We have temporarily deployed two new Polycom units for testing purposes, one to Library 221 and one to Exchange Street 109. They both connect to the display via HDMI and are controlled with a remote control. The necessary testing will be done internally, but I wanted to give potential users of the spaces a heads up. Please feel free to use the equipment if you’re meeting in one of the rooms and would like to try it out!
One unit is located in Library 221, on top of the display. It’s connected via HDMI to HDMI 1. The number for this unit is 802221. Virtual meeting room (VMR) number is 710221 (this should be used when connecting to more than 1 remote participant). This is a new unit called the Polycom RealPresence Debut, which is specifically designed for smaller conference rooms. It will be in place for the next 2-3 weeks. For the trial, this unit will not be capable of sending content.
The other unit has been deployed to 109 Exchange Street, the small conference room next to the CSNS suite. The number for this unit is 802109. VMR number is 710109. This unit is to test specifically with the Skype for Business pilot but can also be used for other meetings taking place between Exchange street and remote locations. This unit will be in place for the duration of the Skype for Business trial. Content must be sent to this unit using the People + Content IP program, found here. Instructions on sending content using People + Content IP can be found here. The IP for the unit is: 188.8.131.52 (Directions for using the unit specifically with Skype for Business are forthcoming!).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or feedback regarding either of these Polycom devices.
During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, April 24th from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:
- Networking equipment in the Library data center will be consolidated. There will be brief network outages (up to 15 minutes) for portions of the Davis Family Library, 131 Franklin St, and 118 South Main St
We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.
ITS – Central Systems & Network Services
The key features of this release include:
- A less distracting inline link interface
- Formatting shortcuts for horizontal lines and
- Live responsive previews when customizing themes
- Custom logo support
- Smart image resizing; images now load up to 50% faster
Fixes and Tweaks
- An excess memory usage problem caused by excessive fetching of revisions within Jetpack’s custom CSS module has been resolved.
- PIDM and 8-digit ID’s have been exposed via CAS and CAS_Directory for use in the Course Hub.
- Guests can now be granted the ability to log into some Drupal sites [Course Hub] without requiring that all guests have their accounts auto-created.
- The CAS user sync now works when users’ languages are greater than five characters.
The WordPress video embed plugin now supports streaming videos from archive.org.
Fixes and Tweaks
- The link to class rosters in the MIIS version of the Course Hub now matches the rest of the site styles, making it easier to see.
- The ListManager subscription plugin for WordPress now allows lists with hyphens in their names.
- The interest form on the School of the Environment site now has a field to indicate how you heard about the program.
- Configured our Canvas pilot installation to prevent users from accidentally creating accounts that would never be able to log in.
ITS has been working on options for our customers to install licensed software on their college-owned computers using convenient, “self-service” methods that provide control over when the installations take place. (We are not licensed to provide software on personally owned computers, only college owned.) To learn how this works on college Windows computers, please visit KACE Self-Service information. If you have a college Mac, visit Mac Self Service information for details.
Initially, we have made a few of our most commonly-requested Adobe products available through self-service for both Mac and Windows platforms, as well as the new Microsoft Office 2016. We will be working to add software titles in the next few months. Please note that not all software is purchased with licensing to be available for every computer on campus.
Self-service installations work best when you are here on campus using a wired (Ethernet) connection to our network. Use of VPN or wireless connections may work but they will be much slower and are more likely to experience issues.
We are excited to offer this new service and want to hear about how it worked for you. Feel free to share your feedback, questions, or concerns with our Technology Helpdesk.
New School of the Environment Homepage
Designed by College Communications and coded collaboratively between our two offices, the Middlebury School of the Environment has a new homepage. The header and footer designs also carry through to the interior pages.
Fixes and Tweaks
Please join us Tuesday, April 5th at 12:15 PM in the CTLR Lounge for a lunchtime discussion with Kevin Ferguson on some playful and interdisciplinary approaches to digital scholarship that use technologies developed in other fields (like the medical imaging software ImageJ) to answer humanistic questions. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP here. He also has some free time during the day on Wednesday, so if you’d like to learn more about ImageJ or chat with him email Alicia Peaker with your availability.
Most digital humanities approaches pursue traditional forms of scholarship by extracting a single variable from cultural texts that is already legible to scholars. Instead, this talk advocates a mostly-ignored “digital-surrealism” that uses computer-based methods to transform film texts in radical ways not previously possible. The return to a surrealist and avant-garde tradition requires a unique kind of research, which is newly possible now that humanists have made the digital turn. I take a surrealist view of the hidden in order to imagine what aspects of media texts are literally impossible to see without special computer-assisted techniques. What in the archive is in plain sight but still invisible? What in the cinema is so buried that our naked eyes are unable to see it? Here I present one such method, using the z-projection function of the scientific image analysis software ImageJ, to sum film frames in order to create new composite images. I examine four corpora of what would normally be considered rather different types of film: (1) the animated features produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, (2) a representative selection of the western genre (including American and Italian “spaghetti” westerns), (3) a group of gialli (stylish horror films originating from Italy that influenced American slasher films), and (4) the series of popular Japanese Zatoichi films, following the adventures of the titular blind masseuse and swordsman living in 1830s Japan.
Kevin Ferguson is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at Queens College (CUNY). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on college writing, contemporary literature, and film adaptation.