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Network Maintenance – April 2014

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

Network Analysts with the Office of Information Technology have been diligently working behind the scenes as we continue the campus network infrastructure upgrade. The table below shows a breakdown of buildings that will be impacted during upcoming network maintenance beginning on April 14.   Between 6 AM CDT and 8 AM CDT, individuals in the named locations on […]

Support is Ending for Windows XP

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ends support for Windows XP after more than 12 years of support.   After April 8, Windows XP will continue to work.   However, Microsoft will not be providing any updates that would protect you from malicious computer viruses.   As a result, the Office of Information Technology (IT) suggests departments prepare […]

Information Technology Leads Network Infrastructure Upgrade

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by ccrobin

The Office of Information Technology (IT), led by the Network Management group, has been working throughout the summer on an extensive, campus-wide network upgrade.  The planning for this upgrade began several years ago with a funding strategy, a detailed network design, a procurement, various state-level approvals, etc. The last time a network upgrade of this […]

Laptop Theft: Anything But Uncommon

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by Jared Senseman
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According to University Police, 17 laptops have been reported stolen on the Ole Miss campus since August 2012. It’s important to keep in mind that this number doesn’t reflect stolen smartphones or tablets, only laptops. With technology doubling every 2 years, there are multiple ways to keep yourself, and your mobile devices, protected. The best […]

Using Electric Utility Carts for Transportation on the UM Campus

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013 by RONALD SAVELL

Utility Carts vs. Campus Vans In November 2001, The Office of Information Technology (IT) purchased its first utility cart. IT was one of the first groups to have carts on the main campus.  The campus was growing and streets were closing, making it almost impossible to continue using our vans for access.  Due to the […]

Computer Lab Enhanced in Weir Hall

Posted on: September 15th, 2012 by RONALD SAVELL
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The Galtney Center for Academic Computing in Weir Hall opened in November 2002.  The Center was made possible by a $4 million gift from Ole Miss Alumni Will and Susanne Galtney of Houston, TX.  Commonly referred to as the Weir Hall computer lab, students and employees have access to 50 computers around the clock.   During the Fall and […]

Product Review: Solid-State Drives

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Scott Davis

Hard disk drive technology has matured over the years, with drives spinning faster, achieving greater data transfer rates, improving at error checking, and attaining tremendous storage capacities.  Those gains, however, have come at the cost of increasing disk fragility. Older SCSI and ATA drives could pretty much be counted on to safely store data for […]

Standing Desks in the Workplace

Posted on: April 15th, 2012 by JIMMY BALL
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In recent years, we have seen continued publicity about the health benefits of a standing desk environment. Health web sites such as WebMD cover the possible problems of sitting too long. If you and your doctor think a standing desk configuration is right for you, below are some alternatives to consider. Choices to Consider The […]

Easy-to-Use Data Protection with Hardware Encryption Devices

Posted on: April 13th, 2012 by DAVID DREWREY
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Encryption is a technique to protect data by making it unintelligible to unauthorized users.  Historically, using encryption techniques to protect files has been difficult.  The process frequently requires the assistance of an IT expert. Times have changed.  Over the last few months IT staff members have been testing the latest hardware encryption devices that provide […]

End of an Era – Compaq Server Retired

Posted on: March 1st, 2012 by Deetra Wiley

March 2, 2012 will mark the end of an era within the University Data Center.  On that date, the Compaq ProLiant 6000 server that once powered the University’s E-form system will be officially retired from service.   This server was first put into production service in early 2000 and has served the University without any major […]