News

December 1999

by Jessica Chong

One day, Jane was asked to buy a PC for her department. Being a new staff member and knowing little about PC, she was at a loss on what to buy. Fortunately, someone suggested her to try the University Computer Shop. She did try and at the end was pleasantly surprised with the quality products and ...

by K Y Chow

Based on the smart card technology, an electronic voting system named SmartVote has been successfully developed by the CSC and is now available for use inside the CityU. On request, the CSC will help set up PCs with smart card readers at the venue of voting. Upon verification of the eligibility to ...

by Peter Mok

The Office Tools Evolution Looking back to the era of WordStar, MultiMate, Freelance, VisiCalc, Lotus 123 and dBASE, these innovative tools helped a lot in increasing the office productivity. People used these office tools to perform basic editing functions, advanced word processing functions ...

by Raymond Poon

With the aim to obtain timely feedback from our end users on the quality of CSC services, our staff have been randomly selecting end users each weekday and giving each one of them a call to see if the jobs being raised in the CSC Work Request Forms (CSCWR) were completed to their satisfaction. They ...

by Annie Yu

A lot has been said about the benefits of implementing wireless LAN in the entire campus of CityU. As a matter of fact, the successful outcome of the pilot project was reported in the previous issue of Network Computing. The response was very positive and those staff and students engaged in the ...

by Manfred Chan

What’s New in MS Office 2000? The most noteworthy feature in MS Office 2000 is its unprecedented integration with the Web. With the help of Office Server Extension, SQL Server and IIS on the NT server, users can manipulate documents via the Web such as Open/Save files directly from/to the Web, Web ...

by C. Y. Kwok

CityU’s own Internet link was upgraded to 10 Mbps shared bandwidth on 7 October, 1999, and it is now connected to UUNET Hong Kong (UUNET is the largest ISP in the world). The upgrade not only provides faster Internet access to staff and students, but also enables the link to be used as a backup for ...

by C. Y. Kwok

>Huge volume of outgoing Internet traffic, amounting to over 5 Gigabytes per hour, was recorded between 28 September and 5 October 1999, resulting in slow Internet responsiveness during the period and the University was subject to a charge for jeopardising the shared HARNET Internet link. >Four SUN ...

by Noel Laam

A computer, a popular and indispensable tool today, may still have not found its place in our students’ homes before. To enable our students to take home a brand new computer for studies or leisure, the Computing Services Centre organised a “Computer Ownership Programme for Students” in October 1999 ...

by Angela Tang

The successful implementations of Intranet and VideoNet have opened up a series of new services. Now sitting comfortably in your office, you can read newspaper, listen to the radio or even watch TV all on your networked PC. In the past, you might be used to buying a newspaper on your way to work ...

September 1999

by Louisa Tang

Much has been said about the y2k awareness and conversion project in June 1998, March and June 1999 issues of the Network Computing. It is time to report the y2k compliance progress in the Computing Services Centre (CSC). We are proud to announce that all the mission critical systems of CSC have ...

by Manfred Chan

In order to be y2k compliant, the DECNET and all the services depending on it, especially the Pathworks Mail, under Windows 95/DOS were phased out on 31 August 1999. These services were: “Email - PATHWORKS MAIL” “Personal Directory M: - Connect” “Personal Directory M: - Connect (Any Account)” ...

by Noel Laam

Information Services Advisory Committee (ISAC) is a committee that advises the Senate on matters concerning the policy and development of the Information Services Group. The following are a list of issues reviewed and reported in the ISAC. Outsourcing of Dial-up Facility To meet the rapidly growing ...

by Annie Yu

Are you a person who likes to spend an afternoon at the Computer Expo’ just to see what’s happening in the computing arena? Does your job require you to keep up-to-date with the latest technology? If your answer to either or both of these questions is ‘yes’, you should consider attending seminars ...

by Matthew Hung

by Joe Lee

We have been providing in-house dial-up facility for members of the University for several years. Though we always employ the most advanced technologies at the time of installation, as time goes by, the advancement of new telecommunication technologies is so rapid that it becomes impractical to keep ...

by Angela Tang

The CityU Intranet was successfully implemented in early August. Since then, University Messages followed suit and became Web-based. Therefore it is possible to add many interesting elements like pictures, images, sounds etc. to the messages. Incorporating hyperlinks also makes it easy to direct Web ...

by Joe Lee

To meet the increasing demand of PC laboratories for conducting computer classes and hands-on tutorials, we have swapped Rooms J and K and equipped Room J with more PCs. After this swap, Room K is housed with 30 SUN UltraSparc 5 workstations while Room J has 50 PCs with large 17" XGA monitors. In ...

by Henry Wong

In this summer, the Computing Services Centre has been working on upgrading the PolyLink e-mail to a new Web-based e-mail system. The e-mail system is built upon the Sun Internet Mail Server (SIMS) system and the Mailspinner Web-based e-mail user interface running on the powerful Sun UltraSparc ...

by Angela Tang

CityTouch is a new multi-option item on Intranet Home Page a collection of on-campus and off-campus news Web sites which provide a common starting point to know what is going on in our University, Hong Kong and the world a Web page where you can read newspapers, listen to current radio news and ...

by Joe Lee

A wireless LAN (WLAN) is a flexible data communication system implemented as an extension to, or as an alternative for, a wired LAN within a building. Using radio frequency technology, WLAN receives and transmits data over the air, minimising the need for wired connections. As WLAN has gained great ...

by Raymond Poon

If you are considering to purchase a new computer or to replace your existing one, now it is the time to act quickly. The CSC has arranged with Compaq, Dell, IBM, and Sun to provide CityU students with special offers which are guaranteed to be lowest in town. Some even allow payment by installments ...