CiCS News August 2010
uSpace Blogs Now Visible
Following the recent upgrade to uSpace, CiCS is pleased to report that personal blogs in uSpace are now visible to the outside world and can be located using standard search engines including Google. This exposes your blog to the widest audience possible and makes uSpace a viable alternative to external blogging services for Sheffield staff. Blogs within private uSpace groups and space, however, still remain hidden keeping sensitive group collaboration private. Therefore, if you would prefer to maintain a uSpace blog that is hidden from the outside world you should first create a private or restricted space and create your blog in there. Information about uSpace blogs is available from the uSpace web pages.
uSpace Web Pages
You can find your colleagues' blogs in the Blog Directory, which by default contains all personal uSpace blogs. In addition, shared blogs from uSpace groups and spaces can be added manually, as can blogs from services outside of uSpace. A blog can also be removed from the blog directory at any time, so we encourage staff who have empty blogs, or who no longer update their blogs, to remove them from the blog directory. To add or remove blogs use the 'My Blogs' link from the left-hand column.
The Blog Directory
iPad Micro Sims
Apple iPads can access the Internet by connecting to wireless networks at home, at work or in wireless hotspots provided by airports and cafes. In addition, iPads can also be set up to connect to the Internet when out and about using the mobile phone networks. To do this they need to be fitted with a micro sim. If you have an iPad that you use for work purposes and are interested in ordering a micro sim please contact the Voice and Data Support Team in CiCS. Charges apply.
Email Voice and Data Support Team
Important Network Maintenance 3rd and 5th August
Important network maintenance is taking place on Tuesday 3rd August and Thursday 5th August 2010 between 06:45 and 08:00. Access to some services and filestore will be affected. Please ensure that you have no documents open during this time and that you don't leave your computer on over night. All services should be back by 08:00 but will remain at risk until 09:00.
On 3rd August there will be brief (10-15 minute) interruptions in access to eRecruitment and some general filestore at around 07:00. Normal service should be resumed by 08:00.
On 5th August MUSE will be shut down between 06:45 and 08:00. In addition, there will be brief (10-15 minute) interruptions in access to uBASE, myJob, myTeam and myPurchase at around 07:00. Staff email, uSpace, the CMS, the main Library systems and some general filestore will also be affected. Normal service should be resumed by 08:00.
For updates see the CiCS Service Status page and Twitter:
CiCS Service Status
Ever Deleted a File and then Wished you Hadn't?
If you store your files on networked filestore, such as your personal U drive or departmental shared M drive, then it is very easy to recovered deleted files. Make sure you are logged in via the usual Novell login screen. Then in My Computer you can right-click any folder and select Salvage to display a list of all files that have been deleted from that folder. You can then select the file from the list and click the Restore button to bring the file back from oblivion. There are many benefits from storing files in networked filestore, see the CiCS web pages for more information.
About Networked Filestore
CiCS manages its new developments through a Programme of Projects. The latest news and progress reports from all CiCS projects is now available from the projects web page. Project news highlights include the following:
- The new CiCS Service Strategy Board will take over from the CiCS Programme Board in September.
- The new 'Supportworks for Service Management' project will update the existing helpdesk software to support improved service management processes.