Box Services, now available for Students!

Box Services, now available for Students!

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Box provides a secure environment for students, faculty, and staff to share and store files and folders. Your initial space allocation on Box is 50 gigabytes. You can consolidate your shareable content in a single location, and access it from anywhere, on any device. In Box, you can create or upload files and folders, share them using a direct link, invite others to collaborate, and revise and review your files. Student accounts are converted to personal accounts with the 50GB allocation upon graduation from the college.

You can sign-up for your account on Box by logging in to the campus portal (http://my.pomona.edu). Then select “Computing and Email” from the menu on the left hand side and then select Box which will take you to a page where you can create your personal Box account.

Self Service: There’s an App [Store] for that!

Special contributor: Steven Hurtado, Manager of Computer Resources
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Systems management and software deployment may not appear as interesting reading, but give the next few paragraphs your attention and you’ll be rewarded.

Over the past few years, ITS has been transitioning to a new system for how we manage our college-owned Macs. Most of the changes don’t produce a visible difference on your end, but there’s one that will hopefully make your working life a bit easier.

If you use a college-provided Mac and it’s been set up recently, you may have noticed an item in the Applications folder titled “Self Service” accompanied by a colorful icon. The Self Service application, part of the JAMF Casper Suite (the new system we are using to manage Macs) is very much like an App Store of applications that are either free or for which the College has licenses.

You’ll find applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional available, and some of the departments have software more specific to their disciplines. There’s also the “Plug-ins” category, where we’ll try to have the latest versions of Adobe Flash Player and Java, since places you might get them online are sometimes risky or virus-laden.

One last benefit is that the Self Service app is also on lab and classroom computers around campus, and because it’s software packaged by our IT staff, it doesn’t require administrative privileges to install SPSS or Stata when you are working and find that they’re not already on the computers.

It’s still somewhat of a work in progress, and we’d welcome any suggestions you may have, or additional software that you’d like to see available, and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Happy installing!

—-Steven Hurtado

To use Casper:
1. Go to your Applications Folder and find “Self Service”.
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2. Navigate to the category of software you need and click on “Install”. (Note that there are categories to the right in addition to the landing page in this illustration.)
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Let us know how this works for you! Thank you.

Changes to Classroom Macs for Spring 2016 Semester

Greetings Faculty,
We wanted to share with you an upcoming change with Classroom Macs as the Spring 2016 semester approaches.

What is ITS doing?
We’re changing how classroom Macs handle access to your network space when you log into the computers. Windows teaching stations are not affected.

Why is ITS doing it?
Last year saw numerous issues on brand new classroom Macs throughout the campus, where the computer was either very slow or not responding at all. The changes we’re making, which will take some getting used to, will provide a much more responsive and reliable environment.

What will be different?
When you first log in, you’ll notice that you won’t have items on the desktop, in the Documents folder, etc. but are instead using a new local account.

Your network home folder will be accessed via the Dock, and should be located just to the left of the Trash can and Downloads folder.

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Please click on the folder that displays your username and select the folder you wish to open.
You can optionally select the “Open in Finder” option to view a standard Finder window.

Logging in the first time: the first time you log in to a classroom computer and run a Microsoft application, there are several dialog windows you’ll click through.

Saving Files: Do not save items that you create or modify during class to any place but your network home folder as described above.

These sound like big changes. Are there some benefits?

  • Faster log-in times
  • More reliable access
  • Faster file access
  • Smoother operations for Sakai, YouTube, Netflix and other websites

Who do I contact for assistance?
During the semester, please contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance, by email to servicedesk@pomona.edu or by phone to 909-621-8061

We also encourage you to visit your classrooms before the semester begins so that you can familiarize yourself with the new setup. If you would like a one-on-one review of any classroom technologies, please email mediaservices@pomona.edu to arrange an appointment.

Please see our article on the ITS KnowledgeBase for additional information on the change.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Steven Hurtado
Computer Resources Manager, Client Services
Pomona College

Joseph Brennan
Director, Media and Classroom Support Services
Pomona College
909-607-7355
Or call ex. 7-8333