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This is the 100th issue of CATPrints since it was introduced in March of 2000. CATPrints started out as a two-sided sheet of blue paper; at the time we wanted to keep the printing costs down and save on paper. In June of 2004 we issued our first online-only version with the following lead:
The need to save on paper and costs has become much more compelling since 2004.
If we had continued to print the newsletter in the same format, we would have consumed another hundred reams of paper since then, a volume of paper a little smaller than the average office desk in size. This hundred reams of paper would have cost the College $356 at current prices, plus the somewhat more obscure costs of printing, distribution, recycling, disposal and transportation. Going electronic-only has allowed us to produce newsletters with color images, with expanded content and active hyperlinks, and would even allow us to add video if we wanted to. All of this can be done at as close to zero cost as makes no difference, with a nearly zero impact on the environment.
If you are interested in learning more about the electronic
distribution of newsletters and similar documents, contact Phil Bidwell
at x2710 or by email at
Before you throw away your Ethernet cable, though, you should be aware that the wireless network is not as reliable or as fast as the wired network. As we’ve discussed in the past, wireless communications can be disrupted by a number of factors. Furniture, doors and building construction can block the signal from an AP. Cordless phones, microwaves and other appliances can cause intermittent interference with wireless signals. Also, bandwidth on the wireless network is capped for each user due to limitations in the number of connections each AP can manage. As wireless technology advances, these issues should be resolved, but for now, you should consider the wireless network a convenience for use when you are out of your office and you want to use your laptop or other device on the network. When you are at your desk, however, we recommend using your wired connection and disabling your wireless interface. This will give you the most stable, fastest connection available at this time.
We will eventually be requiring the use of the secure network for
all employees’ computers and plan to automate the setup for the
encrypted network through the Secure Desktop and ASCI programs. If
you would like to move your wireless computer to the secure network
now, please call the Information Technology Helpdesk and make the
In light of the recent "Travel Advisory" asking employees to
voluntarily cut back on travel, we in I.T. would like to offer
options using technology to bridge the distances. We have some
excellent facilities and resources to let staff and faculty set up
teleconferences or other electronic media in lieu of travel.
Contact the Help Desk at 4567 and ask for a ticket to be routed to
the Telecom office if you would like to hold a teleconference, or to
the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center if you would like to
set up a webinar.
In the past two weeks a number of vulnerabilities were announced for many popular applications that you probably have installed on your home computer. Among these are Adobe Acrobat Reader, Firefox and Safari internet browsers. Exploit of these vulnerabilities could lead to the exposure of your personal information, access to your computer or even control of your computer by hackers and identity thieves. Each of these programs has an update utility that you can use to get the latest, patched version of the software.
As always, it is critically important to keep your operating system up to date (Microsoft also released critical patches recently) but it is equally important to keep other applications updated as well.
The Secunia Personal Software Inspector can help you find and fix insecure programs on your home computers. Download it from http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/.
iPhone and iPod Touch users – Critical
vulnerabilities were just announced for these devices as well.
The vulnerabilities can result in remote code execution and exposure
of sensitive information. Update them by visiting iTunes as
soon as possible. See the advisories at
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center MS-ISAC is distributing a Monthly Security Tips Newsletter with information to help you safeguard your personal information and stay safe online. The November issue is about Internet shopping and includes valuable information to help you have a safe online shopping experience as well as details about what to do if you are the victim of online fraud. You can read the newsletter here: http://www.oneonta.edu/technology/security/newsletter.asp and while you’re at it, check out October’s newsletter, “Phishing – How to Avoid Getting Hooked!”
And here's another example:
We recently received a message, supposedly from a person who had a question about something we were selling on eBay.
Thing is, we weren't selling anything. This was a phishing
attempt - an email crafted to look like a legitimate message from
eBay. Clicking on Respond Now directed a browser to
which is obviously not an eBay address. The address
brought up a very realistic-looking eBay page that required us to
log in with an eBay username and password. Doing so would have
given the phisher a valid account to work with for their nefarious
purposes. Two days after receiving the message, the
old-lp1.irides.com domain name no longer existed. But
presumably the phishers got some results.
If you are using a new piece of software, or if you need help
figuring out how to do something new with an old piece of software,
don't forget about our technology training resources here on campus.
http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/training, and then call the Help
Desk and open a ticket - either about a software application in general,
a specific task you need assistance with, or even a problem you have
that might be solved with a new technology. We can train you at
any level that works for you, and can also consult on the possibilities
offered by different hardware and software solutions.
Brady McClenon has accepted a position in the Computer Center as a Senior Programmer / Analyst. He will be taking on the responsibilities formerly managed by Miro Trunec, primarily support of the BANNER student information system. Congratulations, Brady!
to Dave Adikes on his impending retirement. Dave has given 18 and
a half years of service to the College, first in Computer Services, then
in Telecommunications and recently back in the Computer Center.
Enjoy your new free time, Dave!
If you have a question for Computer and Telecommunication Services about:
Computer Problems or Related Issues - Call the
Information Technology Help Desk