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Issue 35 - March 2003
Special Features

The University e-Portal: A Portal for Learning
Recently, the University's student intranet has been replaced by the CityU e-portal. This marks the beginning of a new era in the use of electronic communications in the University.

There is no doubt that the World Wide Web (WWW) has completely transformed the use of computer networks for distribution of information. Everybody, from large multi-national corporations to...

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a PC
When we talk about the cost of a PC on campus, it is common that only the price of the PC is considered. In fact, this amount alone is far less than the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the PC as other types of costs associated such as installation, software, networking, communications, applications and services provided on the campus network, maintenance and technical support...

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Come and Fight Against Virus with Us!
The proliferation of virus is a common headache to the computer as well as Internet users, causing billions of dollars lost each year. As viruses nowadays turn trickier, there is no single cure to stop it from spreading feverishly. However, this does not mean...

System Software Support Scheme for Red Hat Linux on PCs
Although Linux has not been taken up as a work desk environment in the desktop world like the Windows operating systems from Microsoft, Linux machines have already been widely deployed for various academic activities over the years...

Hard Copy Service will Remain Available at CSC
The Hard Copy Centre was founded in February 1994 to mainly provide colour output services to staff and students of the university. It was then combined with the Design and Production team of MPU to form the Media Production Service (MPS) in September 1998. According to the recent...

Staff and Student Modem Pools Merged
From time to time, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) reviews the size of the modem pool as well as the number of lines provided in each group based on the utilisation statistics collected and the budget available. To ensure effective use of the University resources, starting from Semester B 2003...

User Education

An Essential Archiving and Compression Utility: WinZip 8.1
As more and more files are being shared across the Internet, it is important that their file sizes can be compressed providing shorter downloading / transferring time. Furthermore, files often get corrupted when they are transferred "loose" over Internet lines and therefore a certain kind of protection is required. This is why "zip archives" are so popular. With the help of a compression program...


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