Category Archives: Student Computing

Live chat demonstration

The recent Forum@HSPH event, held on Wednesday, October 20, 2011, demonstrated live chat technology during the event.

More than 150 people tuned into the live broadcast and a few dozen actively participated in the chat adding a new dimension to the event.  The chat allowed people to login as a guest or with their Facebook or Twitter credentials.  People that logged in via Twitter or Facebook could easily share their comments via a chat sharing feature.

The chat room was staffed with a moderator who answered questions, monitored the chat, and passed questions along to the event room.

On-demand video of the event entitled “Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill: Subsidies, Food Assistance, and America’s Health” may be viewed on the Forum site.

Watch the next Forum at HSPH on your iPhone or iPad

The next Forum at HSPH event is tomorrow, October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm and entitled:

Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill: Subsidies, Food Assistance, and America’s Health

Try watching the event on your iPhone or iPad!

Tech Talk:  The Forum’s video page auto detects your mobile device and delivers an optimized stream for your device.  Video is hosted by an external vendor, MobileCDN, and fed from an encoder in the HSPH control room in Kresge G29.   The Leadership Studio, like many locations at HSPH, feed audio and video to the Kresge G29 control room over a fiber connection.

Mac Training Offered by Harvard's Tech Products and Services Group

Harvard’s Technology Products and Services and its partner vendors collaborate to bring you free and informative workshops. Topics cover the latest hardware gadgets to productive software for Mac and Windows PC users.

Harvard students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Pizza will be provided at the workshops. Seating is limited, please register by sending an email to Andree Mendes at andree_mendes@harvard.edu.

Workshop Location: Campus Computer Store located at the Science Center, Room B11

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 12pm-1pm: iPad and Beyond
Go beyond the basics with your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch in this workshop. Learn about multitasking, push notifications, copy/paste, and how to pair Bluetooth devices. Discover some great apps for iOS like iBooks, GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork. And we’ll show you how easy it is to print from your device with AirPrint and stream media using AirPlay–wirelessly.

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 12pm-1pm: OS X Lion
OS X Lion is an even more powerful and refined version of the world’s most advanced operating system which is faster, more reliable, and even easier to use. It offers hundreds of enhancements, out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange, and new core technologies that take advantage of the powerful hardware in a Mac. In this workshop we’ll show you the new and refined features that make OS X Lion better than ever. Learn about LaunchPad and Mission Control and how to set these up on your Mac.

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 1pm-2pm: Welcome to Mac
A general introduction to Mac OS X Lion covering new and basic features such as navigating and organizing your files with Finder. Learn how to download new apps with the Mac App Store, and how to migrate files from another Mac or Windows PC and keep them backed up.

Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 12pm-1pm: iPhoto-Managing and Distributing your own Digital Content
Find out how easy it is to organize, enhance, and share your entire digital photo collection using iPhoto. You¹ll learn new ways to make your photos look their best with professional-quality image adjustment tools. We’ll also show you how to create impressive prints, photo books, calendars, and cards – all with your own photos.

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 12pm-1pm: iMovie
iMovie lets you make a great movie. We¹ll show you how to give your movie a professional look in seconds with Apple-designed themes. And you’ll learn how to use the new Precision Editor to refine every shot. iMovie offers new ways to organize and browse your videos.

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 1pm-2pm: Apple for the Holidays
Confused on which Apple product to purchase this holiday? This presentation will provide an overview of Apple’s mobile and desktop products. Learn about the differences between content viewing and content creation. Products reviewed will include iPod nanos, iPod touch, iPhones, iPads, Apple Laptops, iMacs, Mac Mini and Apple TV!

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 1pm-2pm: Computer Safety and Security
How to prevent the worst from happening to your computer. This workshop will cover data recovery and loss prevention. Find out how secure are your passwords and a review of safe computing practices.

Thursday, Jan. 19th, 1pm-2pm: iPad and Me
Come and learn about the revolutionary iPad! Learn how to set-up the basic features of your iPad including syncing and backing up your data. Discover the App Store and see how easy it is to download iPad applications from the iTunes Store.

Seating is limited, please register by sending an email to Andree Mendes at
andree_mendes@harvard.edu.

Additional Intermediate Excel 2010 Class Added

Due to heavy demand from the HSPH community, the Department of Information Technology is please to offer another helping of Microsoft Excel 2010 as part of the fall 2011 training program.

Intermediate Excel 2010 will be offered on Thursday, November 17 in Kresge LL10 from 9 am to 4 pm.

To sign up for courses and to view course descriptions, please visit:
https://webapps.sph.harvard.edu/internal/computer-training

 

Server Maintenance on Thursday, October 13, 2011

UPDATE: Maintenance was successfully completed.

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers and network equipment.

The maintenance window will last from 7:00 PM til 1:00 AM.

The following services will have one or two small outages:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)

The following services will be unavailable from 7PM to 10:30PM:

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window:

  • HPCC system

Future maintenance windows are scheduled for Thursday nights from 7PM to 1AM on the following dates:

  • 11/10/2011
  • 12/18/2011
  • 01/12/2012
  • 02/16/2012
  • 03/15/2012

Television Hits from HSPH Leadership Studio

Professor Eric Rimm was interviewed by ABC News from the HSPH Leadership Studio on September 15, 2011.  This new broadcast feature allows faculty and researchers to reach broadcast networks for live or recorded high definition interviews without leaving HSPH.

View Video

This is the third successful television interview held in the Leadership Studio since we launched the broadcast service late this summer.

View other interviews:

Technical management of the HSPH Leadership Studio is provided by Sarah Bearse.

The Studio connects to Level 3’s Vyvx Network via fiber from HSPH to downtown Boston.  HSPH has contracted with Videolink of Newton to provide additional assistance with technical aspects of working the networks.

If you have media requests that could utilize this new HSPH offering, please contact Todd Datz, Director of News and Online Communications, Office of External Relations, 617-432-8413, tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu.

New Projectors in Kresge LL6

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to report the installation of two new projectors in Kresge LL6.

Kresge LL6 is the largest computer classroom of HSPH seating 49 students.  This work was led by User Services Senior Technician, Nathan Varney.

On September 7, 2011, we replaced the projector in the largest classroom of HSPH, Kresge G1.

Thank you,
Department of Information Technology

HSPH Website Slowness

We experienced periodic slowness on the main HSPH web server (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu) this morning and into the afternoon.

The web and server team have made some adjustments to rectify the issue.  Site responsiveness for all HSPH web and application servers is monitored by a Nimsoft product that pages appropriate staff when issues occur.

Thank you to those in the community who reported the issue.

Thank you,
HSPH Department of Information Technology

Server Maintenance on Thursday, September 15, 2011

UPDATE: Server maintenance was successfully completed.

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, we will be performing our normal system maintenance to all servers and network equipment.

The maintenance window will last from 7:00 PM til 1:00 AM.

The following services will have one or two small outages:
(You can continue to work, but may have brief pauses while services restart)

The following services will be unavailable from 7PM to 10:30PM:

The following services will be unaffected during the maintenance window:

  • HPCC system

Future maintenance windows are scheduled for Thursday nights from 7PM to 1AM on the following dates:

  • 10/13/2011
  • 11/10/2011
  • 12/18/2011
  • 01/12/2012
  • 02/16/2012
  • 03/15/2012