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Berkeley's first humanities-based hackathon features OCIO Communications Intern, Cassie Xiong, on the winning team!

Interdisciplinary Studies Major and OCIO Communications intern, Cassie Xiong, was on the winning team in Berkeley's first humanities-based hackathon. Digital Humanities and the Bancroft Library hosted the 12-day, interdisciplinary hackathon competition celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. #HackFSM: A Hackathon for the Free Speech Movement Digital Archive assembled students from all over campus interested in digital archives, digital humanities, and the free speech movement. The students worked collectively to create a compelling user interface for the data in the current Free Speech Movement Digital Archive. April 16, 2014.

IST Telecommunications to launch new service for ordering voice products

IST Telecommunications is launching the new Berkeley Telecom Catalog on May 6, 2014, to replace the legacy IST Shopping cart for ordering campus voice products and services. This is the first phase of a longer-range plan to replace the IST Shopping Cart with a more robust and user-friendly offering. The final day to order voice products prior to the launch is April 17, 2014 at 5:00p.m. April 16, 2014.

Campus email scheduled maintenance on April 19, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Campus email services will undergo scheduled maintenance from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Depending on whether you use bMail or CalMail you will have limited or no service. Incoming mail will be held in a queue and delivered once the system becomes available. Updates will be posted to: April 14, 2014.

'Heartbleed' Security Vulnerability Update: Action on your part is recommended

A widely reported critical security flaw, called “Heartbleed,” has been discovered that affects not only some campus systems, but also many information systems worldwide. One possible consequence of this flaw is that attackers can easily steal personal information and see sensitive information and even passwords used on vulnerable websites and systems. April 11, 2014.

Campus IT professionals come together to build One IT community

Over 300 campus IT professionals converged on the School of Law's rooftop terrace to discuss the common goal of moving IT forward at UC Berkeley. Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor - IT and CIO along with CIO & Assistant Dean, Patricia Donnelly, and Chief Technical Officer, Gabriel Gonzalez of the Law School's IT department provided welcoming remarks. This was the first in a series of "One IT" events designed to build community and cultivate collaboration across the campus. March 25, 2014.

Student Information Systems: a student perspective

Students, struggling with creating a graduation plan, figuring out which classes they need to fulfill all their requirements in four years, getting locked out of Tele-BEARS after countless attempts to log in, and obtaining up-to-date financial aid information, are enthusiastic about the new Student Information Systems Replacement Project. This exciting endeavor for UC Berkeley students and the campus will replace existing systems and change the student interaction with the campus technology from one of frustration to one of satisfaction. March 18, 2014.

Introducing CalAccess

IST’s Identity and Access Management team is launching CalAccess, a campuswide access request system. Designed to replace the EDW Access Request (EDWAR) and, over time, the Systems Access Request Application (SARA), as well as many email and paper-based access request and approvals systems across campus, CalAccess will increase efficiencies for departments. February 11, 2014.

Misfiled Messages in bMail

Google has notified UC Berkeley email administrators that a recent global Google issue may have affected messages in approximately 3,500 bMail accounts. This caused some actions you took, e.g., deleting a message, marking it as spam, or moving it to a folder to be inadvertently applied to a different message. The bConnected team has received a list of affected users from Google and is contacting them directly. January 29, 2014.

IST Storage team acquires flash array

After months of thorough testing, the IST Storage team purchased Pure Storage Flash Array 420 to increase performance and capacity while decreasing its carbon footprint in comparison to traditional spinning disk arrays. A flash array is a solid state storage disk system containing multiple flash memory drives instead of spinning hard disk drives. It is capable of performance between 30 and 50 times better than a similarly sized spinning disk array. January 22, 2014.

New video conferencing service now available for all UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students

After a successful pilot program, the Blue Jeans videoconferencing service is now available to all UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students. To access the new tool visit and create an account using your e-mail address. More information about service features, training, and support is at January 17, 2014.

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