October, 2002
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Windows XP is Now the Lab's Standard Operating System for PCs

As of October 1, 2002, Windows XP is the standard operating system supported by the Lab's Information Technologies and Services Division.

Apple to Stop Offering Upgrades for Operating Systems
In a move that echoes Microsoft's recent decision to stop selling operating system upgrades, Apple Computer has also announced that it will no longer sell individual upgrades in the future.

News About the Calendar System: Upgrade and New Features on the Way
The calendar server will be upgraded on Sunday, November 10, adding such features as faster client transactions, reduced network traffic, faster synchronization to PDAs and a faster Web server.

Improving the Process for Closing Computer Accounts When Employees Leave LBNL
When an employee or guest terminates his or her employment with the Laboratory, closing all of the employee's computer accounts is time-consuming and may miss some, creating a potential security issue. To make the process more reliable and efficient, ITSD is working with the Lab's Administrative Services Division and Human Resources to develop a new automated approach.

Computer Support Help Desk to Offer Tech Tips and Treats at Oct. 24 Open House
The Lab's Computer Support Help Desk, which has moved off site to downtown Berkeley, invites employees to an Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

Tip of the Month: Cost of Automatic Backups for PCs Reduced by 20 Percent
Prices are dropping for Lab customers who use the Connected Corporation Solution for PC backups. As of Oct. 1, the price is now $20 per month - a 20 percent reduction.

Protecting Your Computer

Lab's License for Norton Anti-Virus Software Also Valid for Employees Who Use Home Computers for Lab Work
Under the Lab's site license for Symantech's Norton Anti-Virus Software, Lab employees who use their home computers for Lab-related work can also install the anti-virus software on their home machine.

Enrollment Still Open for Oct. 24 Windows Desktop Systems Security Course
Do you use a Windows 95, Windows 95, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, or a Windows XP system? If so, are you aware that your system is more likely to be successfully attacked than any other type of system? Learn what to do to prevent security incidents in your system. Enrollment is still open for the free course on Windows desktop systems security to be taught in Bldg. 50A-4205 from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, October 24. To sign up, go to

Pop-up Spam in Windows Systems? Here's How to Stop It
A number of Windows NT, 2000 and XP (but not W9X or ME, at least not so far) users have recently been noticing unsolicited pop-up windows displaying a spam message such as an advertisement concerning how to obtain a university diploma.

Monthly Virus Update: Watch Out for the Bugbear Worm (Another Email-Forging Worm)
A new Windows worm, "Bugbear," has surfaced and is spreading fast. Like other recent quick-spreading worms, Bugbear also forges emails.