Technology News

More Wireless Capacity in Classroom Wing

At not insignificant expense, both one-time and ongoing, we have doubled the wireless network capacity in the classroom wing of the law school building.  There are now additional wireless access points on all three floors: one more on the second floor, three more on the first floor, and one more in the basement.

Any student who still has difficulty connecting to the wireless network should first make sure he/she is connecting to ulsecure and not uofl_authuofl_auth was the old network that Odyssey used (though you didn't necessarily have to use Odyssey to connect to it).  University IT killed off uofl_auth over the holiday break.  If you're still trying to connect to uofl_auth, IT has instructional videos showing how to connect Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.4 and OS 10.5 computers to ulsecure.  Those videos are available at http://louisville.edu/it/services/network/wireless/help.html.

Enjoy the improvements.

Completing the Electronic Kentucky Bar Application

Several graduating students have asked about completing the Kentucky Bar Application electronically.  Because the application is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document, one must have and use Adobe Acrobat Professional to save changes to the application.  Acrobat Reader will not work.

All of the Law Library lab computers have Acrobat Pro, so you may complete the application there.  Or, Adobe now offers a 30-day, fully functional trial of all its products, including Acrobat Pro (for Windows only).  You must create an account on Adobe's site before you'll be permitted to download the trial version, but it is available here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/tryout.html.

Exam4 for July Kentucky Bar Exam

The Exam4 registration and download period is now open (through January 22) for the February 2009 Kentucky bar exam.  Students graduating in May 2009 and planning to take the Kentucky bar exam on computer may take a look at the registration page for the February exam to see what it will look like for them this summer.

There are four steps in the process:

  1. Register
  2. Pay
  3. Download and install
  4. Take and submit a practice test
When you register this summer, it is imperative that you provide an e-mail address that will remain active, and that you will monitor regularly, through the bar exam in late July.  Information about software updates, etc. will be distributed via e-mail.  It is worth over-emphasizing that the version of Exam4 you use in law school will NOT work for the bar exam, nor will the bar exam version work for law school exams.

Computer Viri and Support for Student Computers

With the recent rash of computer virus activity, including several distributed via Facebook, it is worth re-emphasizing the absolute importance of having active, up-to-date antivirus and antispyware applications on one's computer(s).  Waiting until one's computer has become infected is too late to acknowledge that antivirus/antispyware protection is important.

The University distributes free to students and employees Symantec Endpoint Protection, but it is each student's responsiblity to protect his or her computer.  The law school IT staff cannot provide bumper-to-bumper service for student laptops.  Our support is limited to:

  • Exam4 installation, support and exam administration;
  • Connecting your laptop to the University's wireless network;
  • Connecting your laptop to the law school's file server and student laptop printer; and
  • Installing the University-distributed version of Symantec Endpoint protection.  This is limited to installation, not de-virusing already infected computers.
University IT's new iTech Connect, located in the Miller Information Technology building, can provide more extensive support for student-owned laptops.  Students are advised to go there for support beyond the four areas listed above.  iTech Connect cannot, however, provide support for Exam4 or connecting to the law school's own network resources, as those are within the law school's exclusive control.

Don't Forget Your USB Drive!

Students are reminded to bring a USB drive with them to every exam they take on computer.  The USB drive is a back-up in case you have wireless connectivity problems and cannot submit an exam over the network.  Even students taking exams on computer should always bring bluebooks and pens in case of computer or electrical failure.

Students are solely responsible for providing their own USB drives, bluebook, pens, and any other required items.  Bluebooks and a small number of USB drives are available for sale in the Faculty Resource Center (room 272):

  • Bluebooks, two for 30 cents
  • 64 MB USB drives, $10 each

The Faculty Resource Center is only open the following hours, so plan accordingly:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Bluebooks, USB drives, pens, etc., are not available for sale, rent or loan anywhere else in the Law School; and the IT staff will not copy exams from student laptops for students who failed to come prepared.  Every student has been given a free USB drive. Don't leave it where it's no use to you.

Antivirus 2009 Alert

In recent weeks, a significant number of students, and some staff, have acquired Antivirus 2009, a malware app that purports to be anti-spyware software.  Antivirus 2009 originates from Web sites that users visit, which warn the user he/she has no antispyware protection and prompt him/her to install Antivirus 2009.

If you suspect your computer is infected, faculty and staff should contact Joe Leitsch (852-2560, joe.leitsch@louisville.edu), and students should see John Shelman in room 119.  Infections are indicated by a red circle with an "X" in it in the system tray, lower right corner of the Windows Desktop.

The IT staff recommend avoiding malware infections by installing and keeping up to date the University's distribution of of Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec Antivirus), which is available for free download from iTechXpress.

As a general rule, any Web site or browser pop-up that warns that you do not have antivirus and/or antispyware protection and then prompts you to install an application to protect your computer is lying.  Lying, lying, lying.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline

This Friday, October 31, 2008, at 11:59 PM, is the deadline for students to submit an Exam4 practice test for the Fall 2008 semester.  You must submit a practice test to take exams on computer.  If you need a refresher, instructions for taking a practice test and submitting it, as well as for taking real exams, are posted here.  Remember, you must submit your practice test while on campus using the University's wireless network.

The following students have correctly submitted a practice test.  If your user name does not appear on this list, you've done something wrong or haven't done it at all.

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Welcome John Shelman

The IT department welcomes John Shelman, a Computer Information Systems major in the College of Business, who joined us Friday, October 10. John will replace Josh Edlin as the primary student computing support person.  Josh remains with us and will take over network maintenance from Mike Valentine, who accepted a full-time position with Smoothstone IP Communications last month.

John will share room 119 with Joe Leitsch, and John's schedule this semester is as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-9:00 AM
12:30-3:30 PM
8:00-10:30 AM
4:00-5:00 PM
8:00-9:00 AM
12:30-3:30 PM
8:00-10:30 AM
4:00-5:00 PM
12:30-4:30 PM

 

 

 

Welcome, John!

New How-To Screencasts for Computer Users

The IT department has created a series of screencasts to demonstrate how to perform numerous computing-related tasks, including:

  • How to connect a laptop to the University's wireless network
  • How to connect Windows (XP and Vista) laptops to one's Lawnet network share
  • Changing your Lawnet password
  • Updating student profile information on the School of Law Web site
  • Registering a new Westlaw password
  • Creating an e-mail alias in ULink

The screencasts are available at http://www.law.louisville.edu/it/screencasts and require a Lawnet log-in. Returning students should note that Odyssey is no longer required to connect Windows computers to the wireless network, and should watch the screencast to learn how to connect without Odyssey.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline

The deadline to submit an Exam4 practice test this semester is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 11.  ALL students who wish to use Exam4 for Spring 2008 finals must submit a practice test by the deadline.  Yes, this is different from the once-a-year practice test requirement in previous years when we used Securexam.  The reason for the once-every-semester requirement is that we get a new version of the software every semester, not just at the beginning of the year as we did with Securexam.