Maintenance Period Time Change

Internet securityEach week IT@Sam reserves Friday from 6pm until Saturday at 6am to perform routine system maintenance so as to lessen the impact to the campus community. This week, we are modifying that timeframe a bit due to the university closure at noon on Friday, April 3. This week our maintenance window will begin at noon.

Of the changes occurring this week, the only noticeable change will be to the SamWeb system. Starting at 1pm and concluding at 2pm this system will undergo maintenance that will require about a 10 minute system outage.

Enjoy the slightly shorter work week. Happy Spring!

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Tech Tip: Tagxedo – Create Words With Style

Sometimes a presentation, blog post, or social media post calls for a little extra “oomph!” But sometimes what you post or present doesn’t lend itself to an easy picture fix. Or, maybe you’re just looking for a way to change up the images you use.

Try Tagxedo. Taxgedo turns words into a visual word cloud or shape. If you follow them on Facebook, you’ll get to see the many ways you can use Tagxedo, like these:

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Tagxedo makes it easy to create and manipulate the words and shapes of your choosing.

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Just enter the text or web page of text you’d like to use in your image.

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Still not sure how you could use Tagxedo to spruce up a visual? Maybe these 101 Ways to Use Tagxedo will help.

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Software updates to know about

Internet securityWe hope Spring Break treated you well! While you were out, we made a few software updates and installed patches to your workstations. Over last weekend, the following were updated:

  • SAS/EIS deployed to all Windows workstations with SAS 9.4 installed.
  • Skype 7.0
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Adobe Muse
  • Respondus LockDown Browser 1.0.7.08
  • Server patches for remote.shsu.edu.

Updated software is available to faculty and staff in the installation menu. If you have any questions or issues with the mentioned updates, let us know at servicedesk@shsu.edu. We’re also available from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm by phone (4-HELP) or remote support, and from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm for walk-in support in AB1 145.

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Network Outage on Friday

On Friday, March 13, from 8:00 am to 12:00pm, the SHSU Electrical Shop will be installing power meters in LDB and CFS which will cause a possible network outage for the following buildings: LDB, AB3, Allen House, Barrett House, Randel House, Spivey House, AgMech Building, Industrial Tech Building, WASH, Vending, Art Complex, South Paw, and Raven Nest Golf Course.

Security Tip: Sharing Campus-Managed Workstations

security_workstationIn case you missed this month’s Security Tip in our March Newsletter, here’s your chance to check it out.

Protecting campus workstations is a top priority. Your roaming profile allows account information to automatically log-on to SamWeb and MySam in Internet Explorer.

Anyone could have access to your personal information with the ability to alter it or steal it if you leave your computer unlocked while unattended.

It’s important to remind employees or student workers to log-off or lock their computer when they step away. Two or more people sharing the same workstation and using a single login is strongly discouraged as they will be able to access each other’s personal information.

Here are a few other tips to help protect any campus workstation you use:

  • Never share your password.
  • Never alter or disable anti-virus or other security software.
  • Make sure to log-off, but still leave the computer running to allow IT@Sam approved updates.