Technical Staff Blog

Category archives: New or Improved

Announcements of new or upgraded services.

RSS feed of New or Improved

Last update on .

As part of the efforts to clean out the cruft that inevitably is left behind from semester to semester, Tstaff has closed out the course lists from previous semesters that were part of what is called a "family" in Sympa.  There are still some course lists left to be cleared out, but the majority of ...

Last update on .


Responding to the increasing preference for Apple products among the CS community, the mslab this summer gained 24 MacIntosh Minis.  Replacing the Windows machines for which the lab is named, each shares a seat - monitor, keyboard, mouse - with a standard CS Department-issued Linux machine.  Students taking Introduction to Computer Animation (CS125) will be among the ...

Last update on .

ssh.png Tstaff is in the process of virtualizing all of our servers onto CIS managed vSphere instances. Over the next 10 months, you will be hearing about progress we are making and services that have been moved. Our initial focus will be on easier to move services and those that will most benefit from the move ...

Last update on .

cms-ckeditor.png A major upgrade of the software that drives the CS Department website rolled out today, promising easier and faster editing, and many improvements.

For web authors, the most obvious change is much-improved on-page editing, using CKEditor.

Django CMS version 3 focuses on usability, and a more natural page-editing workflow.  Django sites have in common a ...

Last update on .

Authenticated Print Server

Tstaff has implemented an authenticated print server, printhost-dmz, that sits outside the department.  A split DNS for is set up to point to correct print server depending on whether you are inside the department or outside.  

More info about the Printing Service is located on the CS web ...

Last update on .

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 13.09.22.pngPhone size CS Dept home page

The CS Department website is now mobile friendly.  Utilizing HTML5, CSS3 and responsive web design principles, last fall's web redesign now adapts itself to the device on which it is displayed.

On small screens, search and navigation is hidden behind drop-down menus to unclutter the banner area.  The ...