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IT Trends for Thursday, November 4, 2004

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Pixels: Advanced Technology Indistinguishable from Reality?

Terry Calhoun, Commentator
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
University of Michigan

In 1954, I was seven years old, Elvis Presley cut his first record, the transistor radio was invented (I owned one very soon afterwards!), and the “pixel” invaded Western culture, or so some say. Certainly, for the last 25 years, much of the story of architecture, industrial design, and engineering has been the story of pixels. Now, an ever increasing amount of “the world” we see is on digital screens, in pixels.

At first it did seem like magic. Sometimes you had to strain to see what the squared-off dots were representing. Over time pixels, while still there, have at the same time begun disappearing: “From early luminescent blobs on a screen, to points of light too small for the human eye to register, the pixel has been slowly dematerializing, losing mass and gaining verisimilitude.” (See “Pixelvision,” linked later on.) At first it was magic, and now it is becoming our reality.

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Ground Broken on New $300M Berkeley Research Center

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is a multi-campus initiative--Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, and Merced--"originated in 2000 to tackle societal problems by developing cutting-edge technology." (Daily Californian Online)
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IT Fees Story Caused Columnist to Get Axed

Nope, not from his paid job or from the column--from the IT planning committee. It seems as, although the cross-departmental budget figures are "technically" public information, it was not intended to be shared publicly. Oops. (The Daily Texan)
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Swarthmore College Implements Phase II of Wireless Net

Plans to provide access in some outdoor areas were foiled by aesthetics, so phase II provides access in the Kohlberg coffee bar, the Science Center commons, and the Computing Society Media Lounge. (The Ph'enix)
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UNC System Exploring "Free" Music for Students

The experiment on all four UNC campuses is funded by a $200k grant by an unnamed major music label. (
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Penn State Eliminates Social Security Numbers with New IDs

In the next few weeks more than 90 thousand new identity cards will be issued to PSU students, faculty, and staff. (The Digital Collegian)
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‘Define the Line’ About Being Good Cyber Citizens

Coinciding with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has launched a new program to "educate students about the importance of being good cyber citizens and respecting the intellectual property of copyrighted works online." (PR Newswire)
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Physical and IT Infrastructures Don't Mesh

Portland State University students will get new ID cards in November, but they'll have to keep their old ones around, too, as the new ones won't open all the doors and locks they'll have to use. (Vanguard News)
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Rhode Island College (RIC) Suffers Serious Power Outages

IT staff and others were busy recently at RIC when outdated electrical cabling without "redundant loop feeds" kept sparking out and killing power in various portions of the campus. (
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As Spyware Frustrates, Technology Companies Feel Heat

Who is responsible for spyware? Consumers who ignorantly consent to its downloading, or ISPs and manufacturers who could build in (expensive) defenses? (USA Today)
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Oracle Raises the Price on its Final PeopleSoft Bid

Total value of the new deal is $9.2B, with share prices raised from $21 to $24. The offer expires November 19. Maybe we'll soon know for sure. (Computerworld)
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Campus Computing, 2004 Survey

The 15th national survey of computing and information technology in US higher education covers a broad range of technologies and applications relevant to IT in higher education.
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Northwestern U’s Kellogg School of Management Picks SCT Matrix

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a top-ranked business school, has selected SCT Matrix to enhance enrollment management. The Student Relationship Management (SRM) solution will help Kellogg maintain a unified view of its students across multiple functional domains such as admissions processing, course catalog, and academic achievement.
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Mount Allison University Selects BeaconWorks

Mount Allison wanted a secure wireless environment that would not be open-ended in terms of maintenance and upgrade costs. They decided on Chantry Networks' BeaconWorks. (Businesswire)
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Thursday, November 04, 2004

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Packeteer 7 Released

Cupertino, Calif.-based Packeteer Inc. offers a new release of its popular application traffic management system. One of the significant advancements in Packeteer 7, Adaptive Response, provides a new level of intelligence and automation that helps enterprises effectively prepare for unforeseen events such as virus outbreaks and rogue applications that can consume bandwidth and rapidly disrupt their networks.
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The Impact of Wireless Network on Instructional Computing
Howard Strauss, manager of technology outreach as Princeton University

Despite the popularity of the technology, wireless is only beginning to show its potential uses for instruction. Howard Strauss comments about the use of the technology, both in the classroom and remotely.

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