What’s new and other info for MCECS computer users – Fall 2020

Greetings from the Computer Action Team! Fall 2020 is going to be a remotely-accessed experience for most MCECS users. Whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff, you can learn more about your MCECS account by following this link: We have built a resource that catalogs many of the most commonly asked questions we encountered [...]

2020-10-01T13:39:34+00:00October 1st, 2020|

VPN issues after Tunnelblick 3.8.3 update

The recent Tunnelblick update to version 3.8.3 has left Mac users unable to connect to our VPN servers due to a deprecated setting in older versions of the CAT’s configuration files. A symptom of this problem is seeing the Tunnelblick connection notification window stuck in a loop with yellow text, like in the image below: [...]

2020-07-31T17:07:51+00:00July 27th, 2020|

Microsoft Software for Students

Microsoft  Software for Students What is it? MCECS subscribes to a service called Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly called Microsoft Imagine). It provides MCECS students with access to many software products from Microsoft including the Windows operating system, Visual Studio, Visio and Microsoft Project. Note that the main Microsoft Office products (Excel, [...]

2020-09-02T13:14:53+00:00August 21st, 2019|


Abaqus Students and Faculty in the College of Engineering can download Abaqus with our license. Please visit our Abaqus intranet page to download the Student Edition. Note: TheCAT does not provide Media or Support for the Student version of the software. For help with downloading, installation and support, please see the Abaqus help [...]

2019-01-02T13:41:32+00:00September 22nd, 2017|

Creating a Digital Signature in Acrobat

Creating a Digital Signature in Acrobat Please note, we are unable to support password retrieval or troubleshooting past the initial creation of your digital signature. Please make sure that you have saved alternate copies of your digital signature file in alternate locations, such as a thumb drive and/or home directory on the server. [...]

2017-09-15T21:59:44+00:00September 15th, 2017|

Disabling Java in your Browser

Disabling Java in your Browser Java In Browsers Most Browsers today do not support Java, as its a software with many vulnerabilities.  Most websites are currently moving away from Java and moving to HTML5.  Internet Explorer is the only browser that comes with java pre-installed. Disabling Java In Internet Explorer [...]

2017-09-17T14:17:42+00:00September 10th, 2017|

Seismo Signal

Seismo Signal Seismo Signal must be registered prior to use. We have a script that does this for you. This script can be found in the start menu. Step 1: Open the start menu   Step 2: Click SeismoSoft, then SeismoSignal.   Step 3: Double click Register [...]

2017-09-15T18:00:35+00:00September 10th, 2017|

Using R in MCECS

Using R in MCECS Configuring RStudio in MCECS   The first time you run RStudio in MCECS you must configure it. This simple process  involves configuring RStudio to find and use an appropriate version of R. When you start RStudio, the popup will ask you to "Choose  a specific version of [...]

2019-09-06T17:45:57+00:00September 10th, 2017|

Zotero Configuration

Zotero Configuration How to Change Where Zotero Stores Files How to change the Desktop Application After installing Zotero Standalone for Windows, each user will need to first create their Data directory. Then move the folder from their User Profile to their N: drive. Zotero Data directories can become quite [...]

2017-09-15T12:59:22+00:00September 10th, 2017|

ArcMap Common Problems and Solutions

ArcMap Common Problems and Solutions Solutions to some common problems that users run into when using ArcMap on MCECS supported machines are described below. Error: Unable to execute the selected tool. You do not have the necessary license to execute the selected tool.   If you see this error, do [...]

2019-09-21T12:51:59+00:00September 10th, 2017|