New intranet site, just for you

by Oli Lane

New intranet

The newly renovated intranet site is now live! Featuring such highlights as cafeteria menus on the home pageusable navigation and weather, there’s something for everyone to love.

The link is in the sidebar to the right.

The new site has broken some of the links from this site, so if you find any that don’t work please email me (ojgl2) and I’ll fix them.

IT Committee updates

by Oli Lane

This term’s college IT Committee meeting took place last week — here’s a quick summary of the news/discussion this time around (thanks Kerry!):

WiFi

The big project! Across the academic year there will be a great increase in WiFi access points in all Tit Hall sites (excl.  Clems & Bateman Street) such that all Tit Hall undergrad accommodation next year should have coverage! This is so exciting!!! There is no word yet on the order in which sites will get these access points but look out for a nice big WiFi boost in your room at some point in Lent or Easter term!

Print charging

There is a movement across the university to get print charging uni-wide, it is currently refined to a college-system. The proposed fix is to introduce a system, in time for next term, where students get a small amount of print credit on matriculation and top-up their print credit online throughout the rest of their time here. Because of this there would be no printing charge on your bill at the end of each term. The advantages are credit ready for any printers across the university, not just TH, and that it is easier to keep a track of your print spends.

Key cards

A system is being developed such that hopefully at the beginning of next term the white cards that BoHo and Beebs residents currently have will be being replaced with programming on their uni card for greater wallet-space efficiency and to give you fewer things to lose. Those who use the BoHo/Beebs laundry rooms will also be able to have their cards programmed as needed. When this system is ready an email will go round to explain how to get your card programmed.

Other stuff

  1. Those who have been incorrectly charged for network use due to a mix up on IP addresses should have had their problem sorted.
  2. Please refill the computer room printers with a full load of paper when it runs out – not just what you need for your one essay print!

How to unsubscribe really good

by Oli Lane

EmailUsAnimated

If you’re anything like me I’m betting you’re currently receiving emails from about 20 societies which you only put your name down for because you felt sorry for the guy at the table in the corner at the Freshers’ Fayre. Here’s a quick guide to cleaning the junk out.

One thing to note: please don’t try to unsubscribe from lists like the JCR mailing lists or department mailing lists, since you’re very likely to miss out on important information if you do.

The first thing to do is to look for an “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email — many lists have one, and it’s usually the easiest option. If you can’t find it or can’t get it to work, follow the rest of the guide.

Before starting, you need to check if the mailing list ends in “@lists.cam.ac.uk” or “@srcf.net”. Almost all societies will use one of these services for their mailing lists, so I’ll be focussing on those two.

If the address ends in “@lists.cam.ac.uk”

  • Head to the cam.ac.uk Mailman page.
  • Click on the “Log in using Raven” link, and enter your Raven details.
  • You should now see a list of all the @lists.cam.ac.uk mailing lists you are subscribed to. Select the list you want to unsubscribe from.
  • Click on the “Unsubscribe or edit options” button.
  • Click on “Unsubscribe”, after ticking the box to say you’re sure.

If the address ends in “@srcf.net”

  • Head to the SRCF mailing list directory.
  • You will be presented with a list of all the mailing lists that SRCF hosts. Select the list you want to unsubscribe from.
  • Enter your email address in the box at the bottom of the page and click the “Unsubscribe or edit options” button.
  • Click on the “Unsubscribe” button
  • You will now be sent an email with a confirmation link to finish the unsubscription process.

Easy IT & internet setup guide

by Oli Lane

Hermes headaches? Computing complications? IT inconveniences? Alliteration anger?

Don’t worry — I’ve got you covered with 75% of those issues, which I think is a Pretty Good Success Rate. Hot off the digital presses, this is my quick and easy no-fluff guide to computerish things at Cambridge.

It’s aimed at Freshers, but I’m posting it here on the off-chance you’re still somehow unable to use your email or something.

Anyway, here it is: How to internet really good — A simple guide

Hope it’s useful.

Hermes Webmail pilot

by Oli Lane

Webmail Pilot

The University Computing Service is currently trialling a new version of Hermes Webmail, with the rather distinct advantage that this time around it doesn’t make you want to gouge your eyes out every time you use it! It’s still in its testing phase, but from what I’ve seen it’s already miles better than the previous incarnation.

If you want to check it out, use the above link (don’t worry, you can still use the old version after trying it if you don’t like it). The link in the Quick Links sidebar will stay pointing to the current version, so if you want to use the new version as your normal client you’ll have to add it to your bookmarks (or there’s a link on the normal login page).

Update: the pilot seems to have gone well, and the new version will become the default interface starting on the 5th of August. The old interface will be available here for the next 12 months if you’re an insane person.