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Electronics Collection, Reuse & Recycle Event
December 31, 1969
Facility Services will be collecting old electronic equipment ("anything with a power cord") on Thursday, June 16th from 10 - 2.  Items can be dropped off on the lawn across from University Hall or you can arrange for free pick...
Power outage this morning
December 31, 1969
There was a wide-spread power outage for a couple of hours early this morning.  Any systems not on battery power went down, of course, but so did systems on UPS units, too, as the outage outlasted battery capacities.We had to...
New ssh key on ms & dealing with the alarming warning
December 31, 1969
When we replaced (the problem-having Mageia version of) ms last week (with a fresh, shiny, CentOS version), it got a new ssh identity key.   If your account + computer has saved the old key from prior ssh/sftp sessions,...
More about ms replacement
December 31, 1969
A few other things to note about the emergency replacement of ms:Most workstations and compute server had to be rebooted, though - as always - we avoided doing so if we could.  That means that any running jobs were terminated....
ms is dead; long live ms
December 31, 1969
Due to some unexplained problems with the previous ms.mcmaster.ca operating system that began on Wednesday and which we were unable to resolve by other means by mid-day Thursday, we did an emergency installation of a new ms.math.mcmaster.ca running a newer, more stable and maintainable linux...
Problems with ms fixed
December 31, 1969
The  main departmental server - ms - started having problems yesterday; most notably, web pages were not being served and Windows file shares weren't responding..   The problem was temporarily solved by reboots yesterday, but this morning we took ms...
ms rebooted late Friday pm
December 31, 1969
While making some changes to ms late afternoon today, I made the server very unhappy and I had to reboot it.  There was no access to home directories from the servers and networked workstation, the shared printers, and ms.mcmaster.ca web...
HH-303 printer back in business
December 31, 1969
The toner finally arrived and you can use the HH-303 printer again.  And we now have, as is normally the case, an extra toner in the on-deck circle....
Possible shut-down in ABB server room on Friday morning
December 31, 1969
NB: this announcement effects Math & Stats computational servers running in the ABB server room, i.e. servers used by the Canty, Kevlahan, McNicholas, and Protas groups.Mike Wright of Facility Services has contacted RHPCS and Sharcnet about some noise compliance testing...
SquirrelMail address books available for import
December 31, 1969
If your SquirrelMail address book on ms.mcmaster.ca/mathmail.mcmaster.ca had any entries in it, you will now those addresses exported to one or more* .vcf (vCard) files in your ms home directory; the .vcf files can be imported into most mail clients,...
Shutting off IMAP access to ms.mcmaster.ca
December 31, 1969
Mail for @math.mcmaster.ca addresses have been handed over to mbox.mcmaster.ca from ms.mcmaster.ca: even mail sent to specifically to an ms account is handled by mbox now.We are going to turn IMAP access to ms off on Friday, January 29th.  There...
Printer and Scanner in HH-105
December 31, 1969
The HP LaserJet 4345 printer / scanner which used to sit outside of HH-303 is now in HH-105: it can't print any longer, but the high-speed, two-sided, auto-feed scanner works perfectly well.I've put an HP LaserJet 2300 next to the...
SqirrellMail on ms.mcmaster.ca closed
December 31, 1969
Mail sent to @math.mcmaster.ca addresses is now handled by mbox.mcmaster.ca rather than ms.mcmaster.ca.  We left the SquirrelMail webmail interface running on ms for comparison purposes, but new mail could not be read there.  As of today, SquirrelMail is no longer...
Migrating staff, faculty, and other accounts to mbox
December 31, 1969
The graduate student and post-doctoral-fellow mail accounts have all been moved from ms to mbox.  We will begin moving staff (academic and non-academic), visitor, and other accounts on Thursday.   We will begin contacting faculty this week, too....
Mbox accounts, macids, and passwords
December 31, 1969
If your mbox username is the same as your macid (for most people, it is) then your can use your macid & password to connect to mbox.mcmaster.ca.  Your mbox account has a local password as well, which we copy from ms....