public printer

  • Cash Cards replace credit cards.

In the event you need to increase your print page quota, PaperCut cash cards have replaced the online credit card system.  Purchase cards at Wilson Café in Davis Family Library, MiddXpress in McCullough, or the College Store in Proctor Hall.

Friday Links, September 5th, 2014

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A cheat-sheet for the various types of messages using Twitter - https://www.flickr.com/photos/meg/5757742705/sizes/l/in/photostream/

When you’re working with people using a variety of office tools, you can hit some frustrating roadblocks. Here are a few standard (and not-so-standard) suggestions to make your collaboration efforts more efficient. – 10 tips for easier collaboration between office suites