IT Trends February 10 2005

In This Issue


Bad Spam, Good Spam: ‘Can Spam’ Changes the Nature of How We Perceive Spam

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

Did you think that the Can Spam Act was supposed to cut down on the amount of spam we get? Well, it hasn’t . . . and it won’t. Of course, we have seen a relatively few instances of a really virulent spammer or two going to jail, pending appeals. But as a professional association executive who is responsible for a lot of e-mails getting sent out each week, I recently had my eyes opened about the true intent of the Can Spam Act.

You’ve probably heard this before, I had, but I had not consciously connected with its real meaning until the last half-year: The primary intent of the Can Spam Act was to legitimize bulk commercial entities by those who market goods and services for ‘mainstream’ companies. All those times that some of us argued, “Well, yeah, but the really bad spammers will just go offshore,” were heard, but we didn’t matter, because that was ancillary to the bill’s purpose.
Read more


Duke Uni iPod Trial ‘Going well’

And it's not just music - students are using their iPods in Spanish class and music classes. Faculty are recording downloadable lectures as well.
Read more

Rampant, Albeit Controllable, Security Dangers

Security headaches from information technology aren't just for PCs and networks anymore - they're increasing in every 'smart' device, from phones to computers.
Read more

Purdue University Faculty Now Have Their Own Website

The site includes features about faculty accomplishments as well as regular polls and surveys intended to garner feedback from faculty - and even a message board.
Read more

Virginia Tech's Math Emporium

It's a building, it's technology, it's curriculum changes . . . it has changed the way Virginia Tech teaches its introductory math classes.
Read more

Is There an 'Evil Twin' Watching You?

'Evil twins' sit nearby local wireless stations and emulate the wireless station, as though they were it. Once they've succeeded at that, they can monitor in detail what everyone using that spot is doing, making it easy to steal identity information.
Read more

Body ID: Barcodes for Cadavers

Implanted bar codes or RFID tags may be introduced first to those humans who can no longer object - cadavers.
Read more

Minnesota's Computer Inoculation Stations

After setting up the 'inoculation stations,' university IT staff found every student's computer to have some sort of problem, even if as minimal as spyware popups.
Read more

Online Post-its

Are online, student-run 'classifieds' replacing notes posted on bulletin boards?
Read more

Campuses Get a Lesson in Online Aggravation

Everywhere, including at the University of Albany, when a student walks up to the help desk and says 'My computer is running slowly,' the answer is 'Spyware.'
Read more

What's the Future of AV Integration

The current ways of sharing and accessing presentations and other parts of classroom presentations are all in trouble because they don't 'scale up.'
Read more

From STARRS to SCT Banner

Transitions can be difficult. A few students are unhappy, but administrators think they're on the right track at Weber State University.
Read more

Chico State Increases Security in Wake of Computer Thefts

Most of the work seems to be on increasing physical security for the spaces the computers are in, which should work since there do not seem to have been break-ins.
Read more


Vodafone's Vision of an Optimistic, but not Uncomplicated, Future

Vodafone's 'Future Vision' website is 'beautifully produces and unrelentingly optimistic' about the future of human use of new technologies.
Read more


Microsoft Buys Its Way into the Anti-virus Business

Campus IT departments will find a new anti-virus vendor knocking on the door, as Microsoft, a leading target of viruses, moves into the market, currently dominated by Symantec and McAffee, with the Redmond software giant’s announced purchase of Sybari.
Read more

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Sponsored by:

HP offers negotiated contracts for colleges, universities and states.
That means your education department can purchase HP products at prices far below consumer rates. HP authorized partners and resellers can also utilize specially negotiated contracts to better serve the needs of their campus' and students.

Click here for details.

Upcoming Events

TechMentor in Orlando, April 4 - 8, 2005

Syllabus2005 in Los Angeles, July 24-28, 2005

Events Calendar

Sponsored by:
White paper: iSCSI SAN - scalable, affordable storage
Learn how colleges are using LeftHand Networks' iSCSI SAN to increase scalability and improve disaster recovery - at a price untouchable by Fibre Channel. Download the free white paper: '8 Ways an iSCSI SAN Simplifies Life'

Click here for details.

Sponsored by:
Let HP help you lower IT costs & improve service levels
Discover the value of IT consolidation and the enormous paybacks it promises in higher education including more cost-effective computing, improved service levels, better security and increased responsiveness.

Click here for details.


Intel Challenged by New Multitasking Processor

'Cell,' supported by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba, has nine processing units (cores), each of which can operate independently. Multiple core 'cells' will first be in games but are slated for PCs in the near future.
Read more

A Rising Star Even Microsoft Can't Snuff Out

'A clever fox is sneaking into Microsoft's henhouse door,' and that fox is Firefox, which continues to grab market share from MSIE.
Read more

Current Topics in Our forums include:

Collaboration in the Education Space

Mobile Computing

Campus IT Security

Tablet PCs

Discuss with us

Subscribe to Campus Technology

comments powered by Disqus

Campus Technology News

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.