New phishing email

A phishing email with subject line:

        Migrate to The new Outlook Web app for Staff

has been sent to some people in our department.  Please just delete it if you receive it.

Latest UTmail+ news

According to UofT:


This is an update to the community in regards to the ongoing efforts to restore UTmail+ service. Microsoft has escalated the severity of the UTmail+ service issues to CRITICAL and is working to restore service as soon as possible.

At this time, Microsoft is unable to provide us with a service restoration timeline. The original target for restoration for Wednesday, May 3rd morning will not be met by Microsoft’s team. We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing to UTmail+ users.

Once this information is available we will post it immediately. Thank you for your ongoing patience.

Please see for the latest updates.

UTmail+ should be available on Wednesday (May 3) morning

The 72-hour UTmail+ outage that started on Friday at 6pm has had problems and currently Microsoft is saying that full email service will be restored tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

As UofT has said, DURING THIS OUTAGE, Students and Alumni will NOT HAVE ACCESS to email service.

Non-ASCII characters in URLs in firefox

On coxeter we have changed the default in firefox so that URLs that have non-ASCII characters will be displayed using punycode (which only uses ASCII) to alert users to potential homograph attacks.  If you need to allow non-ASCII characters in URLs then you can type about:config in the Location Bar (sometimes called the Address Bar) to change your setting for the network.IDN_show_punycode variable to false.

coxeter and escalator updates on 2017mar29 were successful

coxeter and the escalator server appear to be working fine after the updates today.

Closing old blog/wiki sites

The old (apparently abandoned) blog and wiki sites on and will be closed and completely removed from our servers. We are planning to move to a much newer blog/wiki server shortly after the end of this term and we are currently planning to restore only the undergraduate and graduate blogs and specially-requested wiki sites. Please let us know if there is a blog/wiki site that you are still using.

Both projectors in BA6183 are working again

A new projector lamp module was installed this morning and now both projectors in BA6183 are working again.

Server updates on 2017mar01 were successful

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

Updates at 4:15pm on Wednesday March 1, 2017

The departmental servers coxeter, sphere, and the web, share, ptr, and blog/wiki servers will have software updates applied on Wednesday afternoon, March 1, 2017 which will require rebooting (most servers will be unavailable starting at 4:15pm). Since some updates will be applied while the servers are still up there may be some temporary issues with some software. We hope that any such issues will be minor and by doing most of the upgrading before bringing systems down the shorter downtime will be worth the potential minor problems. Please restart any programs if you observe problems during the upgrades (and please let us know at, so we can investigate). We expect the systems to be back up by 5:00pm.

We will also be moving some network switches to a UPS (in order to handle minor power outages) so some departmental servers (such as the mail server) will temporarily not be reachable during this update time.

Latest version (R2016b) of matlab has been installed on sphere

The latest version (R2016b) of matlab has been installed on sphere.  We have the following toolboxes: Simulink, Bioinformatics, Control, Curve_Fitting, Signal_Blocks, Data_Acq, Image, Instr_Control, Optimization, Distrib_Computing, Signal, SimMechanics, Simscape, Simulink_Control_Design, Stateflow, Statistics, Symbolic, Econometrics, Financial, and PDE.  The Econometrics and Financial toolboxes are older, and there is only one license for the PDE toolbox so please do not hold onto that toolbox unless necessary.