Information Technology Services


Interface is an ongoing series of features about information technology at Dartmouth, the people of ITS, and how we work with the college's many information systems. Learn what it's like to be a freshman barred from having a cell phone on a first-year trip. Peek inside the framework of Dartmouth's many, many sites. See how our past experiences inform what we do here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 1:49pm
job search

By Elena Alicea ’16

A large portion of Dartmouth’s graduating class will go on to work in entry-level jobs in finance, consulting, or computer science in New York, Boston, or San Francisco. These cities are huge hubs for recent graduates and those paths are a good way to start a career, learn a lot very quickly, and earn a decent salary. But many seniors face the question: How do I find other post-graduation opportunities if I want to break free from those three cities and industries?

Where to Look: DartBoard Alternatives

There are a couple of employment...

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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 1:56pm

1. Keep your computer’s desktop clear of files and clutter. Computers start faster and operate better when your desktop is clear. Store your documents in OneDrive, where you can access files from any device connected to the Internet.

2. Before you buy a new computer or upgrade to a new operating system, ask IT. We’ll help make sure you’re getting the best hardware for your needs, and that all software and services you rely on will...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 1:35pm
Ellen Childhood

By Elizabeth Kelsey

At a recent Council on Computing meeting, Professor of Music Steve Swayne talked about the OperaX course he taught as one of Dartmouth’s edX courses, and how the experience changed the way he teaches his traditional Dartmouth opera course. Professor of Mathematics Scott Pauls described how he worked with Instructional Designer Adrienne Gauthier...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:16am
Academic Tech Consultant installs CrashPlan

A Tale of Two Professors

A few years ago, a new Dartmouth faculty member stored her entire dissertation on a USB flash drive. She did not save the file in any other manner. The disk became damaged; the data, lost. In order to retrieve her information, the professor took the memory stick to a company that charged $3,000, even though it only found part of the dissertation.

Watch Academic Technology Consultant Barbara Mellert explain why it pays to have CrashPlan.

Compare the above incident to one that happened more...

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Monday, May 16, 2016 - 2:36pm

You may not realize it, but you are a phishing target at school, at work, and at home. Ultimately, you are the most effective way to detect and stop phishing scams. When viewing email messages, texts, or social media posts, look for the following indicators to prevent passwords, personal data, or private information from being stolen.

Beware sketchy messages. Phishy messages may include a formal salutation, overly-friendly tone, grammatical errors, urgent requests, or gimmicks.

Avoid opening links and attachments. Even if you know the sender...

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 2:16pm
The Haven

On April “Food” Day 2016, ITS Employees donated 256 pounds of groceries to The Haven, a non-profit, private organization that serves people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, clothing and support.

In March, Vice President for Information Technology Ellen Waite-Franzen told ITS staff:

“We do a food drive for the Haven food pantry at our Holiday party in December and we have a wonderful turnout. As you also probably know, food pantries get more attention during the holidays than during the rest of the year...

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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 12:21pm
David Avery

The Systems Administrator Retires from Dartmouth after more than 30 years of service.


By Elizabeth Kelsey

David Avery joined ITS—then, Computing Services—in 1985 as the system administrator for an IBM 4381, a mainframe computer that supported research computing. The 4381 weighed over one ton, and with its cabinets side-by-side, would have stretched 40 feet long. Priced at 1.2 million dollars, the machine had 8 gigabytes of disk and 16 MB of RAM. By comparison, an iPod 4 has more RAM and...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:23pm
travel signs

Planning a spring break vacation? People are frequently more vulnerable when traveling because a break from their regular routine or encounters with unfamiliar situations often result in less cautious behavior. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, these five tips will help you protect yourself and guard your privacy.

Track that device! Install a device finder or manager on your mobile device in case it's lost or stolen. Make sure it has remote wipe capabilities and also protects against malware.

Avoid social media...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:29am


How often have you used BlueJeans? When did you start using it?

On average I’m using it a couple of times a week. I started using it a couple of months back when I was looking for a dedicated conferencing solution that was a bit simpler than WebEx to use. My primary need was a space where I could easily add collaborators with minimal plugins or other pre-work before our video meetings.

Why did you use the service? What type of conference calls did you make? 

Most often I use Bluejeans for anything for which I would...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:19am
bill 1

When associate director of ISTS Bill Nisen was looking for a way to share ideas with off-campus connections, he contacted Video Service Specialist Jim Goodrich, account manager for Dartmouth’s BlueJeans video conferencing service.

“People want tools that are easy to use,” Goodrich says. “BlueJeans is one of the more robust and reliable desktop conferencing tools I’ve used, yet it’s so simple.”

Since he received a BlueJeans account, Nisen has used the service at least once a week to connect with...

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