IT Trends :: Thursday, October 19, 2006

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45 Percent of Princeton Students Buy OIT Macs Instead of Dells

According to the Office of Information Technology (OIT), 45 percent of computers purchased by Princeton students this year were Macs, more than in any previous year. These statistics aren’t comprehensive, because some students choose not to buy their computers through OIT. Nonetheless, the upward trend is real. Most of the students cited in this article cite “reliability” as the factor causing such growth in Mac purchase, but we all know the real factor is the “cool” factor…

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Gothic Architecture Complicates Wireless Growth in Duke University Housing

A plan to install wireless at Duke ran into some snags because the older stone buildings made it difficult to install piping and wireless access points. However, the final stages of a new system opening up ubiquitous wireless to much of the residence hall area are being completed this semester by Campus Council and Residence Life and Housing Services…

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ACUTA 'Sites to See' on Security Education and Awareness

The Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) selected three Web sites as exemplary on this topic for the current quarter: Louisiana State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Georgia. Links to the pertinent spots on the Web sites are available after clicking through...

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WikiPod: Potentially Hot Educational Tool

This Perl script lets you choose a topic on Wikipedia, then choose a storage space limitation. Then it winnows through Wikipedia and stores as much as it can on a specific topic on your handheld device. There’s one caveat about using notes on the iPod – the first time you navigate to the Notes menu after syncing with iTunes or downloading new Wikipedia articles, the iPod needs to inspect each page to see whether the links are valid. This can take a fair amount of time and battery. But still…pretty cool…

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