3.21.2005

An email I received today...
Dear Joanna,
Congratulations! The ResNet steering committee has awarded you the Senti-Merriman Scholarship to enable you to attend the ResNet 2005 Symposium, June 24-28, Georgia Tech. The committee was very impressed by your initiative, your technical skills, and your ability to educate end-users.
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I see that you are listed as a co-presenter for T R's session on "Managing the Campus Manager." It's wonderful that attendees will be able to get to know your work. I'm glad that the conference will be showcasing your talent.

Yay! I'm going to the ResNet Symposium at Georgia Tech this summer! And presenting! This is such a neat opportunity for a lowly undergrad like me.

5 comments:

Ashley said...

awesome!!!! :-D You should totally come visit me. You could even stay with me!! :-D *shining eyes*

Anonymous said...

Out of curiousity and somewhat off-topic, how did you deal with spyware/adware at this Installfest thing?

Joanna said...

We ran Spybot and Ad-Aware in both normal and safe modes. In conjunction, these catch the most common spyware and adware infections. Once a machine was clean, we offered to install Firefox, and instructed the user to use it exclusively to avoid future spyware problems.

Anonymous said...

I found this interesting: PC World did a spyware study recently and found that the most effective scanner was CounterSpy ($20) which correctly identified 85% of installed spy/adware. Ad-Aware got 65%, Spybot got 54%.

But the most interesting thing was a side-note they include about Microsoft's Anti-Spyware Beta. They didn't think it was fair to include it in the comparison (still in beta, after all), but they did mention that it found 91%, and was more feature-rich and boasted a better interface than any of the others. Oh, and it's free.

Anyhoo, I know it would be a tough sell for the CSS department to voluntarily use more Microsoft products, but it is an interesting result.

Anonymous said...

Nearly forgot my other point; it was also found that the number one source of spyware and adware is now user downloaded files rather than browser exploits.

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