IT Trends :: Thursday, September 14, 2006

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Are Computer Labs Still Needed on Campus?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting new feature: a weekly brown bag "chat" with a "newsmaker from the academic world." The first installment was a discussion with Case Western Reserve University's vice president for information-technology services and chief information officer. The question, as stated in the article title, received a thoughtful and detailed answer in the full transcript, accessible on this site…

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Documents from OU Security Audit Recovered

More Ohio University data breach drama unfolds as Moran Technology Consulting reveals documents previously thought to have been destroyed are actually still intact. Officials at the firm used recovery software and archive searches to locate interview notes and other documents. Moran disclosed in July that it had destroyed the documents related to its audit of the school's computer security breaches. The audit recommended that Tom Reid, the director of the computer services department, and Todd Acheson, the school's Internet and systems manager, be fired for making security a low priority…

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Windows HS: Microsoft Designs a School System

The Microsoft-designed "School of the Future" opened its doors last week in a gleaming white modern facility "looking out of place amid rows of ramshackle homes in a working-class West Philadelphia neighborhood." Teachers have interactive smart boards, students have digital lockers, and the learning process comes from Microsoft, too! The cost was borne by the Philadelphia School District, but Microsoft shared its personnel and management skills...

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Student Center Host to Campus Technology Fair, Organization Open House

At the University of Nebraska Omaha last Wednesday, Milo Bail Student Center was the place to be. Seven booths represented "four campus departments, two computer vendors, and an ITS booth with a ‘SPAM can toss’ game." One of the main goals of the tech fair was to raise awareness of the newest addition to the list of ITS services, the anti-spam feature on the Lotus Notes e-mail…

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