Did You Shutdown Your Computer Before You Shut Your Door?

Information Technology Service (ITS) recommends that you shut down your computer every night (including monitor, printer, etc..) to optimize your computer’s performance and reduce electricity consumption.*

What are the benefits?

  • reduces energy consumption by up to 55% compared to never shutting down
  • clears out your system memory allowing your computer to run faster.
  • terminates several types of malware that can be running unnoticed in the background that generate unnecessary network traffic.

Why the policy change?

Dell computers now have a setting that automatically powers themselves on at 2:30 am to receive updates.

 When you return to your office in the morning your computer will be powered on, but in sleep mode, and ready to use.

What else can you do?

  • spread the word to the your colleagues
  • shut down other technology such as printers and departmental computers at days end
  • turn off your power strip when you are out of the office for several days so your computer will not automatically power up  and remain on needlessly while you’re away

What about Macs?

  • Shut down as you leave the office for the day.  Macs are configured to receive and install updates as they are idle.

*This is a change to previous policy.


Software Updates

Windows 7 computers across campus should receive software updates for the following products beginning tonight.

  • Adobe Reader XI
  • Oracle Java 1.7
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Air

If you experience any problems with the software updates, please contact Computing Services by creating a Web Help Desk ticket.

Resolved: Windstream Working on Voicemail Issue


Resolved: Voicemail service was restored on 11/4/14.  If you are experience issues with your voicemail, please submit a ticket using Web Help Desk.

Original Post: Windstream contacted the ITS Help Desk to acknowledge an issue being experienced regionally with Voicemail.

They are currently working on the issue and hope to have it addressed soon.

Windstream thanks us for our patience as they work to correct the issue causing this outage.

Directory Information Searchable in Google Contacts

Address BookITS has made a portion of the data found in the HR Employee Directory available from within Google Contacts.  

Now the following information

  • phone number
  • department
  • title
  • box number
  • building

can be found by typing someone’s email address in the search window from Gmail, or by opening your Google Contacts and searching by name.

This information is updated monthly using the same information that is updated in the Employee Directory and does not interfere with any additional information that you may have personally entered for contacting your colleague.  It is also worth noting that the extra information that you might have stored in Contacts is not available to others.  Directory information published within Google Contacts is only accessible to the Allegheny community and is not shared with the wider pool of Google users.

In order to enhance your profile, you may wish to post a picture so that community members can better identify you.  If you’d like to learn more about how to do this, watch Google’s video tutorial to learn more.

Teaching with Technology Lunch: Who you gonna call? AggreGator!


Attention faculty. Have your students felt haunted by the spectre of your research assignment? Help them cut through the slime of random Google searches. AggreGator, the Library’s new search engine can help. Come to this lunchtime discussion where we will demonstrate this powerful research tool that searches (almost) all of our resources at once: books, journal articles, reference material, news articles and more.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Lunch will be served at noon and the discussion will begin at 12:20.

Please click here to register.