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April 24 Event to Showcase Dell Notebooks, Projectors and Other Presentation Tools
Lab employees can learn about the latest Dell Notebook computers, portable
projectors and related peripherals at a program offering displays and
short presentations on Wednesday, April 24. The program, called "Dell
Notebooks: Projecting the Future," will be held from 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. in Perseverance Hall and all interested employees are invited. Refreshments
will be served. The event is sponsored by the Lab's Computing Infrastructure
Support (CIS) Department.
Cost of Backup Service for UNIX Systems to Be Reduced Further, UNIX and Mac Users Can Get Free One-Month Trial of New Backup Service
Earlier this year, the Computing Infrastructure Support (CIS) Department
implemented a new computer backup service called Veritas for UNIX system
users. As more computer users sign up for the service, the cost to users
will be reduced to reflect the distributed cost. Based on the data collected
in the first full month of the revised charging for Veritas-based backups,
CIS will reduce the price further effective with April Recharges. The
first gigabyte backed up will remain at $20, but the price for more data
will be lowered again from $13 to $10 per gigabyte.
Reminder: Microsoft's Jesper Johannson To Speak at LBNL on Monday, April 22
Jesper Johannson, a nationally renowned speaker and writer who works
for Microsoft Corp., will be presenting a talk, "The anatomy of the
Windows hack." Don't miss this fascinating presentation sponsored
by the Lab's Computer Protection Program. The talk will be held at noon
in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. All interested employees are invited.
New Procurement Receiving Payables System Coming to Berkeley Lab
The July 1 "Go-Live" date is approaching for implementation
of Berkeley Lab's new PeopleSoft Procurement Receiving Payables (PRP)
system. PRP will replace the current Oracle Purchasing and legacy Accounts
Payables systems in use since the mid 1990s. Requisition preparers, approvers,
and buyers will be offered classes in June to prepare them for using this
new PeopleSoft application. Further information is at the PRP
Are Your Systems Ready for the 15-Character Project ID?
Last month the Financial Services Department (FSD) and Information Systems
and Services (ISS) jointly announced a plan to expand the Laboratory's
project identifiers from six to 15 characters, in order to take full advantage
of the capacity provided by the PeopleSoft Financial Management System
(FMS). However, as a result, some "home-grown" systems, developed
and maintained locally within individual Laboratory divisions and departments,
may also need to be modified to retain compatibility with the Laboratory's
The Computer Protection Program Warns of Internet Scams
We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Be suspicious of email
you receive from unknown people--scams abound. One of the latest informs
the reader of a new mailing list at philsphans.com, allegedly for fans
of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.
May 7 Linux Users Group Meeting to Feature Linux Expert from SGI
The next meeting of the Lab's Linux Users Group will be held at noon
Tuesday, May 7, in Bldg. 50A, room 5132. The meeting will feature John
Hawkes from SGI. Hawkes is a Linux kernel hacker and developer. He is
working on Massive SMP (Symmetric Multiprocessor Processing) Scaling,
including NUMA technology on Linux. He has also has done work on performance
testing of file systems (such as XFS, EXT3, RiserFS, etc...) which he
will also be discussing. Visit the Linux User Group Web site (lug.lbl.gov)
to RSVP or learn more.
New Patch for Microsoft IIS Addresses 10 Recently Identified Vulnerabilities
This notice is from the Lab's Computer Protection Program:
Monthly Virus Alert: Mylife Virus Proving to Be Deadly to Unprotected PCs
Last month the LBNL VirusWall caught the Klez worm the most, followed
by Sircam, then PE_Magistr (all of which should be familiar names by now).
So what is new? For one thing, numerous variants of the Mylife worm (W32.Mylife@mm)
have surfaced during the last month. Recall from last month's Computing
News that Mylife is a mail-based Windows worm that, if executed, sends
itself to all addresses in the Microsoft Outlook address book in every
computer it infects. But instead of trying to delete files with certain
extensions, many new versions attempt to erase the entire C: drive of
an infected PC.
New Integrated Database Being Implemented to Support "Work for Others" Projects
The new Research Administration and Project Information Databse (RAPID)
is being developed to support the Laboratory's "Work for Others"
(non-DOE) funded research projects. RAPID is the implementation of the
PeopleSoft Grants module and will be a part of the Laboratory's integrated
Financial Management System (FMS).
The August 6 "Go-Live" date will herald a system that replaces
a number of paper-based processes and the SPPT (Sponsored Projects Proposals
Mac Office 10 and Microsoft Office 2001 Patches Are Available
Macintosh users -- Microsoft has recently released patches for a number of serious security vulnerabilities in several Macintosh products, including Microsoft Office v.X for Mac OS X, Office 2001, and Internet Explorer 5.1.4 and Outlook Express 5.0.4. One vulnerability could enable an attacker to run code on a user's system with the privilege level of the user. Another could enable a perpetrator to run any AppleScript found within a system.
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