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MATLAB sessions on Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

A complimentary MATLAB sessions for educators, academic researchers and students at the University of Toronto has been scheduled.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Location: Bissell Building, Room 250 (BL 250)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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The event features two technical sessions presented by a MathWorks engineer:

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Session 1: An Introduction to Data Analysis and Visualization with MATLAB
Learn to use MATLAB for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Session 2: Optimizing and Accelerating Your MATLAB Code
Learn simple ways to optimize and parallelize your MATLAB code to reduce the execution time of computationally intensive MATLAB applications.

View the complete session descriptions and register at mathworks.com/seminars/UTor2013.

matlab options

Using matlab on sphere with the “-nodesktop” option allows for command line access to matlab, but plots will still display.  This avoids using the large GUI that can be very slow, especially when accessing matlab remotely.

UTmail+ problems

Apparently there has been a problem since last night at 7pm with sending mail to “mail.utoronto.ca” accounts.  Those are the accounts that the University moved students to last year.  The latest update at 9:45am today is as follows:

More details about what is not working with UTMail+ :

– messages sent from UTMail+ to any destination should be working

– messages to UTmail+ from within UTMail+ should be working

– messages to UTmail+ from UTORmail, UTORExchange, or any other email service anywhere in the world–delivery is failing

We hope to have full service restored as soon as possible.

Another phishing email with subject “University of Toronto (Maths Dept)”

A phishing email, purporting to come from:

noti...@math.toronto.edu” <pgom...@gmail.com>

and with message:

This is an impromptu notification, download the attached PDF file and reply to this email.

has been sent to some people in the department. Please delete it without opening the PDF file.

Another phishing email with subject “Important Notice.”

A phishing email, purporting to come from:

ithe...@math.toronto.edu” <pgom...@gmail.com>

and with message:

Attached to this email in PDF format are updates about your email.

has been sent to some people in the department.  Please ignore it.




Mathematica on sphere

mathematica on sphere is temporarily not working.  A new mathematica license file was supposed to have been sent and another request was made.  It is expected that the file will arrive later today or tomorrow.

“spear phishing” spam email with Subject “News Update”

Starting yesterday evening people in the department were sent a spam email (of the spear phishing variety) with a Subject line that read “News Update” with an unusual URL in the body of the message and which purportedly was sent by Beverley (it was not sent by her).  Please just delete that message.

“Parallel and GPU Computing with MATLAB” in BA1130 on Wednesday June 27, 2012

MathWorks is hosting a free MATLAB seminar on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Bahen Centre, Room 1130.  Please see:


to register and for more information.

Latest version of matlab (R2012a) is now available on sphere

The latest version of matlab (R2012a) is now available on sphere.  You can run:


to access it, or if you would rather not use the GUI, then:

matlab -nojvm

will give a simple command-line interface.

More about Antivirus products at the University

It seems that the University’s antivirus webpage has already changed.  Now they are recommending that Windows users use Immunet from Sourcefire on machines that are owned by the University but which are not part of the Microsoft Campus agreement (there is a separate charge for that).

If you prefer not to use a cloud-based solution then the Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 mentioned in the previous blog entry is a relatively inexpensive solution.

It is possible to get a Microsoft Campus Agreement (software) license for approximately $70/year which includes an antivirus product from them if you prefer.  Please send an email to requests@math.toronto.edu for more information.

Linux users do not need to install antivirus software, since that platform is very seldom compromised that way.