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SUN DEVELOPER CHANNEL G'ES LIVE.
Sun Microsystems recently ‘re-energized’ its focus on the developer community, and has announced that its Sun Developer Network Channel is live on the Net. The SDN Channel gives developers access to Sun’s vast developer community (including the engineers at Sun) for educational opportunities as well as free Java-related resources. The site also features video interviews with Chris Melissinos, chief gaming officer at Sun; Walter Hardy, president of W. Hardy Interactive; and other Sun executives and staff.

OODLES OF OODLES.
Launched this past fall, Oodle offers a search engine for local classifieds for colleges and universities, enabling students to search over two million classified listings from popular Web sites such as Craigslist, eBay, and Monster. In addition, students can connect to classifieds from their local and campus newspapers.

HPCC SUPERCOMPUTING.
The College of Computing at Georgia Tech has installed two Dell high-performance computing clusters (HPCC) at its campus. For projects that require high processing power, the clusters can be joined to create a 192-node supercomputing cluster capable of a theoretical maximum of 2.5 trillion floating-point operations per second (TFLOPS), say Dell spokespeople. Georgia Tech researchers plan to use the systems to study complex problems that include the simulation of aircraft designs and design of computer chips.

DEFENDING THE NETWORK.

With more than 29,000 students, Northampton Community College (PA) faces network security issues as do many other schools. The college chose CounterPoint, a network-access-control solution from Mirage Networks, to counteract the malicious attacks and threats to its network.

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NCC selects a solution from Mirage Networks.
SECURING FILES.
A select few Villanova University (PA) students recently participated in a pilot program with U-Vault, an off-site data protection solution powered by redBoomerang from MCG Inc. With the U-Vault software, students can save schoolwork from their computers, and be assured that their documents and data remain secure after the software compresses and encrypts the data prior to sending it. The pilot will expand throughout the 2005-2006 school year.

NEW HIGHER ED BIZ UNIT.
To serve the growing needs of higher ed institutions, SunGard has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2006, its SunGard BSR, SunGard Collegis, and SunGard SCT business units are joining together to form SunGard Higher Education Solutions. According to SunGard spokespeople, the formation of the new division will better align the three significant assets that make up SunGard’s higher education practice.

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ADDRESSING THE TECH GENDER GAP.
The National Center for Women and Information Technology and Cisco Systems have announced a partnership to help raise awareness of educational and career opportunities for women in science, technology, math, and engineering—pointing to research from the Information Technology Association of America that women now represent only about one quarter of IT workers. Cisco reps will participate in NCWIT’s growing coalition of more than 65 corporations, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government agencies joined in a mission to achieve parity for women in the workforce, say Cisco spokespeople.

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