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

Essential Stanford Software Expanded, Updated

Essential Stanford Software (ESS) is a collection of site-licensed and Stanford-developed software programs that ITSS makes available to faculty, staff, and currently registered students, free of charge. This fall, the collection includes some important additions, especially for helping Windows computers stay "clean" and secure:

Spy Sweeper
This is a program for removing "spyware" and "adware" from your Windows computer. Software called "spyware" or "adware" can dramatically reduce your computer's performance, cause system crashes, and even compromise the security of the information on your computer. Spy Sweeper is a very highly rated commercial program that ITSS has licensed for the community.

BigFix is a program for Windows that facilitates the installation of critical security patches. Use of BigFix across campus will greatly lessen the effect of attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in the operating system. See also "Desktop Computer Security at Stanford Continues to Improve" in this issue.

Security Self-HelpTool
This tool performs a set of basic security checks appropriate to Windows 2000 and XP computers. It can also repair many of the problems it may find. There is also a Security Self-Test Tool that performs a set of basic security checks appropriate to Windows 98, ME and NT computers. See "Security Self-Help Tool 2.1 for PCs Released" in this issue.

ESS also includes, for both Windows and Macintosh systems:

• Anti-virus software (Symantec AntiVirus for Windows, Norton AntiVirus for Mac),

• Eudora for email,

• Secure file transfer software (SecureFX and PC-AFS for Windows, MacSFTP for Mac),

• MacLeland and PC-Leland for authentication on the Stanford network...and much more!

You can download software from the ESS Web site at:

Essential Stanford Software is updated frequently, so it is a good idea to check the ESS web site regularly.

An ESS CD, produced jointly by ITSS and SULAIR is available to help you avoid downloads via the Internet (e.g., over a dialup connection) and install these applications quickly. This CD is distributed to all incoming residential students. Copies are also available from ITSS at the Oak Trailer in Jordan Quad or at the Bambi Modular near Roble Gym. A valid Stanford ID is required.