|J U L Y 2 0 0 2||Information Technologies & Services Division|
CIS Hosts 27 Community College Teachers for Hands-On Curriculum Training
For the second year,
the Lab's Computing Infrastructure Support Department and the Work Force
Diversity Office invited local community college teachers to attend a
series of presentations and hands-on training sessions in key areas of
New Features Now Available Through Purchasing Agreement for Micron Computers
The Computing Infrastructure
Support (CIS) Department has revised the Basic Ordering Agreement for
buying Micron PCs, streamlining the number of models available but adding
some popular options, including flat-panel displays and DVD drive.
Those New Copiers May Also Be Printers, Scanners and Fax Machines
New Kyocera copying
machines are popping up around the Lab, the result of a new copier contract
with a new vendor, MBA of California. The equipment also provides network
printing, scanning, and faxing capabilities (on selected models). This
has led to some confusion on how these devices will interact with the
Lab's computing infrastructure.
LBLnet Upgrading Infrastructure for Faster Network Connectivity
Each year at the Lab,
the amount of data sent on local computer networks doubles. This pattern
has held since the first piece of network cable was installed here 15
years ago. This dramatic growth must be taken into consideration when
planning how to meet future Local Area Network (LAN) needs.
Tip of the Month: New Versions of Downloadable Software Now Clearly Labeled
Thanks to a suggestion
from a Computing News reader, the Lab's
Computing Infrastructure Support Department is now making it easier to
pick out the latest versions of downloadable software from the downloads
Web page. A "New" tag has been appended to the end of the
title to indicate it's the latest version.
Status Check: New Version of Netscape Browser
The Lab-standard Web
browser, Netscape Navigator v. 4.75 is getting a bit long in the tooth.
Netscape currently has a version 7 (called release candidate 1) under
development. Although this version fixes many of the bugs contained in
version 6 (the bugs were bad enough to keep the Lab from adopting 6 as
the new standard), there is still one big problem. A bug in v.7 causes
problems with the Netscape email client, resulting in the occasional deleting
of local mail folders used to store email on your computer. If and when
this significant bug is exterminated, v.7 will be further tested for possible
adoption as the standard Lab version. Watch Computing News for more information.
PHP Author Rasmus Lerdorf to Speak at August 6 Meeting of Linux Users Group
On August 6th, the LBNL Linux Users Group will have as a guest speaker Rasmus Lerdorf, the original author of the PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) Web scripting language (one of the most widely used and powerful Web programming languages), will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Lab's Linux Users Group, to be held at noon Tuesday, August 6, in Perseverance Hall. Lerdorf, who is also a member of the core Apache Web server development team, will be talking primarily about PHP, past, present and future and give a description of what PHP is for the newbies.
All interested employees
are invited to attend, but meeting organizers ask that your RSVP through
the Linux Users Group Web site.
This Month's Virus Update: Klez Virus Continues to Dominate Virus Attacks
Few surprises concerning
the number and type of viruses caught by LBNL's virus wall occurred last
month. Once again, the destructive Klez.H virus led all others with 7,129
copies of it being detected and destroyed. Klez.F came in second with
135 instances. On same days, Klez-infected messages constitute up to 95
percent of all viruses intercepted at the Lab.
SysAdmins - Do You See Auto Negotiation (AN) as Convenient or Confounding?
Most folks who have
worked with Fast Ethernet (IEEE 803.3u) have either loved or hated a feature
of the IEEE standard known as Auto Negotiation (AN). AN is used when two
network elements, such as a computer and a switch, need to try to figure
out the speed and duplex capability of each end of the link. Since AN
was standardized in 1995, there have been a number of complaints from
the user community regarding failures to properly negotiate speed and
duplex between link partners. Many users actually disable the feature
as a work-around to the perceived failures.
|Computing News is maintained by Jon Bashor.|