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Restore Deleted Google Calendar Events


Google recently announced the addition of Trash functionality to Google Calendar.  Now you can quickly and easily undelete calendar events!

You can access your calendar’s Trash by clicking the dropdown arrow next to your name under “My calendars” and selecting Trash.

Image: Google Calendar Trash

A list of deleted calendar events will be displayed.  You can restore events or delete them forever. Just like Gmail, deleted items will remain in your calendar’s trash for 30 days.

For more information, please visit Google’s support site.

If you have any questions or need assistance restoring a deleted calendar event, contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or

Updated Google Drive apps for iOS and Android

Google Drive app

Google recently added several new updates to the Google Drive apps for iOS and Android!

Some of the highlights include:

  • Request access to files (Android)
  • Flexible editing and sharing (iOS)
  • New formatting options such as viewing more content at one time and using superscripts and subscripts (Android)
  • Receive notifications when Drive items have been shared with you (iOS and Android)

You can read more about these updates in Google’s blog post. To download the Google Drive app, visit iTunes or Google Play.

If you have questions about how to use these new tools, contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or

Student Response System (Clicker) Demos Beginning Nov. 11

Help us select a clicker system

The OIT Learning Technology Solutions team invites faculty to attend demonstrations of the four student response system (clicker) solutions currently under evaluation.

You are the classroom experts and we appreciate your input in selecting a solution to provide Boise State students with the best student response system experience.

Please join us for the following demonstrations:

  • Turning Point Cloud
    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    RFH 301
  • Top Hat
    Monday, Nov. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    RFH 301
  • i>Clicker
    Thursday, Nov. 19, 9-10 a.m.
    RFH 301
  • Learning Catalytics
    Thursday, Nov. 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    RFH 301

For more information about the student response system (clicker) demonstrations, contact Daniel Gold, Associate Director, LTS, at 208-426-2648 or

Coffee and Donuts Forum for the Boise State Research Community

coffee and donuts forum for researchers

The Office of Information Technology’s Research Computing department will host a Coffee and Donuts Forum from 9:00 am – 11:00 am Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Albertsons Library MakerLab (1st Floor).

The Boise State research community is invited to mingle and attend a special presentation by Will Hughes, associate dean of the College of Innovation and Design and head of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program, at 10:00 am.

Dr. Hughes will discuss the College of Innovation and Design’s focus on identifying new pathways of learning (for credit or co-curricular) that deliver skills meeting emerging workplace needs. The VIP program creates long-term research and development experiences, cultivates leadership and mentoring, and benefits faculty research programs.

For more information, contact

Support for Mac OS X 10.11 Coming December 1

Apple 10.11

The Office of Information Technology is completing testing on the Mac OS 10.11 operating system, and is aiming to make this system available to Boise State faculty and staff by December 1.

Details on Mac OS X 10.11 are on Apple’s website.

As of December 1, the Office of Information Technology will officially support OS X 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, so if you have a Mac with 10.8 or below, you’ll need to update your computer’s operating system to comply with support standards.

If your computer is not supported by OIT, please contact your local area or network administrator for upgrade information.

To schedule an upgrade for an OIT-supported computer, contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at 426-4357 or email

The New myBoiseState: Spring 2016

my boise state

The new myBoiseState must accommodate ~3,000 simultaneous connections (right now we peak at about 2,500).

Each time someone logs in to myBoiseState, data is retrieved from Google Apps, Blackboard, PeopleSoft, Data Warehouse, and more than a dozen other services and locations. Not only does that data need to be loaded in seconds, but the constant requests for the data can’t put any adverse load on the Google Apps, Blackboard or PeopleSoft systems.

To test all of this, we conduct load testing. We put demand on our system and measure the response.

Load testing for the new myBoiseState has revealed our planned backend implementation cannot handle the expected requirements. The backend servers need to be updated, and after that happens load testing must begin anew.

There’s no way for us to get that done before mid-November, which was the last-ditch date to go live with the new myBoiseState this semester. After that date, the Thanksgiving holiday, dead week, finals week, grades, and the Winter Break set in.

Unfortunately, this means we have to postpone the launch of the new myBoiseState until early next year.

We’ll have more information about the revised launch date as we continue to make changes.

Securing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things

Lucidchart Announces iOS 9 app


Lucidchart has announced a new iOS 9 app and it’s free with your Boise State Lucidchart account.

Now you can quickly create and edit diagrams and flowcharts from your iPhone or iPad. You can even export these diagrams into other apps.

Share charts and collaborate with coworkers by typing @ followed by the team member’s name.

Download the free Lucidchart app from iTunes.

Once the app is installed, tap the Log In button. Instead of signing in, touch the Sign in with Google link.

Lucidchart Login
Image: Lucidchart Sign In

Enter your Boise State email address and Boise State password. You will then be directed to the familiar Boise State login page.  Enter your Boise State username and password.

If you have questions about the Lucidchart app or need assistance installing it, contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or

Get MATLAB for Free!

Get MATLAB for free

MATLAB is now available to Boise State students, researchers, faculty and staff for installation on personal and University-owned computers.

MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization and numerical computation. You can use MATLAB in a wide range of applications, including signal and image processing, communications, control design, test and measurement, computational biology and financial modeling and analysis.

Contact the Help Desk at 208-426-4357 (HELP), or via chat to download and install MATLAB on your personal or University-owned computer.

Max Davis-Johnson Appointed to Governor’s Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force

Max Davis-Johnson Appointed to Governor Otter's Cybersecurity Task Force

October is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month, and the state of Idaho recently committed to a new level of awareness and action when Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter created the “Idaho Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force.”

Max Davis-Johnson, CIO and AVP for the Office of Information Technology, was appointed to the Idaho Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force when it was created this summer along with chair Lt. Gov. Brad Little and representatives from state agencies.

The CyberSecurity Task Force met for the first time about two weeks ago to begin their work reviewing cybersecurity systems statewide in order to evaluate and develop policies, strategies and collaborations to more efficiently strengthen Idaho’s protection against online threats.

Read more about the Idaho Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force on the Boise State Public Radio website.