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April 17, 2014

UO Response to Heartbleed Bug: Change Your Duck ID Password


Due to the threat posed by the Heartbleed Bug, UO Information Services is requiring that all users change their Duck ID passwords at AFTER they receive an e-mail from Information Services asking them to do so. DO NOT change your password until you have received an e-mail from instructing you to do so.

If you are a CAS Google Apps for Education user, you will also want to change your password for that service.

From Information Services:

“This request comes out of interest for your online safety. The Heartbleed flaw, announced April 7, is a severe flaw that allows hackers to get personal information without detection, and this is why we are asking you to change your password.”

For more information about the Heartbleed Bug at the University of Oregon, see

If you have any questions about the Heartbleed Bug or changing your password contact CASIT at 541-346-2388 or, or the Information Services Technology Service Desk at 541-346-HELP or

December 2, 2013

File Server Migration – December 2013


This purpose of this article is to help you connect to your CAS-FS file shares after the planned migration.


CASIT is migrating its file servers to new hardware in December. This move is necessary because the current hardware is nearing its end of life and cannot be expanded further. The new file storage infrastructure will be capable of continuing to expand smoothly, and will be much more resilient to data loss. During a scheduled hardware upgrade, file shares and home folders will be offline. Most network drives will have to be re-mapped after the upgrade.

Most CAS networked file shares and home folders will be inaccessible starting at 12:01AM on December 21. The hardware upgrade, data move, and testing will be complete by December 25 and users can reconnect starting December 26.


The audience for this article are those who are comfortable remapping drives on their own. If you are *not comfortable*, and/or you would prefer a CASIT Tech to help you remap your file shares, please email us at or call us directly at 346-2388.

If you desire to remap your drives on your own, read on.


June 19, 2013

Cathleen Leue

We are very sorry to inform you that Cathleen Leué passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on 6/18/2013.

Contributions in Leué’s name can be made to the UO Foundation, toward an economics scholarship in her honor. The donor must specify that the donation is in honor of Cathleen Leué in the “My Gift is a Tribute” box at the bottom of the page. If the contribution is by check, the notes field of the check must include “Cathleen Leué.”


July 27, 2012

Visualizing Google Spreadsheets

Google provides easy to use tools to visualize data called Google Chart Tools. They have a rich gallery of interactive charts and data tools that are customizable, support all browsers and are free to use.


Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide

An example of using a Google spreadsheet as a datasource is Tribal Climate Change Funding Guide. The page displays a table of data that CASIT Web Services set up using the Google visualization API combined with some PHP code to add specific filters that use the Google data queries. The page was set up based on guidelines from Google Chart tools documentation and from Katie Piatt’s Blog.

For other examples please look at Google Chart Tools playground and examples pages.

Quick link: Introduction to Using Chart Tools.

April 13, 2012

Introducing UO Blogs

CASIT is happy to announce the launch of UO Blogs. UO faculty, students, and staff are now able to create their own UO-hosted blogs using the WordPress blogging platform. Users can create an unlimited number of blogs for their courses, for personal use, and for UO sponsored activities and groups. There are a variety of themes and plugins for users to choose from and flexible privacy and commenting settings.

To get started, check out our UO Blogs help page.


UO Blogs is a free service sponsored by Information Services, the UO Libraries, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Lundquist College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Journalism and Communications, the Clark Honors College, the School of Music and Dance, and the Office of Enrollment Management.

September 29, 2011

Google Apps security

July 11, 2011

Online Forms

CASIT would like to talk to you about upgrading your paper forms to online web-based forms. The summer offers a great opportunity to take a paper form and workflow and move it to an online system.


Your online form will be hosted on websites that can be accessed from anywhere. The results of the forms will also be accessible online. We can have the website generate reports showing the form entries in a table form. The websites will use databases to store and access the form information.

Style and Accessibility

The online forms can be styled in many ways. We make sure that all online forms meet US Section 508 accessibility standards. We make sure forms work on the desktop browser and also if required we can create one that can be used on a mobile device.


