Get to know CLA-OIT: John Fite

| No Comments

Copy of John Fite copy.jpg

Name:
John Fite

Hometown and first place you lived after leaving home?
My hometown is Huntington Beach, California and the first place I lived after leaving home was Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

When did you start working at the U?
August 2012

Current position?
Relationship Manager for CLA-OIT

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Meeting, working with, and learning from talented individuals across many disciplines. I hope that someday I can benefit them as much as they have me.

What advice do you have for CLA-OIT constituents who are intimidated by technology?
If I could go back in time and tell the twelve-year-old John Fite anything, it would be, "You can find a solution to almost any problem in a book somewhere." Technology is quickly reaching a similar position and will then surpass it in ways that we cannot predict. For most people I know, the time investment required to learn and stay current with technology is more than repaid in the leverage it gives them in solving more and more of life's problems.

What is your favorite place on campus?      
Washington Avenue Bridge - Being from the West Coast, it is impressive to me that every time I walk across that bridge I'm going from Eastern to Western USA or vice-versa. I do seem to notice a cultural difference when I arrive at the other side, as well!

Favorites:

Authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Neal Stephenson, Hunter S. Thompson, Alan Watts

Website: jamesaltucher.com

Sources of inspiration: Popular Science Books (esp. Dawkins, Brian Greene, Ray Kurzweil, Feynman, Michio Kaku, Steven Pinker, Robert Pirsig)

Favorite word: Yes

Phrase that annoys you: I'll try

Food and drink: Sashimi, red wine

TV show and movie: Twin Peaks, The Matrix

Musicians: Bach, Depeche Mode, Serge Gainsbourg, Morrissey

Favorite place: Joshua Tree National Park

Folwell Hall Revised Technology Plan

| No Comments

Following valuable feedback, the previously planned technology upgrade in Folwell Hall was revised to better fit the needs of faculty, staff, and students. Rather than a full upgrade, classrooms in Folwell will undergo a scaled back "refresh" that includes the following:

• Replacing video projectors with higher lumen machines
• Replacing DVD players with newer DVD models
• Removing all VHS players

Since this is a refresh and not a complete upgrade, no cameras will be added during this cycle.

The Office of Classroom Management will oversee the project that begins during winter break and continues throughout the spring semester.

Folwell Hall Revised Technology Plan

| No Comments

Following valuable feedback, the previously planned technology upgrade in Folwell Hall was revised to better fit the needs of faculty, staff, and students. Rather than a full upgrade, classrooms in Folwell will undergo a scaled back "refresh" that includes the following:
• Replacing video projectors with higher lumen machines
• Replacing DVD players with newer DVD models
• Removing all VHS players

Since this is a refresh and not a complete upgrade, no cameras will be added during this cycle.

The Office of Classroom Management will oversee the project that begins during winter break and continues throughout the spring semester.

SPSS Installation and Updates

| No Comments

Researchers in CLA currently using or interested in starting to use the SPSS suite of programs can now install the software themselves onto their CLA owned PCs. No administrator rights are needed for CLA PCs managed by SCCM's Software Center to interact with SPSS license server for both initial installation and updates. Mac users will continue to require a manual install of the software.

IBM SPSS Statistics is an easy-to-use graphical statistics package that can be used to perform simple and complex statistical analysis on a wide rang of quantitative research data.

For assistance with a Mac installation or other immediate technology needs, contact 1-HELP

CLA-OIT Services for Faculty and Staff

| No Comments

With the transition to the centralized UMN Help Desk complete, CLA-OIT will soon rename itself to better illustrate the robust services it continues to offer in support of faculty, staff, and students.

At its core mission, CLA-OIT provides:


  • advanced research support

  • enhanced teaching and learning

  • digital humanities

  • technology consultation

  • process improvement suggestions

  • video and media services

Don't Know Where To Start?

Relationship managers work with every department in CLA to determine what services are needed and the best way to provide them. CLA-OIT specializes in custom solutions to individual issues.

This week Google announced that all Google Apps for Education customers (such as UMN) will have unlimited storage available to them at no additional charge. The program supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in the coming weeks.

Every file uploaded to Google Drive is encrypted, comes with the same high-level security that protects all Drive users, and remains the property of the individual or school who uploads it. The Google Apps for Education group of services is free to nonprofits educational institutions and will remain free of ads and ads-related scanning.

CLA-OIT's Loaner Laptop and Equipment Pool Moved to Rarig

| No Comments


To streamline all CLA-OIT technology pick-ups and drop-offs to a single location, the CLA-OIT loaner laptop and equipment pool is now located in 508B Rarig along with video cameras. CLA-OIT staff manage the inventory and equipment is available to all eligible CLA faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Online reservations are currently unavailable, but will be active later this semester. In the meantime, reservations can be made by calling 612-626-5881. Equipment is available for pick-up and drop-off Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The CLA-OIT website contains additional information regarding the types of loaners available.

As the University works to provide the latest technology to enhance learning, obsolete and failing platforms must be retired. During the 2015 Spring Semester, VCR and DVD players will be permanently removed from the general purpose classrooms in Folwell Hall. This is part of a multi-year plan designed to encourage the safe storage of materials online and to limit the upkeep on outdated platforms.

The Office of Classroom Management will oversee the projection system upgrades and removal of the video players.

Faculty and staff that require assistance in transferring their DVDs and tapes to a digital format can contact their department's relationship manager.

CLA OIT Research Support staff Tom Lindsay and Alicia Hofelich Mohr presented recently at the 2014 International Association for Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST) conference in Toronto. Their presentation "It takes a village: Strengthening data management through collaboration with diverse institutional offices" impressed an attendee of the conference in such a way that she blogged about it.

Read the post at Data Pub: Blog about all things data from the California Digital Library

On Friday, May 2nd, IT will replace the anti-virus software on your computer. This process will include remote installation of our new product and removal of our current product on all Windows computers. There is nothing you need to do except allow the process to happen uninterrupted. The license for Symantec Endpoint Protection expires at the end of June and the University has purchased Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection to secure our computers.

The installation is scheduled for 1:00 am on May 2nd. If your computer is asleep at that time, it will wake up and the installation will take place. If your computer is off or otherwise doesn't wake up, the installation will happen during your subsequent use of the computer. This update will also work while your computer is off campus. In either case if it doesn't happen right away, that's fine. You'll still be protected with Symantec and the Microsoft installation will keep trying periodically until it succeeds.

What might you see? If the installation takes place without you present, you may notice simply that Symantec's yellow shield tray iconhas been replaced with Microsoft's green shield tray icon .

If the installation takes place while you are at your computer, you may see a few messages to which you may not be accustomed.

A time-lapsed version of what you will see is available in this short video.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CLA-OIT Service Desk at 4-HELP (4-4357).