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08/14/2012

Dialup Services Retiring on 9/5/12

Effective September 5, 2012, Caltech dialup modem services, both local and 800 services, will be retired. This change will save Caltech time and money by allowing us to concentrate our efforts in maintaining only the most current networking services to the campus.

If you still use Caltech dialup for connecting to the Caltech network, please instead use an alternate method of accessing the internet (home dialup, DSL, or cable modem) with Caltech VPN in order to connect to the Caltech network. Information about Caltech VPN can be found at http://imss.caltech.edu/help/vpn.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the IMSS Help Desk at help@caltech.edu or 626-395-3500.

08/07/2012

Carmageddon II coming Soon

The second 10-mile closure of the I-405, popularly known as "Carmagedden" is scheduled for Sept. 29-30, when contractors will demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge. To avoid potential gridlock in the greater Los Angeles region, motorists are urged to plan ahead, avoid the area, use Metrolink or Metro Rail, or eat,shop, or play locally. On Friday, Sept. 28, ramps between the I-10 and US 101 will begin to shut down as early as 7 p.m. Closure of individual freeway lanes will begin to 10 p.m. The closure is scheduled to continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning Oct. 1 (which also just happens to be the first day of California Rideshare Week). According to Metro, the potential for gridlock during the Carmageddon is greater than in 2011 because 1) last year's campaign to stay off the freeways was such a success that motorist may not take the closures seriously, and 2) the contractor has more demolition work to perform within the same 53 hour period, so an early reopening (as happened previously) is not likely. "Last year, we proved that Angelenos far and wide could rise to the occasion to turn Carmageddon into 'Carmaheaven' free of apocalyptic traffic congestion," said LA City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "We are again calling on the public to do its civic duty. Do not beome complacent." The I-405 is the nation's busiest freeway. Half a million motorists drive this portion of the freeway over a typical weekend. For the latest updates, go to metro.net/405

07/19/2012

access.caltech Improvements coming July 27

On July 27th, access.caltech will be updated with several improvements. The list of services will be better organized so you can more quickly and easily find what you need. Clearer descriptions and additional helpful information are also being added for all services. You can view these changes on July 27th by logging in at https://access.caltech.edu.

06/28/2012

Matlab Toolbox Usage Survey

IMSS would like your input on the specific Matlab Toolbox licenses that you use for your Caltech work. Your feedback is essential in helping us decide which licenses we will continue to maintain. To take the survey, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J89QRQP. Survey participants can enter to win a $100 amazon.com gift card.

06/27/2012

Don't Be Fooled By Messages Asking For Your Caltech Username And Password

Many campus users are receiving email claiming to come from an IT support group (sometimes even IMSS or the Help Desk), asking for the user's password and other private information, or requesting that you "verify your account" by logging into a website. Please be aware that this is a form of security attack known as "phishing" designed to fool users into giving their usernames and passwords to an attacker. Please do not reply to these messages or visit any websites they may refer to. IMSS does not recommend providing usernames and passwords by email, and IMSS will never ask users for their passwords by email or by phone under any circumstances. When visiting a website, be sure to check the address bar on your browser to confirm that the site you're visiting is the one you were expecting. If you receive any confusing or worrisome email messages about any of your Caltech accounts, we strongly recommend contacting the IMSS Help Desk (395-3500 or help@caltech.edu) or your local system administrator. In the event that your password is exposed to an attacker, please be sure never to use that password again, for any purpose, and particularly never for the account it once belonged to.

06/26/2012

Copies of Totem Available

Totem, Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine, is now being distributed. All undergrads will receive a copy in their mailboxes in the fall, but anyone else interested in receiving a copy should fill out this form. (Campus mailing addresses are preferred.)

Totem is an annual publication featuring the poetry, photography, short stories, drawings, and other artwork submitted by Caltech community members. The magazine is distributed at no charge to the entire campus and is published in calendar format in an effort to fuse function and aesthetics. Previous editions of Totem can be viewed here. For more information, email caltech.totem@gmail.com.

06/13/2012

Maple License Server Retiring

On July 12, 2012, the Maple license server that hosts Maple 11, 12, and 13 will be retired. This means that all network installations of Maple 11, 12, and 13 will cease to function at that time. Note that standalone installations for Maple 11, 12, and 13 will not be affected. If you are still using network Maple 11, 12, or 13, please begin using either the network installation of Maple 14, or any other standalone version. Current versions of Maple can be downloaded from http://software.caltech.edu. If you have any questions about this, please contact IMSS Software Licensing (software@caltech.edu.)

05/22/2012

Caltech Student Investment Fund

The Caltech Student Investment Fund (SIF) annually awards money to Caltech clubs for equipment purchases and certain club activities. Requests for funding must coincide with the spirit of SIF disbursement philosophies as described on the first page of the funding application. The deadline for applications has been extended by a week to make up for the potential delays in transitioning club leadership roles.

Please submit your application electronically or by mail to Connor Coley at ccoley@caltech.edu or MSC 210 by Friday, June 1, at 11:59 p.m. Also, there may be special cases where your organization, by merit of its services to the community, will be considered for disbursement regardless of the qualifications of its request. Please e-mail Connor Coley if you feel your organization deserves special attention or if you have any other questions about SIF's annual disbursements.

05/17/2012

Reduced Pricing for IMSS HPC Service

IMSS' High Performance Computing (HPC) pay-as-you-go service has significantly reduced its pricing. The new core hour rate is $0.08 per core hour, and storage is now $0.07 per GB. In addition to saving over 50% with this new pricing, new users are given an initial 500 free core hours. Also, further planned upgrades will soon be completed, providing much faster service. The HPC service is ideal for faculty and research groups that do not have the resources to run their own HPC systems, which usually require large financial resources to maintain the required hardware and infrastructure. You simply pay based upon usage and storage. For additional details, please visit http://imss.caltech.edu/help/hpc or email help-hpc@caltech.edu.

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