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April 27, 2007

MacBook & MacBook Pro Battery Update

Apple has issued an important battery update for all versions of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The update addresses a battery firmware issue and improves battery functionality.

It is highly recommended that you install this update as soon as possible. To get this and other updates immediately, go to the Apple menu & choose "Software Update". The update will require a restart.

More info can be found here:

Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro Battery Update

April 03, 2007

The NYU Faculty Digital Archive

NYU's Faculty Digital Archive ( is a new repository into which full-time NYU faculty can deposit their work in digital form. The Faculty Digital Archive (FDA) is intended to be a highly visible repository of NYU faculty digital scholarship, though collections can also be set up to restrict access to only selected people. Collections are owned and managed by faculty, who will have responsibility for adding, making available, and removing content. FDA content is backed up regularly and objects are assigned persistent URLs, which makes linking to and citation of individual objects reliable and easy. For more information, see

Security Awareness Month Hits the Road

This year's annual University-wide Computer & Network Security Awareness Month will be moved from April to the fall 2007 semester. Instead, ITS' Technology Security Services will be going on a "security road show" this April, visiting departments across campus, and presenting important and timely security information to faculty and staff members. If your department is interested in participating in our road show, contact Technology Security Services at

NYU Homepages Now Indexed by Search Engines

In response to numerous faculty and student requests, ITS has enabled indexing by outside search engines of the contents of all the personal websites posted at

If you have an NYU Homepages website, this means that people around the world can now find the contents of that site in searches they may do with Google or other search engines. While this is generally a desirable feature, you should be aware that people may be directed to contents on the site that are out of date or that you'd prefer to keep private. Please review what's on the site and make whatever content adjustments are appropriate.

If you do not want the contents of the site to appear in search engine results, you can block the indexing of the entire site or of a particular directory. Go to to find out how.

If you do not yet have a website in Homepages, but would like to set one up, see the instructions at

Faculty: Help Test a New Online Learning Tool

Full and part-time faculty interested in enhancing their courses through innovative learning technologies are being sought for NYU's ALEX pilot project. ALEX (Advanced Learning Exchange) represents an exploration of a possible alternative to the Blackboard tool in the form of a flexible, "community source" online learning management system.

To volunteer to test ALEX in a summer or fall course, or to ask a question about the system, visit the ITS Instructional Technology Pilot page at and choose "ALEX" from the "Select Technology" pull down menu. For more information about ALEX, please see

Important Note on Illegal Downloading

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April 01, 2007

Service Improvements to NYU Email, Apr. 3

On Tues., April 3, from 7:30pm-9:30pm, NYUHome email will be unavailable while important patches and updates are applied.

During this two-hour service outage, you will be unable to send or receive email whether you check your email by logging directly into NYUHome, or use an email client such as Outlook, Eudora or Thunderbird. All mail sent to you during this service window will be held in a queue and delivered to you when service is resumed.

If you use Microsoft Outlook and have been experiencing problems receiving NYUHome webmail-generated replies, you will be pleased to know that this issue is addressed by the patches we are about to install. Other service enhancements include improved printing from within the webmail interface.

We appreciate your patience while these improvements are being implemented.