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POWERDOWN – 6pm – 12/19/2022 – FAB/EB power testing again

This power down is to allow PSU facilities and their contractors to perform some fine tuning of the new FAB/EB power control system that was installed in September. The night of Monday, December 19th, is the primary outage period. It may last from 6pm on Monday evening all the way until 6am on the following [...]

2022-12-01T02:31:02-08:00November 30th, 2022|

Phishing campaigns hitting PSU

It looks like the Fall term phishing campaigns against PSU users (particularly faculty and staff) have really picked up in recent weeks. The scammers have been seen trying waves of the following: Payroll problems based message that leads you to a fake PSU credentials site that tries to capture Duo authentication Google drive or One [...]

2022-11-16T12:05:58-08:00November 16th, 2022|

Run cpu/memory/disk intensive assignments on babbage

CS Users! Please run resource heavy programs on babbage.cs.pdx.edu  - not ada (linux.cs.pdx.edu). Some clarification of the lore about ada and babbage, the two primary multi-user Linux systems available to CS students.  ada.cs.pdx.edu (aka linux.cs.pdx.edu) Used as a general workhorse.  Designed to handle users going through the edit - compile - execute cycles of general [...]

2022-10-10T22:54:16-08:00October 10th, 2022|

News for new and returning MCECS computer users in Fall 2022

The CAT has been busy preparing the computing infrastructure at MCECS for both onsite and remote users for the new academic year. Here are some of the highlights: The front page of the CAT website includes a “Back to Campus Toolkit” and updated “New (Attend Anywhere) Students” section, where you will find links to the [...]

2022-09-27T23:50:48-08:00September 27th, 2022|


As of 9/9/2022, after some significant breakthroughs during the night's work, the contractors and PGE were able to verify to their (and PSU’s) satisfaction that the new electrical control system is working as designed. Nightly power down testing is over. Unless some unforeseen problems crop up, we should be done with powerdown testing until our [...]

2022-09-09T05:26:07-08:00September 9th, 2022|

phpPgAdmin and phpMyAdmin moving to Adminer

If you are a user of the web interfaces to the database services provided by the CAT, be advised that we are moving from the old phpPgAdmin and phpMyadmin to a new interface called Adminer (formerly known as phpMinAdmin). The functionality of the old interfaces will still be provided, although the graphical layout will be [...]

2022-08-25T16:18:29-08:00August 25th, 2022|

Linux Home Directory permissions change – 10am on 10/12/2021

We will be making a slight home directory permissions change for all users on our systems. The end result will lock down access to user home directories so that only the owner of the account can access the files. We expect this to only affect a very small minority of users who have specifically opened [...]

2021-10-11T19:16:40-08:00October 11th, 2021|

Fall 2021 – Time for a new wave of phishing scam emails

At the start of each academic year, we usually see a variety of attempts by scammers and other miscreants to try and steal your credentials, get you to give up money or personal information, or get you to run malware. This term is already up and running with a “Covid Test” phishing campaign. Make sure [...]

2021-09-24T23:12:50-08:00September 20th, 2021|

Fall 2021 – FAB/EB building and computer lab access for MCECS students

Starting Fall term, access to the FAB/EB building is by PSU ID Badge only. We have added an online portal for MCECS students to request 24x7 access to FAB/EB and the following computer labs: FAB MCECS General Lab “Intel Lab” - FAB 55-17 EB MCECS General Lab “CadLab” - EB 325 CS “Particle” Linux Lab [...]

2021-09-20T01:27:01-08:00September 17th, 2021|

Ruby and Rita SSH Keys changing – config changes will be needed

If you are a user of the following Linux systems, read on: linux.cecs.pdx.edu ruby.cecs.pdx.edu rita.cecs.pdx.edu At about noon on Monday, August 2nd, 2021, we will be changing the SSH keys on the Linux computers listed above. Anyone who has been logging into these systems on a regular basis will be greeted with a verbose “host [...]

2021-07-28T19:38:53-08:00July 28th, 2021|
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