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August 29, 2012

Programming Classes for the Scientist

Craig and I teach a weekly seminar most weeks which provide a brief overview of using ACISS, shell scripting, python, Matlab, and whatever else those in attendance are interested in.   However, to provide more depth in your scientific career there are several computer science courses offered that provide the depth that Craig and I simply don’t have the time to cover.

August 27, 2012

Dropbox two-step login verification available in experimental build, coming to all accounts soon


August 23, 2012

Some I.S. services merge with UO Libraries

IT logo coming out of a cardboard box

As part of a set of recommendations that resulted from the external review of UO’s Information Technology (IT) organization and services recently commissioned by the Provost, Information Services’ instructional technology services will be merging with the University Libraries. These include:

  • Services and staff supporting the computing labs located in the EMU, Klamath Hall, and McKenzie Hall
  • Services and staff focusing on learning space design and associated technologies
  • Services and staff involved in Web, interactive media, and learning object research, design, and development for academic programs

Read more here.

Apple posts OS X 10.8.1 update, mends your Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion update 10.8.1There’s a special moment in every operating system’s life when it loses its innocent .0 status and grows up. It’s OS X Mountain Lion’s turn to mature, as Apple has just pushed out the 10.8.1 update for early adopters. Most of the fixes are for issues that plague specific use cases, such as audio output from a Thunderbolt Display or crashes in Migration Assistant. There are a few remedies that a wider audience might appreciate — a fix for iMessages that don’t send and an improvement to Exchange compatibility in Mail, for example. We don’t yet know of any surprises lurking underneath, but it can’t hurt to have a smoother-running Mac while we investigate.

Read more at Engadget.

August 20, 2012

U Oregon Sports Arena Gets New Digital Signage System

The University of Oregon has installed a new system in its Matthew Knight Arena that will broadcast HD and rich media, in real time, to more than 140 digital signage players throughout the 12,000-seat venue.

“We needed to give fans a way to stay connected with the game when they leave the main arena to purchase snacks or to enjoy the new clubrooms,” said Megan Robertson, director of promotions at University of Oregon, in a prepared statement released Monday by Haivision who worked with UO on the project. (more…)

August 13, 2012

Welcome to the CASSPR Blog

Nathan Dunn and I (Craig Rasmussen) are starting a team of scientific programmers to help the science faculty and their graduate students with their programming and educational service needs. Hopefully, we can be of benefit to the research activity that is taking place within the college.  Our overall goal is to foster the growth of scientific computing at UO and within the College of Arts and Sciences in particular.  This includes departments — that perhaps — are not often associated with large computational needs, like geographers, economists, anthropologists and sociologists to name a few.

Initially, we are spending time getting acquainted with folks and discussing the computational needs within individual departments. Meetings can be set up by emailing either Nathan or myself.

CASSPR BlogSo far it looks like there is an initial need to tutor graduate students in how to use the available computational services at UO, including the ACISS facility. Starting next week we will begin providing set hours when students can meet with us and we can share our common knowledge. We will start by going over basic Unix and scripting skills and later move on to talking about how to think about exploiting parallelism within a program. The general idea is to provide a supportive environment where students can improve their programming skills and knowledge. We also hope to learn from attending students about how computation can be used to improve the quality of research within their various scientific disciplines.

What does CASSPR (pronounced like casper the friendly ghost) mean? I’ve already forgotten but I’m sure Nathan will remember. Please come visit us on the fourth floor (440C and E) of McKenzie Hall and say hi.

Craig Rasmussen
Nathan Dunn


August 10, 2012

Please Turn On Two-Factor Authentication

You should read Mat Honan’s heartbreaking tale of a hack attack and the ensuing discussion on Techmeme. Much of the story is about Amazon or Apple’s security practices, but I would still advise everyone to turn on Google’s two-factor authentication to make your Gmail account safer and less likely to get hacked.

Read more at Lifehacker.

Deploying OS X Mountain Lion for Fall 2012

Mountain Lion image

Who Should Come:
This event is open to the public.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – 9:00am – 11:00am
Knight Law School Building, Room 184

OS X Mountain Lion: The world’s most advanced desktop operating system gets even better. And makes the Mac, iPad, and iPhone work even better together. Come learn about OS X Mountain Lion and how to deploy it for for Fall 2012. See how OS X Mountain Lion integrates with iOS, and how you can manage both OS X and iOS devices.


  • OS X Mountain Lion Overview
  • Installing OSX Mountain Lion
    • Network-based Imaging & Deployment
    • Thunderbolt-based Imaging
  • Gate Keeper & other Security features
  • Unified App Store and OS Software Update
  • Airplay Mirroring (AppleTV) Integration
  • Dual Boot with OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Mountain Lion Server (iOS Deployment)
  • OS X and related Apps Volume Licensing

To register:

August 6, 2012

UO Blogs System Updated

UO Blogs home page

You may have noticed a new look and feel for the UO Blogs interface! Over the weekend, our host company,Edublogs, performed an update to the system.

This update includes the following new features and changes:

  • A new look to the admin bar
  • Flyout menus to keep menu items neat
  • Improved ‘Inactive Widgets’ area to save widgets (This will prevent widgets from getting lost when you change themes)
  • Customize Feature to change the header, background, title, and menus of the current theme while viewing a live update

For questions and support, contact the Help Desk.

Want your own campus website, check out UO Blogs.

These Are the First Images from the Mars Curiosity Rover

Image of Mars from Land Rover landing August 5th 2012

The Mars Curiosity Rover has landed successfully! And here’s the first image, from the hazard cameras that will help it navigate through the surface of Mars. This is a phenomenal achievement. And here are the first images!

The image shows the shadow of the rover, securely positioned on the surface of the red planet. It seems like a boring image, but it’s extremely important. It means that everything is ok, that the rover is on firm ground and ready to start moving when Mission Control gives the order. It’s also the pinnacle of the landing, perhaps the most amazing achievement in planetary exploration after the Apollo missions.

More images will be coming in the coming days. The first horizon image should be coming any time now. The first high definition panorama, however, is a week away. Both should be amazing, showing a gigantic mountain: Aeolis Mons, commonly known as Mount Sharp,

Read more at Gizmodo.

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