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What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2018

Watch out for phishing spam The start of Fall term is phishing season. Avoid falling for attackers who want your login details and other personal data https://www.pdx.edu/oit/phishing-attacks Computer Labs Windows labs are now running Windows 10 version 1709. The Classic Shell start menu has been deprecated. Windows lab software list: https://cat.pdx.edu/services/software/windows-labs/ Most Ubuntu Linux-based Labs [...]

2018-10-09T00:54:45+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Tighter scrutiny of externally accessible Tier 3 systems

Externally accessible systems at PSU are those that present services to the open Internet that can be reached without the use of a VPN. There have been some recent lapses in security among externally accessible Tier 3 (self-managed) systems as well as a push by OIT to better secure PSU's network border. This has put [...]

2018-10-09T00:33:23+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Problems with some Tier 3 installs of Microsoft Office

In the past year, we have found many instances of MCECS faculty/staff having problems trying to install the PSU licensed version of the Microsoft Office suite on their new Tier 3 (self managed) computers. The problem seems to stem from the vendor's default Windows load (OEM load) on the computer having a trial or starter [...]

2018-10-08T18:40:10+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Web-based Remote Desktop App (Spark View) now available

We have a web-based Remote Desktop Client available for users who need to remotely access Windows systems in MCECS. This method does not require the use of a VPN and may benefit people who are having problems getting their VPN connection to work. The web client is not as robust as a native RDP app, [...]

2018-10-08T16:31:06+00:00October 8th, 2018|

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|