Website upgrade Tuesday 4th October

On the morning of Tuesday, 4th October 2016 we will upgrade the web server software behind the main Lab web site.

If you are using .htaccess files in order to restrict access to some of your web pages to certain users or Internet addresses then you need to be aware that the syntax in .htaccess files related to restricting access to certain Internet addresses has changed between Apache 2.2 and 2.4. You should review all your .htaccess files, and update them where necessary soon after next Tuesday.

We have prepared some tools to help you with this review. Further details of the changes and instructions on how to use the tools can be found at /anfs/www/tools/share/migration/README.txt.

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Postgraduate Open Day – 2 November 2016

The University of Cambridge is proud to be hosting its first Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

During the Postgraduate Open Day you will be able to attend centralised presentations on various topics including Student Life in Cambridge, Colleges and Accommodation, Graduate Application Process and Funding!

You will also have the chance to join fellow prospective students for an address by the Pro Vice Chancellor Graham Virgo and Vice Chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz.

Please register for tickets at the link:

http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/open-days-and-events

Keep up-to-date with all new developments for Postgraduate Open Day by checking back with us.

If you have any questions please contact our Postgraduate Open Day Team:

PostGradOpenDay@admin.cam.ac.uk

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Dr Andy Harter awarded prestigious Faraday Medal

Visiting Industrial Fellow Dr Andy Harter has been awarded the Faraday Medal, the most prestigious award of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The Faraday Medal dates back to 1922, and is awarded for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering and for conspicuous service rendered to the profession. Dr Harter is CEO of RealVNC which he founded in 2002.

Dr Tim Constandinou, Chair of the IET Awards and Prizes Committee, said: “The Awards and Prizes Committee was unanimous in recommending Dr Harter for the IET’s Faraday Medal. Dr Harter’s work has over many years has proven to have wide-ranging impact. This includes leading the development of successful technology such as Virtual Network Computing (VNC), which has created new markets and brought significant economic and environmental benefits. VNC remains the most popular remote access software as well as the most ported, with over 1 billion copies on more different kinds of computer than any other application. Dr Harter is equally skilled at creating new pathways to commercialisation, pioneering open source without compromising profitability. Through his philanthropy and mentoring initiatives he is supporting others to follow his example.”

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Dropbox

The UIS have recently made available reduced cost access to Business Dropbox available via normal purchasing means.

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Advait Sarkar receives highly commended award at VL/HCC 2016

Advait Sarkar has received a highly commended award at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) for his paper ‘Visual discovery and model-driven explanation of time series patterns’.

The paper is joint work with Alan Blackwell, Mateja Jamnik and Martin Spott.

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Raspberry Pi has sold 10 million computers

Raspberry Pi has announced that, over the last four and a half years, ten million computers have been sold.

To celebrate the milestone, Raspberry Pi has launched “the perfect bundle.” The official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit contains a Raspberry Pi 3, an 8GB SD card with the NOOBs operating system preloaded, an official case, a 2.5 amp power supply, a one meter HDMI cable and bundled mouse and keyboard.

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Terminal Server access now requires VPN

Following a number of brute force password attacks against our Windows Terminal Server hosts these have now been restricted to only accept connections from clients within the University network. If you need to access them from outside that network then first connect using a VPN.

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Professor Andy Hopper named a Royal Society Premier Medallist

Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS has been awarded The Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2017 for his outstanding research in computer technology, with significant economic impacts, in particular his work in computer networking and sentient computing systems with an aim to providing sustainability.

Professor Hopper will be presented with a medal, and a gift of £10,000 at the Premier Awards dinner in autumn 2016. The associated prize lecture will be delivered in spring 2017.

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ssh-dss .dsa user ssh host keys to slogin-serv

The new Ubuntu 16.04 slogin-serv services do not accept the legacy ssh-dss (DSA) public key algorithm.
Any users having problems with their user ssh keys should try connecting to slogin-old using the -v switch to check which key is used.
If it is .dsa, please generate a new key and add it to .ssh/authorized_keys, check that it works on slogin-serv, then remove the old .dsa key and its .ssh/authorized_keys entry.
Remember never to copy the private key – it should only ever remain where it is generated.

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Royal Society publishes new report on cybersecurity research

The Royal Society has published a new report on cybersecurity research.

Professor Andy Hopper, co-chair of the working group who wrote the report, said “We are entrusting more and more information about ourselves to digital systems and that is shifting the balance between personal security and national security. Although ‘backdoors’ into devices and systems can help security services, they also increase the opportunities for criminals to break in. As the stakes for individuals get higher, they may be less likely to accept this trade-off. This also means we may want oversight of cybersecurity to be in the hands of more open and transparent public bodies. The government is already taking welcome steps towards greater openness, but the UK should consider whether it should go further in the future.”

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