Category Archives: Tech Talk

HSPH Commencement to be Broadcast in HD

The Department of Information Technology has provided a live commencement stream to friends and family for the past 5 years.  In 2010, we are pleased to announce that we will be broadcasting for the first time in high definition

For those interested in the technology, the HD cameras under the tent will send audio and video to a Digital Rapids encoder.  The encoder will then send the stream to Limelight Networks over the HSPH network.  Limelight Networks is a video host that the University uses for a number of initiatives.  Friends and family will be able to access the stream from the HSPH website at Commencement 2010 video

On commencement day, we will begin the stream at approximately 1:30 pm. 

A lower bandwidth stream will also be available for those with slower internet connections.

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Share HSPH with Twitter

Twitter

Want to share a Harvard School of Public Health web page with the world?  Take a look at the new addition to our Sharing feature: Twitter.

How it works:

  • Click on the ‘Share’ icon at the top-right of any page on the HSPH website
  • Then, click on the Twitter icon at the bottom right.  This will direct you to your Twitter account with a preformatted title and shortened link to the page you’re tweeting.
  • If you don’t have an existing Twitter account, you can sign up for one on the Twitter site.

 
Sharing at HSPH with Twitter
 
It’s that easy.  Utilizing Twitter will help our users share their favorite information from our site with their peers. 

What is Twitter?
“Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What’s happening?”  — Twitter.com

For more information, check out the Twitter Frequently Asked Questions page.

Energy Efficiency Improvement in Computer Lab

The Operation’s Office has outfitted HSPH’s largest student computing laboratory with new LED lights replacing the traditional bulbs.  According to HSPH’s energy and utilities’ manager Danny Beaudoin, the new lights will provide an annual cost savings of $884.

Before:
(46) 35 Watt MR-16 track lights = 1,610 Watts
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After:
(46) 6 Watt LED MR-16 track lights = 276 Watts
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Annual Savings:
1,334 Watts * 4,732 hours/yr = 6,312 kWh/yr = $884 per year!
In addition to cost savings, the LED lights provide outstanding and more direct task lighting for student work.

Virus Warning: New York Times

There are a number of viruses/malware items that have been recently distributed via legitimate websites such as the New York Times through rogue advertisements.

If you are asked to purchase virus scanning software online through popup windows, please disregard the requests.  These are not legitimate anti-virus products.

Please contact the HSPH Helpdesk at 432-HELP for further information on this issue or on how to protect your computing environment with McAfee products provided by HSPH.

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Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard

On August 26, 2009, Apple released its latest operating system MAC OS X Snow Leopard.  While we in HSPH IT are excited about the new OS, we are not currently supporting the release at HSPH and installations of the new OS could cause issues interacting with HSPH systems.

Initial tests by our Helpdesk staff proved problematic.  Testing included the Novell client and Groupwise client.  Additionally, disk encryption using PGP is not currently fully supported in Snow Leopard.

Please avoid upgrading to Snow Leopard at this time.
Until software vendors have released versions of their application that are fully compatiable with Snow Leopard, HSPH IT will be unable to fully support users running Snow Leopard.

FAS has made a similar announcement regarding Snow Leopard.

We, at HSPH made a similar announcement regarding Microsoft Vista, when it was released.