Author Archives: Chris Cooke

About Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke is a Computing Officer in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He works in the Managed Platforms Unit and rides a very large bicycle.

Virtual DICE has been updated

We’ve updated Virtual DICE! Both “little” and “large” VMs have been updated. There are two changes compared to last month’s release: VirtualBox Guest Additions has been updated to a much newer version, so the Virtual DICE VM should now be … Continue reading

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macOS Catalina

We advise waiting a while before updating your Mac to the new macOS version, Catalina, for two reasons: firstly it has bugs, which Apple is steadily fixing; secondly it introduces a security system which is causing problems for software which … Continue reading

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A new Virtual DICE for 2019-20

A new version of Virtual DICE is out – in fact, two new versions! They have the software for the 2019-20 session. Virtual DICE is the lightweight DICE-like virtual machine which you can install and run on your own computer. … Continue reading

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Computing Help updates

The computing help elves have been busy. In the past few weeks they’ve overhauled the pages on Printing and on Audio-visual facilities. In particular there are now pages on AV in Appleton Tower (formerly not covered at all) and AV … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE has been renewed

We’ve made a new version of Virtual DICE for the new session. Virtual DICE is the lightweight DICE-like virtual machine which you can install and run on your own computer (here’s how to install it). We release a new version … Continue reading

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Remote wake-up service unavailable this weekend

Our remote wake-up service will be down this weekend, 14-15 July, because of planned work to the electricity supply in the James Clerk Maxwell Building. Sorry for the inconvenience. It should be back to normal on Monday morning.

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Virtual DICE updated

There’s a new version of Virtual DICE, our lightweight DICE-like virtual machine. Here’s how to install it on your own computer. We release a new version of Virtual DICE twice a year. This version has the hostname sensa. It runs … Continue reading

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Keep Safe

Recently we’ve been patching the DICE and Windows managed desktop computers to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre attacks. We’ll continue to apply patches and fixes as they become available. If you use any other sort of computer in Informatics, it’s … Continue reading

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Virtual DICE – new version

We’re pleased to announce a new version of Virtual DICE for the 2017-18 session. Here’s how to download it. If you don’t know what Virtual DICE is, read on. The managed Linux machines here in the School of Informatics run … Continue reading

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KeePassX password manager

If you sometimes struggle to remember passwords, a password manager can help. It’s a utility which can store your usernames and passwords in a strongly encrypted personal file, and which can generate random passwords for you. DICE has keepassx2. It … Continue reading

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