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OIT Customer Appreciation & Technology Fair

Please join us for the OIT Customer Appreciation and Technology Fair,
Friday August 28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Northrup Plaza.

This year's event will include vendor and OIT display booths and ice
cream from Ben & Jerry's.

Vendors who will be attending include

  • Aastra Intecom

  • Adobe

  • Apple

  • CDW-G

  • Cisco

  • Dell

  • Hewlett Packard

  • T-Mobile

  • Trapeze Networks

This invitation will serve both as the ticket for Ben and
Jerry's ice cream and as the entry for our many prizes.
Please fill it out and bring it along!
Winners will be notified after the event.

For a map of the Northrop Memorial Auditorium area, please see

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Northrop
Auditorium Atrium.

Short Notice UM Wiki Outage Sunday May 3rd

Starting at 5 a.m. on Sunday May 3, 2009, for up to 12 hours, centrally supported U of M applications, including UM Wiki, will be unavailable for use.


After all systems are shut down at 6 a.m., the leak in the cooling system will be repaired. When repairs are complete, all systems will be brought back online. Updates will be available at https://systemstatus.umn.edu/view/Main/OutageInfo, as well as on System Status pages for the affected systems.

The cooling system for the WBOB data center has developed a leak. To maintain operation of the data center and the applications housed within it, this leak must be repaired. This repair will require a complete facility shutdown, resulting this outage.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this causes. If you have any questions call 1-HELP at (612) 301-4357


Since its creation, UM Wiki has been based on the TWiki wiki platform. TWiki has many advanced features and is very extensible. Although the learning curve has sometimes proved difficult for our users, the overall experience has been a good one. Recently there were some disputes among the TWiki developer community. From a U of M perspective the dispute is less important than the result which is that the vast majority of critical developers forked(definition) forming the Foswiki project.

Currently the Foswiki development community is very active and working on a host of bug fixes and new features we'd like to take advantage of for UM Wiki. One little-known fact is that the System Status site is also based on TWiki. The Office of Information Technology is currently testing a new version of system status based on Foswiki 1.0 and we are pleased so far with the results. If the new software performs as well in production as it does in test, we hope to move UM Wiki to a Foswiki base sometime in Summer of 2009. This will hopefully be after the official Foswiki 1.1 release which will include many usability and performance improvements over the current UM Wiki code base.

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