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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.
December 19, 2014

After tearing down the old calendar it is time to start a new one, and to take a fresh look at some of the projects on the horizon.

December 19, 2014

As we tore off the last page of the 2014 calendar we thought back on some of the many projects that we’ve been working on. Like a To-Do list is it nice to look back and put checkmarks next to projects. Here are a few that impacted you!

December 19, 2014

Butterball offers a turkey emergency hotline for the holidays, though you may have to go through many Google screens to find a hotline for fruitcake or eggnog emergencies. No need to use Google to find help for network and server emergencies in the College of Ag Sciences, though – That information is right here!

October 23, 2014

Halloween is an exciting time that comes but once a year. Scanning for PII is an exciting time, too – and it comes every three weeks!

October 23, 2014

New Year’s Day brings parades, traditional sauerkraut meals, football and …and…and the end of support for computers using Windows XP in the College of Ag Sciences!

October 23, 2014

A newly-discovered flaw in old website security technology – a flaw commonly known as Poodle – has caused Ag IT and thousands of other web site hosts to tighten web security to keep the poodle out. Since we’ve changed the lock on the door you may need a new key to get in!

October 23, 2014

Penn State stays at the forefront of athletic achievement by scouting for and recruiting new team members. The same is true in Ag IT!

February 18, 2014

If you are planning an important Adobe Connect webinar during the week of April 14th -- beware.

February 18, 2014

Ag IT is beginning to migrate all existing Ag managed email lists to the Penn State list service.

January 30, 2014

Although we’re still in the grip of Old Man Winter we know that spring is just around the corner, and soon you will be selecting and hiring your 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.

January 30, 2014

As tax season approaches AgIT urges you to prepare and submit your taxes with pencils and paper - or on personally owned computers!

January 30, 2014

Adobe and Penn State have signed a software licensing agreement that makes many popular software products available to you. Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and many others are available, and delivered electronically.

January 30, 2014

Ag IT is in the early stages of planning the upgrade of SharePoint to version 2013, migrating it to a new server and changing the way you will authenticate (log in). There is still much planning to be done, but there are steps that you can take now to help smooth the transition.

December 13, 2013

The Ag IT Help Desk will be closed between December 23rd and January 1st. Emergency support service will be available from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM every day except December 25th and January 1st. To reach emergency support, please call (814) 865-1229.

December 13, 2013

There are entire industries dedicated to compromising the security of your computer and its data. Some want your identity, others want your credit cards, a few may want your research, still others want to use your computer for illicit purposes and some seem to be just plain mean. While Penn State and the College of Ag have instituted many safeguards to protect you and the University, the threat remains high and sometimes a computer does become compromised.

December 13, 2013

IBM Endpoint Manager allows AG IT to deploy software applications and updates in a timely and convenient manner to College of Ag Sciences computers. This no-cost University Service can be used by University units but the expectation is that energy savings will defray the costs of the service. It was once estimated that we can help save Penn State over $800,000 annually and, at the same time, feel good about reducing our carbon footprint!

December 13, 2013

Planning to retire in the near future? Starting a new employment adventure outside the College of Ag Sciences (CAS)? Have an employee who works for you leaving the College? If you answer Yes to any of these questions, please be aware that there are IT considerations that need to be addressed before leaving the College.

December 13, 2013

Have old computers or computer related equipment ready for disposal? If so, "there's an app for that". OK, so no, there isn't really an app for it, but there is a policy that you will need to follow.

December 13, 2013

Are you taking appropriate precautions to secure the integrity of your FileMaker databases?

October 11, 2013

Wireless access has been extended to most College of Ag buildings at University Park.