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Quicktime being removed from Windows systems
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 18 April 2016

Apple has ceased support for Quicktime video for Windows. With the announcement of new security vulnerabilities in Quicktime for Windows, we will be following the recommendations of anti-malware vendors by removing Quicktime from CAT-supported Windows systems shortly.

If you have video files using the Quicktime video file format (.mov files), you will be able to still view them using the VLC video player which is available on Tier 1 and 2 systems. If you have software that depends on Quicktime for Windows being available, get in touch with us.

Possible MCECS lab printing issues for some users
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Tuesday, 01 March 2016

If you are an MCECS Windows user and you use printers in the following labs:

EB 325 (EB Intel Lab)

EB 420 (MCAE Lab, actually the printer is in EB 423)

FAB 55-17 (FAB Intel Lab)

FAB 60-01 (Circuits Lab)

FAB 60-19 (VLSI Lab)

FAB 88-02 (CS tutor area)

you may be affected by a printer driver change that occurred recently. We have only seen it affect a few users but the problem appears as an incorrect page type being encountered when trying to use these these printers.


New flood of phishing spam hitting PSU
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 22 February 2016

We have seen a significant uptick in the number of phishing spams hitting PSU users. (Phishing spams often attempt to use persuasive messages to get you to disclose your login credentials or other personal information.) They are hoping to catch new students and faculty/staff off guard.

Some of the latest batches come with authentic looking PSU branding coupled with an alarming message. Recently seen subject lines include:

Unusual Sign-In


Odin Account Suspension

Treat as Urgent!



Chrome and lack of Flash support
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Thursday, 21 January 2016

Users on our Windows systems may have noticed that the Chrome browser will sometimes reject components on websites that are running Flash. If you are running into that problem, try visiting the site using Firefox or Internet Explorer.

The problem we are running into is a mismatch in patch delivery schedules from Adobe (which maintains the Flash plugin used by Firefox and Internet Explorer) and Google (which maintains the Flash plugin for Chrome). In recent months, the gap between these patch deliveries has widened.

We expect a Google update for Flash to “fix” this discrepancy soon but the next time a new Flash update shows up, we will probably experience the same problem.
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.

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