The current price for a single perpetual license for Prism is $450; assuming a three-year life-span before upgrading, this equals $150/year. Purchasing 2-4 licenses lowers the price to $375/each ($125/year). This pricing does not include upgrades and is per computer.
GraphPad is migrating to a new pricing model based on an annual subscription, rather than a perpetual license. An annual subscription lasts one year but includes any upgrades that occur during the term. The price for a single annual license is $150/year, or $125/year with the purchase of 10 licenses.
UAB bulk-purchase pricing will depend on how many licenses are purchased, but is estimated to be between $75 and $105 annually per license if we can meet some higher levels of purchases/subscriptions each year.
Importantly, each license can be activated twice during your one-year term. If you choose to activate on two computers immediately, this is allowed. However, once you have used both of your activations, you will not be able to install Prism again on any computer for any reason (e.g. if a computer crashes). Using both activations up front reduces the effective cost as well.
UAB IT is asking interested individuals on campus for feedback/interest in participating in a bulk-purchase for GraphPad/Prism software. For more details and to provide your feedback please respond to this survey/feedback form https://uab.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8pJ5bs6A4maKz8V
UAB IT Provides Critical Guidance to Campus on Appropriate Versions of Internet Explorer, Mac OS, and Java to Mitigate Risks of Exploitation
UAB IT recomends that all campus users continue to stay at Java release 1.7.0_45. The recent _51 release of Java is being tested for compatitiblity, but at this time known issues prevent IT from recommending the upgrade to _51. More info will be released as soon as it is available.
Recent security vulnerabilities identified in the Java software used by many browsers for accessing Internet and internal web sites requires that systems be kept up to date with the latest approved Java version. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended that all web users disable or remove Java to mitigate the risks. However, as many UAB systems require Java, UAB IT is providing guidance to the UAB Campus that will both protect the university and will provide the ability to continue accessing the required UAB systems. Part of that guidance includes using separate browsers for accessing UAB vs. non-UAB websites, and using certain browser versions and Java versions.
• On Windows 7 Install IE 10 and Java 1.7.0_45
• On Windows XP install IE 8 and Java 1.7.0_45
UAB IT has updated the minimum recommendations for versions of Internet Explorer and Java as UAB systems have improved functionality to support newer browsers and the currently secure version of Java. Internet Explorer 10 and Java 1.7.0_45 are recommended for installation on Windows 7 and IE 8 with Java 1.7.0_45 on existing XP systems. UAB IT also recommends using a separate browser with JAVA disabled for Internet use. Use IE for on campus with Java enabled and your choice of Firefox or Chrome for Internet browsing with JAVA disabled (for information on disabling Java click here).
• Install OSX 10.9 and Java 1.7.0_45
UAB IT has updated the minimum recommendations for versions of Mac Operating systems and Java as UAB systems have improved functionality that are compatible with the current version of Java. The recommended operating systems for use on Campus are Apple OSX 10.7x and 10.8x. While Apple OSX 10.6x is still supported by Apple, vendors are no longer testing against it for compatibility. Apple operating systems will not run any version lower than Java 1.7.0_45.
UAB IT also recommends using two different browsers — one for surfing the Web and one just for accessing UAB systems. For Internet Web browsing, use one of the following: Firefox Safari, or Chrome, with Java disabled (for information on disabling Java click here). For working with just UAB systems, choose a different browser and enable Java to work in it. If you run into compatibility issues with the local browser and UAB IT systems, use the IT terminal servers to access UAB resources via RDP client (for information on using IT terminal servers on Mac click here).
For more information, contact AskIT (www.uab.edu/askit).
The basics of this standard include:
- minimum/maximum length requirements for BlazerID passwords/passphrases
- password/passphrase expiration intervals
- restrictions on reusing the same password/passphrase for the six previous intervals
- password/passphrase complexity requirements
- system logging of failed attempts to log on
- disabling of unused accounts after a specific interval of non-use
- requirements for credential encryption while in transit
- several other recommendations
An official copy of this standard can be found in the UAB Policies and Procedures Library and on the UAB IT Information Security website in the IT Related Policies and Guidelines page.
