Message-Id: <200108150157.SAA10426@gateway.astro.ucla.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 18:57:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: help (computer support)
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Subject: PC news
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Over the past few weeks, we have been making several changes to most of our public Windows desktops. Unfortunately, I have not been able to announce those changes as they were being made, so this rather lengthy message will serve as a summary.

* copier

The new Canon copier in 8371 can now be printed to from Windows systems. On the public Windows 2000 PCs, the queue name is q8371 (naturally).

You use it as a regular printer; the main difference is that the driver has a huge number of options (when you click on ``Properties'' in the print dialog window), so much so that it is impossible to list all of them (but among others: stapling, header and footer labels, watermarks).

You will need to supply your copier ID in order to print. It will print even if it is in energy saving mode. Be aware that it prints very quickly after you submit your job...

If you have your own Windows system and would like to set up a queue to print to this copier, please send e-mail to ``help'' and Michael will help you with the installation.

Unfortunately, Canon never got back to us regarding the installation of this printer under MacOS or SunOS, so it is not known when (or whether) it will be available on those platforms...

* new web browser

By popular demand, we have installed the latest (now commercial) version of the old Opera browser on most public PCs. It should show up under the ``Programs'' menu. Luca Bertello or John Boyden should be able to tell you more about it.

* Illustrator

Illustrator 9.0 is now available on BOOTES (8105). (We are working on setting up a web page with complete and current information about which software is installed on which PC.)

* FROSTY (8359)

Michael had to reinstall the operating system Friday due to some problem, so the shortcuts to some programs (e.g., from the Start/Programs menu) have been lost. Michael is restoring most of those, but it is difficult to make sure we get all of them. So if you can no longer find an application on FROSTY, please let us know and we will try to get it back.

* ALPHERATZ/MARKAB

They have been moved from 8359 back to 8370 in preparation for this fall's Astro 180 lab. Since there were no user files on them, this should have no impact on anyone (just in case you were wondering what happened to them). They have been replaced by two new PCs (see immediately below).

* IPANEMA (8359)

This is a previously private computer that has been donated for public use. It has a 650-MHz Pentium 3 with 192 MB of RAM and a 28-GB disk. It runs Windows 2000 and you can follow the same instructions as for BOOTES to use it (see last month's announcement 159).

* CANOPUS (8359)

This is Lawrence Aller's personal computer. As such, he has priority to use it and it has been configured with some special functions (such as large fonts). We put it in this computer room because it will be more easily accessible for him and because he was kind enough to allow others to use it when he is not around. But if you are using it and he comes in, you should logout and let him use it. Otherwise (or if we discover that some people are modifying the system settings), we will simply move it to his office.

This system has a 933-MHz Pentium 3 with 128 MB of RAM and a 38-GB disk. It also runs Windows 2000 and you can follow the same instructions as mentioned for IPANEMA above, with the restrictions explained in the previous paragraph.