TechNews

Posted Date: 12/28/2006

Apple Computer Inc. must like this trend. In the 2005-06 school year, the UC Davis bookstore sold more than $2 million worth of Apple computers, while sales of rival PCs barely totaled $250,000. Sales of Apple's desktop Macintoshes rose 16 percent from the year before, and sales of Mac laptops grew almost 50 percent. But sales of desktop PCs skidded 38 percent.

Posted Date: 12/23/2006

On Friday, Dec. 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the network in the Campus Data Center will undergo a major reconfiguration that will affect all systems and services in the center. Throughout that time, all services will experience intermittent interruptions of 5 minutes to 2 hours.

Posted Date: 12/21/2006

Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista, offers many new features. But Information and Educational Technology (IET) recommends that UC Davis departments and technical staff postpone installing it on existing campus machines.

Posted Date: 12/20/2006

If your plans for the new year include music, remember that as a UC Davis student you can download songs free--and legally--through Cdigix. Since fall, every student has had a free one-year subscription to Ctrax, part of the Cdigix media suite. Staff and instructors can use the service for $5.99 per month.

Posted Date: 12/16/2006

Instructors who want to learn how to record and podcast lectures are invited to a two-part training session Jan. 2.

Posted Date: 12/16/2006

Classroom Technology Services will offer training Jan. 2 on how to connect laptops to projectors in general assignment classrooms.

Posted Date: 12/15/2006

Applications will open Jan. 8 for the HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative, the tech company's program to support innovative use of mobile technology in kindergarten through college. Based on the outcomes, Hewlett-Packard Co. might offer some of the recipients bigger grants in 2008.

Posted Date: 12/15/2006

Reports of the serious computer security breach at UCLA "underscore the tremendous risks of hosting electronic personal identity information on automated systems," says Pete Siegel, vice provost for Information and Educational Technology (IET), in a new letter to members of the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors.

Posted Date: 12/14/2006

The campus has lined up Marcus Ranum, who invented the proxy firewall, as the keynote speaker for the third biennial UC Davis IT Security Symposium in June.

Posted Date: 12/14/2006

Information and Educational Technology services will remain available during the winter break from Dec. 17 through Jan. 1, but on a reduced schedule. For details, click here.

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