Security Wireless 101: Balancing Security and Usability
Ted Sopher Jr., LBLnet Services Group Lead
It’s clear that there is confusion out there about the Lab's current
wireless network policy. This article is intended to clarify the key points
of that policy and to explain the factors leading to them. This policy
maintains both security and ease of use by accomplishing two things: (1)
The prevention of outside access and (2) Simple wireless host configuration.
An Informal Update on Lab Use of This Alternative to Microsoft’s
Lab computer users have downloaded nearly 2,000 copies of StarOffice,
an office productivity suite that runs on multiple operating systems,
including Solaris Operating Environment, Microsoft Windows, and Linux.
Developed by Sun Microsystems, the office suite contains full-featured
applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics
and database capabilities.
Computer Support Help Request Streamlined to Help Pinpoint Problem Area
The Web-based form for requesting computer
or network help has been revamped by the Desktop Support Group. The
new form has a revised section in which you are asked to describe the
problem. The form now has a number of broad categories, which are then
subdivided into subcategories reflecting the most commonly reported problems.
More and More Web Sites Less Friendly to Netscape 4.7 Users – Go
you regularly use Netscape 4.75 as your Web browser, you’ve probably
also noticed that many Web sites have a tagline reading: This site is
best viewed using Netscape 6 or 7 or even Internet Explorer. Of particular
interest to Lab employees is the fact that UC’s HR and Benefits
Web sites will soon require Netscape 6.2 (or greater) or Microsoft Internet
Explorer 5.5 (or greater). At issue is that the Netscape 4.75 version
is the Lab standard client for email.
Telephone Service Center to Offer GSM Service
Lab’s Telephone Service Center (TSC) is now offering GSM -- Global
System for Mobile communications-based service. GSM is a wireless telecommunication
standard that delivers circuit-switched 56.6 kbps data connections. Almost
every nation (except Korea, Japan and Brazil) uses GSM technology.
Lab Cell Phones: Answers to the Questions Asked Most Often: Getting a
Cell Phone, Selecting a Calling Plan and More.
Palm Devices for Best PDA-Oracle Calendar Compatibility
Lab employee recently contacted the Computing Infrastructure Support (CIS)
Department with a question about buying a personal digital assistant,
or PDA. The catch was, the employee’s manager wanted a guarantee
that the PDA would work with the Lab’s calendar application, Oracle
Calendar. And, the manager added, if the PDA didn’t work with the
calendar, they wanted to be able to return the PDA if it wasn’t