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CAT Braindump Orientation - Oct 10
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

TheCAT Braindump Orientation is on Friday, October 10th, at 6pm in EB 102.  Learn more at:

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 September 2014 )
EB 325 / FAB 55-17 Computer Lab closures
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Friday, 05 September 2014

There will be some closures coming up for these two computer labs in the coming weeks before Fall term begins.

Sep 8/9 - Both labs will be occupied by a conference during the day.  The lab will be available to general users in the late evening.

Sep 10 through Sep 19 - there will be some rolling outages that will hit each of the labs (at different times) as our Wintel team reloads the systems and gets software configured for Fall term.

CRAM - for MCECS Account Activation and Password Changes
Written by johnj   
Friday, 15 August 2014

CRAM is the CAT Remote Account Manager.  If you have an active Odin Account (because you are an active PSU Student, Faculty or Staff member), then you can use it at:

You must use your Odin ID to get into CRAM.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 August 2014 )
Delayed mail delivery on PSU Google Mail affecting some users
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

We’ve been fielding a number of queries from users of PSU Google Mail (affectionately abbreviated to “Poogle”) that that e-mail they are sending sometimes results in a warning response of the form “Warning: could not send message for past 4 hours”.  The mail will eventually get delivered later.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2014 )
Office 2013 rollout will be completed in the next few weeks
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Over the last month or so, we have been gradually migrating CAT supported Windows systems to Office 2013.  All new deployments and many existing faculty and staff systems have already made the migration. We will be stepping up the pace over the next few weeks by working with the remaining department offices, faculty/research desktops and targeting the major computer labs during reloads
Beware of Spear Phishing Spam and giving out your passwords
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 30 September 2013

This is our periodic notice to warn people of dangerous e-mail spam - namely Phishing Spam.  We deal with a few waves of these at the start of term and Fall 2013 is shaping up to be a strong phishing season.  A few recent victims have been costly, leading to main PSU mail servers being blacklisted over the weekend, so please take note.

The CAT and OIT will NEVER ask for passwords via e-mail.

DO NOT follow links in your e-mail that require you to enter your login and password information.

DO NOT send out any unencrypted, sensitive information via e-mail.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 September 2013 )
Dropbox in MCECS - Usage, Security and Privacy concerns
Written by johnj   
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Dropbox, an online file repository/backup service, has been gaining in popularity. Its ease of setup and use for personal systems has resulted in rapid adoption among people trying to sync and transfer data between home desktops, laptops and other mobile devices.

We are seeing increased use of this service among faculty, staff and student users. While Dropbox is a hit at home, it has had a rocky road trying to adapt to corporate and centrally driven IT environments - both at a technical and policy level. MCECS users face many of these same challenges.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2011 )

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