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Microsoft Office for student/faculty/staff personal computers

OIT has negotiated a licensing program to deliver the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) to all PSU students, faculty, and staff. This is targeted at use on personal devices (laptops and home computers) and is available for both Windows and Mac. Your PSU Odin account is used to download the software through an [...]

2018-09-05T11:14:56+00:00September 5th, 2018|

FEEDBACK NEEDED – Fall 2018 Linux Software on CAT Supported Systems

Our projected Fall 2018 Linux software list is enclosed. The sponsor/contact column represents who we currently know as the licensing contact or primary/major sponsor for the package. If you are an MCECS faculty member who is using using anything from this list in your classes or projects/research, we need your feedback on the following: Which [...]

2018-08-21T16:30:10+00:00August 21st, 2018|

FEEDBACK NEEDED – Fall 2018 Windows Software in MCECS Computer Labs

This is our projected Fall 2018 Windows Instructional Software list. Much of this software (with a few exceptions) will be available in the load we distribute to the larger MCECS Windows computer labs. If you are an MCECS faculty member who teaches classes using these labs and/or require students to use software in these labs, [...]

2018-08-17T01:45:11+00:00August 17th, 2018|

Slowdown in late Summer Windows Desktop Deployments

The CAT’s Wintel operation is currently neck deep in final-stretch preparations for our Computer Lab reloads that happen in September. This involves doing a lot of software upgrade testing and integration on Windows 10 version 1709. This work is impacting our ability to get new Windows desktop deployments done in a timely fashion. We’ve noticed [...]

2018-08-14T16:59:46+00:00August 14th, 2018|

New Firefox requires old personal shortcuts to be recreated

The new version of the Firefox web browser (ESR 60) has been pushed out to all CAT supported Windows computers. In addition to losing support for Java enabled websites, the new Firefox may break old Personal Shortcuts you may have set up that use Firefox to bring up your favorite websites. This can be fixed [...]

2018-06-20T22:26:28+00:00June 20th, 2018|

New Firefox Browser will no longer support Java (No Banner INB)

On June 20, 2018, we will be upgrading the version of the Firefox browser on our Windows desktops to ESR 60 (Extended Service Release) . It provides users with more usability and security enhancements. The side effect of this change is that the new Firefox will no longer support the Java plugin that is needed [...]

2018-06-14T23:22:40+00:00June 14th, 2018|

FEEDBACK NEEDED – Requiring use of the VPN for SSH access to MCECS

If you are faculty/staff or a researcher and you either use or require your students to use SSH to access Linux systems in MCECS, we need your feedback. With a few exceptions, SSH access to most Linux resources in MCECS is currently open to the Internet. (That is, you can use SSH to login to [...]

2018-05-15T10:38:58+00:00May 15th, 2018|

Google’s Drive File Stream coming to Windows computers

We will be pushing out Google’s Drive File Stream to CAT supported Windows desktops on Thursday evening, May 10th, 2018. The new Drive File Stream client cooperates with our roaming network user profiles and will enable users to access their Google Drive storage as a mapped drive. To run it, look for “Drive File Stream” [...]

2018-05-09T16:27:46+00:00May 9th, 2018|

End of the Maple site license at PSU is June 2018

In June 2018, the campus site license for Maplesoft’s Maple (a symbolic and numeric computing tool) ends. The last version available to PSU is Maple 17 and all copies running on MCECS systems (or Tier 3 machines using this floating license) will cease to function after this happens. The Maple site license had been handled [...]

2018-01-31T20:40:55+00:00January 31st, 2018|