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Wednesday
Dec092015

Dave's Pick: Tile

You might remember Tile from 2013.  They raised $2.6 million on Kickstarter to get their product off the ground.

What is it?  Tile is a small device that you can attach to anything.  It serves as a Bluetooth becon 'checking in' anytime it is in range of one of your Tile connected devices.  You can view where your Tiles are on a handy app or on the web. 

The coolest and most powerful function of Tile is the 'mark as lost' feature.  This pings the whole Tile community requesting any Tile connected bluetooth device to 'look' for your Tile.  When any Tile user device sees your Tile, you instantly get an alert sent to your email account with the last known location.  Fast forward to the last known location.  When your phone gets in range of your Tile (30 feet), the Tile starts playing a song so you can easily locate your lost item.  Pretty cool!

I use Tile personally and LTS uses Tile on our shared set of university keys.  Tile is an inexpensive give for the holidays.  You can purchase Tile on Amazon - $25 each, or if you buy 4+ they're only $17.50 each.

Thursday
Nov052015

Qualtrics Updates

Collaboration Codes:

As some of you may have noticed, Qualtrics recently made an update to the process for collaborating surveys. Collaboration codes are no longer necessary! You can read the updated step-by-step process in the Qualtrics University here: http://www.qualtrics.com/university/researchsuite/basic-building/getting-started/collaboration/

However, LTS has a couple additional Leeds-specific reminders about collaborating surveys.

1. If you have more than one account associated with your email address, a collaborated survey will appear in the first one you log into, so if you can’t find a survey but have additional accounts, please check there before contacting LTS.

2. When someone collaborates a survey with you, whether it is within Leeds or from an external colleague, you will receive an email notification that contains a “Login Now” button. This button will not work for Leeds users. This is a result of our use of single sign on with the CU Active directory. This issue has been escalated to Qualtrics and we hope to have an update in the near future. In the meantime, open your web browser of choice and navigate to leeds.qualtrics.com and login with your CU credentials to access a collaborated survey. 

Monday
Nov022015

LTS Server Relocation


Leeds Technology Services recently completed the relocation of all the Leeds School servers to the new University of Colorado data center.  Located in the Space Science Center in the University of Colorado Research Park, this move allows for the Leeds servers to run in a state-of-the-art data center, with redundant power and cooling systems.

The new data center will reduce the overall energy costs and carbon footprint for the university by consolidating small server rooms around campus that may not be an ideal computing environment, while freeing up those server room resources for other uses by university departments.

More information on the SPSC data center can be found here: http://www.colorado.edu/datacenter

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