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Attention Students! Top 10 Technology Tips

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been busy preparing for new and returning students. Below are some of the key technology topics; please take a moment to get up to speed. Protect your WebID.   Your UM WebID is used to access many University systems and services mentioned below.  Please treat it like your […]

Technology Reminders: UM Box, WiFi, and Vault

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

We know you are busy. Please take a moment to review these brief and useful technology tips. Box In very simple terms, UM Box is an alternative to your USB drive.  You get 15 GB of storage by default and automatic document versioning.  Do you need more than 15 GB?  Just ask for more.  In addition, […]

My First Experiences with Windows 10

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

I am already a fan of Windows 10. In June, I decided to install Windows 10 on a non-critical machine, so I downloaded a copy of Windows 10 Pro for free from the original source, the Windows Insider Program. The Insider Program requires a Microsoft account and some patience, since the program intentionally releases software before the consumer […]

Avoid the Burn: Practical Security Advice to Protect You and Your Computer during the Summer

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

In IT, we frequently answer questions concerning online security topics like email phishing scams attempting to steal your passwords, computer viruses and even sophisticated denial of service attacks. We must remember that the physical security of computers, tablets, and phones also remains a major concern. Recently, an individual attempted to gain access to a vital […]

Get up to Speed on Recent IT Enhancements

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been busy preparing for new and returning faculty and students. Below are some of the important changes we completed over the winter break. Paperless Time Entry for Employees After an extensive pilot process involving several departments within the Administration and Finance division of the University, the Offices of […]

Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled to Begin on December 16

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

On Tuesday, December 16, beginning at midnight (CST), IT will begin an upgrade of Blackboard Learn to the latest stable 2014 release. During this maintenance, blackboard.olemiss.edu will be offline. We expect Blackboard Learn will be available on Tuesday, December 23. However, we will make every effort to complete this work sooner and will announce availability when […]

UM Technology Tips for Departments

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

The Office of Information Technology (IT) regularly receives requests concerning departmental technology. Below, view the most common requests along with guidance on how to get started: I want to use a scantron form for a test. Where is a scantron scanner located on campus? What forms are supported? I want to monitor and possibly charge for printing […]

Public Demonstrations of Learning Management Systems

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

The University of Mississippi (UM) has hosted the Blackboard Learn platform since 1998, when the product was named CourseInfo. In April 2014, the Instructional Technology Standing committee (ITSC) was given the task of performing an evaluation of the different Learning Management Systems (LMS) in order to select the LMS platform that will be in place […]

Attention Gamers: Access to Destiny’s Servers is Enabled

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by JIMMY BALL

Recently, the IT Helpdesk received multiple calls regarding a new console game, Destiny, developed by Bungie.   To the game enthusiast, Destiny promises to be a great Sci-Fi shooter game on the scale that rivals top massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. Gaming on UM Networks Destiny’s servers were inaccessible from UM networks because of a design […]