On October 27th, RPINFO, http://rpinfo.rpi.edu, the directory of services, resources, and information for the Rensselaer community, was updated. RPInfo looks different, but perhaps more significantly, it received the most significant technology upgrade since it first made an appearance in 1994 as a flat HTML site.
DotCIO News & Announcements
Any users who have recently been locked out of the campus voice mail system or have forgotten their voice mail password are encouraged to please wait 15 minutes before trying to access the system again. If you are still having difficulties after 15 minutes, an on-line tool is available for you to reset your password.
From 1:00pm to 2:00 on Thursday, February 18 in Low/CII 3116, a presentation will be given to illustrate the capabilities in Mathematica 10 and other Wolfram technologies that are directly applicable for use in teaching and research on campus.
Topics of these technical talks will include how to:
The Mobile Computing team is pleased to announce that Windows 10 base images are now available at the VCC Help Desk for students participating in Rensselaer's Mobile Computing Program.
The images -- which are currently available for the T430, T430s, T440s, T450s, and W541 laptop models -- include Windows 10 Education and Office 2016.
You may be at risk
Copyright infringement continues to be a growing societal concern. Since 2003, the entertainment industry has filed thousands of law suits against college students, including students enrolled at Rensselaer, for facilitating the unauthorized online distribution of protected material.
So, what does this all mean to you?
DotCIO has upgraded the Central Authentication Service and Shibboleth package which facilitate login to several services on campus, including StarRez, Concerto admin access, Benelogic, Digital Measures, PeopleAdmin, Blackboard CampusCard, Cayuse, and iLabs Solutions.
Shown below in the first image is the now-retired login page. The second image is of the current login page.
Please contact the VCC Helpdesk directly for any questions or concerns when using your RCS account to access services.
DotCIO will begin replacing our current RCS printing system this fall, as such any computer that uses RCS printing will need to be reconfigured before September 30th 2015. The changes will require existing RCS print queues to be removed from your computer and the new ones added.
Once fully operational the new system will include many features that will make printing simpler to use including better feedback on job status.
Instructions can be found online at http://dotcio.rpi.edu/services/printing/how-print-rcs-public-printers .
As of April 2015, Google has confirmed their intention to drop support for Java and several other NPAPI base plugins. Chrome versions and updates are also implementing the announced changes, and as a result Java users are strongly encouraged to consider browser alternatives to Chrome as soon as possible.
Please refer to the Java website for a more complete announcement and steps for configuring Chrome to enable NPAPI plugins.
Rensselaer now participates in eduroam, a secure world-wide roaming Internet access service developed for the international research and education community. This service allows community members at participating institutions to obtain internet connectivity at any other participating institution. More than 5500 institutions in over 50 countries participate in this service; a list of participants in the United States is also available.
Members of Rensselaer's Academic & Research Computing staff wish to remind all members of the campus community that Windows XP, which was launched on campus more than 12 years ago, has reached the total end of its support as of April 8. As a result, Microsoft no longer provides any fixes, updates or online technical assistance for the XP operating system.