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MATLAB updated to latest stable version (R2014a)

MATLAB has been updated to R2014a (the latest stable version) on sphere.  Type matlab on sphere to access this new version.

MATLAB Technical Seminars at UofT on April 3 and 4, 2014


Complimentary MATLAB seminars for educators, academic researchers and students at University of Toronto have been scheduled:

Date: Thursday, April 3
Time: 1:00-3:00p.m.
Date: Friday, April 4
Time: 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Location: Claude T. Bissell Building, Room 205 (BL 205)

Thursday, April 3
1:00-3:00p.m.: Session 1: Data Analytics and Machine Learning with MATLAB

Learn about machine learning techniques that are available in MATLAB, as well as, how to quickly explore your data, evaluate machine learning algorithms, compare results, and apply the best technique to your problem.

Friday, April 4
Session 2: Financial Modeling and Economic Analysis with MATLAB

Learn how to access data from multiple sources, and rapidly analyze and visualize data for financial modeling and economic analysis.

View complete session descriptions and register at http://www.mathworks.com/seminars/UT.

New departmental colour laserprinter for faculty

The department has purchased a Xerox Phaser 7500DT colour laserprinter for faculty use.  This printer can print up to 11″x17″ (tabloid) pages.  Due to the high cost of the printer and toner, the printer is only accessible by the faculty.

The printer is called lwcol (for colour).  So, from coxeter the following would work:

Print -Plwcol filename

Remote printing (from laptops, for example) to lwcol is currently not supported.  Please copy files to coxeter and print them from there.

Please note that the department will be monitoring the usage of the printer toner cartridges and if costs become high then charging for using this printer will be considered.  It is hoped that usage will be reasonable and that this will not be necessary.

Mathematica on sphere – license updated

The license for mathematica on sphere has been updated and the program is functioning normally again.

Power Outage in ES on Sunday May 27, 2012

There is a scheduled power outage for the Earth Sciences building on Sunday May 27, 2012 from 9:30am until 2:30pm.  We will be shutting down the various departmental machines over there starting on Friday evening.  This means that the DHCP server will be down and people may have difficulty with network access until the server is back up.  Please ensure that any personal machines are protected as well.  The departmental machines should be back up on Monday morning (perhaps even on Sunday).

Symantec’s pcAnywhere software has been compromised

Symantec’s pcAnywhere software (which runs under Windows, and which is not installed on departmental computers by default) has been compromised and users of that software should disable it until they produce a fix for it.  Please see


for more information.

Server updates on 2012jan18 were successful

The departmental servers all appear to be working fine after the updates.

Software updates continuing for mail server

The software updates are finished now, except that the mail server will take perhaps 15-30 more minutes.

“sage” now available on sphere for testing

“sage” is now available on sphere for testing.  Please let us know at requests@math.toronto.edu if you have any difficulties with it.

From http://www.sagemath.org/: Sage is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It combines the power of many existing open-source packages into a common Python-based interface.

Reminder: Never send a password via unencrypted email

The UofT I+TS Security Group has asked that people be reminded that UofT (and also the Department of Mathematics) will never ask for someone to send a password via email (unless that email is well encrypted, and currently most people still do not use that).  They have a warning page for avoiding email and phishing fraud.

Also, the main UTORweblogin page (to access the Portal for Blackboard, for example and UofT’s webmail) has a large box with an anti-phishing warning to remind people to not type passwords into the wrong web pages.