Category Archives: Tech Talk

Energy Efficiency Improvement in Computer Lab

The Operation’s Office has outfitted HSPH’s largest student computing laboratory with new LED lights replacing the traditional bulbs.  According to HSPH’s energy and utilities’ manager Danny Beaudoin, the new lights will provide an annual cost savings of $884.

(46) 35 Watt MR-16 track lights = 1,610 Watts
(46) 6 Watt LED MR-16 track lights = 276 Watts

Annual Savings:
1,334 Watts * 4,732 hours/yr = 6,312 kWh/yr = $884 per year!
In addition to cost savings, the LED lights provide outstanding and more direct task lighting for student work.

Virus Warning: New York Times

There are a number of viruses/malware items that have been recently distributed via legitimate websites such as the New York Times through rogue advertisements.

If you are asked to purchase virus scanning software online through popup windows, please disregard the requests.  These are not legitimate anti-virus products.

Please contact the HSPH Helpdesk at 432-HELP for further information on this issue or on how to protect your computing environment with McAfee products provided by HSPH.

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Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard

On August 26, 2009, Apple released its latest operating system MAC OS X Snow Leopard.  While we in HSPH IT are excited about the new OS, we are not currently supporting the release at HSPH and installations of the new OS could cause issues interacting with HSPH systems.

Initial tests by our Helpdesk staff proved problematic.  Testing included the Novell client and Groupwise client.  Additionally, disk encryption using PGP is not currently fully supported in Snow Leopard.

Please avoid upgrading to Snow Leopard at this time.
Until software vendors have released versions of their application that are fully compatiable with Snow Leopard, HSPH IT will be unable to fully support users running Snow Leopard.

FAS has made a similar announcement regarding Snow Leopard.

We, at HSPH made a similar announcement regarding Microsoft Vista, when it was released.