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July 2012 Archives

UMChat will be decommissioned on August 23, 2012

On August 23, 2012, UMChat will be decommissioned. If you have converted to Google Apps, please use Google Chat through your Gmail inbox, Google+, or an IM client (e.g., Google Talk).

Users who do not have a Google Apps account for the University of Minnesota and who need to use instant messaging should transition to Google Apps. If you have any questions about how to transition your account to Google, contact the Helpdesk at 726-8847. Further Google Apps information is available on the ITSS Google Apps support site.

Posted on Monday, Jul 30, 2012 | Permalink

Updated VPN clients

ITSS has updated the AnyConnect VPN clients to the latest version on our VPN server. If you use VPN, it should automatically upgrade on your next log in.

Posted on Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 | Permalink

DNSChanger Malware Reminder

Machines infected with the DNSChanger virus will no longer be able to resolve web-site names such as or after July 9, 2012, and will appear to lose access to the Internet.

Steps to take:
1. Visit to see if your computer is infected. A green background means not infected.

2. If your computer is infected, visit for further information and instructions on how to clean your computer.

If you have any questions, please contact the ITSS TechCenter HelpDesk at 726-8856.

Posted on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 | Permalink

AD SCCM: Java 6 update 33

A new installer will be available Friday, July 6 for Oracle Java 6 update 33. This is an OPTIONAL installer that users can use to upgrade their Java. Users can install it if they know they don't have any software conflicts (EDMS, Famis, Core are examples).

To install the update, you must close all browser (Firefox, IE) windows. For details see: AD: Installing Software.

Posted on Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 | Permalink

Ten Years Ago: Web Design Update Newsletter Began

In July 2002 the first issue of the Web Design Update Newsletter was published. This plain text email digest is dedicated to disseminating news and information about web design. It is typically published once a week as an adjunct to the Web Design Reference site which started in 1995. The purpose of the newsletter is to announce new web site content. Whenever new articles are linked to the Web Design Reference site, a Web Design Update newsletter message is sent to the mailing list. Newsletter topics range from accessibility to XML. Links include recent articles by knowledgeable authors, as well as expected pertinent links to updates from major organizations.

Further Information

Everyone interested is invited to learn more about and subscribe to the Web Design Update Newsletter.


The idea for the newsletter was sparked by UMD's Information Technology Systems and Services, Web Team's revival of its webdev listserv. Previously Laura Carlson had shared her web design research and web site updates solely with the ITSS web team via private email. With the revival of the webdev listserv, the team asked her to send updates to the mailing list.

Line graph: Number of subscribers The number of subscribers has grown from six people in 2002 to over 2,500 subscribers today. They hail from the University of Minnesota, universities throughout the US, plus people from approximately 40 other countries.

In 2005 we converted our mailing lists from a ListProc server to a Mailman server. Advantages of this change included automatic archiving of posts.

Posted on Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 | Permalink