Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

The Mobile Computing Program at Seton Hall University has selected the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Business Ultrabook for the class of 2018. For additional information, please see: http://www.shu.edu/offices/technology/mobile-computing-class-of-2018.cfm   Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga | Overview   Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga | Introduction to… Continue Reading »

The Mobile Computing Program at Seton Hall University has selected the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Business Ultrabook for the class of 2018. For additional information, please see: http://www.shu.edu/offices/technology/mobile-computing-class-of-2018.cfm   Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga | Overview   Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga | Introduction to... Continue Reading »

Reminder: Student Email Upgrade This Weekend

This is a reminder that student email will be upgraded this weekend.  Unlike the upgrade from Microsoft Live@EDU to Microsoft Office365, this upgrade will not require any service outage; student email will be available throughout the upgrade.  Some new features … Continue reading

This is a reminder that student email will be upgraded this weekend.  Unlike the upgrade from Microsoft Live@EDU to Microsoft Office365, this upgrade will not require any service outage; student email will be available throughout the upgrade.  Some new features of Office365 will be released in this new version, however, including a new file sharing service and collaboration space, SkyDrive Pro, and a new video conferencing service, Lync.  A full description of these new services can be found on the University’s Office365 Web page at:

http://www.shu.edu/offices/technology/office365/

Reminder: Student Email Upgrade Scheduled This Weekend

This is a reminder to all students that the Microsoft Live@EDU email system will be upgraded this weekend to Microsoft Office365.  Student email will NOT be available during at least part of the upgrade.  The upgrade will begin on Saturday, … Continue reading

This is a reminder to all students that the Microsoft Live@EDU email system will be upgraded this weekend to Microsoft Office365.  Student email will NOT be available during at least part of the upgrade.  The upgrade will begin on Saturday, July 6, and is expected to be completed by Tuesday, July 9.

Microsoft Office365 provides a number of new features, including a modern “tablet friendly” interface and new services such as video conferencing and file sharing.  More information about the upgrade is available on the University’s IT Web site at:

http://www.shu.edu/offices/technology/office365/

As always, please call the Technology Service Desk at 973-275-2222 if you experience any problems with your email or any other SHU IT services. Technicians are available “24×7″ to assist you.

IT Systems Maintenance on June 2, 2013

University IT Services will be upgrading the network in the data center during the scheduled systems maintenance on Sunday morning, June 2, from 12:00 Midnight to 7:00 AM.  The campus network, University Web site, student email and the Blackboard Learning … Continue reading

University IT Services will be upgrading the network in the data center during the scheduled systems maintenance on Sunday morning, June 2, from 12:00 Midnight to 7:00 AM.  The campus network, University Web site, student email and the Blackboard Learning System will not be affected by this upgrade.  All other systems will be off line during this upgrade.  Please plan your work accordingly.

Technology Press Looks at Seton Hall’s Selection of the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix for Mobile Computing 2013

As previously announced, there are some exciting changes this year to the University’s Mobile Computing Program, providing state-of-the-art laptop computers to all faculty and undergraduate students. For the past six years faculty and students in business, science and honors programs … Continue reading

As previously announced, there are some exciting changes this year to the University’s Mobile Computing Program, providing state-of-the-art laptop computers to all faculty and undergraduate students.

For the past six years faculty and students in business, science and honors programs have been using a pen-enabled tablet in their classes.  Through 2011 this was a convertible laptop / tablet hybrid (specific models used included the Lenovo ThinkPad X200t, X210t, X220t, etc.).  In 2012 Seton Hall University joined Microsoft’s Windows 8 First Wave Program.  Seton Hall became the first higher education institution to deploy Windows 8 and faculty and students in business, science and honors programs were provided a Samsung Series 7 Slate PC running Windows 8.

This year the Mobile Computing Committee of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable reviewed many options for Mobile Computing 2013 and recommended that the program provide a single hybrid laptop / tablet model for all students (except faculty and students in art, music and film who receive a Mac). The University’s selection of the Lenoxo ThinkPad Helix (announced in the IT News and Annoucments blog here and in the Setonian here) has garnered some attention in the technology press.

