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Sputnik Mania Premieres Today at SLAC
Computer Safety, or How Not to Save Money
The 2007 Property Control Honor Roll

SLAC Today

Monday - November 19, 2007

Sputnik Mania Premieres Today at SLAC

(Image courtesy of Jason Beckwith.)

This afternoon, acclaimed filmmaker David Hoffman will personally introduce his documentary Sputnik Mania before screening the award-winning film. The documentary looks back at the USSR's Sputnik satellite and its effects both at the time it was launched and over the past 50 years.

Based in Santa Cruz, California, Hoffman has made more than 100 primetime documentary television specials and series in addition to four feature-length documentaries. For this film, he interviewed physicists and politicians from around the world to offer a glimpse into this historic moment in history.

Come to the regional premiere of "Sputnik Mania" today at 4:15 p.m. in SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium.

Computer Safety, or How Not to Save Money

You are a cost-conscious SLAC employee who wants to save money for SLAC. You need some software to do your work, which you know you can buy off the web cheaper and faster than you can by going through the normal procurement channels. So you search the Internet for the least expensive version of that particular software. It doesn't take very long to find to find a copy and you use a credit card to purchase it.

What's wrong with this story?

#1 - The software you purchased is actually black market software;

#2 - You've just given your credit card number to criminals;

#3 - SLAC file system scanning is going to find the software and you'll have an uncomfortable phone call from Computer Security;

#4 - Your computer's hard drive will likely need to be wiped and the operating system will have to be re-installed.

Instead of saving SLAC money, this deal will cost both SLAC and you a bundle!

The first person to talk to about getting software for your computer is your Desktop Admin—they know all the in's and out's.

You can also check the Windows Software Installation site. At this site, you may find that SLAC already provides the software you need. The page may also redirect you to the Software Bulk Purchase Request form.

And please remember the old adage "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!"

The 2007 Property Control Honor Roll

Click here to see a list of departments that accounted for 100% of their reportable inventory in fiscal year 2007.

The sensitive inventory results for fiscal year 2007 were recently reported to the Department of Energy. Once again, SLAC rated an "outstanding" in our find-rate for sensitive items.

Thank you to all the departments who accounted for 100% of their reportable inventory...the certificates are in the mail! We hope to see your department on the list next year. If you have any questions about Property Control, please contact Property Control Manager Leslie Normandin at x4350.

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