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    JANUARY 19, 2006
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Updated TUportal goes live

Computer Services has re-engineered Temple’s single-gateway TUportal Web site (http://tuportal. temple.edu) to allow for greater flexibility, stability and performance. Depending on your University status (current student, faculty, staff or future student), TUportal provides customized access to familiar applications, as well as new resources and information.

For faculty and staff, TUportal now consolidates frequently used applications, such as TUmail, Blackboard, Employee Self-Service, time collection, organizational chart, Performance Development System, Cherry & White Pages, and employee forms.

For students, TUportal continues to provide access to familiar applications, including TUmail, OWLnet, Blackboard, MyBackpack, Diamond Dollars, TUlibrary, Cherry & White Pages, and MyHousing.

The new TUportal also contains expanded links to other Temple Web sites, Temple Today news items, campus webcam views, and a look at current weather conditions.

Finally, you can customize your TUportal screen through the use of small windows, called portlets, that deliver specific content areas. Examples of portlets include your Blackboard courses, Google search, Word of the Day, Today in History, Merriam-Webster dictionary and RSS news feeds.

With the new technical infrastructure in place, development on TUportal will continue. Computer Services plans to roll out new portal features in the near future.

Computer Services Help Desk moves to TECH Center

The Computer Services Help Desk has moved to Temple’s new TECH Center located at 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

In its new location, the Help Desk will continue to serve the University community in a larger facility with new equipment and expanded hours. The Help Desk is now open 24 hours a day from noon on Sunday through 7:30 p.m. on Friday; Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The phone number is still 215-204-8000.

Computer Services welcomes Temple students, faculty and staff to the new and expanded Help Desk location in the TECH Center.

Sony BMG offers free replacement CDs

In early November, it was discovered that a group of compact discs released by Sony BMG and partner Sunncomm contained a version of Digital Rights Management software that posed a security risk. The CDs, when played on your computer, install a component called eXtended Copy Protection (XCP), which leaves your computer system wide open to hackers.

A list of titles containing the XCP software is available at

Please note that this information is provided as a courtesy to the Temple community. Temple has no involvement with this lawsuit.