12/17/2004

Educational Pathways

The December 2004 issue of Educational Pathways is now live at http://www.edpath.com.

[Note that anyone in the uic.edu, uis.edu, uiuc.edu, or uillinois.edu domains should be able to access the contents of the EdPath site without having to enter a username and password - just go to the site and click on "Archives".]
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Blackboard 6 Upgrade and System Maintenance

#Cold backup of Oracle database and Blackboard files exported to bb2 server (/usr/local/backup1/past/oracle/bb6edb/cold, /usr/local/backup1/past/fulld)

#Removed files from the recyclebin on file server

#Upgraded and rebooted kernel on Real ServersLinux bbrs1 2.4.9-e.57enterprise
#1 SMPLinux bbrs2 2.4.9-e.57enterprise #1 SMP

#Upgraded and rebooted kernel on File ServerLinux bbfs1 2.4.21-20.0.1.ELsmp

#Upgraded and rebooted kernel on Oracle ServerLinux bbora1 2.4.21-20.0.1.ELhugemem

#Rebooted both directors

#Upgraded Blackboard Learning System to version (6.2.3 build 6) on both Real ServersApplication Pack 2 (6.2.2.77) (bb_ls_linux_6_1_5_5_AppPack2_6_2_2_77_b9.bin)Blackboard Learning System and Portal System Service Pack 1 for Application Pack 2 (bb_ls_linux_6_2_2_77_sp1_6_2_3_6_b1.bin)Blackboard Learning System Hotfix 2 for Application Pack 2 Service Pack (v6.2.3.6) (bb_ls_linux_6_2_3_6_hf2_b1.bin)Blackboard Learning System Hotfix 3 for Application Pack 2 (v6.2.3.6) (bb_ls_linux_6_2_3_6_hf3_b4.bin)

#Updated the following parameters on the Blackboard Oracle Server as suggested by the BB 6.1 Setup Guidealter system set undo_retention = 10800 scope=spfile;alter system set query_rewrite_enabled = 'FALSE' scope=spfile;alter system set pga_aggregate_target = 25165824 scope=spfile;alter system set db_file_multiblock_read_count = 16 scope=spfile;alter system set hash_join_enabled = TRUE scope=spfile;alter system set dml_locks = 748 scope=spfile;

#Moved the system and undo tablespaces to a different partition to help with high IO on /u03 partitionstartup mount;alter database rename file '/u03/oradata/bb6edb/undotbs01.dbf' TO '/u04/oradata/bb6edb/undotbs01.dbf';alter database rename file '/u03/oradata/bb6edb/system01.dbf' TO '/u04/oradata/bb6edb/system01.dbf';alter database open;
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Silicon Chalk Inc. - Tutorial Videos

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12/16/2004

The Role of RSS in Science Publishing: Syndication and Annotation on the Web

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Team Leaders Meeting Minutes (Dec 9, 2004)

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12/15/2004

Higher Ed Goes Mobile, Lightweight

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Intelligent Classrooms

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12/14/2004

Google Is Adding Major Libraries to Its Database

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12/13/2004

Crestron WiFi Touchpanel

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Moving From IE

PENN STATE URGES MOVING FROM IE
Officials in the Information Technology Services department at Pennsylvania State University have sent a notice to students suggesting that they switch to a browser other than Internet Explorer (IE) to increase the security of their computers. Recent reports in the media about IE vulnerabilities, as well as warnings from the Computer Emergency and Response Team at Carnegie Mellon University, prompted Penn State's recommendation that students look at browsers including Firefox, Safari, and Opera. A spokesperson for the university said, "We're not telling people to wipe off IE, because you need IE to do operating-system updates." As part of a two-month campaign to increase computer security across campus, however, the university is urging students to examine other browsers and to consider the benefits they might provide for increased protection from malicious code. Also included in the security campaign are reminders for students to install firewalls and antivirus software, to keep those applications updated, and to install operating-system updates regularly.
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