Archive for April 2014

Vulnerability affecting all versions of Internet explorer

A serious vulnerability affecting all versions of Internet explorer has been identified.  https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/2963983

There are likely to be out of schedule patches released which we should keep an eye on and apply as soon as they become available.  Note there will not be patches for XP.

The vulnerabilities are potentially so serious that the UK and US governments are recommending that organisations stop using Internet Explorer completely until patches are available  http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/us-uk-governments-advise-against-using-internet-explorer-1.1777449

More information and some text we could potentially use is at http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/emerging-threat-microsoft-internet-explorer-zero-day-cve-2014-1776-remote-code-execution-vulne

Latest news and information from Wolfram

The latest news and information from Wolfram can be found here:  http://msgcache.wolfram.com/wolfram-insider/2014/04/2014041534/ACAD.html

Top-ten IT Helpdesk issues and stats March 2014

In March 2014, the IS Services Helpdesk received 3,377 queries via phone, email, walk in and web. You can see more details at http://isservices.tcd.ie/help/helpdesk_statistics.php#month

The top-ten issues reported by students and staff to the Helpdesk in March can be seen via the link below: http://isservices.tcd.ie/help/helpdesk-top-ten.php

IS Services

Sterling Geo April 2014 enews | News, tips and tricks for Geographers

Sterling Geo is a supplier of Integraph ERDAS Geospatial software. Please see their April 2014 enewsletter for the latest news and events information from them.

 

Call for CoderDojo programme mentors

CoderDojo is a non-profit volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology! There is a focus on community, peer learning and self led learning with an emphasis on helping others and showing how coding is a force for change in the world! Dojos are usually held on the weekend but some are run during the week like the Croke Park CoderDojo.

As you can imagine the popularity of CoderDojo has grown massively. As of March this year there are over 345 Dojos either actively running or in planning in 38 countries that reach over 12,000 children a month. At the moment, the demand for places at a CoderDojo exceeds some Dojos capacity to provide them and as a result we are looking for mentors.

We were wondering if you could send out a CoderDojo mentor call to the Trinity College student population, who have some coding knowledge and would like to improve their coding ability and add CoderDojo mentoring to their list of skills.

Why Volunteer / Mentor?

From Mentoring students will learn several new skills and practical experience to add to their CV:

Communication Skills
– Improved from their interaction with mentors and young people.

Networking
– Giving them the opportunity to meet and develop contacts with IT professionals.

Develop Programming Skills

– When mentoring they will be challenged technically as each Dojo covers several topics. This will improve their current skills and help them develop new ones.

Local Community and Youth Work

– Mentoring will give them experience working with young people while helping out  and giving back to their local community.

Any students or staff who would like to mentor at a CoderDojo can find and contact their local Dojo by searching via our Dojo listing website:

http://zen.coderdojo.com/

Or if you have any questions about getting involved you can contact us directly:

info@coderdojo.com

Please note: That CoderDojo best practice encourages that all CoderDojo volunteers and mentors undergo a Garda vetting background check. This can be done via the Dojos local volunteer centre.

HPRC walk-in workshop for students and research staff

High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) is hosting a walk-in workshop this Friday, 4th April 12pm to 1pm, in Room 2.12 Lloyd Building.

Staff will be on-hand to discuss any research or IT-related topics with students and research staff who may need to avail of HPRC services. This workshop is designed to provide help and takes places in an informal setting; we have tea and light refreshments (read: tea/coffee/biscuits).

For more details see the HPRC website.