News

December 2000

by K H Poon

The University Computer shop has been a self-financed unit under the Computing Services Centre ever since its establishment in 1990. This popular service arm of the CSC sold all kinds of computing accessories and peripherals and in particular the CTC computer (CityU’s home-made PC), which at one ...

by Annie Yu

In the previous issue of Network Computing, we have touched on a few aspects of the large-scale plan for IT Infrastructure Upgrade, namely what actions should be taken to remedy the weak points of the Campus Network, the addition of resources to some of the critical central servers and the largest ...

by Noel Laam

The Campus Wireless LAN has been an important and effective supplement to the campus network since its inauguration in March 2000. It has since provided a useful alternative for the whole CityU community to overcome the spatial problem to access the computing facilities and services on campus. In ...

by Elisa Ng

Apart from staff courses, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) also organises computer short courses tailor-made for all CityU students. This series of courses, known as the “Student Computer Literacy Programme”, is held throughout each academic year and priority is given to the first year students ...

by Annie Yu

If you would like to brush up your computing knowledge, why not sign up for the staff computer courses offered by the Computing Services Centre (CSC)? Simply flip through the staff course directory booklet for this Semester and choose from a list of extremely popular courses like Flash, Dreamweaver ...

by Noel Laam

The emphasis on information technology in the CityU has induced a soaring demand for computing technical support, and the numbers of CSC Work Request as well as service calls have increased significantly especially during the past few months. Together with the persistent shortage of CSC manpower ...

by Angela Tang

To provide easier and faster navigation, a new Intranet Home Page was launched in late September 2000. To give you an idea on what’s new, below is a summary of the enhancement that you should not miss. New Options My Email Instead of clicking through the “Admin. & Commu.”menu, then “Email - ...

by Tsui Siu Ki

Ever thought about tuning up your desktop PC? There are a few optimisation tricks that can make your PC run faster. In this article, we will focus on how an experienced user can fine-tune some system and hardware settings of the PC to improve system performance at no extra cost. Unless you are ...

September 2000

by Noel Laam

Early in the morning, piles of cardboard boxes lined the corridor and staff running up and down were busy checking the machines to make sure that they were in good condition and ready for use. Then the staff wheeled them to different locations lot by lot for the scheduled replacement, and the real ...

by S. K. Tsui

If you watch closely on campus, you will see more and more students use portable notebooks to browse on the Internet, register courses or check e-mail in public areas like the Library, Student Canteen, the 4/F Mall and Covered Terrace. One may begin to ask how these notebooks get connected to the ...

by Noel Laam

To complement the inauguration of the campus wireless LAN, two notebook loan pools have been set up since last March and maintained by the Facilities Management Office (FMO) and the Library (LIB) respectively to lend compatible notebook computers to our students. With such a notebook in hand ...

by Raymond Poon

The campus network upgrade was completed last summer and has been functioning in full scale since then. After several months of close monitoring on the performance of the network, we have identified some weak points that require immediate improvement or else single point of failure or security ...

by John Chan

To prepare for the new academic year, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has added resources to some of the critical central servers as enhancement to some of the existing services or as additions of new services. A lot of resources have been added, particularly to the existing Sun Starfire ...

by Annie Yu

Scanning the University network or the ports on the network is a normal exercise carried out by any network administrator. However, if it is performed without prior approval, it is considered as an offence. It will be disastrous if such activities are adopted by hackers who will make use of the ...

by Annie Yu

As an I.T. support unit, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has an obligation to introduce the most advanced technology to students and faculty. Therefore, during each academic calendar year, the CSC hosts bi-weekly seminars, known as the CSC Forum, to present topics that are of maximum academic ...

June 2000

by Peter Mok

Introduction Following the public release of Windows 2000, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) had set up a Windows 2000 Task Force to study the possibility of deploying the Windows 2000 Professionals (W2K Prof) or the Windows ME (Win ME, to be released soon according to Microsoft (MS)) as the next ...

by John Chan

Due to the world trend of streamlining the operating systems to Unix-based and to avoid duplication of our limited resources, all academic OpenVMS Alpha or VAX servers will gradually be phased out. These include the Alpha machines Texas and Spain, and the VAX machine Cairo, all of which are part of ...

by Yeung Man

To extend the image border for our colleagues, we are pleased to announce that an Image Database Server, a new University facility, goes into service now. This facility uses the image database software “Live Picture”, which runs on a SUN system, to distribute and view high-resolution, streaming ...

