IT News You Can Use - June 1

Posted: June 1, 2022

Did You Know?

The Internet Explorer (IE) web browser will be retired by Microsoft on June 15. Browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (Mac) are unaffected.  While there is no mandated action required for users in the university community as part of this change, there are some things to check as the IE June retirement date draws near.  Read the Internet Explorer Retirement article for more information. 

Accessibility Tips and Tricks

When creating links in digital resources, remember to link text that is meaningful. The words "click here," "this link," or "download" do not tell a screen reader user where they are going when they click the link. Be sure to create meaningful links such as; "If you wish to learn more about link structure in digital resources, be sure to check out the hyperlinks section of the Microsoft Word Accessibility Guidelines page." In the previous example, the page title itself would receive the hyperlink which we have shown.


Upcoming Work

  • On Wednesday, June 1 at 10:00 P.M., ETS will start the process that updates all COE Linux systems (ETS managed systems only).  Please ensure that any Linux systems you, or a group you manage uses, are powered on before June 1 to ensure they are updated and rebooted (kernel updates require reboots).  The process will take some time and will run overnight. We do not expect the update process to cause interruptions, but we recommend you save any open documents before 10:00 P.M. on June 1. 


  • On Thursday, June 2 at 7:15 A.M, ETS will reboot all the ETS managed Linux systems. Please save your work and logoff before 7:15 A.M. on June 2 to avoid losing any unsaved work.


If you encounter any issues on your Linux system(s) after 9:00 A.M. on June 2, please contact ETS by one of the methods below.  In the ticket description, please note it's a Linux system, the hostname of the system, and its location (if known), and someone will assist you as soon as they are available.