Today at Berkeley Lab

Lab Computer Engineer is Dickens Fair’s Mr. Fezziwig

Dave Batzloff of the IT Division has been playing this character — featured in Ebenezer Scrooge’s trip to the past from “A Christmas Carol” — for 13 years. He and 75 cast members recreate a Victorian Christmas party, complete with dancing, singing, and games, at the annual Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Major Networking and IT Outage Scheduled for Dec. 26

All Lab network connectivity, most IT services, and some telephone services will be unavailable on Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to support testing of recently repaired EPO equipment. Some services may be restored before 3:30pm. During the outage, you can also get updates on status.lbl.gov. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Three Berkeley Lab Veterans Share Their Stories

Stephanie Collins of Environment, Health and Safety, served as an electrical safety officer for the Navy, Michael Elmore of the IT Division was an electronics technician during the Vietnam War, and Alex Gavidia of Engineering served with a civil engineering unit in the Air Force. Hear how their training in the armed services helped them procure positions at the Lab. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

IT’s Julie Petersen Attends Networking Conference with ESnet’s Support

To help boost the role of women in the networking community, ESnet is supporting two women attending the Oct. 27-312014 Technology Exchange conference. Julie Petersen of Berkeley Lab’s IT Division was one of the two women selected by ESnet, along with Arzu Gosney of PNNL. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Intro and Advanced Arduino Classes on Nov. 6

The intro class (9 a.m. to noon) covers programming and building with Arduino and the basics of working with the Arduino board. The advanced class (1 to 4 p.m.) focuses on sensors, actuators and programming techniques. All materials will be provided. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Update on Shellshock and Poodle Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

The Shellshock bug remains a priority for Cyber Security, which is assisting owners of affected systems and blocking attacks. Staff should patch all Linux, UNIX, and OS X systems for Shellshock. The current assessment of the Poodle SSL vulnerability shows limited risk, but is being monitored. Visit go.lbl.gov/shellshock and go.lbl.gov/poodle for more details.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Shellshock Vulnerability Requires Immediate Computer Updates

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.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Best Practices for Password Safety From Cyber Security

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.

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Registration Open for Sept. 10 LabTech Conference

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>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.

Windows XP Computers Must Be Upgraded by Sept. 1

Beginning Sept 1, Windows XP and Windows 2000 computers will be immediately blocked from network access due to vulnerability to online threats. More>

You can leave a comment. View the Comment Policy.