Archive for May, 2006

Virtual High Fives: Gusties Love World of Warcraft

According to a report published by Map World of Warcraft the other day, Gustavus ranks 296 out of 1,109 colleges and universities for World of Warcraft usage. Some of our peer institutions are ranked as follows: University of St. Thomas: 536 St. Olaf College: 570 Luther College: 748 Big virtual high fives go to our […]

Moving Time

Ethan and I decided it was time for a change of scenery.  As a result, we have just finished moving from our old office (Olin 132) to our new office (Olin 122).  The new office has not been occupied since Kathy left a few months back.  It has a nice window and a little more […]

Technology Helpline’s Summer Hours

The Technology Helpline has officially moved to Summer Hours. We are available from 8am-4:45pm, Monday through Friday. You can still leave voicemail and email at anytime. We will be checking these messages every weekday morning and throughout the daytime hours.

Shorter is Better

Shortly after graduation, when the campus is awash with a rare tranquility, the “oncampus” part of the a typical Gustavus URI will disappear. After years of segregating our audiences by their location, we will bring everyone together and offer people the shorter URIs they all want. While URIs will change, old URIs will function properly […]

Wahlstrom Demolition Video

Built in 1947, Wahlstrom Hall was named for a former president of the college, the Rev. Matthias Wahlstrom. Wahlstrom had a unique floor plan, with 191 single rooms arranged into 32 sections. While this beautiful landmark on the Gustavus Campus was beloved by many, issues with building codes and safety forced its closing. Many had […]

MS Word Vulnerability and Exploit

It looks like there is a newly discovered vulnerability in MS Word that is being exploited via email.  I have not yet seen any sign of this here, but no doubt we will see something soon enough. See the following articles for more information:,1895,1965042,00.asp

Gustavus WebMail Beta

There is a new version of Gustavus WebMail that is now available for testing.  If you use WebMail frequently, please give the new version a try at If you have any feedback about this new version of WebMail, please send it to As with many beta’s, access to this service may disappear at […]

Apple Security Updates

On Thursday, May 11th, Apple released a security update for users on both Intel and PowerPC platforms. This includes users who have 10.4.6 and 10.3.9. There was an update for Quicktime 7 as well. Please visit to find out more information about these updates. It is suggested that all Apple users run Software Updates […]

More unexpected downtime

At about 2:00pm something happened on the network in the Art building such that by 4:00pm it caused major network issues and our core router was unable to handle the load. As a result all network traffic was unusable. At this time we have it narrowed down to 3 possible ports in the Art building. […]

Downtime – Dead UPS

At about 5:45pm today the UPS in the Carlson Admin building died. As a result all network access to datatel, the admin building, and the student center was down. At about 6:25pm Ethan and I routed the power around the UPS and directly to the wall which restored access. Webadvisor access was unavailable until I […]