Since he joined the Lab’s advisory committee on computing services in 1990, Ali Belkacem has seen a lot of infrastructure changes, such as centrally supported email, an overhaul of the Lab’s business applications, and establishment of a central Help Desk to keep desktop systems up and running. And for the past four years, as chair of the Computing and Communications Services Advisory Committee (CSAC), Belkacem has taken a lead role in evaluating current services and shaping future ones.
Lab Browsing for a New Browser: What’s Next After Netscape?
The Information Technologies and Services Division, which provides the Lab with centralized email, calendar and business applications, is evaluating the Mozilla browser as an alternative for the currently recommended Netscape 4.75 email client and Web browser. The effort is called BEEP, for Browser and Email Evaluation Project.
The Information Technologies and Services Division hosted 22 Bay Area community college instructors for two days of discussion and training this month as part of a continuing effort to help faculty keep their computing and networking curricula up to date.
Lab Works with Colleges to Develop Courses with Career Applications
One of the major issues discussed during a two-day training program for community college teachers was the continuing effort to create a model curriculum for all IT programs within the 26-college Bay Region.
HomePlug: A New Option for Your Home Network
You already have a house full of power wires. Why not use them as part of your home network? HomePlug technology is an easy-to-use, inexpensive alternative to traditional Ethernet wiring and 802.11 wireless. HomePlug makes use of your existing AC power lines to transmit data.
Tip of the Month: Email Forgeries Are Confusing and Increasing, Thanks to Viruses
Recently, the Computer Infrastructure Technologies Group (CITG) was contacted by a Lab employee with a question about a message (a series of letters and numbers) apparently sent from the employee’s Lab email address to a woman in cyberspace. The woman wrote back to the employee, asking how he got her email address, adding she got a similar message from another unknown sender.
Still Using the Netscape Calendar Client? Upgrade to the Newest Version by Oracle
If you rely on the Lab's electronic calendaring system and are still using the old Netscape version, it's time to upgrade. The Netscape Calendar client is more than four years old, buggy, not as intuitive to use, lacks features, is out of date, and hasn't been supported by Netscape since 2000.
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