IT Trends July 21, 2005

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Report Focuses on How Spyware Impacts Internet Users

By Terry Calhoun

Several years ago, two of our work-study students discovered file-sharing. This was in the early days, before most people even understood the concept, and when hard drives were teeny-tiny compared to now. I was nominally the desktop support staffer, but it was a small part of my responsibilities and any time I had to stop those other responsibilities to puzzle out a problem it had a negative impact on my work.

It was hard for me to get angry at Lisa and Laura, they were always so bubbly and cute and energetic. Even though they were unrelated they were in tune like twins and had a great time working together. Such a great time, though, that others in the office were sometimes annoyed by how much fun they had at work. When it was discovered that they had completely filled up every bit of their machine’s hard drives with illegally downloaded music files, to the point they no longer worked, it created something of an office angst situation. Read more


University of Rochester Students Unhappy with Napster

Even though it has a deal with the university, not a single student at the University of Rochester purchased even a single tune from Napster during the Fall 2004 semester. Read more

U Wisconsin System Using a 'Task List' Not a Plan?

The system's ERP development is bogged down, offline and off budget according to this reporter. And part of the mix appears to be a system versus campus dispute. (Channel 3000) Read more

University of Maryland to Finally Abandon Telnet

Many students, faculty, and staff still use the creaky old black and white interface for email, but everyone's moving to a new, more secure email system as of August 1. Read more

Penn State IT Staff Garners Kudos in Accreditation Review

Penn State apparently did well on its Middle States Commission accreditation review, and the Division of Information Technology Services was singled out for special acclaim for its work regarding undergraduate teaching and research. Read more


CT Live! at ACUTA 34th Annual Conference and Exhibition

John Halpin of 3COM talks about the importance of "secured" converged networks for colleges and universities with Claudia Linh, associate editor of Campus Technology at the ACUTA conference and exhibition being held this week in Kissimme, Florida. Listen now!


Yahoo! Teams Up with Berkeley

A new research center for new search, social, and mobile media studies will begin operations at UC Berkeley in August. (CNET) Find out more

Thursday, July 21, 2005

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Is a Video iPod Coming Soon to an Apple Store Near You?

Apple is getting ready to release an iPod that will play videos as well as music, beginning with music videos, according to news reports, including one in the Wall Street Journal. (Wired) Read more

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