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+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

Windows 7 Users – Adobe READER upgrade to Acrobat READER 2015 series

On our Windows 7 systems, the old version of Adobe READER (the program/plugin that views pdf documents) is no longer being supported. The next time we patch our Windows systems, any computers running an older version of Acrobat Reader will be upgraded to the current version of Acrobat READER (the 2015 DC version). Note that [...]

2018-01-31T16:40:41+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

User (public_html) web page server changes are now live

We have now switched over to the new methodology for serving up user web pages (web files served from your public_html directories).  If you are running into issues, check this post: If you need help in fixing issues, please contact us.  

2018-01-22T01:55:30+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

New for Winter 2018

While most things remain the same, there are a few changes: MATLAB 2017B - The version of Matlab in the MCECS Windows Labs has moved to Matlab 2017B. While we usually do not like to make version changes during an academic year, there was demand from some faculty to make this happen to get around [...]

2018-01-08T13:14:13+00:00 January 8th, 2018|

12/27/2017 – Special Projects Webserver Transition

The web server that drives a number of special project websites in MCECS will be moving to our currently supported version of Ubuntu Linux (16.04 - Xenial). This involves a new version of PHP (Version 7) which has permanently gotten rid of some deprecated features. The change will occur sometime during the day on Wednesday, [...]

2017-12-14T14:51:02+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

Details on how to deal with changes to User Web Pages

If all you have are static HTML pages, we do not expect you to have any problems with the transition. On the other hand, if you have any of the following, you may need to make some modifications. [If you missed our original announcement about user web pages changes, read that post first. ] There [...]

2017-12-13T09:35:09+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

Changes coming to how User Web Pages are handled in MCECS

Do you setup and use User Web Pages on our systems? These are web pages that are accessed by URLs that look like: If you do, you may be affected by some structural changes we are going to be making to our web infrastructure over Winter Break. Affected pages may: Use password protection (using [...]

2017-11-30T14:23:26+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

Website Accessibility Standards Compliance will be hitting PSU soon

The University has recently drafted an Accessibility Policy for EIT (Electronic and Information Technology). Accessibility means making the content of your site or course equally available to all people, including (but not limited to) ones with recognized visual, aural (hearing), cognitive, and mobility disabilities. A large driver behind this push was a Resolution Agreement that [...]

2017-11-26T17:44:20+00:00 November 26th, 2017|

Linux – New things for Fall Term

Linux Versions Ubuntu Linux systems are running Xenial (1604). This includes: CS penguin (FAB 88-10) and particle (FAB 88-09) labs (aka and Linux Systems in the FAB MCECS General Lab (FAB 55-17) and RHEL 5 still runs on: RHEL 7 runs on Software: Faculty teaching classes [...]

2017-10-02T02:35:12+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|

Windows – New things for Fall Term

Windows in Computer Labs (and MCECS podiums) Windows 10 version 1607 (also known as the Anniversary Update) has been installed in most of the main MCECS and departmental computer labs. The Windows computers in these labs (and on many podiums in MCECS) have been reloaded before the start of the term. Software: Faculty, please make [...]

2017-10-02T02:31:32+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|