Asked Questions (FAQ's)
is Application Services?
Services - Our group provides
a full range of custom interactive web application and development
services for many BNL departments, divisions, and projects that
want to post web pages in the Public or
Internal Presence Zone of the BNL web space but do not
want to administer or secure their own web servers or take on a
web development staff.
- From concept and design, to final site
development, we deliver all services "in house",
thereby assuring quality and on time performance.
- Services Include: Custom scripting, web and application
hosting, database development and support, web design, custom
Where can I get update information?
If you need software and serer update information, our web page
that lists links where users can find
and technical information for Microsoft products.
I get website and application help?
Help files and trouble-shooting
procedures for various web based applications can be found here
for the general public viewing the BNL website. This list will be continually updated...
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Cookie?
A “cookie” is a small piece of information that is sent by a web
server to be stored on a web browser, so that it can later be read back
from that browser the next time this unique visitor returns to that web
server. This becomes useful for having the browser remember specific
information about this visitor like location of their last visit, time
spent, or user preferences (like style sheets). The cookie is a text file
that is saved in the browser’s directory and is stored in RAM while the
browser is running. Also, the cookie may be stored on the computer’s
hard drive once you log off from that web site or web server.
What are Cookies used for?
specific web sites. Also, they are used to store preferences of start
pages. On sites with personalized viewing, your web browser will be
requested to utilize a small amount of space on your computer’s hard
drive to store these preferences. That way, each time you log on to that
web site, your browser will check to see if you have any pre-defined
preferences (a cookie) for that unique server. If you do, the browser will
send the cookie to the server along with your request for a web page.
web sites. Common uses for which companies utilize cookies include:
on-line ordering systems, site personalization, and web site tracking.
Site personalization is one of the most beneficial uses for cookies. For
example, a person comes to the CNN site, but does not want to see any
business news. The site allows the person to select this choice as an
option. From then on (or until the cookie expires), the person would not
see business news when they access the CNN web pages.
Some visitors feel it is an invasion of privacy for a website to track
their progress on a site and choose to turn off cookies in their browser.
While others only allow cookies to be used on sites they know like banking
and investment sites that need to track your personal session variables
while navigating within their web pages.
were taken out of an ITD department memo that was received from DOE HQ
which was forwarded to all BNL Department Chairs on
The Department of Energy (DOE), has directed BNL to review
all of its websites that are publicly accessible to ensure they comply
with DOE's established policy on Internet privacy. BNL websites that are
publicly accessible will not use "persistent
cookies" (i.e. small permanent files placed on a client by a web
server) unless the following conditions are met:
- The site gives clear and conspicuous
notice of their presence.
- There is a scientific- or business- requirement
to gather data on the website.
- There are appropriate and publicly disclosed
privacy safeguards for handling the data.
- The Laboratory's Director and the DOE provide
written, personal approval.
displayed, even if the site does not collect information. Text that
can be used in such statements is given in DOE/IG-0493.
What are Persistent Cookies?
Persistent cookies are stored on your hard drive by a Web Page server
for a length of time that is set by the Web server when it passes
the cookie to your browser. These cookies are used to store client-side
state information between visits to a site.
What are Session Cookies?
- Per-session cookies are used to store state information
Within A Session. These cookies are cached only while a user is
visiting the Web server issuing the per-session cookie and Are
Deleted from the cache when the user closes the session.
- Per-session cookies are frequently used by Active Server Pages (ASP)
running on Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0 or later. These
cookies store session information as the user navigates to multiple ASP
pages in a site.
How can I control which Cookies I want to accept?
You can order your browser to accept all cookies or to alert you every
time a cookie is offered. Then you can decide whether to accept one or
See the Microsoft
web page to help you set these options in IExplorer.
See the Netscape
web page to help you set these options in version 4.0 and higher.
How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x
How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6
disable or enable...The Image Toolbar and Automatic Image
Resizing Feature in
Internet Explorer 6
By default, the
Image toolbar and the Automatic Image Resizing feature are enabled in
Internet Explorer 6. You can disable
the Image toolbar and the
Image Resizing feature by using the < Advanced > tab of the
Internet Options dialog box.
Why do we
have an INTRANET website?
From now on, when you go to
www.bnl.gov, you will be
automatically directed to one of two Brookhaven homepages. If you
are browsing from a computer outside of BNL, you will be directed to
"External" homepage. When inside the BNL network, you will be
directed to the "Internal" or "Intranet" web pages,
which are BNL-Only web pages. Many groups and divisions have already
started implementing this new feature. Some include the
Information Technology Division (ITD), Procurement and
Property Management (PPM) and Fiscal Services Division (FSD)
to list only a few.
By having a homepage that is available only
to employees, collaborators or on-site visitors, it is possible to
provide information that is of interest to that audience, but which
is either inappropriate or of less interest to the larger world
What's is considered Personal Web Pages at BNL?
Some of ITD's web servers can host USER content that is "work
related" (user resumes, published papers, publications,
other project and experiment related links and information, etc...).
This personal web space should NOT
be confused with an AOL or other standard commercial ISP web hosting
service. Family or other personal content can not be hosted in this
web space. Inappropriate content will be removed immediately. Users
will then be notified by email.
Examples of inappropriate use of BNL resources - This list is
strictly prohibited and should not be considered all-inclusive;
please check with the
Cyber Security Office (email@example.com)
about your proposed usage.
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