Eduroam simplifies wireless access for travelers
The campus has joined eduroam, a service that gives UC Davis faculty, students and staff free, easy and secure access to wireless networks when they travel to other universities all across the world.
IT Express marks 15 years with FAQ, looks ahead
Dial-up Internet. Windows 95. Information Technology Campus Access Point. All date to 1995, and the first two are relics, but the third fielded more than 35,000 phone calls in 2010. It is known today by a different name: IT Express.
UC Davis will start expiring 8-character passwords Nov. 1
Powerful computers are great. But hackers have them too.
So if you still use an 8-character password to protect your UC Davis computing account, you need to change it. Passwords that short are no longer sturdy enough to withstand high-powered attempts to bust them open.
UC Davis launches identity management project, opens Web site
Managing electronic identities online--securely sorting names, privileges, and access rights--is a chronic challenge in information technology, especially as more services become electronic, systems grow more complex, and the need for privacy and security intensifies.
Among UC Davis students, more than two-fifths own smartphones; laptops rule, at least for now; and Macs are three times more popular today than they were in 2006. So say the respondents to the latest Information and Educational Technology survey of student tech use.
Kuali workflow tool can save campus time, money, effort
Imagine if every new restaurant had to make its own pots and utensils before it could open. The chore would distract from the bigger goal of getting the food right, and besides, how tedious to re-create the same basic cookware over and over.
New TV studio will help promote UC Davis
Wyatt Pavilion left a lot to be desired as a TV studio. The 102-year-old building is normally set up for theater and dance productions, so crews needed five hours to prepare it to record episodes of the campus public affairs broadcast program "Frontiers"--which then risked interruption by the noise of passing trains.
IT Times ends print edition, takes 40-year tradition online
It has looked like a paradox. IT Times, a newsletter about UC Davis information technology, has been distributed mostly on ... paper.
Maybe distributing its content by social media would be too exotic, but a publication that carries news about online course-management systems, wireless networks, email, and computer rooms feels like it should have cut its ties to print sometime around, oh, 2000.
As undergraduates, David Silvia, Jillian Ng, and Christina Blake know that students have plenty of ideas and opinions about SmartSite, the online course-management system at UC Davis. They also believe the use of SmartSite can improve if that student feedback gets to the right people. The trick is to gather this perspective and express it to faculty.
Did you receive any of the seven or eight phony "UC Davis" emails this year? The ones with tilted grammar that warned of trouble, sent from concealed sources that asked for your email account name and password? Phishing messages like those are one reason why the campus employs Bob Ono. Helping to deter online fraud is one of his responsibilities as coordinator of information technology security at UC Davis.
Searching tirelessly for information for his term paper, a UC Davis student working in the library pulls out a stack of cards with holes along their edges. He lines up the cards, then puts a knitting needle through one of the holes so that the needle penetrates the whole stack.
He lifts the cards. Holding the needle horizontally, he lets go of the cards, and a few drop to the table. He browses the notes printed on each and, satisfied with his finding, takes them to use in his research.
his desk in Surge II
It's animated, and a game -- and highly educational
Animated images help illustrate complex concepts. A flood of new software is kicking that ability up a notch.
Campus animator Bob Burnett clearly loves his work. He happily discussed all aspects of it during a recent interview, moving easily from the cooperative habits of 3-D animators, to the amped-up software created by new computer games, to the prototype of a sumulated brewery that just helped food engineering professor R. Paul Singh win a federal grant.
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