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April 12, 2013

Scripts to get computer information

CASIT Desktop services inventories a lot of computers and to help I had written a Java app that pulls a computer’s information and sends the data to the CASIT inventory site. With Java suffering from major exploits, I decided to convert the app from Java to AppleScript for Macs and PowerShell for Windows. The coding for the scripts was pretty easy to write after I figured out the syntax, and I also found some helper functions from online sources that helped quite a bit. The scripts run really fast and are also easy to edit by just opening them in AppleScript Editor or Windows PowerShell ISE on any computer.


Here is the code. To execute it, just open it in AppleScript Editor and hit ‘Run’.


Computer Info AppleScript



Here is the code. To execute the script either right+click and select ‘Run with PowerShell’. To execute the script you might need to set PowerShell execution to unrestricted with this command: Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted


Computer Info PowerShell


April 3, 2013

Richard Katz at the UO

Oregon Security Day

Oregon Security Day
Friday April 5, 2013

The third annual Oregon Security Day will be held at the Jaqua Auditorium on Friday April 5, 2013. This one-day event features distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government, discussing current challenges and future opportunities in cybersecurity. Topics range from future trends in computer security to governmental cybersecurity, to cutting edge research in authentication and methods of securing systems and data.

This year’s slate of distinguished guests includes Dr. Stephen L. Squires, former vice president and chief science officer for Hewlett-Packard; Professor David Evans, University of Virginia; Professor Somesh Jha, University of Wisconsin; Sanjay Sawhney, Symantec Research Labs; and Dr. John Launchbury, Galois, Inc. This year’s program will also include CIS faculty research presentations and a student poster session.

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