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February 2013 Newsletter
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Hamilton College




March 2013

In this Newsletter:

From the Editor

Internet Speed to Triple During the Break

The Hidden Cost of Free - Keeping Yourself Safe When Using Public Wi-Fi

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection

Hamilton to Host Mobile Learning Summit

Applications For Adventurous Users, Redux

Digital Humanities Initiative Biweekly Newsletter

ITS Newsletter Archives
 

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From the Editor - Maureen Scoones

There will be exciting events happening on campus during the break. Some behind the scenes (our Internet upgrade) while others will be more visible (the Mobile Learning Summit). If you find yourself with some down time over the break, perhaps sipping a latte at the Starbucks in Barnes & Noble or having lunch with a friend at Panera, be sure to read this month's article from Ryan Coyle so you'll be safe when using public wi-fi in these locations. Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable break!

Internet Speed to Triple During the Break
- Dave Roback

ITS is pleased to announce that we will be more than tripling the speed of our Internet connection during Spring Break. The Internet speed will be increasing from 300 Mbps (mega bits per second) to 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps).

This was made possible by a major hardware upgrade at the "Internet edge" to handle the increased speed as well as re-negotiating the existing contract with our Internet provider to offer the new service at a significant cost savings.

Although the existing 300 Mbps connection was not fully utilized during the daytime hours, it was frequently at maximum capacity during the evening and nighttime hours. The increase should directly benefit the performance during those hours.

The Hidden Cost of Free - Keeping Yourself Safe When Using Public Wi-Fi - Ryan Coyle

They say that the best things in life are free: hugs, air, a fall day, the smell of fresh pie, and airport Wi-Fi. Wait, airport Wi-Fi? Many businesses such as coffee shops, Panera Breads, and McDonalds offer free Wi-Fi as a way to encourage people to stay in their stores longer and hopefully spend more money. While I think we're all in agreement that we like free, sometimes there are things to consider when using these types of services.

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High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection
- Tim Hicks

HDCP? Analog Sunset? EDID? How these will affect your presentations?

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) commonly, though incorrectly, referred to as High-Definition Copy(right) Protection is designed to prevent the copying of digital video and audio content. The projection system will stop HDCP encrypted material from being played on unauthorized devices and devices designed to make a duplication of the material. Playback devices such as cable boxes, DVD decks, Blu-ray decks and more importantly computer video cards are HDCP compliant and are programed to exchange a handshake between their output and the display device.

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Hamilton to Host Mobile Learning Summit - Maureen Scoones

For the second year, Hamilton will welcome The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) and K-20 educators to campus on Friday, March 22 for the Mobile Learning Summit. The one day event, taking place in KJ, is "intended to address mobile device concepts, challenges and opportunities across the K-20 continuum [with the goal of equipping] all attendees with information and best practices that can be applied directly to professional roles, and encourage further exploration in mobile technology."

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Applications For Adventurous Users, Redux - Nikki Reynolds

It's been quite awhile since the last article of this nature, but the Chronicle's "ProfHacker" has had a number of interesting posts lately, so the time seems right for another list of interesting applications that you might find useful. As before, these are not applications that are actually supported by ITS. On the other hand, you all always use what you need, even if we don't support it. So I offer this list in the hopes you might find something useful.

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Digital Humanities Initiative Newsletter
- Janet Simons & Angel Nieves

 

The latest installment (March 4, 2013) of the Digital Discussions biweekly newsletter, designed to keep everyone up-to-date with the latest information on upcoming DHi events, is available. We will also be using this format to showcase some of our current ideas on what we might be doing next in our Activities, Ideas & Musings section!

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ITS Newsletter Archives

All past issues of the ITS Newsletter are available on our website.

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