December 5th, 2016

From Special Collections: Telling the Story of the Centralia Mine Fire

Writing a book is a process that requires research as well as imagination. Special Collections/University Archives holds the David DeKok Collection which is comprised of the research, notes, taped interviews, and correspondence that represent DeKok’s published work, Unseen Danger: a Tragedy of People, Government, and the Centralia Mine Fire (1986) that tells the story of the research and publication of DeKok’s book about the town of Centralia, Pennsylvania. (David DeKok, a journalist who wrote an additional book about Centralia mine fire, Fire Underground: the Ongoing Tragedy of the Centralia Mine Fire (2000)). This manuscript collection is a rich resource about […]

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December 2nd, 2016

G Suites offers totally revamped Sites

You might have looked at Google Sites at some point and thought: Looks nice, but it doesn’t really work for me. Or maybe you have a Google Site, but you’d like to freshen it up. You’re in luck – Google has done a complete update of Google Sites. Now you can have a more intuitive interface, attractive designs, six new themes, and the ability to track performance with Google Analytics. Check out the update info here Note that there’s a Learning Center link for the new Sites to walk you through the layout. Questions? Stop by the Tech Desk!

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November 17th, 2016

From Special Collections: The Press of Appletree Alley

In an era of where we equate printing books with the mechanized and commercial nature of big publishers, it’s hard to remember that for most of the history of the printed word, publishing houses were decentralized, publishing and distributing locally in small quantities. That idea seems quaint—and it is—but there is much to be gained from the ethos of such an establishment and how much freedom is found by seeking quality and personal fulfillment over money. The Press of Appletree Alley was a small printing establishment that resided in Lewisburg up until a decade ago. It’s philosophy centered around two […]

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November 15th, 2016

G Suites offers huge improvement in Gmail and Calendar iOS apps!

G Suites has just released updates to its apps for Gmail and Calendar, and they are terrific! One of our students really likes how he can get email immediately now with the app, as opposed to a delay of up to 30 minutes using the built-in Mail app. Some other Gmail improvements include: Undo Send, just like you do on the desktop, to prevent embarrassing email mistakes Search faster with instant results and spelling suggestions (like when you type “flighht,” but you really meant “flight”) Swipe to archive or delete, to quickly clear items out of your inbox Calendar also […]

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November 7th, 2016

Use LastPass for free!

Many people use LastPass at work or at home, but now the company gives everyone the ability to sync passwords between an unlimited number of devices – for free! Read more about it here from The Verge or see our Ask article  

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October 31st, 2016

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Wrap-up

As we wrap up our 2016 Cyber Security Awareness Month here at Bucknell, I first want to take the opportunity to thank the many faculty and staff who have participated in our various events or engaged in discussions on the importance of information security to both Bucknell and you personally. When we kicked off our National Cyber Security Month, we issued a Cyber Security Awareness challenge to all faculty and staff. In the last month, over 50% of faculty/staff have completed the training. If you haven’t completed the security awareness challenge, or just want more information on information security, there […]

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October 31st, 2016

Moodle Tools for Faculty Advisors

As part of our synchronization between Moodle and Banner, we create a “Faculty Advisor” Moodle course for every faculty member with advisees, and we automatically add advisees to that course when students are assigned to a particular advisor. Faculty members can find a link to their particular Faculty Advisor course by logging in to Moodle and clicking on the “Advising” section within the Current Course List to expand that section: There are several ways that faculty members can use that “Faculty Advisor” course: You can use the Quickmail block to send an email message to all of your advisees. If […]

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October 28th, 2016

Apple announces new MacBooks!

Apple announced their new MacBook pro line in an event on Oct 27 – all the details can be found here: Some of the big announcements included a brighter new display, faster graphics, new and improved speakers and keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad. It also comes with the Touch Bar and Touch ID – Apple describes them this way: The Touch Bar changes automatically based on what you’re doing to show you relevant tools you already know how to use — system controls like volume and brightness, interactive ways to adjust or browse through content, intelligent typing features […]

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October 28th, 2016

Keeping Your Family Safe Online

The internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. They have vast access to information, tools to express their creativity, and can interact with people from all over the world. Yet, along with offering a fascinating, new way to connect with the world, the internet also offers risks:      Cyberbullying Exposure to inappropriate material Online predators Revealing too much personal information Learning to recognize the warning signs of these risks will allow trusted adults to intervene and lessen potential negative impacts. By acting as a resource, parents and guardians can help make the internet a […]

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October 27th, 2016

Reporting a Security Incident

After reading all these blog posts about information security, we are all secure, right? Unfortunately, no. Keeping up with all the constant threats from a security perspective is a never ending task, and that is why YOU are an important piece of our security program. So, what are you to do if you suspect a systems has been compromised, or something just seems wrong about a situation? The most important thing, is don’t panic! Write down everything that you can remember about the situation, such as: what you were doing,  what you saw, etc. Then, contact the Tech Desk  via […]

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