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Held Friday afternoons in Turing Auditorium, Tech Briefings are informal, interactive seminars on computer-related topics of interest to the Stanford community. These sessions are intended for power users, Expert Partners, and those with IT responsibilities, but are open to everyone – faculty, staff, and students. The Tech Briefings, led by knowledgeable ITSS staff, run from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. No registration is required – just come on by and learn something new. No fees. No fuss.

Turing Auditorium is Room 111 of Polya Hall. See this map to Polya Hall.

The success of these sessions depends on you! Questions from attendees are strongly encouraged. Topics will be announced about a week in advance through the techbriefings mailing list and on this web page.

Because we are presenting emerging technical topics, please feel free to contact the Tech Briefing coordinator with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. Call Phyllis Olrich at 725-1541 or send email to

Fall 2004 Tech Briefings Schedule

October 8: No Tech Briefing Today
October 15: OpenLDAP Directory Service
October 22: No Tech Briefing Today
October 29: Scary Computer
November 5: No Tech Briefing Today
November 12: Linux Tools
November 19: No Tech Briefing Today - Happy Thanksgiving
December 3: Setting Up a Home Network
December 10: A Windows Desktop Security Primer

Date Topic Presenter(s)

October 8

No Tech Briefing Today

October 15

The Stanford OpenLDAP Directory Service new

Come to this overview of Stanford's OpenLDAP Directory Service – learn what data is available and how to retrieve it from the service. We'll give you a general understanding of when you may want an application to use data from the directory, and the various access methods to retrieve data. These includes Perl, Webauth, Java, command line binaries, and PHP. Download resources document here.

Quanah Gibson-Mount, Kristen Murray
October 22

No Tech Briefing Today


October 29

monster graphic

My computer is scaring me to death!
Dealing with spam, popup boxes, computer viruses, spyware, and adware.

Spooked by spam? Haunted by popup boxes? Frightened by computer viruses? Bewitched by spyware and adware (and what are they anyway)? Mark Branom will give you some simple "tricks and treats" on how to deal with those ghoulish computer goblins and ghosts that we experience every day. Mark recomends this helpful book – PC Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Personal Computer, by Steve Bass, O'Reilly & Assoc., 2004. Download PowerPoint presentation here.

Special this week – treats will be served!

Mark Branom


November 5

No Tech Briefing Today

November 12

Linux Tools new

Come and learn how to use free open source tools for disk imaging (similar to Ghost), repartitioning (similar to Partition Magic), backup systems over the network, and many more utilities. These tools are available on many Linux bootable CDs. This session will be based on System Rescue CD for x86 ( Basic familiarity with the Unix/Linux shell is suggested. Some of the information Darren will cover is included in this pdf document.

Darren Patterson
November 19

No Tech Briefing This Week – Happy Thanksgiving! assortment of holiday food

December 3

Setting Up a Home Network

DECEMBER 3 UPDATE! Kent is sick, so this Tech Briefing has been rescheduled for January 14, 2005. Mark will still be on hand in Turing to answer your questions.

Join us as Kent Reuber and Mark Branom present some basic info on setting up home networks on Stanford DSL, Stanford West, and non-Stanford DSL/cable modems. They'll talk about the basics of print servers, wireless access points, and routers. They'll also present some example home network diagrams that you may want to follow. They won't be covering specific products – there are simply too many products out there. They will, however, give you some recommendations on home network configurations that can be used with many different products. The PowerPoint slides for this presentation are available at

Mark Branom
December 10

A Windows Desktop Security Primer new

Computer security is a complex subject. But ordinary users of Windows desktop and laptop PCs, armed with a little knowledge and several powerful and easy-to-use tools, can protect themselves very effectively against the vast majority of security threats on the Internet.

Jay Stamps will cover such subjects as how to avoid attacks by computer viruses and hackers, good security practices that won't cramp your style, password facts and myths; and he'll introduce and demonstrate several tools available to the Stanford community that help to lift the burden of Windows security from the shoulders of those who just want to use their PCs to get some work done.

Download a Jay's PowerPoint presentation or a PDF of his slides.

Jay Stamps

Links to Previous Quarters

Click on these links to previous quarters to see the Tech Briefings/TGIF topics we have presented in the past. Links to handouts for most presentations are also available at these sites.

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Tips for Presenters

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