Microsoft Allowing Students To "Steal" Office 2007

Qualifying students are eligible to purchase Microsoft Office 2007 for $59.95, compared to the $679 retail price. This offer, available only to students who have a valid school email address, is Microsoft’s attempt to address studentswho are unable to pay the full retail price and end up downloading the software illegally. This promotion ends April 30, 2008. For more information, please visit Microsoft’s promotional website.

However, there are free alternatives to Microsoft’s Office Suite. OpenOffice is one of the alternatives to Microsoft Office and it is free! Documents saved using OpenOffice, however, are not compatible with Microsoft Office 2007 at the moment.

ResNet Quarterly Registration

ResNet students are required to register for their internet connection every quarter. If you registered your connection before August 31st, 2007, you will have to register your connection.

Any network device such as a wireless router will also have to be reregistered. Network devices (devices that connect to the network that are not computers) only have to be registered once a year.

Network Upgrade in Muir Tenaya and Apartments

Tenaya Hall and Apartments in Muir College have undergone network upgrades during the summer. If you live in a single room in Tenaya, to connect to the network, use Port A. Those in doubles should use Port A and Port B. Port C will be added for triples. Students who live in Muir Apartments should use the ports labeled with even numbers.

In addition, Tenaya and Muir Apartments will have wireless internet available. However, students should not expect wireless to work in their rooms. The wireless internet is only designed to work in common areas.

If you decide to use the wireless in addition to wired connection, you will have to register your connection twice. Make sure that when registering your wired connection, your wireless is switched off. If you are registering your wireless connection, register in the common area while disconnected from a wired connection.

URGENT: Storm Worm Bot/Virus

CRITICAL UPDATE
There is a particularly nasty bot/virus spreading rapidly through the Internet called (among other things) Storm Worm. Thousands of computers have already been identified through Tritonlink as infected. This bot/virus is getting spread through links in a variety of emails. You might recognize the email as an “e-greeting card” (from someone you don’t know), an invitation to see video or login information for a service you’ve never signed up for. If you clicked on the link provided in any of those emails, your computer may be infected.

In most cases, the only noticeable symptom of this bot/virus is your machine running slower. Updated antivirus software is detecting and removing some variations of Storm Worm. The latest Microsoft Update has also helped identify and remove some versions of Storm Worm. If you think you may be infected, go to http://tritonlink.ucsd.edu, adn log in to one of the tools on the left-hand menu. If you get re-directed to the “Storm Worm Alert” page, there is a good chance your computer is infected. Visit the Storm Worm site for more information and to make sure your computer is secure before connecting to the UC San Diego network.

Please be advised that if you bring an infected machine to campus, your connection will be blocked until your computer is cleaned. ResNet will have technicians in the common area of your college during Move In Weekend and Welcome Week. Keep in mind that this is a very busy time, though, and you may need to wait, especially if there are a lot of infected computers.