A recently announced, critical vulnerability in the Bash shell can affect Linux, UNIX and Mac OS X operating systems. Because of the severity of this vulnerability, immediate patching is required. Visit go.lbl.gov/shellshock to learn more about the issue and to get the Lab’s recommendations for how to protect your systems from being exploited by this serious bug.
Several large-scale password breaches made the news recently. No Lab accounts were affected, but it is a good reminder to review password best practices. Don’t use your Lab passwords anywhere else. Use unique passwords on every website. Always use strong passwords (get tips here). The Lab offers a free password manager called 1Password.
LabTech — the Lab’s annual computing conference produced for and by staff — includes morning seminars, keynote address, afternoon lightning rounds, demonstration tables, lunch, snacks, and more. Sessions cover topics ranging from scientific computing and data management, to collaboration and productivity. More>
Beginning Sept 1, Windows XP and Windows 2000 computers will be immediately blocked from network access due to vulnerability to online threats. More>
IT Deputy of Operations to Serve on Council of UC Staff Assemblies. More>
Classes offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>
This evening (May 14), the Lab’s voice mail system will be unavailable from 5:30 until 8 p.m. for system maintenance. During this time, voice mail messages will be unavailable and callers will be unable to leave a message. Outgoing and incoming calls will not be impacted. Outage information for all IT services may be found on it.lbl.gov.
The second graders from Berkeley’s LeConte Elementary School were back on the hill this week, taking computers and keyboards apart with screwdrivers, using iPad apps to learn programming, and playing games with spinning dinosaurs to learn about networking. This is the fifth year the IT Division has hosted this successful outreach program, introducing kids to the world of science and computer science. To support LeConte and other Berkeley schools dine at a participating restaurant onTuesday, May 13.
Working with the group Software Carpentry, whose mission is to teach researchers basic lab skills for scientific computing, the Lab’s IT Division held a software bootcamp for Women in Science and Engineering. More than 150 women, mostly grad students and postdocs and some from industry, attended the two-day session at the Lab this week, learning about Python, SQL, Git and other software tools that can help them become more productive in their research. Afterwards, the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education hosted a reception to reach out to participants about internship and other educational opportunities offered by the Lab.
Are you running out of space in your office, moving to a new office, or tasked with processing the records of retiring (or already retired) scientists? Learn more about files that need to be kept, which can be archived, which can be disposed of, and DOE and Lab compliance at a workshop put on by the Archives and Records Office (ARO) on Friday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 50B-4205. Go here to register. More>