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October 23, 1998

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Socrates I Loads from Unicorn
  2. Recent Stanford Dissertations Available as Free PDF Files
  3. Raubitschek Collection Moves to Meyer Library
  4. Netscape 4.07: The Injection Bug
  5. What to Do About Unsolicited Email
  6. New Computing Services Newsletter
  7. SUL/AIR Job Opportunities


1. SOCRATES I LOADS FROM UNICORN

The Systems Department has now worked out the difficulties we were having with record loads from Unicorn to Socrates I. Last weekend we uploaded all new and updated records that were missed before October. By this Friday, October 23, we will complete the transfer of all records created or updated prior to October 17. This weekend we expect to upload all records created or updated since October 17. We will then resume our regular schedule of loading records to Socrates I within 3 days of their creation or modification.

--submitted by Karen Kalinsky

2. RECENT STANFORD DISSERTATIONS AVAILABLE AS FREE PDF FILES

Stanford users now have free access to full text PDF versions of Stanford dissertations from 1997 onward. This service is available via UMI's Current Research@ service at:

http://wwwlib.umi.com/cr/stanford/main

Be forewarned, however, that UMI's current implementation requires a series of less than intuitive steps. Instructions are provided on SUL/AIR's Dissertations and Theses Web page at:

http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/econ/dissertations1.html#Section1A

You can also find it from the SUL/AIR home page by selecting Dissertations and Theses under "Resources by Type".

--submitted by Steve Gass and Paul Zarins for Access to Information Committee

3. RAUBITSCHEK COLLECTION MOVES TO MEYER LIBRARY

The Raubitschek Collection of Epigraphy and Papyrology (also known as the W6A collection) has moved from Green's South Mezzanine stack to the 3rd floor stack area of Meyer Library. The collection remains non-circulating except to Classics Department faculty with special requests. Note that the catalog location will remain Green and that these materials will return to Green next summer. Many thanks to Stack Division staff for handling this move and to Meyer staff for taking on the collection for the academic year.

--submitted by Joan Krasner Leighton

4. NETSCAPE 4.07: THE INJECTION BUG

Netscape Communications Corporation has acknowledged a security bug in its Communicator browser software. The bug affects versions 3.x and 4.0x (up to 4.07), as well as the current beta version (4.5). The bug can affect Netscape browsers on all platforms. Netscape has posted detailed information on the Web at:

http://www.netscape.com/products/security/resources/bugs/injection.html

According to Netscape, users visiting known, trusted Web sites under ordinary conditions are not at risk. The biggest concern affects users buying things over the Web with credit cards. Credit card and other sensitive personal information can be stored in your Netscape disk cache. It is the cache that is vulnerable to the bug, according to information posted on the Web by the person who discovered the bug:

http://www.shout.net/~nothing/cache-cow/index.html

If you must make purchases or transmit sensitive personal information over the Web, the simplest solution (until a secure browser is made available) is to clear your browser's cache immediately after making such Web transactions. You may also want to set your browser's cache size to 0 (zero). This may make your Internet browsing a little slower (because you are not allowing the browser to save anything for reloading), but it also means that there is no information in your disk cache for hackers to retrieve.

To clear the disk cache in Communicator:

  1. Go to the menu bar and select Preferences from the Edit menu.
  2. Expand the Advanced category, then click on Cache.
  3. Clear the disk cache by clicking on the appropriate button in the Cache dialog box.
  4. To set the disk cache size to 0 KBytes, put a 0 in the appropriate cache field in the Cache dialog box.
  5. Click on OK.

If you never use your browser's JavaScript capabilities, you can also turn off JavaScript. However, many Web sites make extensive use of this technology and annoying error messages may appear on your screen if you have it turned off. Please note that CoreFin applications require JavaScript.

To turn off JavaScript in Communicator:

  1. Go to the menu bar and select Preferences from the Edit menu.
  2. In the Preferences dialog box, click on the Advanced category.
  3. Disable the Enable JavaScript feature.
  4. Click on OK.
--adapted from October 16 issue of "ITSS Digest"

5. WHAT TO DO ABOUT UNSOLICITED EMAIL

Here's a reminder about what you can do when your email contains unsolicited junk mail (also know as "spam").

Members of the Stanford community can report spam to junkmail@stanford.edu. This address is for unsolicited mail sent to a Stanford account from a non-Stanford email address. If you receive unsolicited mail that originated from a Stanford address, you should send your message to security@stanford.edu.

For more information about and guidelines for reporting spam to junkmail@stanford.edu, see the Web at:

http://www.stanford.edu/~security/desktop/

--reprinted from the October 2, 1998 ITSS Digest

6. NEW COMPUTING SERVICES NEWSLETTER

Stanford's Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS) group recently introduced a quarterly newsletter entitled "Changes to Computing Services." This new bulletin will provide the Stanford community with information on changes to campus computing services such as email, computer security, networking, and the Leland Systems. The newsletter is available online at

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/itss/changes/

A PDF version can be downloaded from the same site. Changes that require individuals and departments to take action have been highlighted in both the PDF and online versions. These essential notices are identified with an alarm clock icon in the PDF version and with the use of red text in the online version.


7. SUL/AIR JOB OPPORTUNITIES

SUL/AIR has the following open position for this week:

Information Systems Specialist

For a complete list of all current SUL/AIR jobs, visit the Human Resources Web site.


Please send future submissions to SUL/AIR News to:
news@sulmail.stanford.edu.


SUL/AIR News is an electronic publication of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources issued weekly. Copy deadline is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Submit items for publication to news@sulmail.stanford.edu.
Editor for SUL: Sarah Williamson, sarahcw@sulmail.stanford.edu
Editor for AIR and HR: Eleanor Brown, eabrown@leland.stanford.edu