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New Scientific Facility in Oakland Nearing Completion

Construction of the Lab's new scientific facility in downtown Oakland is proceeding apace. Once completed, the new facility at 20th and Franklin will provide office space and house a range of computing equipment, both new and moved from the Laboratory.
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Cleaning Up Your IMAP Email Files Can Help Save on Data Storage Charges

Since the Lab implemented the centralized IMAP email system a couple of years ago, each user has been allocated 100 megabytes (MB) of free disk space on the IMAP server. Since the outset, the plan has been to charge employees for any space they use above that amount. Now the necessary software is in place and, beginning August 1, users who exceed this amount of space will be charged $2/MB/month for disk space over 100 MB.
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Reminder — Running Napster on Lab Equipment Violates LBNL Policies

Using Napster, the controversial software for sharing music over the Internet, on either Lab computers or networks is a violation of Lab policy on using significant amounts of government resources for unauthorized personal use. There are also legal issues as the sharing of many music files through Napster violates copyright laws.
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Videoconferencing Provides Cost-Effective Tool for Screening Job Applicants

Job applicants usually look pretty good on paper — or pixels — but you want to know a little more about them before having them come in for formal interviews especially if they currently live in another state or country. One way to bridge the gap is to conduct screening interviews by using LBNL's videoconferencing capabilities. This saves time, travel expenses and can allow more people to participate. Find out everything you need to know about setting up a videoconference at the Lab.

Lab's Computer Protection Program Offers the Latest Info on Fending Off Cyber Threats

Computer hackers. Internet service attackers. Local server hijackers. With all the news lately about computer break-ins, viruses, denials of service and various other on-line headaches, getting the latest technically accurate information on the problems and solutions can seem virtually impossible. If you're responsible for maintaining any computer systems at the Lab, the Computer Protection Program maintains various email lists for quickly disseminating the latest bulletins.
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Input Sought on Need for Mid-Range Computing at Berkeley Lab

When the Department of Energy decided to move NERSC to Berkeley Lab in 1995, one of the related goals was to increase the role of computational science in other Lab programs. In 1997, NERSC, the Lab and DOE instituted a three-year program to provide "mid-range" computing resources to LBNL scientists interested in using supercomputers for data analysis and scientific simulations.
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Emergency Planning Should Also Include Secure Backing Up of Critical Data Files

Every year, the entire Lab participates in a simulated earthquake emergency drill. When this happens, employees leave their offices and computers behind in the wake of powerful-but-imaginary quake and meet in pre-arranged areas. After attending a recent class in Emergency Team Training, Desktop Support Manager Charlie Verboom focused on what would happen to the computer files most employees depend on - files that can represent years or decades of irreplaceable scientific research.
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