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Video Conferencing – Moving Forward

We recently polled staff and research students in the School on some approaches and suggested technologies for moving forward with better and more integrated support for Video Conferencing in the School: https://wiki.inf.ed.ac.uk/DICE/VideoConferencing. That page has now been updated with a … Continue reading

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Informatics to host a sponsored RIPE atlas anchor

Informatics has been selected to host one of the first five sponsored RIPE atlas anchors!  The other four sites are in Macedonia, France, Romania and Albania. The RIPE atlas system consists of several thousand network “probes” dotted around the world.  … Continue reading

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NAS Appliances in the School of Informatics

Over the last couple of years, we have noticed that more and more of you are buying NAS appliances, boxes containing a number of commodity disks which can be attached to the network and serve that disk space to other … Continue reading

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User Account Creation and Expiration

Informatics is one of the few schools that maintains its own separately authenticated local user accounts (DICE) rather than using EASE/AD centrally managed accounts. Our accounts are automatically created and expired based on data we receive from the centre. However this … 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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Beware of Domain-squatters

Please take care when you type internet domain names, whether into an address box or at the command line! Domain-squatters are people who register internet domain names which are very similar to other “real” names.  They do this in the … Continue reading

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NX service upgrade

On Thursday 26th January we plan to upgrade the NX remote desktop service. All that will happen is that at about 09:00 we will change the DNS aliases (nx.inf and staff.nx.inf) to point to the new machines. This change can … Continue reading

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macOS Sierra

The university information security office recommends keeping system software up to date as the first basic requirement to protect yourself online. Users of self-managed machines, particularly laptops and tablets that are used outside the School need to be particularly vigilant. … Continue reading

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blog.inf upgrade to SL7

We are planning to upgrade the WordPress server providing blog.inf from SL6 to SL7, and to this end a clone of blog.inf running on SL7 has been set up. If you wish to test that your blog and any associated … Continue reading

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Disruption to Informatics services based in Appleton Tower

Following on from the recent reminder of disruption to Informatics and central University systems on Tuesday 10th January, here is a bit more detail. A fault was recently identified in the Appleton Tower “essential services” electrical supply, which amongst other … Continue reading

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