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April 2022

Sustainable Technology Tips
New Phone Upgrades Coming Soon

New and Notable IT Training
Building 50 at sunset. (Credit: Thor Swift/Berkeley Lab)
Building 50 at sunset. (Credit: Thor Swift/Berkeley Lab)

Sustainable Technology Tips

Berkeley Lab celebrates Earth Month throughout April and annually on Earth Day, April 22. IT is committed to building a sustainable future. In support of green initiatives, check out these quick eco-friendly technology tips to save energy and work more efficiently:

  1. Configure computer settings to reduce power consumption (macOS and Windows).
  2. Go paperless and avoid the use of paper documents and personal printers when possible. Try requesting signatures via HelloSign.
  3. Request a re-purposed computer system instead of purchasing new devices.

🌍 Get involved with sustainability at the Lab: Berkeley Lab Earth Day 2022 

New model of the Avaya desk phone.
New model of the Avaya desk phone.

New Phone Upgrades Coming Soon

Office “location” is redefined with new IT options to install desk phone upgrades and a soft phone application. Staff can access Lab phone numbers across various clients, including computers, smartphones and tablets, with no costs incurred for domestic calls made or received while using a Lab number. Reading time: 10 minutes

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New and Notable

Critical Windows Updates Must Be Installed

Berkeley Lab IT has released Microsoft’s latest updates for Windows, which contain patches for critical security vulnerabilities. One of these, CVE-2022-26809, has been identified by the Cyber Security group as a mandatory update. As such, all Windows systems at the Lab MUST be updated and may be blocked from the network if they are out of compliance. Reading time: 5 minutes

Updated Process for the Lab’s Online Image Archive

Berkeley Lab users will be able to login to the Photo Archive using their primary Berkeley Lab Identity starting on April 21. This change provides a more unified experience for users to explore the free digital assets available to them and increases overall accessibility and security across the organization. Reading time: 5 minutes

Zoom Whiteboard for Visual Collaboration

Zoom Whiteboard is a new cross-platform visual collaboration solution built right into Zoom Meetings and Zoom Rooms for touch devices like the DTEN D7 and Neat Board. Users need Zoom version 5.10.3 or later to get started.

Draft Email and Compose with Markdown in Google Docs

Users can collaborate on emails directly in Google Docs by typing “@email draft” to activate the new email template. Populate recipients and click the button shown alongside the draft to send through Gmail. 

For the web version of Google Docs, users can select “Automatically detect Markdown” from Tools > Preferences to enable auto correction for Markdown syntax, a lightweight markup language for applying formatting using plain text. Reading time: 10 minutes

IT Training

 

Cloud Computing Webinar, April 27, 11am-Noon

Join a Science IT webinar on Wednesday April 27th, 11:00am to 12:00pm to learn about the Lab’s Cloud Computing program and how cloud computing can benefit scientific research workflows.

Jeff D’Ambrogia, Scientific IT Consultant, will share how to access the cloud program, what services are available, the pros and cons, and the latest information about cost savings secured by the Lab and DOE.

📅  Add Cloud Computing Webinar to Google Calendar

 

Data Science Training, April-May 2022 

IT provides technical training to thousands of Lab staff and affiliates. In collaboration with UC Berkeley’s D-Lab, the ScienceIT HPCS and IT User Support groups lead a joint effort to offer cross-disciplinary training focused on data science and advanced computing skills such as Python, R, Machine Learning, and more. 

📌 Register for D-Lab Training

  • April 18, 10am–1pm | Python Data Wrangling and Manipulation with Pandas

  • April 20, 10am–1pm | Python Visualization

  • April 21, 10am–1pm | Introduction to Bash + Git

  • April 25 & 27, 2–5pm | Python Intro to Machine Learning

  • May 2, 3, 4 & 5, 9-12pm | Python Fundamentals: Parts 1-4

  • May 2, 3, 4 & 5, 10-1pm | R Fundamentals: Parts 1-4

For questions or feedback about D-Lab training, contact Erin Scharfstein at ittraining@lbl.gov.

Questions or Comments? Contact IT Communications at itcomms@lbl.gov.

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