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FAB network downtime - 2/28/2015 - noon to 9pm - FAB CS/ECE suites
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Network upgrades for Saturday, February 28th, will focus on a closet that feeds the following Plaza Level areas:

FAB 120 (CS Suite)

FAB 125

FAB 135

FAB 130

FAB 125

FAB 136

FAB 140

FAB 145

FAB 160 (ECE Suite)

We don’t expect this work to affect other MCECS places on the FAB Plaza Level. Networking will be unavailable or sporadic during this work. The rest of the building will not be affected.


Urgent Alert for owners of Lenovo laptops
Written by fester   
Saturday, 21 February 2015

If you are the owner of a recent (as in mid-to-2014 to Feb 2015) Lenovo Laptop AND you are using the original Windows load that came with it, you may be affected by a dangerous piece of adware (called “Superfish”) that comes preloaded with the operating system. This adware can be compromised to eavesdrop on a user’s secure web communications.

You can check if you are affected by visiting this website from your Lenovo laptop (from each of your browsers) and waiting while it performs a check:

After pressure from various quarters, Lenovo has agreed to provide a removal mechanism for this adware. If you have received a Lenovo laptop recently, go through this Lenovo advisory and use their removal tool if you are affected.

Microsoft has also provided a Defender update to neutralize superfish (although it may leave Firefox still vulnerable).

The CERT announcement about the vulnerability is here:

A more disruptive (but thorough) fix is to reload your laptop with a clean Windows load (not supplied via the Lenovo recovery mechanism).

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 February 2015 )
Tentative Network Downtime Schedule for the next few weeks
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 02 February 2015

Here’s a rough look at where our next network upgrade activities will take us over the weeks leading up to end of the term. (We’ll still send a specific outage warning for each region as the work dates get closer.)


New process for buying Additional Print Quota
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 01 December 2014

If your termly allotment for printing in the MCECS Computer Labs has run out, there is now an online process for buying additional print quota credits. The update takes effect within 5 minutes and your PSU Billing Account is charged within a week. No more visits to the cashier’s office.

To buy additional print quota, go to:

Login using your MCECS username/password and click on the “Printquota” tab.  Read the instructions and follow the outlined steps.

There is a limit of $10 per print quota add. A confirmation e-mail is sent to your address (wherever that points to) as well as an alternative e-mail address you can specify,

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 ( Tuesday, 17 February 2015 )

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