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Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8, 2014

Posted by Rubén Quiñones Milán on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 19:33

Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003?

In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014, if your organization has not started the migration to a modern PC, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.

What does end of support mean to customers?

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.
Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as...

Reuniones de Empresas

Posted by Prof. Vivian Carro on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 13:11

A continuación las fechas de las próximas reuniones de empresas.

Empresas Fechas Lugar
Frutales 3 de febrero de 2012 EEA Corozal
Leche y Forraje (1ra reunión) 9 de febrero de 2012 Camuy - Centro 4-H
Leche y Forraje (2da reunión) 23 de febrero de 2012 EEA Gurabo
Leche y Forraje (3ra reunión) 8 de marzo de 2012 San Sebastian - Tienda Federación
Medioambiente, RN y Energía Renovable 17 de abril de 2012 EEA Río Piedras
Hortalizas, Granos y Legumbres 19 de abril de 2012 EEA Juana Díaz

Call for Proposals - McIntire Stennis

Posted by Prof. Vivian Carro on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 13:50

Documentos de Referencia:

Personal docente del Colegio de Ciencias Agrícolas

La Oficina de Investigaciones de la EEA invita a todo el personal docente del CCA a someter propuestas de investigación para ser financiadas de manera competitiva con fondos McIntire Stennis.  Hemos asignado fondos para financiar una propuesta para el año fiscal federal FY2012.  La misma comenzará tan pronto sea aprobada por el NIFA y  tendrá un presupuesto máximo de $34,000 por año.  Este es un programa tipo fórmula, por lo que la asignación anual puede estar sujeta a cambios si se modifica la asignación federal al programa. 

Los interesados deberán enviar a la Oficina de Investigaciones el formulario "Notification of Intent" en o antes del 23 de enero de 2012, indicando la prioridad o área de investigación que estará atendiendo.  La fecha límite para presentar propuestas para este...


Posted by Dr. Elvin Román Paoli on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 16:06


The purposes of this document are:

  1. To provide guidelines to UPR faculty personnel, when requesting cost sharing/matching funds, regarding the circumstances in which these are permitted by the UPR, including what kind of costs, services, expenditures, or assets may be cost shared.

  1. To provide guidelines to the UPR communities regarding the contractual, financial, and administrative responsibilities that result from the commitment to cost share/matching funds.

  2. To establish policy and procedures for the identification, funding, monitoring, accounting, and reporting of University cost sharing/matching funds, and assure compliance with all applicable University and sponsor cost sharing/matching funds requirements. 

Read the complete Certification here!


Posted by Dr. Elvin Román Paoli on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 15:38


The purposes of this document are: (1) to comply with the Federal Regulations 2 CFR 220 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, and all other applicable Federal Laws and Regulations, for the certification of effort performed on a federally sponsored program; and, (2) to assure that effort certifications completed in connection with University sponsored projects are accurate, reasonably reflect the actual level of effort expended on a sponsored project, and comply with sponsor’s requirements, terms and conditions in areas, such as: salary charged to those projects, the commitment indicated (including mandatory and voluntary committed cost sharing) in the proposal and subsequent award, and in the corresponding estimates of facilities and administrative (F&A) costs (indirect costs) charged to sponsors.

This document additionally provides guidelines to faculty and staff on their responsibilities in relation to institutional and sponsor Effort Reporting policies and procedures, and the required periodic effort certifications and reports. All personnel must be...


Posted by Dr. Elvin Román Paoli on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 15:34


This Policy establishes the definition of IBS and the requirements in the submission of proposals and the charging of sponsored agreements to comply with the requirements of 2 CFR 220 (OMB Circular A-21), Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, which, interalia, establishes the following:

“Compensation for personal services covers all amounts paid currently or accrued by the institution for services of employees rendered during the period of performance under sponsored agreements. Such amounts include salaries, wages, and fringe benefits. These costs are allowable to the extent that the total compensation to individual employees conforms to the established policies of the institution, consistently applied, and provided that the charges for work performed directly on sponsored agreements and for other work allocable as F&A costs are determined and supported.... Charges to sponsored agreements may include reasonable amounts for...

How to arrive to CIRP from RUM

Posted by Rubén Quiñones Milán on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 22:55

iCloud Start Today!!

Posted by Rubén Quiñones Milán on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 17:19

Apple today announced that iCloud — a breakthrough set of free cloud services that includes iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, and Documents in the Cloud — will be available on October 12. iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents, and more, keeping them up to date across all your devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.

And I start using it today!!!  Well...  to be honest...  after 1.5GB in updates, i could install and configure my MacBook Pro to use iCoud.  So...  I need to update my devices (iPod...  I miss my iPhone) to really tell you how awesome this feature is.  

Steve Jobs... 1955 - 2011

Posted by Rubén Quiñones Milán on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 09:45

Maybe many people already know how Steve Jobs change the way we work at the Agricultural Experiment Station...  but here we go.  From the last 3 year, The Office of Technology Information at AES it's been changing the way users around a computer.  In the past, only Windows computers were around our offices and research labs, but all this start to change when Apple introduced Intel Processors in all their computers.  By that, we start acquiring Apple computers but giving the users the option to boot in a Windows partition.  At first this looks crazy but the users likes that they have the option to select the OS they feels comfortable.   

In the first year, about 60% of the users start using their OS X partition, seeing that they don’t have any problems with viruses and malwares.  I can’t deny that Office was a bit of a problem at first because the users didn’t know how to find the options.  But the waters recede and the users start to learn faster by themselves. 

Today, Apple computers are the first option of machines we work with at the Agricultural Experiment Station.  With...

2011 Crops Science Society of America Fellow

Posted by Dr. Elvin Román Paoli on Tue, 09/20/2011 - 16:05

El Dr. James Beaver fue seleccionado como "2011 Crop Science Society of America Fellow". Este prestigioso premio fue otorgado por la "Crop Science Society of America". El Dr. Beaver será reconocido y homenajeado por su premio durante la "Crop Science Society of America Breakfast, Awards, and Plenary" que se llevará a cabo en San Antonio, Texas el día 17 de octubre de 2011 de 7:30 a 9:30 a.m.


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