iFixit tears down the Apple Watch

You get to see the innards of the latest Apple device.

OS X Yosemite still vulnerable to rootpipe exploit

The vulnerability that Apple patched is still exploitable according to a security researcher.

Google will require sites to be “mobile friendly” to maintain search rankings

You site needs to be mobile friendly or you will be penalized in Google’s search results.

A look into modern spyware

If you’ve ever wondered why “crapware” exists.

Microsoft to put MS services into Cyanogen

The open source OS Cyanogen for Android devices will soon contain Microsoft’s Bing, OneNote, Skype, etc.

Google Chrome to block old NPAPI based plugins including Java

Google’s Chrome will begin blocking Java with version 42 (you still can re-enable it) and totally prevent it from functioning in version 45 (September 2015).   We’re going to assume that Oracle will update the Java plugin.

Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released critical patches for Windows and Office.  All users (including Macs) should check for updates.  Adobe has also released patches for Flash Players.

Changing PC background image w/stolen password leads to felony charges.

A 14 year old with a glanced password gets jail time.

Apple releases iOS 8.3

All iOS users (ipad,iphone) should update to the latest version for security updates.

Scheduled IT Maintenance for April 10, 2015

For Friday, April 10, 2015

SERVICES SUBJECT TO BEING PREEMPTED BY MAINTENANCE. The maintenance tasks listed below, to ensure that all UTC information Technology services provided to support the academic mission of the University will operate at optimal levels, will be performed during the regularly monthly scheduled Friday maintenance time beginning at 5:30pm. During this maintenance period you are welcome to use all available services, subject to interruption. You will be notified when all maintenance is complete

The following maintenance will be performed and you should expect intermittent interruption in services during the maintenance window:

1. Network DNS Server Changes
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: primary dns services will be offline for 30 minutes.
2. Network Wireless Controller Update
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: All campus wireless services will be offline for approximately 30 minutes for Wireless Controller Upgrade operations.
3. LISTSERV Upgrade
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: RAVEN LISTSERV mailing list operations will be offline for a production software upgrade.
4. Banner Student Information System Updates
SERVICES SUBJECT TO PREEMPTION: Banner Student Information Systems including: Argos Reporting, Class Schedule, DegreeWorks, Financial Aid, Grading, Registration, and Student Account

Contact Information:
For any urgent issues and technical difficulties related to this request, please contact Reed Gregory at UTC ext. 5276 or 4551 during the regular work week.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to maintain IT services for UTC.

Next scheduled maintenance date is April 17, 2015