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Free Textbooks

September 15th, 2016 Comments off

1f4daFree books are always nice. There are a fair number of textbooks released regularly under the Creative Commons or GNU Free Documentation Licenses, and not surprisingly many of them are on IT subjects…oh, and on discrete mathematics. (We hear ITM students may need a little boost there.) These books may be a good supplement to a course or may just help you learn something new on your own. Read more…

Big Data University from IBM

September 14th, 2016 Comments off

ds-with-hands-on-toolsIBM has made a large variety of educational resources available for free in the areas of big data, touching both data management and data analytics. This includes both pre-defined learning tracks and individual courses. Most courses take 3 to 8 hours to complete and can be entirely done using either open source tools or the resources on the IBM Bluemix cloud, available though our Software! portal at http://www.itm.iit.edu/software/webstore.html. These courses are a great supplement for students in the MIS or Data Management curriculum who want to build their knowledge and abilities in analytics and big data management using tools like Spark, Hadoop, Seahorse, Jupyter, R, Rstudio, System T, Watson, and Scala. To access the courses, go to https://bigdatauniversity.com/.

More Free Software plus Student Discounts

March 4th, 2016 Comments off

Free is always good, and beyond our Microsoft DreamSpark Premium there are a variety of free tools available to students such as Autodesk 3D Software including AutoCad, RipTiger Software, and even professional prototyping software such as Axure. See the full list of freebies as well as student discounts at http://slickdeals.net/f/8500607-2016-students-freebies-offers-software-membership-free-more.

Office free from Microsoft…and Unlimited storage

November 6th, 2015 Comments off

Office in Education
Free Microsoft Office!
 Office 365 Education is available for free to students who are enrolled at qualifying schools( (and faculty and staff, too)—and IIT is a qualifying school! This also allows you to install the current version of Microsoft Office and Office Apps on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and iPads. Go to https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education or click on the image above. Also, if you already have a personal Microsoft OneDrive account, this will give you an additional IIT OneDrive account with 1 terabyte of storage.

How much space do you have on your MyIIT Google Drive? If your answer was anything less than infinite, you were wrong. According to an announcement on the Google for Education Blog, Drive for Education is available to all Google Apps for Education accounts at no charge GoogleForEducationand includes:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size.
  • Vault: Google Apps Vault, Google’s solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users.
  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.

 

New FREE Resources for IIT Students!

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

Office365Free Microsoft Office!  Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at qualifying schools—and IIT is a qualifying school! This also allows you to install the current version of Microsoft Office and Office Apps on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and iPads. Go to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office-in-education-FX104367920.aspx . Also, if you already have a personal Microsoft OneDrive account, this will give you an additional IIT OneDrive account. Thanks to ITM grad student Vasilios “Billy” Pappademetriou for alerting us to this great deal…

How much space do you have on your MyIIT Google Drive? If your answer was anything less than infinite, you were wrong. According to an announcement yesterday on the Google for Education Blog, Drive for Education is available to all Google Apps for Education accounts at no charge GoogleForEducationand will include:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.
  • Vault: Google Apps Vault, Google’s solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.
  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.

 

IIT on da Cloud: the ITMO cloud challenge!

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

Our own Information Technology and Management Organization challenges IIT students to learn, build and create cloud infrastructure and applications in an event they have named IIT on da Cloud. In this four-day event open to all students at IIT, students can learn about cloud computing, build the infrastructure of a private cloud, and create applications that can run on it. Recently, cloud computing has been used as a popular marketing term to attract a target market, which has led to many misconceptions and misunderstandings about what cloud computing actually is. ITMO’s goal is to help educate students about cloud computing and give them hands-on experience using this technology. Rumor has it that there may be a team competitive aspect to the event! For more information and to register, visit the IIT on da Cloud website at http://itm.iit.edu/iitCloud/.

Microsoft announces Typescript, a superset of Javascript

October 1st, 2012 Comments off

Typescript LogoMicrosoft has announced the release of Typescript, a superset of Javascript, which they say will better allow developers to build large applications and will provide better support for large teams, especially when building server- and cloud-side applications. It was released under an Apache 2.0 open-source license.

TypeScript Website: http://www.typescriptlang.org/
ZDNet article: http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-takes-the-wraps-off-typescript-a-superset-of-javascript-7000004993/?s_cid=e550

HACK NIGHT!

August 24th, 2012 1 comment

HACK NIGHT! “Me, My App, and Twitter”,  August 27, 2012 at the IIT IdeaShop, 7 – 9pm
Register: iithacknight.eventbrite.com

Yes! A Hack Night!
A place to learn the magic behind coding. On this night we will have a two hour introduction to APIs and using Twitter to build a simple app.

Who should be there?
Everyone is welcome! Come if you’re interested in building something awesome or want to learn how to make your ideas a reality.

Which means that?
You really need to attend. We have food! No Walk-ins. Please register before coming.

Upcoming Hack Nights:
Aug. 27: Me, My App, and Twitter
Sept. 11: Building a Facebook App
Sept. 27: Karaoke with Twilio!
Oct. 11:  People’s choice
Overnight Hackathon Challenge:
3pm October 20 – 4pm October 21
Over $5,000 in prizes!!!

Blog Spam and more

November 30th, 2011 Comments off

Hey ITM students! YOU CAN POST COMMENTS ON OUR BLOG! I am really, really weary of moderating comments and never having any real comments, although many of the spam comments I eliminate are rather amusing and maybe I’ll strip out the spammy links and let some go through just for giggles. ALSO, there is a mobile version of the blog for your Android or iPhone, and there is an RSS feed to add it to your iGoogle or Yahoo homepage. You can also suggest items to post to the blog—or you can even sign up to be a student blogger—by emailing Professor Trygstad.  So get with it…read, comment, contribute.

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Mouse Without Borders

October 4th, 2011 Comments off

A project from the Microsoft Garage, Mouse Without Borders allows you to share a mouse, keyboard, clipboard and even drag and drop files between up to four Windows PCs. This is the solution if you set up your notebook next to your desktop and want to be productive on both machines. There is a similar freeware tool that works across OSes, Synergy, but if you are only using Windows, Mouse Without Borders is a quick-and-dirty solution.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2011/09/09/microsoft-garage-download-mouse-without-borders.aspx
♦ Via Lifehacker.