Blogs

Dec 21 2015 - "Identity Finder" software required by CIO

The Office of the CIO for the UW has mandated that we must scan all UW-owned computers in the department for restricted data — in this case, Social Security Numbers.

For this, the CIO's office has gotten a campus license for software called "Identity Finder" which we (meaning BCG) must install, run, and report the results of to them. We are using our update manager, called Tivoli Endpoint Manager, to remotely deplay the Identity Finder client software.

May 15, 2015 - Office 365 Transition

In June, DoIT will start their big push to move remaining email users (mostly faculty and staff) from the old email system to Office 365.

Though we are not yet ready to move the department to Office 365, we would like to let everyone know where we are in the process and to give you some things to think about in anticipation of this change.

The goal of campus is to have everyone consolidate their various email addresses into one. Though it will still be possible to have more than one email address, at the moment consolidation is the simplest option.

April 27 2015, 3:00pm - File Server Slow-down (Resolved)

One of our file servers is exhibiting very odd network behavior, which makes some machines unable to talk to it.

Mostly this has affected /z/Comp and computational disk space. But the slow-down has caused some other services to slow down as a result, too. In particular the departmental web server may be a bit sluggish.

We have a workaround in place which may result in generally slower access to that server. We will leave that slower configuration in place until we can identify the cause of the more severe networking problem.

Nov 6 2014 - Python 2.7.6 Library Update: iPython Notebook, OpenFST

The /s/bin/python version 2.7.6 has recently been upgraded with some libraries:

  • SymPy
  • iPython - an interactive notebook interface to Python; using ipython notebook will open a browser window, giving enhanced graphical capabilities. The most important note: use SHIFT-RETURN to send a python command to the interpreter.
  • PyFST, an interface to the OpenFST weighted finite-state transducers library.

October 21 2014 - MSC SMI power outage Oct. 21

Campus electricians have scheduled a 3 hour electrical power outage of
the SMI and 420 N. Charter addresses, for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014,
from 4:00 am to 7:00 am. The transformers and switchgear will be taken
offline for cleaning. This outage has the potential to affect any
network switches at MSC during the outage window. If the outage takes
less time than the allotted 3 hours, the building(s) will be energized
early.

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