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Ag IT Matters

Ag IT Matters is an electronic newsletter from the Ag Information Technologies unit. The purpose of this newsletter is to communicate relevant IT issues and projects, keeping our customers engaged and informed.
June 15, 2017

You work hard all week. We see it, we know it. We read about how hard you work on Facebook. You catch a rest and a recharge overnight, and a better recovery period over the weekend. We see that on Facebook, too. And then, after the rest and recharge, you are back at it… Your computer would benefit from this same routine that works for you!

June 15, 2017

As teams grow - criss-crossing the state - and daily schedules become more complex, calendar sharing becomes more and more valuable.

June 15, 2017

We’re not even going to hide it. We’ll admit it right up front. This article is an almost identical copy/paste from the March issue of IT Matters. Why? Because it is that important!

June 15, 2017

In July 2016, Penn state invited all of us to test and critique two desktop video conferencing solutions, with the intent to adopt one as our preferred and sponsored platform. Votes are in and tallied, write-ins tabulated and included, then certified and adopted. Who won?

June 15, 2017

Some visitors to the front door do not earn enough of your confidence to open the door and let them sit at your kitchen table. There are other circumstances when this same caution is a good idea, too.

March 17, 2017

A new look and a new name – with the same purpose and the same function. You may have called it Identity Finder, or you may have called it the Blue Dog software – we’re told that some people have called it other things, too. Now it is known as Spirion!

March 17, 2017

The Fair: Where citizens of the commonwealth go to eat sausage sandwiches, get indigestion and eat antacids. The Fair: Where Extension professionals go to conduct shows and sales, get indigestion and eat antacids.

March 17, 2017

The recent blizzard notwithstanding, snow is melting fast with all this spring like weather. Even if you didn’t get much snow, we are looking forward to spring and your new summer workers. With some advanced planning, you can best be assured that your interns and program assistants will be able to use the computers and other IT resources on their start date or soon after.

March 17, 2017

iOS 10 – the current operating system for Apple’s iPhone and iPad has a great feature to help you to unsubscribe from email listservs that are filling your mailbox. It is so simple and so easy that you might find yourself unsubscribed from valuable lists by accident!

March 17, 2017

The Barracuda fish is a fearsome and ferocious fish, patrolling the seas in search of prey <confirmed by Wikipedia and not disputed by Snopes>. The Barracuda spam filter is a fearsome and ferocious service that patrols the College of Ag email system in search of spam messages. A recent upgrade has changed what you see in your spam reports!

December 9, 2016

Although Penn State officially closes for the Winter Break on December 23 and reopens on January 3, we know that many of your offices will be open and many of you will still be working during that time. If you have a service outage in your office, Ag IT staff will rouse up from our long winter’s nap in order to get you back into service!

December 9, 2016

Thinking of getting a new computer? Decided what model you want, which processor and how much memory? Think you are ready to order? Maybe not...

December 9, 2016

The holiday season brings much joy to many of us, but it also brings abundant opportunities for scoundrels, rascals, thieves and assorted ne’er do-wells. A generous dollop of caution mixed with your cider will help you enjoy the holidays and the next few months without the headache of a compromised credit card or computer account.

December 9, 2016

Gift-giving and December go together like Aunt Gert’s fruitcake and the stuff that Uncle Norville says is eggnog. If you get a new mobile device and want to immediately start sending and receiving your work email messages through the College’s exchange server, there is no need to wait for IT staff to return from holiday break to get it set up!

December 9, 2016

Although Penn State officially closes for the Winter Break on December 23 and reopens on January 3, we know that many of you will still be working. If you have a service outage in your office, Ag IT staff will rouse up from our long winter’s nap in order to get you back into service!

September 14, 2016

Here's your opportunity to test and critique two new Desktop Video Conferencing solutions for Penn State - Zoom and BlueJeans. Those of you who are casual and relaxed may wish to conference in BlueJeans, while those who are always on-the-move may prefer to Zoom in and out of Video Conferencing!

September 14, 2016

Why should I buy your recommended Dell laptop when I found this 9” laptop for only $9.99?!?! Because the $9.99 unit is an Etch-A-Sketch. And, the $999.99 laptop deal sounds like a bargain until you actually explore the value instead of just the cost.

September 14, 2016

Ransom is a frightening word – someone takes something of value from you and demands money to return it. Now it is possible for an extortionist to lock up your files until such time as you pay them to let you have the key to unlock them again. With caution you can avoid this possibility, and with pre-planning you can mitigate the need to pay the hijackers if they do encrypt your files.

September 14, 2016

Connecting to secure Penn State resources from a location outside of the Penn State network requires a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection – an added layer of security that protects data while enroute from one computer to another. Penn State currently supports two products to make this secure connection, but one service is taking advantage of the early retirement plan and going away soon. Is it the one you use?

September 14, 2016

The Ag IT Support team has an elaborate ritual of feasts to welcome new team members – lunches, donuts, fruits and vegetables, and (of course) Creamery ice cream. Now that we are done feasting we’d like to invite you to join us in welcoming our newest Support Team member, Laura Sproat!