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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Introducing The E-LawLibrary Weblog.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Introducing Maryland Law: An information resource for researchers, librarians, and attorneys searching for useful websites related to Maryland law.
Reuters.com: Lawmakers OK Anti-Piracy Czar. I wonder how the law of unintended consequences will play out with this one?
All students using their laptops to take their final examinations are required to use the Extegrity examination security software. This includes students who are using their laptops to take open book exams. In the case of open book exams, if your notes are on your laptop, they should be printed off so that they can be referenced during the exam. The software locks your computer such that you cannot access materials that are stored on the hard drive. It encrypts the file on which the student is working in a file on the student's hard drive and the file is decrypted when the exam room staff prints the exam. During the exam the file is automatically stored on the student's hard drive every ten seconds and at the end of the exam, it can be saved to either floppy disks, CDs, or USB keys. Based on the vendors' recommendation, we will only accept floppy disks and USB keys. The student can pick up the disk or USB key the day after the examination. The software does not work on Macintosh systems.
Students taking their exams on their laptops are required to go to the vendor's website (www.exam4.com) and download the security software onto their laptops. We have asked the vendor to make the software available for download on Monday, November 29. We will have a few copies of the software on floppy disks in the Dean's Suite for students who have difficulty with the download. Further, the vendor provides 24/7 technical support during the examination period and has agreed to assist students who may have problems downloading the software onto their computers. Please go to the website and download the software before the examination period begins so that you can explore the functioning of the software. Read the instructions on the website for more information. At the examination, the proctor will do a visual inspection to be sure that the software have been properly installed.
Presently, the software cost $10 per student. When approximately half the student body has signed up, we will enter a licensing agreement with Extegrity. The law school has agreed to bear the cost of the software until we move into the licensing agreement.
In order for us to determine the number of students who will be using the security software, you are asked to send an e-mail message to my administrative assistant, Ms. Williams, at RDWilliams@ubalt.edu indicating the same. This will help us better plan the space that we will need for those taking the exam on laptop.
In order to determine whether a particular faculty member has given permission for his/her students to use the software, please speak to the professor or ask Ms. Williams. If you have other questions about the software, let me know.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
beSpacific: Yahoo! Partners With OCLC on Toolbar with WorldCat Searching. Librarians will love this one.
Introducing Media Law, a blog about freedom of the press.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Yahoo! News - Microsoft Warns Asian Governments of Linux Lawsuits. Yet another example of Microsofts delusions.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
The Law Library will be closed on Thursday, November 25; we will be open normal hours for the rest of the weekend.
There have been several complaints concerning the elevated temperature in classrooms on the second floor of the law center. The office of Finance and Administration has submitted work orders to physical plant requesting the temperature be lowered. Reggie Arthur in the phys. plant department indicates the law centers Vortex Dampers, which control the circulation of cooler ambient air, have been malfunctioning over the past week. The dampers have been repaired and temperatures in the classrooms should be at an acceptable level by this evening. Please leave Steve Wilson a message via email or phone (x 4414) if the classrooms continue to be warm over the next day or two. Thank-you.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Monday, November 15, 2004
There is a problem with doing these exercises on the public terminals near the Information Desk - these terminals don't have the requisite viewer. The exercises should work in the upstairs lab (LC 426). If you can't do the exercises there, let me know. (See me in Room 418A, or send me an email @ hmorrell at ubalt.edu)
There seems to be a probelm with our wireless network. I've contacted OTS about it and "they are checking it out."
UPDATE: The network appears to be back up and running.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
University of Baltimore
Intellectual Property Law Competition Packet. Completed packets should be turned in to the Law Library's Circulation Desk before 2 pm on Tuesday, January 18, 2005.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
WinLibre: a rigorous selection of free, legal software for Windows 98, 2000, XP. FWIW, I already use most of these on my Windoze desktop.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Ernie The Attorney: Sneaking Past the Authoritarian Firewall Something to think about, especially for those faculty members who want to ban wireless access in classrooms.
Monday, November 08, 2004
Law Forum Competition Packet. 'Tis in PDF format.
Friday, November 05, 2004
The student authorization code for the CALI exercises can be found under the Announcements section of Prometheus.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
UB Law Students: Are any of you having problems registering for classes using MyUB on the wireless network? If so, let me know. My email address is hmorrell at ubalt.edu.