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Posted Date: 12/21/2017

Several important UC Davis services were unavailable starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, when a construction project in downtown Sacramento severed a fiber-optic cable that carries network traffic to and from the Sacramento data center used by UC Davis.
 
Computing accounts, Banner, UC Davis Canvas, Final Grade Submission, myucdavis, and Office 365 were among the services affected. UC Davis services were re-established about 2:30 p.m. after technical personnel were able to restore a redundant network access channel.
 
The outage affected much more than UC Davis.

Posted Date: 12/14/2017

A recent change to UC Davis Canvas makes it easy for faculty to identify wait-listed students in class rosters.

Instructors can see the improvement when they look at the roster displayed in the People tool of their course sites. Beginning with classes taught in the upcoming winter quarter/spring semester, any students who are wait-listed will have “Student_Waitlist” after their names (see example).

Previously, students were listed simply as students, whether they were on a wait list or not.

Posted Date: 12/12/2017

UC Davis website managers and communicators should be interested in this news: The campus will retire Cascade as a content management system, and cPanel as a place to host websites, in late 2018.

Posted Date: 12/11/2017

UC Davis will host the next annual University of California Computing Services Conference on Aug. 13-15, 2018. The theme this year is “sustainable technology.”   

Posted Date: 12/08/2017

The University of California has ordered all UC campuses and locations not to buy or deploy Kaspersky Lab products, including technology that uses embedded Kaspersky code.

Kaspersky’s main product is antivirus software. Based on procurement records and data from managed computer systems, only a handful of locations at UC Davis use Kaspersky products, so the impact here is minor.

Posted Date: 12/04/2017

Starting Dec. 19, 2017, anyone who still wants to access SmartSite will need to do so from a campus location or, if they’re away from UC Davis, use a VPN (virtual private network) connection.

The change, which essentially limits access to people who have UC Davis accounts, is part of the phased retirement of the former campus learning management system.

Posted Date: 11/30/2017

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to replace current rules enforcing net neutrality. Because of interest generated by the pending decision, we’re posting this essay originally written last spring.

If the United States abandons net neutrality, says UC Davis University Librarian MacKenzie Smith, the harm to scholarship will be significant.

In her position, she is most directly concerned about the injury this change would inflict on scholarly journals and communication, and by extension the damage that would then flow out to the research and innovation that communication supports. But online education, startup companies, and other endeavors would all be harmed.

Today, traffic is treated equally as it moves across the internet. That’s the core of net neutrality. You cannot legally pay an internet service provider (ISP) to move your data faster than anyone else’s.

However ...

Posted Date: 11/29/2017

A serious flaw in Apple’s macOS High Sierra software was discovered Tuesday, and Apple released a patch today to fix it. The UC Davis Information Security Office and other security experts are advising Mac users to install the patch immediately.

Posted Date: 11/28/2017

Instructure, which created Canvas, will make a key decision in 2018 on how best to develop software that’s intended to help faculty manage large or multiple courses.

Before deciding which way to go, the company would like to hear from instructors at UC Davis and other universities that use Canvas.

Posted Date: 11/21/2017

A new tool that helps instructors combine enrollments from multiple course sections into one primary course site is now available in UC Davis Canvas.

The Cross-listing Assistant improves on the previous Canvas process for combining sections, which was complex for courses with multiple sections. As an interim measure, Canvas Support has been offering to cross-list sections for any UC Davis instructor upon request.

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