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Keep your guard up against Ransomware Attacks

As seen in recent headlines, institutionally targeted ransomware attacks are on the rise. The initial entry for these attackers seem to use many of the same techniques that we have seen in the past so it is becoming very important, as frequent computer users, to keep our guard up. This is particularly important for faculty, [...]

2021-06-07T18:53:30-08:00June 7th, 2021|

Solidworks for Students currently unavailable

The Solidworks for Students offering is currently unavailable for new activations (or renewals). The vendor has changed their licensing scheme and we are working on departmental guidance for how this product may be provided to MCECS students in the future. If you need to use Solidworks, the production version is available in many of our [...]

2021-06-07T13:13:01-08:00June 7th, 2021|

Setting up OneDrive

Mapping OneDrive as a Network Drive These instructions will help you link your OneDrive folders to one of your network drives. There are some issues with integrating the OneDrive app with the Windows roaming profile, instead we recommend that you map OneDrive as one of your network drives. This is a simple process [...]

2021-03-08T18:35:02-08:00March 8th, 2021|

myfiles.pdx.edu has been decomissioned

OIT has decommissioned myfiles.pdx.edu, the web-based access mechanism to their file server resources. If you are trying to access the file server resources tied to your campus-wide Odin account, you will need to connect to the VPN and use operating system dependent file access methods. From Windows: https://portlandstate.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/2/article/44717005 From Mac: https://portlandstate.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/2/article/44716965 Another option to access [...]

2021-01-21T23:28:07-08:00January 21st, 2021|

New round of Phishing Spam aimed at web site content

Recently, web site maintainers in MCECS have been receiving phishing emails disguised as complaints about the misuse of copyrighted images on their sites. The emails are often submitted through a contact form or to published contact email addresses. They often have a title that looks like: You have no legal rights to use my images [...]

2020-12-17T01:13:40-08:00December 17th, 2020|

End of Flash for Windows

At long last, Adobe is ending support for the old Flash web browser plugin. This means that the Flash plugin will soon be removed from web browsers on CAT supported systems. After the plugin is gone, any websites you visit that still use Flash will no longer render properly on the affected web browser. Adobe’s [...]

2020-10-08T08:38:41-08:00October 8th, 2020|

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: https://cat.pdx.edu/users/getting-help/ We have built a resource that catalogs many of the most commonly asked questions we encountered [...]

2020-10-01T13:39:34-08:00October 1st, 2020|

Sharing files between computers when using Remote Desktop

A little known feature of Remote Desktop is the ability to share files between your local computer and the system you are remotely logging into. This can be very useful if you are doing some of the work on your computer at home while using software that is only available on the computer at work. [...]

2020-07-17T09:32:02-08:00July 17th, 2020|

New Version of the Edge browser coming to Windows systems

During patching this week (July 15-17), we will be pushing out a new version of Microsoft’s native Edge browser to CAT supported Windows 10 desktops. While there may not be a large community of users intentionally using Edge, it is often the default browser on Windows 10 that runs when many applications need to display [...]

2020-07-15T17:45:22-08:00July 15th, 2020|

Using OIT’s VLAB (Virtual Lab) as an MCECS User

OIT has set up a virtual Windows lab (VLAB) to mimic the environment and software they provide on their general use on campus labs, such as the labs in the Millar Library and the FMH building. It is hosted off site as a cloud-based service. The VLAB requires that you use your Odin account to [...]

2020-07-01T10:20:49-08:00June 30th, 2020|
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