Doing more with less is a common theme in higher education these days. OIT has been working hard to make the best of the current economic crisis. Although some projects are on hold and others are taking longer than we had hoped due to the tighter budgets and loss of staff...
Blackboard is going away! Over the coming three semesters, OIT will be phasing out the use of Blackboard, our Course Management System of the past six years, in favor of a new system known here on campus as Glow. As we evaluated the effectiveness of Blackboard...
The Office for Information Technology is excited to announce the launch of two new wireless network spaces, Purple Help & Purple Air. Purple Help is what we suggest all wireless users to first connect to when arriving on campus. Once connected, launch a web browser of your choice and you’ll be...
Did you ever read the book Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson? It’s about a boy, Harold, who draws pretty much anything he needs with his trusty purple crayon.  For example, Harold ends up floating in the ocean during one of his adventures, so he whips out his purple crayon...
On March 1, 2010, Massachusetts Identity Theft legislation will require securing portable electronic devices which have personally identifiable information (PII) on them.  The law is specifically written to protect information such as Social Security Numbers and bank or credit...
In a previous article, we talked about why Williams decided on a printing quota. In this one, we'll focus on how it will be implemented.
Student allotment
Free printing per semester:
Underclassmen: $50...
ince early August, supervisors of student workers have begun using a new online service which lets them hire students on their own.  The new process eliminates the need for much of the back-and-forth communication required in the past between supervisors, students...
If a major disaster hit the Williams campus, what would happen to our computer networks? Which services and systems are essential and would need to be restored as quickly as possible, and which ones could wait longer? What steps could we take now to minimize the impact...
With nearly 100% of classrooms now equipped with standard electronic presentation equipment, Instructional Technology/Media Services has embarked upon an aggressive program to refresh and upgrade existing equipment...
WordPress is a free, open source tool that OIT uses to publish and maintain websites and blogs, including the one you’re looking at right now. We’ve found it excellent for small scale websites such as College departments and organizations...
Windows 7 is the newest version of Microsoft Windows, and was released for testing on July 22, with a public release set for October 22.  What is unusual about this new OS is that it is coming out less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista....
This year we have a new online course catalog that is much easier to use and search than the previous one. Currently only Fall and Spring classes are listed, but Winter Study classes will be added in the next version...
If you ask somebody at OIT what WIT is, they'd probably tell you "it's a summer technology internship for Williams students." If you ask me, I'd tell you "it's a bunch of multi-talented, diverse, and ambitious students who are rounded up at the end of the school year...
In striving to provide better large format printing for academic support, OIT recently purchased an Epson Stylus Pro 9900.  The new plotter (poster printer) provides accurate color representation while allowing us to monitor printing supplies and cost...
In July, the Office of Information Technology upgraded our calendar program, Meeting Maker. The previous version of Meeting Maker allowed people with Palm based PDAs and smartphones to access their calendar using conduits through a wired connection....
WARNING: Techie Talk to follow!
Williams College Wireless provides convenience and mobility, but it also presents several security challenges. Security for 802.11 networks can be broken down into three categories: the authentication framework...
Lanfiles, the service that among things provides personal web pages for people at Williams, will be turned off in the beginning of December....
Doing more with less- an overview of the last 6 months.
Blackboard is being replaced by Glow over the next 3 semesters.
OIT rolls out a new encrypted wireless network.
Our new Media Studios Coordinator shares her vision.
College laptop data to be encrypted to protect sensitive information.
Details on student allotments and departmental printing accounts.
New Peoplesoft options make hiring student workers simpler.
Plans for restoring computer services and data after a disaster.
Classroom electronic presentation equipment upgraded.
A free content management system for managing websites or blogs.
OIT takes a look at Microsoft's newest operating system.
Catalog.williams.edu makes searching courses easier.
An intern tells tales of the 2009 summer technology program.
Jesup gets a new plotter printer, previous model goes to Office Services.
Using Meeting Maker on mobile devices becomes much easier.
A technical look at 802.11 network security issues.
The elderly lanfiles system is being retired in December.