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We’re Still Test-Driving Windows 10

microsoft windows 10

Want to install Windows 10 on your personal computer? Great! Read about it here, then knock yourself out.

If you experience problems or have questions, we’ll do our best to help you out, but our support may be limited.

Want Windows 10 on your work computer? You’ll need to wait. Our testing thus far has been positive, but there’s still a lot of work to do to ensure it works with University software and systems.

For now, the Office of Information Technology will continue to officially support Windows 7 & 8, along with Mac OS X 10.8 – 10.10 on Boise State computers.

For questions or more information about Windows 10, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@boisestate.edu, or call 208-426-4357.

 

System Maintenance July 25-26

maintenance

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on our Federated (Shibboleth) systems beginning Saturday, July 25 through Sunday evening, July 26.

During this time, Boise State access to the following systems will be unavailable:

  • AcademicWorks
  • AIM (Accessible Information Management)
  • Atomic Learning
  • CollegeNet (Online Course Evaluations)
  • CILogon (Cyber-Infrastructure Login)
  • Digital Measures
  • DMP Tool
  • EDUCAUSE
  • GENI Portal
  • iLab
  • InCommon
  • iParq
  • NIH
  • Open Science Data Cloud Console
  • OrgSync
  • Qualtrics

For more information, please contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at helpdesk@boisestate.edu, or call 208-426-4357.

Blackboard Downtime Scheduled Saturday, July 18

Blackboard

The Blackboard Learning Management System will be unavailable from 1:00 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 18.

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on our Blackboard servers during this time.

For more information, please contact the Help Desk at 208.426.HELP, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

BBQ in the Park for Research

barbeque

The Boise State research community is invited to “BBQ in the Park for Research” on Thursday, July 16 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Julia Davis Park.

Come meet and mingle with researchers while enjoying chorizos with soda and other beverages, courtesy of the Office of Research Computing.

The celebration will be held in the outdoor pavilion located west of Zoo Boise (see map). If walking from the Boise State campus, cross Friendship Bridge and turn left.

For more information, contact Brian McDevitt at brianmcdevitt@boisestate.edu.

The New myBoiseState: Getting Student Information in Harmony

harmony shown via a major triad

The new myBoiseState is organized a bit differently than the current version.

What you see today in myBoiseState is a mashup of a lot of different elements, including links, social media posts, calendars, To-Do and Hold information, promotional images, news…

It’s noisy.

We’ve tried to establish some harmony in the new myBoiseState by separating related items within different sections or pages.

For example, a student will see this when viewing student information in the new myBoiseState:Three new tabs in my Boise State

Instead of piling all of these elements on top of one another, we’ve separated information within three key tabs: My Accounts, My Academics, and My Account.

My Schedule

The My Schedule tab shows classes by term in which you’ve enrolled, or completed. If you have evaluations to complete for a class, you’ll see a notification prompt encouraging you to complete your evals. This notification will only disappear once all your evaluations are complete.

If a class has one or more corresponding Blackboard courses, a Blackboard icon will appear at far-right:

Blackboard Icon

Clicking that icon will take you right into Blackboard.

My Academics

The My Academics tab displays your majors/minors, advisor information, and academic resources such as your grades, textbook purchases and the University’s academic calendar:

my academics tab

If you want to make changes to your major and/or minor, you can access the Change My Major service by clicking on your designated major/minor, or click “Change My Major” near the bottom of the list.

My Accounts

The My Accounts tab displays both financial and academic Holds or To-Do List items, and gives you a quick glance at your account balance:

My Account tab

You may also access the new Expenses Minus Financial Aid Calculator app to give you an estimate of how much money you’ll have to work with in a semester or academic year.

Next time we’ll take a look at accessing services and resources in the new myBoiseState.

For more information about the new myBoiseState appearing later this year, checkout the myBoiseState Redesign blog.

Practice Safe Gaming

Online Gaming Safety and Security

The SANS Institute recently published tips to help protect your computer, your data and your money when gaming online:

  • Be cautious of any messages that ask you to take an action, such as clicking on a link or downloading a file. Just like phishing attacks, bad people will attempt to fool or trick you into taking actions that will infect your
    computer. If a message seems odd, urgent or too good to be true, be suspicious that it may be an attack. Unsure? Call our Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.
  • Many online games have their own financial markets where you can trade, barter or even buy virtual goods. Just like in the real word, there are fraudsters on these systems who will attempt to trick you out of your money or attempt to steal it outright.
  • Be careful performing transactions where real money is used to purchase in-game goods and vice versa.
    Only perform these actions in marketplaces with a known good reputation.
  • Limit the amount of information you or your children share online. Never share detailed personal information,
    such as your password or home address.
  • Many websites, such as online banking, use security questions to help confirm your identity. Attackers have been known to obtain the answers to these security questions by befriending victims in online games. Remember that you are under no obligation to answer questions people ask you when gaming.

