Staying Focused


This is week 7, and classes are starting to get intense – especially if you’re taking any 10-week courses (props to you if you’ve done any 5-week ones, I was way too scared to try and squeeze 15 weeks of learning into 5; you’re much braver than I am). For those of you who, like me, are sacrificing your free time to the weather machine and taking classes at RIT this summer, here are some helpful resources to keep you on track during the one time of year when it’s actually nice outside in western New York:

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License Plate Recognition System


As you may have heard, RIT Parking and Transportation recently invested in License Plate Reader (LPR) technology to help manage parking at RIT. Since there have been a lot of questions about both the paid parking program and this new technology, I talked to Randy Vercauteren, Director of Parking, Transportation, and Building Services, to get more information on the subject. Hopefully this will help everyone understand what is going on.

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What Is There to Do in Rochester Over the Summer?


If you’re a student staying at RIT or in Rochester over the summer, you’ve probably noticed that with most of the student body gone it’s pretty quiet on campus. Unless you’re planning on spending your whole summer binge watching Game of Thrones or House of Cards – when you’re not working or in class, that is – you’re probably wondering what is going on that can occupy some of your free time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones, but there are only so many times I can watch the series through (I’m currently on my third run through – don’t judge).

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Heartbleed Update

There has been a lot of hype in the media about the Heartbleed Bug since its discovery a few weeks ago. I talked to Dave Pecora, the Manager of RIT’s ITS Command Center, about what exactly the Heartbleed Bug is, why it is dangerous, and RIT’s response.

First and foremost, if you get only one thing out of this article it should be this: if you haven’t changed your RIT password since April 10th, do so IMMEDIATELY. I MEAN IT. GO DO IT RIGHT NOW. I’ll wait.

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Heartbleed Bug? What is that, like, the flu?

As someone who knows next to nothing about programming or the inner workings of the Internet, I dismissed the Heartbleed bug when I first saw the buzz about it on the Internet. When I learned what it actually did, though, I realized it was important to take action and protect myself as best I can from this password-security-compromising monster.
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