If you are using a mid-2013 MacBook Air and have issues staying connected to Brown-Secure wireless, a software update might help. See this Apple Support article for more information and instructions. Please note that the patch cannot be installed on computers besides the MacBook Air.
On Thursday 10/31, the new version of Google Hangouts will be enabled for Brown accounts. If you were having issues connecting to a Google Hangout on an iPhone / iPad or initiating a Hangout from Google+, this update should resolve your issues. As previously, in order to access some features such as multi-person video chat, you must create a Google+ profile.
If you choose to create a Google+ profile, please remember to enter an accurate birth date when setting up your account - if you accidentally enter an age under 13, your account will be temporarily suspended. Google+ is not a core app and is not yet completely supported by Google, so while the CIS IT Service Center will make a best effort to resolve your issues, we will not able to receive assistance from Google.
Academic Technology is accepting applications for Winter Institute 2013, a 4-day program for faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate student instructors. Participants will explore the pedagogical underpinnings that inform the effective use of technology in teaching and learning, identify and develop technological solutions to meet their specific course goals and objectives. WI2013 will run from December 9th to 11th and 13th, 2013.
To apply, fill out the application form. The application deadline is November 3rd, 2013.
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Apple has just made its new operating system, Mavericks, available as a free download. If you're eager to upgrade your Mac laptop or desktop, we recommend waiting for about a week so CIS can test compatibility with Brown's services. Mavericks is not yet supported by CIS. Next week, we will send another Morning Mail listing Brown services and their compatibility with Mavericks.
The latest issue of Secure IT! has been released, now located on the new Information Technology site. While this brings a slightly different look to the newsletter, it continues to offer timely tips to keep you safe online.
We invite you to peruse this issue, view back issues (to 2010) and send us ideas for future ones. Enjoy!
- CISO Memo: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam :: A nuisance that can also be malicious.
- October means National Cyber Security Awareness Month :: And lots of chances to "Don't Get Caught, Get Cautious" and enter a contest to win an iPad mini or Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.
- Identity Finder Reminder :: Not running Identity Finder regularly? Find out how and why.
- Android Malware :: Being popular makes you a desirable target.
- ISG Moves to Main Campus :: Now conveniently located at the intersection of Angell & Thayer.
- Two-Step Verification :: When passwords aren't enough.
- Protecting Brown's Information :: Never taken the class? Like a refresher?
Please join us as Art Salomon shares his award winning Biology course in the first of the Academic Technology Showcase series luncheons. His latest string of technology usages includes: monitoring the test taking environment, Lecture Capture, a YouTube Channel, an in class discussion channel, a facebook group, and to top it off, an amazing exam turn around time.
On October 15th, Ada Lovelace day, Brown is hosting a wiki edit-a-thon to increase the amount of information about women in science on Wikipedia. Find out more, including how to get involved, at the links below. The event is co-sponsored by Wikimedia New England, Brown's Program in Science and Technology Studies, the Pembroke Center, and the Brown Science Center.
Brown faculty, staff, and graduate students can now install the latest version of Endnote, which no longer requires KeyAccess or a VPN connection when off-campus. Download EndNote X7 from the Software Catalog
A few people have noticed the RSS links on the top of our Announcements and Alerts pages and asked what RSS is and how to subscribe to it. RSS (which stands for "Really Simple Syndication") is a standard way to format dated content such as blog posts or newspaper articles. It's helpful to format these in a standard way so they can be understood by other applications such as a news reader phone app.
For example, let's say you are really interested in learning how to cook, and you find 20 fantastic food blogs and 5 newspaper recipe pages. You could bookmark all 25 of these websites and visit them every day to see if something's new, but that would be a lot of work! Instead, you could use a feed reader to display all the new content in one place. You can open a single app or website and see what's new.
If this sounds exciting, you might be wondering what feed reader to use. That's a matter of preference, and we don't recommend or support a specific product at Brown. It depends whether you want to read on a computer or a smartphone, and if there are other features you're looking for like social networking integration or slick design. Here are a few favorites:
- Feedly (computer / mobile)
- Digg Reader (computer / mobile)
- NewsBlur (computer / mobile)
- Pulse (mobile only)
For example, if you wanted to subscribe to our IT at Brown alerts, you would right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac) on the RSS link at the top of the Alerts page and copy the link address.
Next, you would open your preferred RSS reader and paste the link wherever you are able to add feeds. Here's what it looks like in Feedly:
New Requirements for Access to E-reserves on OCRA
Due to a change in the Library’s OCRA (Online Course Reserves) system on September 10th, the way instructors and their delegates manage reserves has changed. After logging in with their own Brown username:
- Instructors will see a link to "Manage My Reserves" at which they can add delegates.
- Delegates will see a link or multiple links to "Manage Reserves for [instructor's name]".
Requirements for Accessing OCRA Online Movies
In order to access OCRA Online Movies, your computer must meet the following requirements. This applies whether you are accessing your OCRA course reserves through Canvas or through the Library Reserves site.
- Network Connection: Online Movies are available only on the campus network, either over Brown-Secure, Ethernet, or from a computing lab. To watch movies from off campus, you will need to connect using VPN.
- Java: Make sure your Java is up to date. You can run the test by visiting: http://java.com/en/download/installed.jsp.
- On a Mac: Use Firefox or Safari - your movies will not play in Chrome.
- On a PC: Use Windows 7 or earlier with Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox. Windows 8 does not work with this service, so if you have Windows 8 you will need to view the movie in a computing lab.
For issues viewing Online Movies, contact the IT Service Center.