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One more defense against hostile websites
04/03/2014 - Sometimes all it takes to get a computer infection is to visit the wrong website at the wrong time. You don’t even have to click on any links. Loading the web page is enough. Cornell already has some defenses against these so-called drive-by downloads. Now we have another. By April 10, all Cornell campus networks will be using a service called SafeDNS. This service has already...
Signs of Spring
04/03/2014 - Spring is a great time to be a bird watcher at Cornell: The nest cams (http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/) are active and the migratory birds are flying through the area. Many bird enthusiasts already know about the wonderful resources available at the Lab of Ornithology, but the Adelson Library (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Adelson) is a hidden gem of the lab. Located on the second...
Monday eve ornithology seminars
04/03/2014 - The next two Monday night seminars at the Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, start at 7:30 p.m. (refreshments and networking at 7:15, followed by Cayuga Bird Club meeting, followed by presentation) and are free and open to the public. No registration needed, but room is limited and doors will close when capacity is reached. Contact 800-843-2473, cornellbirds@cornell...
Upgrade from Windows XP
03/20/2014 - Still holding on to Windows XP as your computer’s operating system? Cornell’s IT Security Office is urging members of the Cornell community using Windows XP to upgrade now. Microsoft will no longer offer security patches for it, beginning April 8. This means that for the first time since XP was introduced more than a dozen years ago, by default any computer running Windows XP is...
Learn Something New
03/06/2014 - Cornell Parent E-News The March 5 issue of the Cornell Parent E-News is now online at https://www.hr.cornell.edu/life/support/parent_news.pdf. The e-newsletter features many activities and events of interest to families, both on- and off-campus, including Cornell’s Bring a Child to Work Day, April 24 (online registration will begin Mar. 24 at 9 a.m.); IthaKid...
Lab of Ornithology
03/06/2014 - The following two Monday Night Seminars will be held at the Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., at 7:30 p.m., following the Cayuga Bird Club business meeting. Both are free and open to the public. Identifying waterfowl Do you deem distant ducks disturbingly difficult? Do you find figuring out female fowl frustrating and fraught with failure? Kevin...
Sign up for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) on networks, capitalism
03/06/2014 - Two upcoming Cornell MOOCs will investigate the subjects of networks, crowds and markets, and the history of American capitalism. Both are free and open to the public. To register, go to https://www.edx.org/. Networks, Crowds and Markets Starting this week, on March 2, David Easley, professor in the departments of Economics and Information Science, and Jon...
Upcoming Cornell MOOC on privacy and surveillance
02/19/2014 - Starting March 2, Stephen Wicker, Cornell professor of electrical and computer engineering, will lead a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection.” The course is free and will explore privacy issues of an interconnected world, including : • How does cellular technology enable massive surveillance? • Do users...
Monday seminar and Backyard Bird Count results
02/19/2014 - Upcoming seminar Freelance author and travel writer Rachel Dickinson will share highlights of her travels in search of stories at the Lab of Ornithology’s Monday Night Seminar, March 3, 7:30 p.m., at 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, in a talk, “Have Notebook and Camera Will Travel: Confessions of a Travel Writer Who Birds to Travel and Travels to Bird.” Armed...
How sweet it is (at the library)
02/06/2014 - As Valentine’s Day approaches, chocolates and chocolate desserts seem to be everywhere. Enjoy a chocolate from that stash in your desk while exploring what is behind the treat everyone loves. The history of chocolate can be found in books such as Sarah Moss and Alexander Badenoch’s “Chocolate: A Global History” and...

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