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Friday links – Feb. 6, 2015

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“Amazon Takes on Textbook Sales at Major Universities.” Engadget. Accessed February 2, 2015.http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/02/amazon-college-distribution-centers/.

A concise update on net neutrality –

and How Netflix helped change the FCC’s definition of net neutrality.

Systems Maintenance Sunday, Feb 8th

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, February 8th  we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • Starting at 5am EST the Middlebury website, http://www.middlebury.edu, will be put into a read-only mode for approximately 5 hours for an upgrade. After the upgrade completes the site will be put into full read/write mode.
    • What’s available during this read-only period?: All publicly-accessible content on our website will be available.  Links will continue to work.  Drupal webforms are hosted on another site and can be accessed and edited as normal.
    • What’s not available during the read-only period?:  Commenting on news stories, content that requires logging in before viewing, content editing on the main Middlebury website.

 

  • The hosted Hyperion and Banner applications, including Banner INB and SSB, will be updated and unavailable between 8am and 9am EST. The development environments for those services will be unavailable between 9am and 10am EST.

 

  • Middfiles, which includes Orgs, all Classroom, and home directory folders, will be rebooted and unavailable for approximately 10 minutes starting at 8am EST.

 

  • The Exchange email environment will undergo resource reallocations impacting 8 servers. The email environment is sufficiently redundant that we expect no impact to availability during this maintenance.

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT  05753

Friday links – Jan. 30, 2015

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Lepore, Jill. “The Cobweb: Can The Internet Be Archived?” The New Yorker, January 19, 2015.
Good read about the Internet Archive and Wayback Machine.

Forget Virtual Reality. Are You Ready for Virtual Sushi?

Project Nourished combines brightly colored experimental cuisine, crafted from agar and pectin, with VR simulations intended to make those meager morsels seem tastier than they really are.

Forget Virtual Reality. Are You Ready for Virtual Sushi?- A small Los Angeles-based team of designers, engineers, and chefs have cooked up a “gastronomical virtual reality experience” that use head mounted displays, 3-D printers, and food science to take aim at our tastebuds.

Please welcome Joe Langevin to ITS

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We are pleased to announce the recent addition of Joe Langevin to the staff of ITS.  Joe joins us in the role of Senior Programmer Analyst on the Administrative Systems team in Enterprise Applications.  Joe spent the previous 15+ years working as a Senior Technical Consultant for Ellucian and Sun Guard Higher Education.  During this time Joe provided consulting services to over 150 schools in the areas of Banner Student, Advancement and Self Service.   Prior to his time at Ellucian Joe spent 10 years as a Senior Project Analyst at the University of Vermont.

Some of you may also know Joe from his time here at Middlebury.  As an Ellucian employee Joe participated as a consultant and programmer to guide Middlebury’s original implementation of the Banner Student module.

Please take an opportunity to say hello and introduce yourselves to Joe.  We’re very excited to have Joe on our team and look forward to the benefits of the vast experience he brings to our organization.

New Button Appearing in Your NExpress Search – Now Live!

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Thanks to an agreement with ConnectNY we have expanded our direct request borrowing options beyond the NExpress consortium. Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another.  (Which means each catalog must be searched separately for the item you are interested in.)

If you don’t find what you are looking for in the NExpress catalog, there will be a button (like this:)  Connect NY search button  to search for the item in the ConnectNY Catalog. If the item is found in ConnectNY, you can now request the item, just as you would place a request in the NExpress system.

Connect NY button in a NExpress seach page

Please send any problems to:

Circulation: 802-443-5494 or library_circulation@middlebury.edu

Interlibrary Loan: 802-443-5498 or mdyill@middlebury.edu

– See more at: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/12/17/new-button-appearing-in-your-nexpress-search-preview-of-new-resource-sharing-service-coming-in-january/#comments

CfA Network Event

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We are currently experiencing network difficulties in the Center for the Arts. We are on the scene and the problem will be resolved as quickly as possible.

New responsive, mobile-friendly theme for CAS logins

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The CAS login screen is now mobile-friendly.

Logging onto Middlebury web sites just got easier to do on your phone, tablet, or other small screen. Today we updated the Central Authentication Service (CAS) theme to dynamically reformat itself so that login form is easy to use on any screen size. No longer will you have to side-scroll or zoom to enter your username and password to access authenticated services.