Winstat and Linux Downtime January 5th

On Wednesday, January 5th, from 5:00 - 9:00 a.m. SSCC staff will carry out a number of upgrades to Winstat. Anyone who uses Winstat needs to read the announcement because action on your part is required if you want to save various program settings and any data files on your Desktop or in My Documents.

Linux servers and web pages stored on SSCC servers will also be down Wednesday, January 5th, from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. SSCC email is the only Linux service that will be up. Any jobs running on Linux servers, including Condor, will be "killed."

Welcome Zach Heise to SSCC's Desktop Support Team

Please welcome Zach Heise to SSCC's desktop support team. Zach has replaced Scott Risberg, who retired earlier this year. Zach graduated from UW-Madison in 2008 with a B.A. in Legal Studies and worked at DoIT's Repair and Desktop Support for four years while pursuing his degree. Zach spent the last two years in Amman, Jordan where he worked in various IT capacities including teaching PC and network construction, repair, and maintenance for Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.

New Resource Web Page for Working with Sensitive Data

This new resource web page and its links is a "must read" for researchers working with sensitive data. It contains links to campus policy including policy on encryption requirements.

The SSCC's #1 recommendation is very simple: Store all sensitive data on network drives unless the rules for use of that data specifically forbid it. Files stored on network drives are much more secure than files stored on your laptop or even desktop computer--laptops in particular are very vulnerable to theft, but desktops can be stolen too.

Time to Reserve Computer Classroom for Spring Semester Courses

It's time to reserve the 3218 classroom or mobile lab for your spring semester class. Use our web form to make your request(s). Reservations are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact Caitlin Tefft ( if you have questions. Caitlin's office is in the 4226 office suite and her phone number is 2-0862.  Visit our Instructional Support at the SSCC web page for more information about the 3218 classroom and the mobile lab.

Even if you do not need to reserve the classroom or lab, you can arrange for your students to have access to SSCC's drop in labs (3218 and 4218 Social Science) and Winstat (available from anywhere with an Internet connection) for doing their homework. Caitlin can help you with this as well.

Doug Hemken (, statistical computing specialist for SSCC, is available to help students with homework and class projects. You can also arrange for Doug to come to your class and provide instruction on statistical software. Doug's office is in the 4226 office suite and his phone number is 2-4327.

We recently purchased a document camera to use in class rooms where the screen covers the blackboard. We also have special software in the classroom that allows you to control or interact with your students' computers. Contact Caitlin if you'd like to learn more about either of these.

Tip: Protect Your Mac with Free Anti-virus Software

Yes, even Macs can get computer viruses, although they are much less common than viruses on PCs. Furthermore, campus policy requires that all devices connected to the University of Wisconsin-Madison network by any means must run up-to-date anti-virus software, when available.

The UW-Madison campus has a site license for Symantec AntiVirus for Macs. Visit the campus antivirus page to download your free copy.