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Macintosh group helps users connect
to campuswide systems
With its shiny new and innovative gadgets and a rapidly rising share of
the computer market, Apple Inc. is enjoying a banner year—which is
especially noticeable on campus. But while the computer company touts
its ease of use, total digital integration, and application
compati-bility, the gizmos can be notoriously difficult to connect to
MUSC campuswide servers and systems.
New help has arrived in the form of a Macintosh Shared Interest Group
In a recent one-hour session in the library’s fourth floor computer
lab, Curtis Wise, Ph.D., and Dieter Haemmerich, Ph.D., D.Sc., assisted
as a roomful of brand new iPhone 3G users connected to the university’s
Exchange servers where they could synchronize e-mail, voicemail,
calendars, an other applications to desktop and laptop computers.
Wise and Haemmerich are the new co-chairs of Mac-Sig, a group of Apple
computer users and technicians from various colleges and departments
who meet once a month to discuss problems and share solutions.
Some of the topics for future meetings include setting up virtual
machines (i.e., running Windows on Macintosh Intel computers using
Parallels, VMware, Bootcamp, and Crossover); ipod/iphone connectivity
and synchronization; Wi-Fi wireless connectivity (e.g., configuring
Airport and muscsecure); VPN (virtual private network, a way to make
secure connections from off campus so that you can view sensitive data
and financial applications); Microsoft Office compatibility issues with
Endnote bibliography software; Exchange setup with other e-mail
applications (such as Apple Mail); and Time Machine, an automatic
backup utility built in to the latest Macintosh operating system
release (10.5, also known as Leopard) that has had its share of
compatibility problems in initial offerings.
The group also sponsors a e-mail listserv where you can ask questions,
seek help with a specific application, or share information. To join,
send an e-mail to email@example.com, leave the subject blank, in the
body of the e-mail type subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org, and send it.
While iPods and iPhones are ubiquitous around campus, Macintosh
computers are still the minority computing platform at MUSC. Microsoft
Windows is virtually the exclusive computer operating system for the
hospital and its clinical, financial and centrally managed (LYNX)
Macs, which make up between one-quarter and one-third of campus
computers, are found mainly in the university. The MUSC Library
features both Windows and Macintosh labs, while the library staff uses
Macs in its workflow. The College of Dental Medicine is predominately
Mac-centric and Mac clusters can be found in the departments of
Psychiatry and Medicine.
Wise, professor emeritus with the College of Dental Medicine, is a
long-time and well-known Mac enthusiast who has been associated with
the Mac-Sig group from its inception.
Haemmerich, associate professor with the Division of Pediatric
Cardiology, has a background in computer engineering and software
development, and currently is doing computer modeling as part of his
research in the Darby Children’s Research Institute. Comfortable with
many different computer platforms, Haemmerich began using Macs when OS
10 was released.
Haemmerich said the group would also work closely with the Office of
the CIO to reduce the “support issues compared to Windows users,” and
said one way to do that would be to have better attendance at the
Mac-Sig group meetings.
To join the group, show up at the meeting or for more information,
contact Haemmerich at email@example.com or Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 25, 2008
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