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Air quality online. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management launched a Web site to update residents on the state's air quality this summer.

The site breaks up the state into seven regions and every day rates each area:
  • Green for good

  • Yellow for moderate

  • Orange for unhealthy for sensitive groups

  • Red for unhealthy

  • Maroon for very unhealthy.

To view the site, go to www.gcn.com and enter 252 in the GCN.com/box.

Residents also can see the five-day forecast, what the day's primary pollutant is and links to additional information.

The department also is offering a free subscription service, which alerts residents via e-mail when air quality if expected to drop.

8Patch switch. Clackamas County, Ore., changed its patch management practices just in time to battle the Sasser worm.

For several years Clackamas County had been taking inventory of its hardware and software with products from LANdesk Software Inc. of South Jordan, Utah, said Greg Johnson, the county's systems administrator. Johnson had just installed LANdesk Patch Manager 8 when the Exploit virus hit in April.

'We had tried Microsoft's patch management service but couldn't get a lot of the granular details. And it required custom Perl scripting,' he said. Plus, county IT staff had to go on site to fix infected machines, interrupting people's work.

The Exploit virus arrived on a Tuesday. By Friday night, about 1,300 machines needed a patch. 'We caught most of the PCs by early the next week,' he said.

When the Sasser virus hit soon afterward, Johnson and his team 'found one machine that was attacked, but it was patched, so it got quarantined with no real infection,' he said.

Virginia seat management. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency has awarded a one-year contract extension to DynTek Inc. for seat management services.

DynTek, based in Irvine, Calif., will continue to offer services such as planning, acquisition, installation, management, asset management, secure device destruction and disposal, ongoing maintenance and support, and project management. The contract was worth $4 million for the company last year.

The vendor also provides statewide, enterprise security audits and assessments.

To increase the efficiency of its seat management services, DynTek uses a proprietary suite of applications, which provides Web-based support for IT and systems management. The suite, called ProductivIT, securely collects and catalogs detailed information on every system, making asset tracking, migration analysis and suspicious activity reporting available to its customers, according to the company.

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