September 27, 2004

Issue No. 66

Table of Contents

Highlights and Features

Grokker at Stanford
CourseWork-Fall 2004
File-Sharing Myths
File-Sharing Resources
IT Open House October 28
Tech Help for Faculty
Essential SU Software
Desktop Computer Security
Security Self-Help Tool
Wireless Access-SU Visitors
SULAIR Home Page Update
SU Course Support Web Site copy

Library Resources

SULAIR Image Collections
SKIL Tutorial Enhanced
Scholars Workshops for Fall
Social Science Data
Literary Studies Database
New Lane Library Web Site
Firing Line TV Program
ArcGIS 9 Available
SSRC Past Events Online
BIOSIS Changes
HighWire Press-New Journals
EuroNews Web Site

Computing News

Accessible Web Pages
AFS Disk Quota Increased
Online Lecture Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Resources for SU Webmasters
ATS Program-New Projects
ATL Project Showcase
Spam Deletion Tool
ITSS Training Services
Training Registration
HelpSU Streamlined
New Webmail Is Here
Printing in Sweet Hall
Sweet Hall Consulting
Mac OS X Migration
PeopleSoft System Upgraded
Bookstore Computer Store
Courselets for SU Community
Sundial Calendar Changes
TeamSpace in Meyer Library
Meyer Classrooms
Meyer Tech Desk Update
Technology Help on Web

Computing News

The Hidden Benefits of Accessible Web Pages

More and more of what Stanford does as a university is moving from physical locations (e.g., classrooms, offices, and libraries) to virtual locations on the Web and internal computer systems. Just as we make buildings accessible to people in wheel... Read more

AFS Disk Quota for Users Increased to 200MB

Over the past few months, Stanford's main AFS cell was moved onto bigger and better disks, which allowed ITSS to increase the default size of user volumes from 100 to 200 MB. AFS (short for Andrew File System) is an online disk storage system employ... Read more

CTL's New Online Assessment Tool: Lecture Gauge

Have you ever given a lecture and not been sure what your students took away from it? There is an easy way to find out, that will help you tailor the pace and difficulty level of your lectures, as well as revisit complex topics. You can use the ... Read more

Teaching with Technology: CTL Workshops and More...

This fall, the Center for Teaching and Learning's faculty workshops include Teaching with Images in the Classroom, Getting Started with a Course Website, and Teaching Technologies at Stanford, as well as two levels of PowerPoint workshops for TAs... Read more

Resources for Stanford Webmasters

The Office of University Communications, which maintains Stanford's main web site ( ), now offers a set of resources and style guidelines for webmasters of departmental or other official Stanford web sites. The "Stanford Web... Read more

Academic Technology Specialist Program: New Projects

The mission of the Academic Technology Specialist program is to assist schools, academic departments and research centers within the University in exploring applications of information technology in the pursuit of teaching and research excellence. T... Read more

ATL Project Showcase Highlights Use of Technology in Teaching

The Academic Technology Lab (ATL), located in Meyer Library room 181, is a resource center for faculty and TAs interested in integrating technology into their teaching. Hundreds of faculty and TAs have come to the Academic Technology Lab for assist... Read more

Stamp Out Junk Mail with the Spam Deletion Tool

To delete, or not to delete: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous spam, or to take arms against a sea of junk mail, and by opposing end it? Stanford has decided on the latter option. D... Read more

Become Computer Savvy - ITSS Makes it Easy

If you've been around the University and computers for a while, you're probably familiar with ITSS Technology Training Services, which has been providing classroom training on software applications and technology information sessions to the Stanford... Read more

Change in Training Registration Coming This Winter

During Winter Quarter, ITSS will implement STARS (Stanford Training and Registration system), a new web-based learning management tool to help staff, faculty and visitors find and register for the training that they need (e.g., for career developme... Read more

ITSS Streamlines Its HelpSU Service

Now...who you are is what you get. To get the help you need when you need it, ITSS has streamlined its automated voice system to provide more relevant choices just for your business needs. Starting August 9, 2004, when you call 5-HELP (725-4357) du... Read more

New Webmail Is Here

Webmail is getting a make-over. The web-based email program that lets you check mail anywhere on or off campus with a web browser has been beefed up, slicked down, and filled with more of the convenient, easy-to-use features you expect from a stan... Read more

Printing in Sweet Hall

The consultants on the second floor of Sweet Floor are no longer around to give you refunds for bad printing jobs. (See "Goodbye to Sweet Hall Consulting in this issue.) Now what? If your pages come out crumpled, faded, or smeared with excess toner... Read more

Goodbye Sweet Hall Consulting

The Consulting Desk on the second floor of Sweet Hall was officially retired on July 1, 2004. Responding to budget requirements, and to the University's desire to create "one stop shopping" for everyone's computing questions and problems, the Sweet... Read more

Moving Mac Users to OS X

During the spring and summer, ITSS assisted Macintosh users in migrating to Mac OS X. This was especially important to do for those who use administrative applications such as Oracle Financials and ReportMart2. These applications run much better and... Read more

Stanford's PeopleSoft System Upgraded

The PeopleSoft system, comprised of the Axess student and faculty site, the Human Resources Management System (HRMS), and Student Administration (SA) was upgraded in early August. This was the first upgrade since the system was implemented in 2002. ... Read more

The Stanford BookStore Computer Store: What's New for Fall

As Fall Quarter begins, whether you're a new student or just returning to Stanford for the new school year, be sure to drop by the Stanford Bookstore Computer Store. The Computer Store offers Stanford students, staff, faculty, and departments can pu... Read more

Courselet Portfolio Available for the Stanford Community

Stanford faculty would like to assume that the students who sign up for their courses have learned certain basic material. Experienced instructors know, however, that many students have not had the prerequisite courses, have taken them several years... Read more

Sundial Calendar Has New Features

ITSS is pleased to announce that the Sundial calendar Web application has been upgraded to version The Sundial calendaring service provides Stanford with a full featured, common calendaring system that is maintained centrally. This Sundial ... Read more

Technology-Enhanced Learning Space in Meyer Library

A typical undergraduate student spends only 15-18 hours a week in the classroom. Far more time is spent in technology spaces such as those in public areas, libraries and residences, where learning, research, and course project collaboration take pla... Read more

Meyer Classrooms Supported by Academic Computing

SULAIR's Academic Computing group maintains some of the most widely-used technology-enhanced classrooms on campus, all of which are located in Meyer Library: * Room 143 contains 17 SUNet-enabled iMacs with a software image as supported in the Meye... Read more

Meyer Library's Technology Services Desk: An Update

The Technology Services Desk on the second floor of Meyer Library continues to evolve and expand its services. There are a number of updates that you may want to know about. Consultants: Consultants are available during hours that the second floor... Read more

Computing and Communication Web Pages Offer Help/Support

Stanford's Computing and Communication web site covers computing, communications and video services on campus. Its first level pages briefly describe the kind of help that you can find there; second level "gateway" pages lead to specific information... Read more