June's flower is the rose. The yellow roses depicted here have the first line of lyrics from the 1955 version song about a yellow rose in Texas.

Campus Computing: IT conference day planning is underway

IT Works Conference Day bannerIT Works! Conference Day is coming in September • Save the date!
Team members of UNT’s University Information Services and UNT System’s IT Shared Services have begun a collaboration to present a conference called I.T. Works! on Sept. 29, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to focus on UNT’s state of technology and its future. Read more.


Network Connection: Open the Pod Bay Doors

A red button depicting the character Hal in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.By Philip Baczewski, senior director, UIT
Almost 50 years ago, the idea of a computerized interactive assistant was popularized by the movie 2001: A Space OdysseyHAL 9000 was a major character in the film and the fact that a computer could expertly recognize speech, interpret language, and play chess was pure science fiction at that time. After all, this was one year before Neil Armstrong took his famous "one small step."  Read more.

Help Desk FYI: new way to access the eduroam network

When connecting to Wi-Fi at UNT, you may have noticed a network called eduroam. This network is a global Wi-Fi service enabling researchers, students and staff to obtain secure and fast internet connectivity across campuses and millions of access points across the globe and UNT has a new protocol for signing in. Read more.

Research Matters: are equal groups really equal?

By Jonathan Starkweather, consultant, Research and Statistical Support
A matter of seemingly simple things that often are not simple at all: equal sample means are not sufficient to infer equal groups in a population. Read more.

Question for faculty, have you met Lynda?

Hotspot: People in the Zone

Meet Clarissa Hutkowski, UIT, and Jacob Stein, AITS!
Clarissa Hutkowski and Jacob Stein pictured here.

Humor in IT

In the news

Division of Finance and Administration staff met for listening, learning, laughing and giving

The third annual meeting of the Division of Finance and Administration began May 24, 2017, in the Murchison Performing Arts Center with coffee and camaraderie at 8 a.m. Vice President Bob Brown opened the meeting with remarks about the excellent work being done in each of the departments under his purview: Budget Office, Business Development, Facilities, Organizational Development, Police, Risk Management Services, Student Financial Services and University Information Services. Read more.

UNT Drupal users group training continues

Full-time employees continue to increase their Drupal content management system skills through weekly training sessions that began in April. The training series, in its pilot-testing phase, has been a campuswide collaboration of Drupal experts who have volunteered to train new users and help website coordinators move from Drupal 6 to version 7. Read more.

UNT demonstrates drone-provided cellphone service for disaster responses

When disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes strike, they often take down the information technology equipment that emergency workers desperately need to keep in contact — cellphone service. Now a professor at the University of North Texas is working to make sure those first responders can get that vital access through an airborne communication system. Read more.

Vote by June 21 for your favorite flag design for 120-foot tall flagpole near Apogee Stadium 

The University of North Texas will be adding a new 120-foot tall flagpole located in between the black lot entrance and Apogee Stadium marquee along Interstate 35. Mean Green Athletics is launching VoteMeanGreen.com for fans to vote on the flag that will fly from the pole, coinciding with Flag Day, President Neal Smatresk and Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker announced Wednesday. Read more.

mactracks: Apple©-authorized service provider opens in Denton

With certified Apple© technicians, mactracks in Denton had a representative at Discovery Park recently to tell UNT students and employees about their offerings, which include Mac-managed services, data backups and consulting services. The new store is located at 3305 S. Mayhill Rd., Suite 109, Denton, TX 76208. For more information, contact Jason Eklund, jason@mactracks.com, or 940-243-3300. Brochure.

Violation of Denton's new handheld device ban is a Class C misdemeanor with a fine up to $500

Effective June 1, 2017, the use of handheld communications devices, including those for voice calls, is prohibited while operating a vehicle in the Denton city limits. Read more.

Cybersecurity in higher education: thoughts, fears and empowerment

By Elise Zavala, IT security analyst, Duke University
"Hire for attitude and train for skills." This Tom Peters quote does not seem to apply to today's IT security world. Certifications and developmental programming skills are highly sought after in corporate cybersecurity positions and can seem intimidating to someone contemplating how to get a foot in the door. Universities, however, offer a different culture and mindset. Read more.

The age of quantum computers has arrived

Technological giants have announced that the launch of quantum computers is imminent. These machines are capable of performing more complicated calculations than supercomputers and could revolutionize fields like finance and drug development. Read more.

IT – It's in your skin: soundwave art

Soon you can permanently rock your favorite lyrics via the new ‘Soundwave Tattoos’, created by Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Nate Siggard. Tattoos you can hear: Listen.

You may never walk and text on your cellphone again after seeing this

A New Jersey woman using her cellphone was caught on surveillance tape as she fell headfirst into an open cellar door. Read more.

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