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Important Dates

Web@UK
October 1, 1:30-4PM, 107 McVey Hall
Register here

Web Publishers Meetings
SOUTH CAMPUS
Oct. 20, 2008, Monday, 2PM, location TBA
NORTH CAMPUS
Oct. 21, 2008, Tuesday, 2PM, location TBA

 

UPDATES

Google Snatches Share From IE – http://cwflyris.computerworld.com/t/3609877/35664004/138247/2/

Site Map Usability - www.useit.com/alertbox/sitemaps.html

Review: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 offers some nifty new features - http://cwflyris.computerworld.com/t/3537889/35664004/135644/2/

Conferences:
Web 2.0 University – Sept. 23-24 at the Northern Kentucky University METS Center in Erlanger, Ky. -  http://imi.nku.edu/news_events/events/ 
The Web Design and Developer Conference (Adobe) – Oct. 13-15 in Orlando - www.mogo-media.com/conferences/the-web-design-conference/2008/orlando/
Web Builder 2.0 – Oct. 13-15 in Las Vegas - http://webbuilderconference.com/2008/
User Experience Conference – Nov. 2-7 in Chicago - https://www.nngroup.com/events/chicago/
The Future of Web Design – Nov. 3-4 in New York - http://futureofwebdesign.com/
FETC 2009 (Florida Educational Technology Conference) – Jan. 21-24 in Orlando - www.fetc.org/


INTRO TO eT&D

Thanks to Jerone Farley for concise presentations at both meetings. Thanks to Anne Faulconer for the following write-up.

UK’s online training resource, eT&D, is free for all UK employees and students. eT&D offers online courses, books (technical references), Brainbench Exams, certification plans, and customized development paths, all at your fingertips. Courses range from beginner to expert levels. By logging in to eT&D, you'll find everything from convenient “just in time” lessons to complete learning opportunities to help you reach your academic and professional goals. What's more, eT&D allows you to learn from any computer desktop or your own laptop, completely at your own pace! Whether you are looking for a quick bit of information or want to learn an entirely new skill, eT&D offers the information to you anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace.

Sign up for a catalog library of courses and start learning at your own pace. For example, MS Office and other business-related applications can be found in the Office Productivity library; Web design, programming, and networking courses are in the Computer Professional library, etc. You can add more than one library to your training plan.

eT&D Has Everything You Need for Just-in-Time or Skills Training:

Contact Anne Faulconer at 257-3856 or anne.faulconer@uky.edu for additional information or assistance

SITE REVIEW

Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP)  - www.mc.uky.edu/scahip/


Notes from Campus

Virtual Server: What and Why (carried over from August for South Campus)

by Karl Lawrence

A virtual server is a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers so that each server has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine.

Okay, so what does that mean? Basically;

  • Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system.
  • Each server can be independently rebooted (so you don’t crash the entire system, just your server).
  • You can install almost any software which can run on the OS (a lot more autonomy in controlling the server).
  • It’s cheaper that buying your own dedicated server.

But, as with all things, there are downsides;

  • Unlike hosted sites, you have to maintain the server yourself (you need a webserver administrator).
  • Not all software will work in a virtual environment (firewalls, antivirus and even virtualization software – don’t worry about the firewall if your virtual server is part of a UKIT or MCIS server, it is behind the campus firewall).

So to wrap things up, if you are looking for a dedicated server, but at a lower cost, a virtual server may be right for you.