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IE & my.sun not playing along?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Recently we introduced a brand new my.sun interface (read the article here). As with most new developments, there are bound to be some hiccups. 

One of the problems recently experienced by some users when they browse to the staff portal are either that their version of Internet Explorer has to be upgraded or only a blank screen is displayed. 

There reason for this glitch is Internet Explorer’s compatibility mode. This function of Internet Explorer has the tendency to recognise the wrong versions of the software. For example, with compatibility mode Internet Explorer 8 and 9 thinks it’s running 7, while version 10 and 11 recognises it as 9. 

However, there is an easy solution. By deselecting “Display intranet sites in Compatibility View” (see picture) Internet Explorer will report the correct version of the browser and not request an upgrade of the browser.

If Internet Explorer requests an upgrade, first check the version of the browser (see above ) and deselect compatibility view. Internet Explorer version 10, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are recommended internet browsers.

1. How to find out which version of IE is installed on your pc
     Click:  Help, About Internet Explorer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. How to check if compatibility mode is enabled
    Click: Tools, Compatibility View  Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send an email to help@sun.ac.za or contact IT ’s Service Desk on 0218084367 if you need assistance or experience problems. More information can be found on the my.sun help page. 

New mobile Inetkey application

Friday, February 14th, 2014

With the growing amount of mobile applications used on a daily basis, a need arose for a simple, effective Inetkey application that can be used on all devices and platforms – including Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows.

After extensive testing on all most available platforms, the official Inetkey app has been launched on iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry last week. You can download the appropriate version by clicking on the links below. 

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Non official Inetkey mobile applications do exist, but have been developed by independent individuals and are not supported or endorsed by Information Technology. Unofficial Inetkey apps carry the risk that they may intercept users’ credentials, which could be abused or stolen.  A user is keying these credentials into an app where he/she does not know how or where they are stored or communicated, or even secured.​

We can therefore accept no responsibility if users download these apps and experience problems.

Inetkey icon back on your desktop soon

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Ever since the Inetkey icon disappeared from our screens and was replaced by a web based version, a need for users existed to go back to the old format.

However, the good news is, that Inetkey’s icon and application will soon be back on your desktops. 

The initial version of Inetkey was phased out due to difficulties with the upgrading process of the application. Upgrading to better, more effective versions was difficult due to the application being web based. This lack of upgrading caused some users’ Inetkey to stop working and the web based version was developed to eliminate this problem. Unfortunately this version also brought new, unique challenges and a less user friendly interface.

The latest version has been adapted to enable upgrading and version control. It has also been tested extensively for six months to ensure it will be fully functional on all platforms.  

If you’ve already grown accustomed to the current Inetkey, do not despair – it will still be available to you. The only difference is, you’ll now have a choice between two versions and can choose which one suits you best.

The new Inetkey will be rolled out to computers on campus automatically and no action on the part of you, the user is required for the installation. We will supply more details in a future communication.

New mobile Inetkey application 

With the growing amount of mobile applications used on a daily basis, a need arose for a simple, effective Inetkey application that can be used on all devices and platforms – including Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows.

IT has just finished developing the official Inetkey app and final touches are being made before it’s released on the App stores. The estimated date of release is mid-February.

Non official Inetkey mobile applications do exist, but have been developed by independent individuals and are not supported or endorsed by Information Technology. We can therefore accept no responsibility if users download these apps and experience problems.

 

Dangers of seeding and downloading

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Who would’ve thought the day would come where we can watch the latest movies and series via the internet? With a fast internet connection and enough internet data it’s possible. And it’s great having everything your heart desires at your disposal – whatever you need, just download it! It may not be entirely legal, but really, how will a movie company in Hollywood track you down in the middle of nowhere?!

Unfortunately this is the mistake many people make. Until last year television networks and film companies weren’t geared to trace and stop downloading and distribution of illegal movies. It was just too difficult and not cost efficient, however, since the end of last year, things started to change.

Information Technology has already received quite a substantial amount of e-mails from companies such as Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures indicating that illegal, copyrighted material is being downloaded and seeded (distributed) from IP addresses within the university’s network. (See an example of the e-mail received from Columbia below) These e-mails include the specific IP address, as well as the material downloaded and distributed. This forces IT to contact the owner of the address and send a written warning.  

The distribution or seeding of copyrighted material without a licence is both a criminal and civil offence in South Africa, even if distribution takes place from BitTorrent. In South Africa, under the Copyright Law of 1978, you can be sentenced for up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to R10,000 for each item you distribute.

Between 2010 and 2012, 200,000 people have been sued for uploading and downloading copyright material via BitTorrent.

So before you download the latest episode of your favourite series from Pirate Bay, consider the consequences. It might be safer to pay your DSTV subscription or support Mr Video. If you want the latest entertainment, consider subscribing to a service such as Netflix or rather legally watch movies online.

MORE INFORMATION:

How does BitTorrent and seeding work?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent 

http://www.bittorrent.com/help/guides/beginners-guide

 


 

We are writing this letter on behalf of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (“Rights Holder”) who own certain rights under copyright law in the title White House Down.
You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These actions include:
1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any motion pictures or TV shows owned or distributed by Rights Holder; and
2. Permanently delete from your computer(s) all unauthorized copies you may have already made of these movies and TV shows.
If this notice is being received by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), please forward the notice to the individual associated with the activities.
The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for protection of Rights Holder copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.
Below is the detail for your reference:
- ————- Infringement Details ———————————-
Title: White House Down
Timestamp: 2013-09-19T23:18:28Z
IP Address: 146.232.***.**
Port: *****
Type: BitTorrent
Torrent Hash: *************************************


 [SOURCE: http://mybroadband.co.za]

 

 

Cell C offers now available for students and staff

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Students, as well as staff, can now obtain cheaper cellular data offerings through a joint offering by the University and Cell C.

These deals brings the cost per MB from 15c a megabyte down to around 3.3 cent/meg. The offer includes 3GB of data per month for six months at R600-00, but there are also deals available for 12 months. 

 Cell C will be on site on the Rooi Plein under the bridge between Admin A and B until 7 February, so make use of this opportunity! You need to take basic RICA documents: ID and proof of residence to the Cell C stall to make use of these special deals.

Telkom mobile will also introduce their offerings during the month of February, in case you miss out.

For more information e-mail the IT HUB at student@sun.ac.za​, visit them (entrance below the bridge on the Rooi Plein) or visit the Cell C stall.

 

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