Thursday, January 31, 2013

[Tech Advisory] Broken Java

It seems as though Java and PowerSchool are not playing well together today.  As of this morning (Jan 31, 2013) any computers running a combination of Java 1.6.0_37 Mac OS 10.6.8 will automatically disable Java - which is required to run GradeBook.  (See thread on Apple Support Discussions here if you want the techie side of this).

If you currently can not run PowerSchool GradeBook due to this issue, please put in a tech request on the district website.

The tech team is currently investigating this issue and will update you here.

UPDATE: (7:55am): Tech team is updating computers with this issue.  Please put in a tech request if you are still unable to run PowerTeacher.

UPDATE (5:15am): Note from Pearson:

UPDATE (2:02pm): Looks like our first tests of the developers version of Java was a success.  The tech team will test a few more machines, then roll out to all that have submitted a tech request.

UPDATE (1:18pm): From the forums we have read, Apple has disabled Java on all Mac's and it has nothing to do with the last version you may or may not have updated to.  Apple has an internal blacklist in the OS - and all current versions of Java are included.  Again, you can read more on the links I posted in the 12:58pm update.

UPDATE (12:58pm): Tech dept testing possible patch to java. Also, more on Apple's Java blacklist here (MacRumors) and here (another Apple discussions thread).

Monday, January 7, 2013

Do NOT Store Passwords

Something the IT Department sees pretty often while working on district computers is stored passwords.  Storing passwords is the equivalent of leaving your car keys in your vehicle with the engine running - this just opens the door for all kinds of bad things to happen.

Having a password remembered makes it easy for anyone with devious intentions to access your accounts; like your school gmail, your home bank accounts or anywhere else you are storing passwords.  Basically, you took away the challenge.

As a note, writing your passwords on a sticky note is just as dangerous!

To Forget Passwords

To protect yourself, here is how to get rid of all your saved passwords:


Click on Chrome -> Clear Browsing Data...:

From the screen that pops up, check these suggested boxes:

Then click on Clear Browsing Data.


Click on Safari -> Preferences...:

When the window pops up, click on Passwords at the top:

Click on Remove All to delete every saved password in Safari.


Click on Firefox -> Preferences...:

In the window that pops up, click on Security and UNCHECK Remember passwords for sites:

Then click on Saved Passwords...:

Click on Remove All to clear all saved passwords from Firefox.

Next time the browser offers to save your passwords, please just say no.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Multiple Google Accounts

In case you were not aware, you can sign-in to multiple Google accounts at the same time.  This is handy at home when you want to switch between your and your personal gmail accounts and Google Drive files.

There is a very good help document on Google that will explain this in detail for you.