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Issue 42 - December 2004

A New Era for e-Learning
In October, with the endorsement of the Committee on Information Services and Technology (CIST), our Chief Information Officer, Dr J T Yu announced the adoption of the Blackboard Academic Suite as the e-learning platform of the University. As this is an important decision of the University and the task of implementation has already started, Network Computing talked to Dr Yu to find out more about the background to the decision, the capabilities of the software suite and the plan for its release for general use in the University...

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Ferocious Virus Infection and Hacking Activities in Student Residence
Security incidents such as virus infection or hacking of machines in the Student Residence (SR) have been a recurrent and serious problem faced by the Computing Services Centre (CSC) since the inception of the SR. Causes leading to the current situation are many, some of them are:...

The JUCC Video Collaboration - The Video Task Force
The Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) is a cooperative effort on the development of information technology and services among the Computer Centres of the eight government-funded tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. As an active member, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has participated in many joint functions...

The SAN Storage Expanded
Back in Feb 2001, the University studied and adopted the Network Storage System (NSS) as the standard platform for providing central storage. The advantages of using the NSS include the provision for high availability and disaster recovery capability, the simplification of the backup process by sharing multiple tape drives among various servers, the provision of data sharing among multiple servers, and the flexibility of storage management and expandability...

Internet Bandwidth Upgrades
Starting from October 1st the bandwidths of the HARNET's International Internet link and the University's own Internet link have been upgraded from 155 Mbps to 240 Mbps, and from 12 Mbps to15 Mbps respectively. Apart from the bandwidth upgrades, the local HARNET2 connections, which used to be ATM links, have been replaced with Fast Ethernet links...

High Impact on the Demand for CSC Student Services as a Result of Increase in Student Number

In order to cope with the surging increase of student intake in September 2004, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has adjusted the provision of student services and below is a brief outline of it...


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