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IT Trends :: Thursday, May 17, 2007


A New Dimension in 'Printing'
By Terry Calhoun

What's a 3D Printer? If you already know, then you are probably like my editor, who wrote to me: "I freaking love those printers. The first one that comes down below $1k, I'm buying. I don't care that I have no use for one." If you don't know already, then I bet your best guess is wrong--because you never would have guessed that, in their current crude state, they have a lot in common with an Easy Bake Snack Oven....

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Campus Technology 2007: Summer Snapshot
Year after year, teaching, learning, and associated technology challenges shift and evolve as campuses change and the world changes, too. But two things never change: 1) Campus technologists want to help guide their schools to positions of institutional leadership and competitive edge, and 2) Campus technologists are understandably interested in advancing their careers--especially as more and more CIOs join presidential cabinets....
Next Version of Windows Server Moves Forward
Today at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates made several announcements regarding the next version of its server-based operating system....
Apple MacBooks Get Speed, Memory, Networking Upgrades
Apple's entry-level series of notebook computers--the MacBook--today received performance improvements across the board, including processor speed, memory, hard drive capacity, and networking. The new models are shipping now, with education pricing set below $1,000 on the low end....
Carnegie Mellon Picks Open Network Monitoring Software
Carnegie Mellon University purchased the NeXpose security software suite to help it enhance scanning and monitoring of its campus networks....
Campus IT Departments Grapple with Vista
At colleges, universities, and K-12 institutions, IT decision makers are increasingly showing concern over performance, patching, and hardware requirements of Microsoft Windows Vista. At the same time, the number of organizations using or evaluating Vista has increased to 29 percent, up 8 percent since October 2006. This according to a new survey conducted by Walker Information and released this week by CDW Corp....
Essex Teams with Kaplan for Online Program
University of Essex, located in England, has teamed up with Kaplan, a provider of education and training solutions, to launch an online higher education program called Kaplan Open Learning. Students in the program can take courses and receive their degree using the online venue....
U Missouri Server Hack Exposes 22,396 SSNs
The University of Missouri has reported that one of its databases was hacked and that the intruder responsible for the breach was able to obtain the names and social security numbers of staff members. This is the second data security breach at the University of Missouri this year....
Survey: Professors Tepid on Social Media Tools
Most higher ed faculty do not use the current wave of social networking and Web 2.0 tools in their own research and are split on whether the technologies have the potential to change the way students learn, according to a recent survey by academic publisher Thomson Learning....

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