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Friday Links – October 16, 2015

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Image: iStock/Laurent Delhourme

The dark side of wearables: How they’re secretly jeopardizing your security and privacy – Heart rate, sleep quality, meal tracking… it is great to have all of this information about ourselves, but is it safe and who is using it besides us?

Adobe Connect 9.5

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This Sunday evening, Oct 18th, at 11p ET, Adobe Connect will be upgrading to version 9.5.  Here is information from Adobe Connect about with to expect in the new version:

  • The first thing you may notice is the new Adobe Connect logo with a fresh updated look.
  • New features include HTML content support for virtual classrooms, MP4 offline conversion, event registration on mobile devices, improved account usage reports and more.
  • For more detailed information please visit the Adobe Connect User Community site, connectusers.com, for an overview of new features and tutorials.
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0 is now officially the minimum requirement for attending meetings. To receive optimal performance, we recommend that you get the latest version. Download the latest Flash Player.
  • This update will require a new Adobe Connect Add-in (henceforth referred to as simply “Add-in”) for functionality specific to meeting presenters on Windows and Mac. You will be asked to install the new Add-in when:
    • You try to start/join a meeting for the first time after the Fall release and have an older version of the Add-in installed
    • OR
    • You invoke screen sharing, application sharing, or share PowerPoint (PPTX format) files and do not have the new version of Add-in installed

You can register for a demo, hosted by Adobe Connect, here.

For more information on Adobe Connect 9.5, please check here.

For questions about using Adobe Connect at Middlebury, please e-mail the Helpdesk: helpdesk@middlebury.edu

AT&T Enables Wi-Fi Calling for iPhone 6 and up w/ iOS 9.x

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Following T-Mobile and Sprint, AT&T has just enabled a much-anticipated feature called Wi-Fi Calling for people who have an iPhone 6, 6 plus, 6s, or 6s plus running iOS 9.x on AT&T.

From AT&T’s web site…

With Wi-Fi Calling, you can talk and text over Wi-Fi when cellular coverage is limited or unavailable. For example, some indoor locations may be difficult for even a strong cellular signal to reach. Now, with a Wi-Fi connection, you can talk and text in those hard-to-reach places.

  • Wi-Fi Calling is easy to set up and use.
  • Once you set up Wi-Fi Calling, your phone automatically detects when to use it. Wi-Fi Calling will only be used if cellular coverage is weak or unavailable.
  • It works with your AT&T mobile number and compatible device—no new number or app required.

Once you set up Wi-Fi Calling on your phone, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits. Just follow the steps in your phone’s settings to get started.

  • Make and receive unlimited domestic calls within the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands at no additional charge.
  • International long distance rates apply for calls made to international numbers.
  • Text messages sent or received using Wi-Fi Calling are counted and charged under your existing rate plan.

Here is a link to AT&T’s FAQ page on Wi-Fi Calling that should answer any questions that you might have.

Network Outage – Bowker Barn & Brackett House

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As of 5:00 pm, we are experiencing a network/internet connectivity outage in Bowker Barn & Brackett House.  Network staff are looking into the issue.

Update: This looks to be a fiber break and those buildings will be offline until Wednesday morning when the proper resources can be called in.

Weekly Web Updates – October 12, 2015

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Last week we launched a “new” website for Sustainability. New is in quotes because, while much of the content was updated and it features a new, responsive design, it’s still in the same Drupal site that it used to be. We are very happy that we were able to do this “in-place” update of the site. Among its new features are a content type for events (which we’ll be rolling out to other areas of the site) and a custom tagging vocabulary with themed tag pages. The Sustainability tags can be added to any “Basic Content”, “News”, or “Event” node in the site, but only by one of the editors of the Sustainability site or the Communications department.

New Features

The Middlebury Drupal site’s WYSIWYG editor now has a button for the abbr element. Use this to add explanations for abbreviations you put in your text.

You can now enable the “Pinterest Board Shortcode” plugin on any WordPress site to embed Pinterest boards. Here are a few examples.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • The “equalizer” or “waveform” bars will no longer open automatically on interior pages of the site when there is only one featured story.
  • The “wp.me shortlinks” feature of the Jetpack plugin is no longer available on our WordPress sites. This created an external dependency on getting to our sites and caused problems when site URLs were changed. All existing shortlinks will continue to work. If you need a shortlink for a particular post, consider creating a GO shortcut.
  • The “print” button has been removed from the WYSIWYG editor on the Middlebury Drupal site to make space for the “abbr” button.
  • Fixed an issue where the Drupal user-sync process in the Course Hub was not properly importing additional data about users (FirstName, LastName, etc) and in turn was preventing the Hub from properly creating new user-accounts.
  • Fixed an name-collision issue in Drupal where users who accidentally get a new identifier in Banner were not able to have accounts created in Drupal sites associated with their new ID.

Middlebury Google Apps Issues (10/9/2015)

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At 3:07pm (ET) Google made us aware they they are investigating issues with Google Drive and related services like Docs, Sheets, and Slides. These issues are affecting all Google Apps customers, not just Middlebury. While it is not yet clear on when these issues will be resolved, in our experience, resolution by Google tends to be fairly quick.

Google’s official Apps status updates can always be found here: http://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&v=status

This post will be updated when the issues have been resolved. Thanks for your patience!

Incoming Email Services Disruption (Resolved)

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Please note that there was an unexpected disruption to Middlebury’s incoming email services this morning. The issue has since been resolved. Please see below for more details.

Between 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM (ET), Middlebury’s email system was unable to receive incoming email sent from external addresses. Email messages sent to @middlebury.edu and @miis.edu email addresses from external addresses were rejected by Middlebury’s email servers. External senders would have received a “Non-Deliverable Notice” notifying them of the problem. Internal email messages, i.e. messages sent from @middlebury.edu or @miis.edu addresses, were not impacted.

The problem was corrected at approximately 10:00 AM (ET). External senders should be advised to resend messages that were rejected before the problem was resolved.