by Edmond Cheung

Eudora 3 has been used inside the CityU for more than two years now. It may be a good time now to upgrade it to a newer version, Eudora 4. The Computing Services Centre (CSC) has been testing this new version and finds many new features and advantages over the old one. Eudora 4 brings you a new user ...

by Joe Lee

The Computing Services Centre (CSC) receives lots of job requests from departments/offices every day. These requests are handled on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to allow colleagues to check the status of their work requests, a Web-based enquiry system has been developed. This easy-to ...

by Noel Laam

The wireless LAN of the University was formally launched on 15 March 2000 after the Inauguration Ceremony co-organised with Lucent Technologies, the wireless LAN solution provider of the project. This event has gained rather handsome publicity and was well covered in the newspapers as the City ...

by Raymond Poon

The University Computer Shop has just signed with the IBM to become its dealer. The Shop currently holds dealerships with the IBM, DELL, and SUN and offers very attractive prices on wide ranges of their products including desktops and notebooks. However, if you are looking for specially tailored ...

by Rita Lam

With the widespread use of the Internet and the growing number of Internet users, it has become more important than ever to improve the security measures in the use of the Internet so as to protect the users and service providers. In view of this, the Information Services Advisory Committee of the ...

by Raymond Poon

With reference to our article on “Broadband: An Express Highway to the Net” published in the last issue of Network Computing as well as the CSC Forum on “Introduction to Broadband Internet”, it has become clear that broadband is gradually replacing the traditional 56Kbps modem line in terms of ...

by Noel Laam

To allow application software vendors and enterprise customers in Hong Kong to benchmark their wares, and to enable CityU colleagues to carry out highly CPU intensive work or research projects, the University and Sun Microsystems have established a HK$20 million worth Enterprise Competency Centre ...

March 2000

by W K Yu

Crowds were there on the streets everywhere in the world. Thanks to the CityTV, a TV facility available on the campus network, the CSC staff had been able to join the fun and share the joy with people, not only in Hong Kong, but also in Beijing, New York, Gisborne (billed as the first city in the ...

by S.K. Tsui

A computer virus is a program that is designed to replicate itself by copying itself into the other programs stored in a computer. There are several types of viruses. The FILE INFECTORS will attach themselves to ordinary program files or document files. They usually infect arbitrary .COM .EXE, .SYS ...

by Gary Fung

The Sports Facilities Booking & Information System is a new system developed by the CSC, which allows end users to book facilities in the Sports Centre such as badminton courts, table tennis and gymnastics. The system was first made available to the booking counter of the Sports Centre in May 1999 ...

by K.Y. Lam

A survey was conducted in December 1999 to find out how Help Desk users think of our service during the year, and any recommendations for improvement. Thirty questionnaires were sent to a mixture of academic, administrative and clerical staff who frequently called the Help Desk for assistance ...

by Joe Lee

The Computing Services Centre (CSC) has long been providing free electronic marking of multiple-choice type examination scripts and data capturing of survey forms ever since the optical mark scanning machines were installed in the University. Over the years, we have developed a comprehensive marking ...

by Joe Chow

Live Internet Broadcasting Services CityLive and CityTV are two live Internet broadcasting services provided by the Computing Services Centre (CSC). These two services use equipment that supports streaming media technology, which allows users to capture video and audio signals to be viewed over the ...

by Raymond Poon

In view of the increasing importance of computer facilities and the complexity of networking in the University, ensuring smooth running of the computer systems and networks have become a high priority issue in departments as well as in the Computing Services Centre (CSC). Since many departmental ...

by Joe Lee

Fast Internet access is essential for our work and daily life. Inside the campus, our sophisticated campus network guarantees that you have fast Internet access. However, you can only dial up to the campus network using 56Kbps (or lower) modems from home. As technology evolves rapidly, a faster ...

by Peter Mok

In the past, the issue of setting up a supercomputing facility in the University was raised a few times but turned down due to a number of reasons. First of all, supercomputing is only required for large scale and number crunching applications which are, if any, rare in the University. It is ...

by Annie Yu

Technology trend has been evolving rapidly over the years. Most users in the CityU are beginning to appreciate new technology and are making every effort to keep up with its fast pace. Being a technology centre, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has an obligation to develop new services and find ...