Individuals wishing to donate toys should place them in the designated collection boxes or bring them to the UAB Administration Building lobby by noon on December 10th. Toy collection boxes are located in buildings throughout campus, including the Administration Building, Campbell Hall, CH19, Cudworth Hall, FAB, Kaul Building, Heritage Hall, Hoehn, Lister Hill Library, School of Nursing, and the UAB Police Department just to name a few. Sterne Library is also participating again this year, and library fines not exceeding $25 will be waived when you bring in the overdue books and a new, unwrapped toy (applied to current overdue books and fines only).
About the scam:
Support Desk Scams are perpetrated through a phone call. Typically, the scammer will have a thick foreign accent and claim to be from some company’s (e.g. Microsoft, Apple) Support Services in the Technical Department. The scammer will tell you something along the lines of “Your computer is seriously infected and has been causing a lot of trouble on the internet” or that “Your machine is at serious risk for infection”. Some scammers even offer you the opportunity to verify their ID by typing a specific command into your computer but this is not a legitimate method of verification. Once the scam caller feels they have your trust, they will ask you to take one of the following actions:
- visit a website that will allow them complete access to your machine
- download something they claim will help but is actually a virus
- purchase an item that will protect your machine but will do more harm than good and require you provide them will personal information.
What you should look for and know:
- Microsoft will never call you and say you’re machine is at risk/compromised or that you have been causing problems on the internet.
- Always ask for a call back number and say you’ll call them back. Google the phone number they give you. It is likely someone else has posted complaints about scammer online.
- Never purchase and/or download something blindly from the internet based on the suggestion of an untrusted source.
- Never give anyone access to your machine that you do not know and explicitly trust.
UAB Online Announces Campus Overview Sessions for Blackboard and Instructure/Canvas
As the academic learning system selection process continues, the two finalists will be making presentations to the UAB Campus between October 29-31. Sessions will be held in the Center for Teaching and Learning (Education Building Room 243 across from Sterne Library) and will also be streamed live for those that wish to participate online. Both Blackboard and Instructure/Canvas will present identical sessions over different days to accomodate as many schedules as possible.
Schedule: (Note: session archives are now available, see below)
- Tuesday October 29
- Canvas overview session at 2:00pm (view archive)
- Wednesday October 30
- Canvas overview session at 11:00am
- Blackboard overview session 2:00PM (view archive)
- Canvas overview session at 11:00am
- Thursday October 31
- Blackboard overview session 11:00am
- Blackboard overview session 11:00am
More information on the learning system selection process can be found on the UAB Online website.
Effective, October 18th, 2013, all Telecom work orders must be submitted through our Telecom work order form located at https://commservices.comm.uab.edu/ServiceRequest/login.aspx
The 2013 UAB Research Computing Day will be held September 26, 2013 in Cudworth at 1919 University Blvd.
Activities this year will include a symposium on Thursday, September 26, 2013 with invited talks and contributed talks from campus researchers.
UAB Research Computing Day is dedicated to dialogs on science, engineering, and their ever present drive to advance the art of technology in opening new research frontiers. These dialogs connect with our daily operations, touch the far edges of the Internet, and intersect with the themes of national funding agencies and peer institutions.
Sign up today for the UAB Research Computing Day 2013 event to be held in the UAB Cudworth Auditorium (1919 University Blvd.)
Directions to CEC
Microsoft's new Office 365 University product provides a 4-year subscription to every new Office app, plus SkyDrive storage and Skype calling on 2 PCs or Macs plus mobile devices. The cost of the subscription to students is $79.99 and is valid for 4 years. Students can purchase the subscription directly from Microsoft or online through UAB's software download provider, Kivuto.
This new subscription-based service replaces the previous offerings UAB made available to students through the UAB Bookstore and online download for Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.). UAB will continue to offer students free access to Microsoft Forefront (anti-virus) and server-based products such as SQL and Windows Server, however, Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems (Windows 7, 8) are no longer available to students through UAB. For more information, see the Microsoft Campus Agreement website.
Students that have previously installed one of the Microsoft Products that are no longer licensed for student use (generally those items where media was purchased at the UAB Bookstore or via online download such as Office, Windows-client Vista/7/8) should be aware that they are no longer licensed to use those products per the terms of the Microsoft agreement they signed at the time the media was delivered. While existing installations will continue to function, UAB encourages all students to migrate to the Office 365 University offering as soon as possible to ensure appropriate license compliance and to gain access to the new features.
For more information see the Microsoft Campus Agreement website.