July 24 Fantasia party

    This evening Fantasia will be having a large BBQ party on the 11 floor terrace. This is just one of those events that we need to accept will likely be disruptive to the surrounding areas so it is probably best to plan to stay away.

    The call is coming from inside the building

    At about 12:30 today (Friday July 18th) a major denial-of-service attack was detected as coming from a computer on our subnet within the EV building and IITS has had to shutdown the whole subnet. This means there is no network access on the Fine Arts side of the 10th and 11th floor of the EV and this may create problems for users logging into any system that might require network access. IITS is looking into this but they have limited staff on the weekend and it is unlikely this will be resolved before Monday.

    Please remember to keep your own computers security protocols up to date. If you haven’t checked them in awhile, now might be a good time.


    Upcoming Closures

    We will be closed from Friday June 20th at 1pm to Wednesday June 25th at 9am and then again from Friday July 27th at 1pm to Wednesday July 2nd at 9am.

    Workstations can continue to be booked as usual but staff will not be available during those times.


    Concordia Summer Fridays

    This Friday is the beginning of Concordia Summer Fridays.
    The University will close at 1pm on Fridays from June 13th to August 15th.
    Facilities will continue to be available but no staff will be on hand for assistance.

    Limited Technical Support in Digital Imaging

    Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be limited technical support available in the Digital Imaging lab for the remainder of June and all the accreditations scheduled for June are cancelled. If you expected to take one of the June accreditations for cameras or workstations, please contact us at hexagram.di@concordia.ca and we will try and make other arrangements but please be patient as there will likely be some delays.

    New Black Box projector option

    Users of the Fine Arts Research Black Box space now have the option of accessing the 5000 lumens Sony SRX-R105 projector which is permanently installed in the Black Box booth.  Users can connect their video source (laptop, media player etc.) via a DVI cable through a provided Matrox HD-SDI converter.  For information on how to get access to the projector during your Black Box booking please contact the Resource Coordinator at hexagram.td@concordia.ca.  For specs on the projector please visit http://hexvid.hexagram.ca/hexagram-projectors/.  For specs on the converter please visit http://hexvid.hexagram.ca/?p=528.

    PIR Update – May 21st

    Tomorrow, Wednesday May 21st we’ll be performing a update to our Web Checkout server and the PIR booking system. Please refrain from using PIR between 10am and 11:30 and note that the availability calendars may  give false information.

    PIR Error – Resolved

    It seems that our booking system (PIR) did not sync properly last night with Active Directory and now most users are unable to login to PIR. This is being investigated and we hope to have it resolved shortly.


    RP Lab End of Year Clean-Up!

    The RP Lab will be closed this week (April 22nd – 24th) for equipment maintenance and for a general clean up.

    If you have materials stored in the lab that you wish to keep, you MUST either:
    1. collect them this week (before April 25th) OR
    2. make arrangements via email with Marc Beaulieu before April 25th to collect them ASAP!

    Whether your material is labeled with your name or not, all materials that remain unclaimed at that time will be disposed of on April 28th 2014, so be sure to contact me regarding your materials immediately — as after the 28th, they will be gone!

    Workshop: Epson S70670 Solvent Inkjet Printer


    This workshop provides accreditation for the new solvent inkjet printer in the Digital Imaging Lab. Accreditation is required to book the printer, previous accreditation on the Epson 11880 or Mimamki JV4-60 does not apply to this new workstation.

    The Epson S70670 is a 64″ solvent inkjet printer for media such as adhesive vinyl, banner, clear film, and backlit. Media will be stocked in the lab or users may bring their own. This printer is best suited for large format photo, graphic, or text installations indoors or outdoors. Solvent inks allow for durable and long lasting prints on a variety of surfaces beyond traditional aqueous inkjet media.

    Through this workshop participants will learn how to operate the printer, format and send jobs through the Onyx GamaPrint RIP software, and work within the Digital Imaging lab.

    There is a limit of 5 people per workshop. Future workshops will be given on a regular basis, and posted at di.hexagram.ca/demos.

    To register for the workshop, please email me which date you would like to attend.

    Workshop times:

    • April 30th 1:30 – 3:30 FULL
    • May 1st 1:30 – 3:30 FULL
    • May 9th 1:30 – 3:30 FULL
    • New date: May 22nd 1:30 – 3:30


    Digital Imaging Lab EV 10.715


    scott.chandler@concordia.ca, 514 848 2424 ext. 4059