More information about online gaming safety and security, including tips on protecting your computer and accounts, is available on the SANS website.

Systems Maintenance Scheduled July 26-28

maintenance

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on our Federated (Shibboleth) systems beginning Friday, June 26 at 5:00 pm through Sunday evening, June 28.

The systems maintenance previously scheduled for June 26-28 has been cancelled due to vendor resourcing issues. 

During this time, Boise State access to the following systems will be unavailable:

  • AcademicWorks
  • AIM (Accessible Information Management)
  • Atomic Learning
  • CollegeNet (Online Course Evaluations)
  • CILogon (Cyber-Infrastructure Login)
  • Digital Measures
  • DMP Tool
  • EDUCAUSE
  • GENI Portal
  • iLab
  • InCommon
  • iParq
  • NIH
  • Open Science Data Cloud Console
  • OrgSync
  • Qualtrics

For more information, please contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at helpdesk@boisestate.edu, or call 208-426-4357.

Win Prizes With Atomic Learning’s Summer Session

Atomic Learning Summer Session

Join Atomic Learning’s Summer Session for a chance over $500 in prizes for both you and Boise State!

This free informational series begins mid-June, and includes weekly emails focused on helping you learn something new this summer – like using Google Maps to plan a road trip or capturing memories with Digital Photography Basics.

Each time you share a takeaway of what you learned, you’ll be entered in a prize drawing.

Sign up today at http://al.atomiclearning.com/summer

Atomic Learning provides solutions for learners of all ages, with training available when you want it. Software, career skills, productivity, and higher education study techniques are just some of the countless learning opportunities available on-demand at Boise State.

Access Atomic Learning through myBoiseState, or through Blackboard.

PeopleSoft Downtime

People soft maintenance

This weekend the Office of Information Technology is installing an upgrade of PeopleTools, the PeopleSoft development environment utilized by many functional areas and developers at Boise State.

To do this, we have to bring down our PeopleSoft production systems, including Student Center, Student Administration, Human Resources and Finance systems. We’ll start Friday, June 12 at 5:30 pm and have the system back up by 6:00 pm Sunday, June 14.

So, students won’t be able to register for classes for 48 hours, check financial aid, plan with Degree Tracker, search courses, etc.

Faculty and staff won’t be able report time, view paycheck info, etc.

Because PeopleSoft provides data to many of our web applications, this maintenance downtime will also impact functionality for:

  • Blackboard LMS Middleware (not Blackboard Learn, used by many of our students and which will remain active during the downtime)
  • Change My Major
  • Orientation Registration
  • View Disbursements
  • Budget Transfer Request
  • Grade Input
  • Four Year Plans
  • Internships
  • Electronic and Mechanical Door Access requests

 

Downtime for Pyramid Analytics Upgrade on June 2, 2015

Pyramid Analytics Upgrade on June 2, 2015

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) upgrades Pyramid Analytics on June 2, 2015 from 1:30-5 p.m. Reporting services provided by Pyramid Analytics will not be available during this time.

Version 5.4 Features:

  • a cleaner look and design of the user interface that is more user-friendly;
  • a new HTML5 interface in addition to the Internet Explorer-Silverlight interface;
  • improved back-end stability that simplifies maintenance lowering costs.

Changes to Note in Version 5.4

  • Continue to use Internet Explorer with the Silverlight plugin to access full functionality of Pyramid Analytics.
  • The HTML5 interface incorporates most of the functionality of the IE-Silverlight interface. but note that in the HTML5 version contextual menus are accessed via a regular mouse click (left+click) instead of the right+click and you drill down into data by double+clicking items. Also note that the ribbon and info panels are not available in the HTML5 version.
  • Legacy data views (ProClarity views) will not migrate to version 5.4.
  • “Elements” is now a tab across all reports and can still be accessed via the contextual menu (right+click).
  • The “Distribute” menu item is now named “Share”.

HTML5 Interface Tips

The HTML5 interface incorporates most of the functionality of the IE-Silverlight interface but note:

  • access contextual menus via a regular mouse click (left+click) instead of the right+click;
  • drill down into data by double+clicking items;
  • the ribbon and info panels are not available in the HTML5 version.

Contact the Help Desk at 208-426-4357 (HELP), helpdesk@boisestate.edu or via chat.

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