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By the Numbers: Spam!

November 12th, 2007 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Dan Pfeifer, Chief Technology Officer
and Courtney Hime, ITAP Communications Consultant

Often on days when faculty, staff, and students feel e-mail is running behind, it is forgotten how much spam the University sifts through. Here are some monthly, daily, and hourly statistics about the amount of spam received by the Network Services Group.

Spam Statistics for a 30-day period Fall 2007

Total

Day

Hour

Blocked

92,903,372

99,730

9,144

Blocked due to a virus

862,237

7

1

Quarantined

1,363,749

257

32

Allowed but tagged

73,699

6

2

Allowed

14,739,451

5,190

848

Total Received

109,942,508

105,190

10,027

Here’s “What’s New” in Information Technology this fall!

September 20th, 2007 by asmock

Contributed by David Diedriech

1) Simpler logins: When accessing your network drives through your browser, you now simply enter your username in the username box at http://NetStorage.depauw.edu. No more student.depauw or faculty.depauw!

2) University Calendar to GroupWise Integration using iCal: Click the Add Calendar Event Icon next to an item on the University Calendar, enter your e-mail address, and click the Send button. The Event is automatically sent to your GroupWise calendar.

3) Moodle: Moodle is DePauw’s new learning management system. Moodle is like BlackBoard but is developed from a more learning-centric perspective than Blackboard. It enables faculty members to easily set up interactive, online course communities and materials for classes. During the 2007-2008 academic year, both Moodle and Blackboard will be available for faculty members to use for their courses. Beginning Fall 2008, Moodle will be the sole CMS (course management system) for campus. FITS will offer training and support throughout the year to help you learn how to use Moodle and migrate old courses to it.

4) Expanded wireless coverage: We now have wireless coverage in the West Neighborhood Duplexes as well as expanded coverage in North Quad, specifically Mason Hall. And expanded coverage is coming soon to South Quad!

5) Microsoft Office 2007: Microsoft Office 2007 is installed on first-year students’ Dell program laptops and will be available to others on campus later this semester – watch for details.

6) whitelist@depauw.edu: In the continuing fight against Internet e-mail spam, we have begun a new strategy to facilitate electronic communication. Register legitimate e-mail addresses by sending them to the newly created e-mail account, whitelist@depauw.edu.

7) Consolidation of email usernames/passwords: We are moving toward using e-mail usernames and passwords for more services. To date, we have added ILLiad, the Interlibrary Loan request software, to the list.

8 ) Data Center Web Page: You may have seen news about companies like Google, and the rising cost of heat and air bills in their data centers. We are happy to report that the University has reduced the size of its data center over the past year. In case you want to know more, the DePauw Data Center has a Web Site at

<http://www.depauw.edu/IT/network/data_center/>

9) I-Light update: DePauw has been on I-Light, the Indiana Fiber Network, for six months. I-Light provides increased bandwidth to Higher Education institutions in Indiana, as well as institutions connected to Internet2.