We can make the online forms have multiple levels of access. The form itself can be made accessible to everyone or only authenticated users. The results of the form can be made accessible to only admin level users or review level users. If your workflow involves form reviewers we can set up the form results to be viewed only by reviewers and we can also have fields that only reviewers can view and edit. For example, a reviewer can approve a form entry by checking a box on the same form entry.

Security and Encryption

The websites and databases that host the forms will have authentication via users’ Duck IDs that can be restricted to only a few users, or open registration. We can set up different access levels as needed, for example seperating administrators from regular users. All form entries can also be encrypted if this is needed.

Please contact us soon, so we can get you what you need right away.
Submit a service request

June 28, 2011


CASIT would like to remind you that backing up your computer is very important. The summer offers a great opportunity to take time to setup backups or to ensure that your backups are working as intended.

10 GB Home Folders

For CAS faculty and staff, CASIT offers access to a free 10 GB “home folder” on our servers. That can be a convenient place to save files that need to be accessed from multiple computers, or that should be carefully backed up. Please let us know if you’d like more information or you want us to show you how to easily access your home folder.

Backup Consultation

If you need to store more than 10 GB, you may need a backup solution tailored to your needs. CASIT offers consultation to assist with:

  • Windows or Mac operating systems
  • Securely sharing data with others
  • Remote or local backups
  • Any amount of data

Backup Verification

Some backup systems, despite being set up correctly and functioning to begin with, may have stopped functioning at some point. It’s a good idea to check every now and then to make sure your backup system is in full order. The worst time to discover your backups weren’t running is when you need to recover your data! If you’re unsure how to check, CASIT can help you confirm that your backup system is working as expected.

Please contact us soon, so we can get you what you need right away.
Submit a service request

September 15, 2010

Use new Google spreadsheets charts in your documents and drawings

Copy charts from spreadsheets into documents and drawings. Start by creating a chart. Then, select the chart by clicking on it once, which will display the chart’s name. Click the chart name or the arrow next to it to open the dropdown menu of chart actions. From the menu, select Copy chart.

Next, open the document or drawing where you’d like to insert the chart and position the cursor where you’d like the chart to go. Use the Web Clipboard dropdown menu, as shown below, to locate your copied chart.

As you hover the mouse over the menu item for the chart, a thumbnail will be displayed. Clicking on the chart item will paste it into the document as an image, which can then be resized, aligned, etc. Here’s an example of a chart pasted into a document:

Note that the chart snapshots are just that — they are images of the chart at the time of copying and therefore do not update as the spreadsheet data changes. If you need to update a chart, just copy and paste it again.

The name of the chart shown in the Web Clipboard menu is the same as the chart’s name in the spreadsheet, which you can easily change from the default name, “Chart 1.” To rename a chart, select Edit chart from the chart’s action menu, and enter a new name on the Customize tab. This is particularly handy when working with charts from multiple spreadsheets.

We’ve also introduced a few new types of charts to Google spreadsheets. We now support candlestick charts and combo charts (which allow you to show columns, lines, and area lines all on the same graph). You can also use the GeoMap chart to insert a data-driven map of the world, a continent, or a country into your spreadsheet. Our TreeMap chart, meanwhile, should be exciting for the statisticians and logicians among you.

This makes creating great documents easy as pie (charts, of course).

September 14, 2010

ZIP and RAR support now available in the Google Docs Viewer

If someone sends you a ZIP or RAR file in Gmail, you’ll be able to view its contents from within your browser by clicking on View.

This will bring up a view that includes all of the files in the archive, the file types, and the size of those files.

When you hover over the list you can activate a menu by clicking Actions. You’ll be able to View items supported by Google Docs Viewer and Print (PDF) those that we offer PDF support. Save to Google Docs and Download appear for all files.

ZIP and RAR archives that are embedded inside other archives also work. For example, if you have a RAR file inside a ZIP file (like in our example above) you can just click on that file to access the embedded archive.

Go ahead and try the feature by viewing a ZIP file.

This feature extends to Google Docs for mobile, too. For each viewable file (including embedded ZIP or RAR archives) there is a link to view.

This removes the need to download full archives when you only need to work on select items.