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December 11, 2017

If you use your personal cell phone for two-factor authentication to Penn State services, we’ve found a few reminders that may be helpful to you for the upcoming winter break. There are 2FA considerations if you get a new phone, and suggestions for success if you travel over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house – or especially if your destinations are more exotic or remote.

October 23, 2017

100,000 is a lot of somethings. 100,000 days ago it was 1744 and the USA was still a colony. 100,000 calories is 14 gallons of PSU Creamery Death By Chocolate ice cream, or 177 Big Mac sandwiches. If you bought 100,000 Agronomy Guides and laid them end to end you could make an 8.5 inch wide path from Independence Hall to the King of Prussia Mall (and would have to spend 3.5 million dollars…). 100,000 miles is nearly half-way to the moon.

October 23, 2017

We’re looking for a few people who are willing to do extra work, offer candid opinions, and be a pioneer of software testing….all for no increase in pay, no increase of time off, and no snacks. You will gain the respect and admiration of the whole Ag IT Team, though….and that is worth a lot!

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?

September 14, 2016

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…..

April 13, 2016

“Spring cleaning” is not anywhere near as much fun as “Summer Cookouts” or “Fall Foliage Festival,” but it is something that seems to happen every year. When you get around to spring cleaning in the old technology closet we’ve got a few tips and reminders.

October 15, 2015

"I like what I have and I’m keeping it!" or "Out with the old and in with the new!" – the choice is yours. Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 are available to you for use on your Penn State owned computer – the version you choose to use is up to you!

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.

October 11, 2013

Adobe Reader and Pro to be upgraded and standardized to enhance security and functionality.

September 4, 2013

A new university Adobe contract will change the way products such as Adobe Acrobat Pro, InDesign, and Photoshop are acquired.

September 4, 2013

“Shred it All” is a good motto for the Association of Sauerkraut Makers, but a poor choice for Identity Finder users. When is the right time to shred, and when is it better to ignore, and why should you care?

September 4, 2013

Microsoft support for computers running the Windows XP operating system will end in April 2014. Users should begin making plans for upgrade or replacement of these computers to ensure they can safely be connected to the College or county networks.

June 5, 2013

The College of Ag Sciences Web Services team recently made some changes to the format of College websites. These changes have enhanced the consistency of all Penn State related sites. Some users have experienced a few issues with the layout of some pages since the update, but those issues can easily be fixed by clearing your web browser cache.

March 19, 2013

Ag IT will be installing the TeamViewer software, used for providing remote computer support, on all Extension computers currently running Tivoli Endpoint Management (TEM). This install will not require any user intervention and is intended to assist users in launching the TeamViewer application when remote support is required.

February 27, 2013

For the past several years, Ag IT has been able to work with staff in county extension offices to remotely “image” new and troublesome computers. In the interest of utilizing the greater IT resources offered at Penn State, Ag IT is starting to implement a new technology called the Sysman BuildKey to simplify and streamline the process of imaging computers.

December 20, 2012

Meeting@PennState will be upgrading Adobe Connect to version 9 over the holiday break.