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The old proverb that March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb, has certainly been true so far.  While the Farmer’s Almanac (http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2010/03/01/the-truth-behind-in-like-a-lion-out-like-a-lamb/) may not lend much credence to the saying, the thermometers may disagree.  But, if you rely on  that “Seer or Seers, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators,” Punxsatawney Phil, you’ll note that he was on target with his February 2 prediction of six more weeks of winter.  (http://www.groundhog.org/)  As we near the end of the extra six weeks, let’s all hope that the roller coaster ride of a late winter we’ve had so far slides into a nice, mild spring. 

Mac BookAnd speaking of other lions, tigers, and bears – or mavericks, I’m sure all our Mac users have heard about the latest operating system (OS) release: OS X Mavericks.  Mac has used an interesting naming scheme for their operating systems:

10.6 = Snow Leopard
10.7 = Lion
10.8 = Mountain Lion
10.9 = Mavericks

Some of you with laptops may have already upgraded.  Those same some of you may have also experienced errors and integration issues with different applications, since the bugs and all the integration points may not have been fully articulated.  (https://www.apple.com/osx/)

Our Managed Applications Team has been working on an image for SHSU employees to create the image that will “work” with SHSU applications.  All our new equipment is rolling out with this image.  Our Tech Shop has also been working on a plan to roll the updates out to campus, especially for those using OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), which is nearing its end of life.   (More on that in future months’ newsletter issues!)

For now, we are very pleased to announce that any of our Mac users can upgrade to the Mavericks image now - long before we will push it out to campus.  You will simply need to back up your data, then bring in your laptop.  Our goal is a 1-2 day turnaround.  Of course, given demand, we ask that you call first to schedule your drop-off day (4-4976).  

Desktops will also need to be scheduled, so give us a call.  We’ll be reaching out to departments over the rest of the spring semester to schedule Mac lab upgrades, although those will likely be rolled out over the summer, with any major push to upgrade those with an OS that will not be supported starting in September.

Ideas for other articles?  Feedback on current or past article?  Please call or email.

 

Stephanie Fors
Director of Client Services
Sam Houston State University
stephanie@shsu.edu
936.294.1049 phone

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