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February 13, 2007

Instructional Technology Fellowship

Faculty with ideas for using technology to achieve a pedagogical impact should consider applying for the Spring 2007 Instructional Technology Fellowship. The fellowship is a chance for faculty members to work one-on-one with a team of experts from ITS Faculty Technology Services on the meaningful integration of technology into their courses. Faculty who are selected will also be able to improve overall technology skills and awareness through the fellowship process. No prior technical skills are required. Faculty need only have an interest and willingness to learn and apply new technologies in a real instructional situation and be teaching during the Summer 2007 or Fall 2008 semesters. Interested candidates should visit (Ed: website no longer available).

Renovation & New Equipment at Third Avenue Center

The east wing of the ITS student computing center in the Third Avenue North Residence Hall has recently been renovated. The improved lab now features approximately 100 Apple and Dell computers, as well as a 16-computer video production studio and several flatbed scanners. A lounge and three new meeting rooms have been added to the area around the lab, featuring new audioconferencing equipment, whiteboards, and NYURoam wireless access. New loaner laptops are now available for students to use in the lounge.

In addition to the new technology, the interior design of the east wing lab has been updated with an attractive Art Deco look. The renovation, which will be extended to the lab's west wing this summer, is part of an ongoing effort to keep the four ITS computer labs up-to-date with evolving student computing requirements. ITS encourages students to stop by to see the changes; the lab is located at 75 Third Avenue on level C-3, and is open 24/7 during the regular semester.

NYUHome Version 6.0 Released

NYUHome 6.0 was released on Friday, February 2nd. This exciting new version of NYU's web portal (http://home.nyu.edu) features the following enhancements:

  • Deluxe, customizable style themes, featuring bold colors, beautiful photos, and useful icons (available under Preferences > Your Style Theme)
  • The Library channel under the Research tab now offers a vastly improved interface for searching references, databases and e-journals, a Library Info quick reference, and the Liblink blog
  • Email storage size (quota) raised from 100MB to 250MB
  • A handy vacation message start- and end-date option under 'Preferences > Vacation message
  • New Stern tab (for Stern undergraduates only)
  • A Student Health & Wellness channel, which provides quick access to the Student Health Center, Student Health Insurance, the NYU Wellness Exchange, and much more
  • Expanded content in the Computer Security Alerts and ITS News & Alerts channels

Internet Explorer 7 Update

In November 2006, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), which includes several important security features and updates. The browser is designed to protect against unauthorized ActiveX scripting and phishing scams, and provides a new menu bar to manage add-on web browser applications.

ITS initially recommended that the NYU community continue to use IE6 while we evaluated the browser's compatibility with NYU services. Our tests have not yet shown significant incompatibility with our major administrative systems or the NYU network, so you may now install IE7 and take advantage of the security features and updates it offers. As is always the case, please proceed with care prior to upgrading software on your computer by backing up important data. We will continue to monitor our systems and test IE7 for potential impact, and welcome your feedback with any problems you might encounter: 212-998-3333. For more information about IE7, visit the Microsoft website at http://www.microsoft.com/ie/ .

February 12, 2007

ITS Scheduled Maintenance, Sun., Feb. 18

A number of ITS-supported administrative services will be unavailable on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 7:30am to 4:00pm, while required system maintenance work is performed. Thank you for your cooperation and support. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email them to its.maintenance@nyu.edu.

The following systems will be unavailable while the work is being performed:

- fame, Brio, HRIS/PASS, BIA, Tuition Remission, Payment Image Viewing and other NYU Workflow applications
- eReports
- University Data Warehouse
- Advance
- Sallie Mae
- Remedy & Remedy-integrated knowledge base
- Mediease, Tracks (Health Services); IQSessions, Exprod (Dental School); ADB; FRDB; OneStep; Accounting Reconciliation; Paybase; Housing Management, Residence Life, Adastra, OHM, Columbus

Download Windows Updates: 02/14

Microsoft released several critical Windows patches on Feb. 12 that resolve multiple vulnerabilities. The patches address, amongst other issues, vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Visual Studio, and Windows 2000 workstations.

This update affects multiple versions of Windows including, but not limited to, Windows XP Professional SP2. The patches for MS Office and its family of applications affect both the Windows and Mac versions. It is very important that you update as soon as possible.

Download the latest updates here: (Windows)

http://update.microsoft.com

Download the latest updates here: (MS Office for Mac OS X)

MacTopia Downloads

February 10, 2007

Albert & TorchTone Maintenance, 2/16-2/20

Albert, TorchTone and online SIS will be unavailable from Fri., Feb. 16 at 5pm until Tues., Feb. 20 at 8am while important updates are performed. Thank you for your cooperation. Details and information updates...

February 08, 2007

Firefox 1.5.0.9 Pop-Up Blocker Attack

There is a a flaw in the pop-up blocker of Firefox that could allow an attacker to access local files. However, this vulnerability only affects Firefox 1.5.0.9. This vulnerability does not affect Firefox 2.0 which is the latest version of the browser.

When the pop-up blocker feature is disabled, Firefox gives unnecessary access to local files. If a malicious file containing exploit code is already on the computer, then it can be remotely launched.

This is not easy, since the file would have to be planted on the system by tricking a user to click on a link that would download the file. The malicious file could then enable access to other files, which could be transferred to a remote computer belonging to an attacker.

Mozilla, the distributor of Firefox, is currently working on a solution. In the meantime, make sure your pop-up blocker is enabled whenever possible. Alternatively, you can upgrade to the latest version of Firefox, version 2.0 here:

Download Firefox 2.0