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Saturday, March 5th, 2016

A planned maintenance window has been scheduled for this coming weekend beginning Saturday March 5th at 9:00 A. M. through Sunday March 6th at 9:00 P. M. to allow for upgrades to major systems supporting the campus. During this time the following services will experience brief  intermittent outages:

– Banner, BearPAWS, and BearDeN
– SOGo/Bearmail email and calendaring
– Moodle
– SUNY Portal
– VPN for faculty/staff
– Access to online library resources
– Wireless Connectivity

The following services will not be affected:
– www.potsdam.edu
– Swipe Card Access
– Telephony
– Apogee Resnet Services

Updates and the status of all services will be posted to our Network Status Blog ( http://blogs.potsdam.edu/network ) throughout the weekend to note our progress. A campus–wide email will be sent at the close of the maintenance window.

If you have an emergency during this outage, contact University Police at 315-267-2222.

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

On Monday it was pointed out to me that despite having Adobe Creative Suite 5 (purchased last semester) we had yet to roll it out in the labs.  (This delay was intentional so as not to adversely affect in-progress CS3-based curriculum.)  Yesterday I “flipped the switch” and this morning at 6:00 the Lab computers dutifully came on and got the signal to dump CS3 and download CS5.  The unfortunate (and unforeseen by yours truly) consequence of this was that being several Gigabytes in size, 2 hours later it was STILL DOWNLOADING on every computer on campus.

Responding to a report from the Library, I killed the download server allowing all computers to be used.  The downside of this is that Creative Suite 5 is most likely USELESS.  I am ensuring for its availability in the Kellas 100 classroom where I know classes make use of it.  Creative Suite 5 will, hopefully, be “everywhere” tomorrow!!

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Student Success Center computer lab in Sisson Hall 106 has been upgraded and now has 6 dual-boot iMacs (Windows XP & MacOS) available for student use.

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The Career Planning office in Sisson Hall now has three dual-boot iMacs available for use by students in the preparation of résumés and other materials to aid in your job search.

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

A scanner is now connected and available for use in the Geology Department minilab in Timerman 217.

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The web kiosks in the Barrington Student Union have been upgraded to newer and faster iMacs with 17″ displays offering a much higher resolution.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The Minerva Café Kiosks have been upgraded to 17″ flat panels running at a much higher resolution than the previous models. Being newer displays you’ll notice sharper text and brighter content.

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Last week we implemented a configuration change to the Mac operating system preferences that makes your Helios “Home Directory” the default save location.

It is important to realize that this only applies to NEW documents being saved for the first time!  Existing documents opened by double-clicking them will save to their original location (as they always have).

As always, save early and save often!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

The drivers for the Epson scanners in the Levitt Center were added to Windows XP last night.  Users should now be able to use the scanners from Windows.

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

A “Quick Print” station has been set up in the Crumb Library right next to the student printers.  This station is a standard Lab computer with both the MacOS and Windows XP available.  It is to be used for printing ONLY.  Please see the signage next to the computer for more details.