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Cygnet is back online!

Hello everybody and welcome back to school!

We hope you had a great summer wherever you may have been. And we hope you’ll have a great start into the 2014-2015 academic year.

We wanted to announce that everyone’s favorite student directory, The Cygnet, is back online and updated with the most recent class year of 2018 students. As always, please use this resource responsibly and let us know if you have any questions about the site or your entry at

All the best,

SCCS Staff


Posted in Uncategorized.

Lounge Projector Cables

Hey Everybody,

once again we have some exciting news to share: You can now connect your laptops and other devices to our lounge projector more easily than ever! Thanks to the wonderful people at facilities/workbox who installed these for us you can now take full advantage of our lounge space! The supported ports are HDMI an VGA.

Check out the pictures and feel free to contact us as always with questions or comments,

The SCCS Staff

Posted in Announcements, Resources.

Re: PS4 Games

Hello Everyone,

as we are buying and installing new (diskless) PS4 games we wanted to keep you guys updated on what we have thus far, so what follows is an updated list of the games we have:

As of Monday, April 28 2014:

  • FIFA 2014
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • TowerFall: Ascension
  • Rayman: Legends
  • FEZ
  • Child of Light
Added as of Thursday 05/01/14:
  • PlayStation Plus Membership (!)
  • Resogun
  • Assasin’s Creed: Black Flag

As always we are happy to hear from you guys about comments and suggestions for games that we should buy. We often (as our budget allows) buy games that our users suggest, so go ahead and email us at!

- SCCS Staff

Posted in Announcements.

SSH Fingerprint for our Login Server

A few people have emailed us asking about the fingerprint for our ssh-login server. And here it is! ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQC4EQUZcjRV5yhnZkuBkkYD//p48VGM00BkFebTsad/UZZGnFH1nATfqtJzelo9wLOtw3SQpfXZnmOJZraci91wH5I0uYRSJc/vsIP/1p3rJgcWRYFMbwQVaahzey/f5Mq8K0nUZFrWaX1KrzJr7cfbUvZQLJ3LWZ41jd0s2JVSdvJEQh+ta4yAymnsaIcUxk4UcpVLFPQgfoFeLxqdZb3ViBx//rYv4/vngZNKA8d9EE92gQVeVlGDMxFWFGNFb6xCZiHmYKT78xDfkqy8To1OyMYC7hHuO6Rzc1WirBwrnqfIF1qQy7sSONmWqDrosBuZlg/4o0Q7RRBU7vazsw9t

- SCCS Staff

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News from the Game Pit

Hi Everybody!

We are excited to announce that we have two new additions to the game pit: A PlayStation 4 and a cool new LED Lighting System! Both are in the pit now for your enjoyment and convenience.

The PS4 is our first step into the next-generation console realm and brings many new advantages such as diskless games. This means that once we install a game both you and us don’t have to worry about the disk breaking or getting lost!

We will be installing games over the rest of the semester as they come out and our budget allows.

The LED Lighting System will provide just enough ambient illumination to be able to see what you’re doing without disturbing the picture on the screen. You can switch the lights on or off using the big white button next to the console controllers.

As always, feel free to contact us with questions or comments at!

- SCCS Staff

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All Services are restored and running normally!

Hello everybody and welcome back!

We hope you all had a good break and wanted to let you know that after some troubles that after intermittent issues with our servers, we are mostly up and running again!

With the exception of IMAP and Webmail all our services (GUTS, The Cygnet, The RSD etc.) are up and running.

While the outages just before break were due to server failure, the ones later during break were unforeseen ripple effects from network upgrades that ITS conducted.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at!

- The SCCS Staff

Posted in Announcements, Status.

Cygnet, RSD, and SCCS Dashboard (GUTS) down temporarily

Hello there!

It seems that we are having really bad luck with our servers recently. Since some scheduled ITS Network maintenance on Wednesday March 12th, we have been having trouble with the Cygnet, RSD, and GUTS.

These services were briefly live again on Thursday March 13th, but are not functional again. We are currently investigating the matter and hope to have them up and running again ASAP.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!

- SCCS Staff

Posted in Announcements, Downtime, Status, Uncategorized.

Emergency Server Maintenance in Progress

Hey there!

Our aging mail server is sadly still giving us trouble. We’re working hard on resolving this problem and hope to fully back up by tomorrow.


What follows is a list of services affected (we will be updating this throughout the night):

  • Update 3/5/14, 6:11pm: email works again. You can now contact us again as before! If you sent us a request in the last week and still haven’t heard from us, please email us again as your email may have gotten lost in transit.
    We are currently not able to receive emails through here. Also it seems that quite a few emails have been lost, so once the issues are resolved, please contact us again if you don’t hear back about your issue.
  • Update 3/6/14, 3:47pm: You can now ssh into the SCCS servers as before using ssh <yourname> If ssh complains, follow instructions to delete your known hosts file. Feel free to email us with questions!
    oYou can now ssh into the SCCS servers again! There is one change to the procedure: You must ssh into instead of simply We will announce once the original functionality has been restored.
    User ssh logins into
  • Update 3/6/14, 3:51pm: You can now read your email by ssh’ing into (see above) and running alpine from the command line. Alpine is a command line email editor that you can use to read and send your SCCS email. We are still working hard on getting POP/IMAP and Webmail up and running!
    The email transport layer is up and running again. Messages are being delivered under the hood. IMAP/POP and Webmail access are not yet restored, but we are working on this. We will shortly provide a way to view and send email by ssh’ing into our login server. Thank you for your continued patience!
    SCCS user email. At the moment no Email is delivered to your inbox.
Thank you very much for your patience as we work on resolving this!
All the best,

Posted in Announcements, Downtime, Status.

Emergency server maintenance today.

Welcome back and hope everyone is having a great start to the new semester!

Our aging mail server has been experiencing some technical problems and we will be working on upgrading our hardware this afternoon.  Consequently, some or all of our services may be subject to brief outages throughout the day.  If you encounter any problems, please try again in a few minutes or email for more information.  We will be posting updates on our Facebook page as the work progresses.


-SCCS Staff

Posted in Announcements, Downtime, Status.

Likely downtime for Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Lolcat - "no, its not that bad yet - so far its just raining cats"Hurricane Sandy hits sometime tonight (Sunday 10/28) or tomorrow morning, bringing torrential rain and high winds that will almost certainly take out the College’s power/internet at some point between now and Tuesday afternoon.  Risks to life and limb aside, the important consequence of this for you, dear user, is that SCCS will go down when that happens for an indeterminate length of time (perhaps as much as 48 hours, but hopefully less).  Consider it a portent of the apocalypse.

Want further evidence of impending doom?  Swarthmore College actually canceled classes because of the weather – for the first time in at least 34 years.  So gather your families.  Stockpile food and weapons.  Stay safe.  And don’t miss us too much – we’ll be back soon, providing you with lolcats til the fall of civilization.

Posted in Downtime.