A news story on the Seton Hall University Web site can be found here:
http://www7.shu.edu/technology/mobile-computing-2013.cfm

Some examples from the tech press include:

Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/23/lenovo-thinkpad-helix-heads-to-school-with-seton-hall/

Ultrabook News: http://ultrabooknews.com/2013/04/23/lenovo-helix-shipping-seton-hall-university-plans-to-deploy-2000-first-video-review-available/

Stephen Landry, CIO

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Selected for Mobile Computing 2013

Seton Hall University is pleased to announce that it has selected the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix as its device for Mobile Computing 2013.  The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a convertible Tablet / Ultrabook that runs Windows 8.  It looks and operates … Continue reading

Seton Hall University is pleased to announce that it has selected the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix as its device for Mobile Computing 2013.  The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a convertible Tablet / Ultrabook that runs Windows 8.  It looks and operates like an ultrabook laptop computer with ten hour battery life, but the screen detaches and can operate as a tablet computer with five hour battery life.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix has the following specification:  Intel 3rd generation Dual Core i5-3317U, 1.7GHz processor; 4GB DDR3L 1333MHz RAM; 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD); 11.6″ 1080p Multi Touch Display with Gorilla glass; Intel HD Graphics 4000 Graphics card; 720p HD Webcam; Integrated Intel Centrino Advanced N 62055 2×2 a/g/n  Wireless card; Dolby Home Theater v4 Stereo speakers; 1 USB 2.0, 1 SIM card and 1 Minidisplay port (Tablet); 1 USB 3.0, 1 Minidisplay port (base); Digitizer  Tablet Pen.

A full specification sheet along with pictures of the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix can be found here: Fall 2013 Mobile Computing Slate Specifications with Picture 02282013

Information about Seton Hall University’s Mobile Computing Program, which provides a standard laptop to all faculty and undergraduate students, can be found at: http://www.shu.edu/offices/technology/about-mobile-computing.cfm

This year’s selection process was guided by the Mobile Computing Committee of the Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Roundtable that included faculty and students.  I want to thank the members of the committee for this help in this year’s selection process.

Stephen Landry, CIO

Intermittant Wireless Network Issue This Afternoon

This afternoon around 3PM there was a brief, intermittent wireless outage affecting some users.  One of the wireless controllers failed.  While there are multiple wireless controllers to provide redundancy, while one of the controllers was offline a some users were … Continue reading

This afternoon around 3PM there was a brief, intermittent wireless outage affecting some users.  One of the wireless controllers failed.  While there are multiple wireless controllers to provide redundancy, while one of the controllers was offline a some users were unable to log in to the wireless network for a time due to the volume on the other controllers. The problem recurred around 5:30 PM.  Most users were not affected by this issue, but again some users were unable to log in for a time due to the load on the remaining controllers.  University IT Services and Cisco are investigating the cause of the failure.

Stephen Landry, CIO

Update 3/13/2013, 9:00 PM: Cisco has determined the problem was a failed wireless controller. A replacement is being scheduled for installation.  The campus wireless load had been re-distributed among the remaining controllers and all services are running normally. – - SGL

Associate Press Article on Teens’ Smartphone Use Mentions Seton Hall University

The Associated Press today released an article on smartphone use by teens, titled “More Youth Use Smartphones As Route to Web.”According to the article: A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 78 percent of … Continue reading

The Associated Press today released an article on smartphone use by teens, titled “More Youth Use Smartphones As Route to Web.”According to the article:

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 78 percent of young people, ages 12 to 17, now have cellphones. Nearly half of those are smartphones, a share that’s increasing steadily — and that’s having a big effect on how, and where, many young people are accessing the Web. The survey, released Wednesday, finds that one in four young people say they are “cell-mostly” Internet users, a percentage that increases to about half when the phone is a smartphone.

The article mentions Seton Hall University’s Mobile Computing Program:

In New Jersey, Seton Hall University gives incoming freshman a free smartphone for the first semester. Among other things, they use them to help them navigate campus, connect with other students and follow campus news that streams on the SHUmobile app. Kyle Packnick, a freshman at Seton Hall, liked having one of the phones and said they’re particularly helpful for students who don’t come to school with a smartphone.

Read the whole article at:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/report-more-youth-use-smartphones-route-web

Apple iOS 6.1.2 Now Available; Resolves Microsoft Exchange Syncing Problem

As noted in a previous post, Apple’s iOS 6.1 contains a known bug that can cause problems when syncing your Apple iPhone or iPad to your Microsoft Exchange calendar. Apple recently released iOS 6.1.2 which fixes this issue. All iPad … Continue reading

As noted in a previous post, Apple’s iOS 6.1 contains a known bug that can cause problems when syncing your Apple iPhone or iPad to your Microsoft Exchange calendar. Apple recently released iOS 6.1.2 which fixes this issue. All iPad and iPhone users who are running iOS 6.1 or 6.1.1 should upgrade to iOS 6.1.2 as soon as possible. Users running iOS 6.1 or 6.1.1 should disable syncing to their Microsoft Exchange calendar until they upgrade to iOS 6.1.2.