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What is RSS?
RSS is an acronym that many of us have probably heard or seen but don’t know quite what it means. RSS feeds are usually found on news websites or blogs.
These feeds are a listing of the most recent headlines, postings or news events for that site. Podcasts are also just RSS feeds that contain audio content. Many news sites now offer the audio version of their news postings. An RSS feed is a web address that you can put into any program that knows how to read the feed. This program is usually called an aggregator. Many email programs, such as Thunderbird or personalized websites, such as personalized Google and Yahoo, are aggregators in which you can save your RSS links. This allows you to organize all of your favorite information sources onto one webpage or into your email program for easy access.
RSS feeds are read using Thunderbird. In order to read them, you'll need to set up an RSS account. Follow these steps:
TCNJ now has many RSS feeds related to news, press releases, or events related to the campus or specific schools and departments. The Library also has a listing of RSS feeds by topic for new books it obtains. This semester our courseware system, SOCS, has developed a new feature allowing professors to add relevant RSS feeds to their courses for students to view.
Here is a listing of RSS feeds available at TCNJ: TCNJ RSS Feeds
Look for these images on different websites to find their RSS feeds:
Changes Coming to Campus Cable
Big changes are coming to campus cable!
Did you know that TCNJ has 2 of its own campus cable channels? Media & Technology Support Services runs campus cable channels 20 and 23, available to the entire campus direct from Forcina Hall.
MTSS has recently purchased new equipment, which, when fully implemented, will greatly expand the possibilities for our campus cable resources. This new equipment will allow us to:
Please remember all requests for media to be broadcast must be submitted to the Media Services department located in the Library. To ensure that all legal rights and guidelines are followed, we are unable to re-broadcast any media unless it is approved and submitted to us by Media Services.
For more information about MTSS services, please visit our website at http://www.tcnj.edu/~mtss
IT Patch Management (or "What is this PatchLink Thing?")
Information Technology currently distributes critical patches released by Microsoft on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to campus machines in order to reduce the amount of time individuals need to spend managing the security of their systems, and to improve the overall security posture at The College (see http://www.tcnj.edu/~it/security/patchmanagement.html for more information).
Default Save Locations
Ever need to recover an older copy of a Microsoft Office file? You could be in luck! MS Office automatically makes backups while you're working. It's simply a question of where those backups get stored. It varies by program, and here's the list:
Word: C:\Documents and Settings\your-username\Application Data\Microsoft\Word
Energy Saving Ideas
Summertime is here, with its hot and humid days, and you know what that means: Air conditioning!
With electricity and energy costs on the rise, TCNJ is trying to get every member of the campus community to conserve energy, which helps keep our energy costs down and has the added benefit of preserving our environment!
The College’s energy conservation homepage can be found at http://www.tcnj.edu/energy/index.html . Here are some tips to make sure your computer equipment isn’t being an “energy hog”
Even better news: you can follow most of these tips in your own home so you can stay cool without breaking a sweat this summer!
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