Ag IT Matters
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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...
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
The most current version of Microsoft Office for Windows – Microsoft Office 2016 – is now available to all faculty and staff who wish to upgrade. A few clicks and little patience and you can have it installed! Well….maybe many clicks and lots of patience…..
Most Pennsylvanians think that fairs are fun places to enjoy food that medical professionals frown upon. Many people look forward to the fun and relaxation of the exhibits, shows and sales. We in Ag IT know that for many extension professionals it is one of the most stressful times of the year. It is no coincidence that market research shows a significant uptick in the sales of aspirin and antacids during fair season.
Summer thunderstorms can wreak havoc on roads and farms and landscaping and roofing, pets, and on a restful night’s sleep. It can also wreak havoc on your office technology!
Do you have a lot of data? Are you looking for a data storage location that is accessible from anywhere in the world? (OK…maybe just most of the world!)? Do you need a low-cost storage option? Really low? Have a need to share data with colleagues across the campus? Across the state…country…globe? In need of secure storage and secure access? Then just put it in a box - in a Box at Penn State
Just as the fisherman is constantly at work to discover what bait will work to hook the fish he’s after, the unethical cyber-anglers are trying to find out which bait will trick you into revealing your password, your credit card or maybe your banking information. Protect yourself and Penn State; protect your family and your finances by exercising great caution when you get any email that is going to involve private information!