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Join IS&T for an Open House in N42

Information Services and Technology (IS&T) invites the MIT community to an Open House Thursday, Oct. 28 from noon to 5pm. The festivities will be held in the walk-in center for clients in Building N42 at 211 Massachusetts Ave. IS&T staff will be there to meet visitors, as will representatives from Apple Computer, GovConnection and other vendors. Visitors can take a look at IS&T-recommended hardware and enter the drawing for hourly door prizes. For more information, see

Key upgrade: Windows XP SP 2

IS&T strongly recommends Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP Professional at MIT. Windows XP SP2 includes many updated security features that help protect against various network attacks. This Service Pack does not protect against all vulnerabilities, including some that may arise in Internet Explorer. For details about features, known issues, and how to obtain SP2, as well as pointers to documentation, start at

T-pass service moves online

IS&T and the Parking and Transportation Office have launched a new online T-pass service. Registered students and MIT faculty and staff who do not have full time parking permits are eligible for this service. In addition to applying for a T-pass, people can change information such as where they pick up their pass, suspend their T-pass temporarily, or close their account.

This is a certificate-based application, so users need to be sure they have a certificate before starting at

Money Matters tab in ESS

A new tab is now available on the Employee Self-Service (ESS) web site. The Money Matters tab lets MIT faculty and staff access money-related information and resources online. Current features include a link to the U.S. Treasury Department web site that provides an online purchasing system for electronic Series EE and I Savings Bonds; a link to the MIT Federal Credit Union web site that provides information on financial services available to individuals affiliated with the MIT community; and payroll-related forms, including the new Direct Deposit Form. You can access ESS by going to

Digitalk is compiled by Information Services and Technology.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 20, 2004 (download PDF).

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