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Floris van Delft (department Organic Chemistry) made a description of the functionality of the software package ChemBioOffice. The package may be downloaded, free of charge, by everyone who has a science mail account (staff and students). Floris van Delft () is willing to abswer questions about the usage of the package. ~ ~ ~ ~

Software update: Maple 12

A new version (12) of Maple has been installed on Linux/Solaris. Early next week it will also be available on the Windows-XP Managed PCs. It can be installed on Windows from the install network disk, but the CDs can also be borrowed by employees and students, for home use too.

Peter van Campen 19 jun 2008 16:24 (CEST)

New version of the Windows Managed PC

There is a new installation method for the Windows-XP Managed PCs, that has been developed and is being maintained by several IT-support groups in the RU tohether, in the SITO (Samenwerkende IT-Ondersteuning) project. The main difference is that more software is installed, and that it is less dependent on network drives. Many PCs in the Study Landscape and several departmental PCs have been installed with the new method.

Wim Janssen 19 jun 2008 16:10 (CEST)

Software update: TeXlive 2007

Today TeXlive 2007 replaced TeXlive 2005 as the standard version of (La)TeX on Windows and Unix computers managed by C&CZ. If no problems are reported, the old version will be removed in a few months.

Peter van Campen 16 jun 2008 18:06 (CEST)

Matlab: TIMEOUTALL introduced, installation procedure changed

After an idea from FC Donders, C&CZ changed the options for the Matlab license server to include a 'TIMEOUTALL 3600'. This has the advantage that an inactive user can hold a license for Matlab or a toolbox for 1 hour at maximum, but could cause problems sometimes for the many tens of users within Radboud Unicversity and Hospital, because it can happen that a long-running Matlab job stops because there is currently no license available.

With Matlab version R2008a the Matlab installation procedure has been changed.

Peter van Campen 16 jun 2008 16:59 (CEST)

Adobe: employee home-use site-license software available on

On Surfspot the site-license products of Adobe for home-use by employees are available for 35 euro per bundle. One can choose between the English or Dutch version of the 'web' or 'design' bundle. Both bundles contain a.o. Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver. Only the 'design' bundle contains InDesign. The site license products for installation on campus have been urgently ordered.

Peter van Campen 13 jun 2008 15:39 (CEST)

Adobe Flash Player Security Vulnerability

Last week word was spread about abuse by installing keyloggers through a security vulnerability in the Adobe Flash plugin of browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox. C&CZ managed computers have been updated to the latest version. C&CZ advises everybody to upgrade to version if not already done. Testing can be done through the Adobe testpage and holding the mouse above "About". For even more browser security one can quite easily install the Firefox extension NoScript.

Peter van Campen 11 jun 2008 11:46 (CEST)

Adobe software will become site-license after all!

Today SURFdiensten reported that the site license agreement between SURFdiensten and Adobe for Dutch schools and universities reached a final status. The products and codes for the licensed products are expected to become available next week.

Peter van Campen 6 jun 2008 15:32 (CEST)

New version of Mathematica (

A new version of Mathematica has been installed. The CDs can be borrowed by departments that take part in the license.

Ben Polman 3 jun 2008 13:34 (CEST)

MS Office for Mac 2008 NL/UK *campus* can be borrowed

A CD of MS Office 2008 for Macintosh can be borrowed for campus use and on Macs owned by departments, the NL- as well as the UK-version. For home use one can buy it relatively cheap at Surfspot, althoug it is always more expensive than the free OpenOffice.

Wim Janssen 20 mei 2008 17:02 (CEST)

Removing old mail addresses helps prevent spam

At this time (May 2008) we often see that suddenly a lot of spam is sent from different places on the Internet, with a (fake) sender address of the old "" form. For the owner of such an address this gives some trouble, since the spam that cannot be delivered wiil come "back" to the sender address that was used. To help prevent this, it is a good idea to look in the DIY website which old "" addresses can be removed and mail that to postmaster.

Jos Alsters 10 apr 2008 12:48 (CEST)