News

December 2001

by K H Poon

In order to re-orient itself to be in line with the development of the University, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has repositioned itself to focus mainly on the support of IT infrastructure and on the technical support to users in various departments, and the previous Administration and ...

by Noel Laam

Early in the morning of 20 September 2001 when I came into the office and switched on the PC as usual, the screen was appearing funny and small windows kept popping up as if they were saying hello to me. While I was wide at sea about what had happened, a neighbouring colleague came to my rescue and ...

by Joe Lee

The University's Video-on-Demand facility has been in service for a long time, enabling users to watch archived videos on campus. Now the facility has been extended to your home and you can view the videos via the CityLink Plus dial-up facility. Currently, there are more than 170 videos, and the ...

by Raymond Poon

In recent months, there is a significant increase in the number of virus attacks and hacking activities targeted at or originated from our campus network. During the trouble-shooting and investigations of these incidents, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) discovered that the network database ...

by Joe Chow

Easy access to modern information technology is essential to the pursuit and achievement of the mission of CityU for excellence in teaching, research, and service outreach. The readily accessible computing systems as well as internal and external data networks in the classrooms is certainly one step ...

by Noel Laam

There was some good news for your students who own a notebook computer and a wireless LAN card! From mid-October 2001, just register their wireless LAN cards with the Computing Services Centre (CSC) and these students can easily connect their notebooks to the Campus Wireless LAN (WLAN) whenever and ...

by Joe Lee

The High Performance Computer, SUN Enterprise 10000 Server, has recently been upgraded with the addition of 24 CPUs and 12 GB memory giving a full swing of 64 CPUs, 26 GB memory and 27 Gflops computation. Normally the entire machine will be configured as a single domain for the sole use of CityU ...

by C. Y. Kwok

In order to meet the increase in demand of Internet bandwidth of the local universities, the International Internet link (via EQUANT) of HARNET (Hong Kong Academic & Research Network) was upgraded from 48 Mbps to 72 Mbps on 18 July, 2001. The local ATM connections linking up the eight local ...

by Rita Lam

For continuous improvement of service quality, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) is regularly reviewing the dial-up facility and searching for the best service providers in the market. After a vigorous selection, the CSC is pleased to announce that the New T&T Hong Kong Limited has been chosen as ...

October 2001

CityU has adopted the EMC E-Infostructure, a centralized and consolidated storage system with a capacity of seven terabytes, to manage its ever-growing information demands on teaching, administration and research. The new system, which will accommodate CityU's 25,000 users, is the largest academic networked information infrastructure in Hong Kong.

CityU has adopted the EMC E-Infostructure, a centralized and consolidated storage system with a capacity of seven terabytes, to manage its ever-growing information demands on teaching, administration and research. The new system, which will accommodate CityU's 25,000 users, is the largest academic networked information infrastructure in Hong Kong.

September 2001

by Matthew Hung

Introduction Our native language, Chinese, comes in two different character sets, namely BIG5 (Traditional Chinese) and GB2312 (Simplified Chinese). No matter what Windows operating system you are using, viewing these Chinese character sets is not a problem as long as the Web browser you are using ...

by Raymond Poon

As the Windows 2000 (W2K) upgrade for staff PCs will commence shortly after the completion of pilot run which is now underway, we would like to share with you the following so that you and your department can plan ahead: Preparation work In order to make the upgrade a smooth and speedy one ...

by Joe Chow

Videoconferencing breaks the barrier between two partiesat separate andremotelocationsto communicate face to face with each other. It is particularly useful for organising seminars across local/overseas institutions and distant learning courses or facilitating collaboration among students ...

by Francis Chu

In view of the popularity of the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and its advantages over Netscape, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has decided to switch its support effort on browser from Netscape to IE starting from 1 September 2001. Every time a PC is booted up to the student Local Area ...

by John Chan

Last issue, we mentioned the acquisition of the Network Storage System (NSS) as the standard platform for central storage, and the Storage Area Network (SAN) is chosen as the NSS architecture for deployment. This issue, we will focus on the acquisition of a centralised backup solution (CBS) as ...

by Joe Lee

The CSC Student Terminal Area has undergone significant changes this summer to enhance its teaching and learning environments. Various aspects, including furniture, hardware, operating system and software, have been upgraded. Staff and students will surely enjoy working in this improved environment ...

by Noel Laam

Information Technology (IT) is a renowned strength of the City University of Hong Kong ever since its foundation. The development of IT in the CityU keeps pace with the evolvement of the University, and now IT simply becomes an integral part of the campus life. Since the IT facilities/projects ...

by Annie Yu

Is keeping up with technology one of your hobbies in life? If this is the case, Computing Services Centre (CSC) Forum and Small Talks are definitely your cup of tea. CSC Forum is a series of seminars conducted during each Semester for all staff and students. Computer professionals from industry ...

June 2001

by Gary Fung

On 19 April 2001, the new Banner Human Resources (HR) System was launched. It replaced the old Personnel Record System that had been in use since 1991. The new system has many advantages over the old one. Being one of the modules in the CityU Administrative Information Management System (AIMS), the ...

by M. H. Leung

Is it possible to book University venues on the Web? The answer is yes and it can be achieved through the “Venue and Classroom Booking System” under the “Facilities Booking” menu on the CityU Intranet. Through a common Web interface, all CityU staff and student societies can access this system both ...

by Joe Lee

Inside the Enterprise Competency Centre (ECC), there stands the high-performance computer, Sun Enterprise 10000 system, with 40 (400MHz, 8MB cache) CPUs, 14GB memory and 216 GB disk space, providing over 17Gflops of processing power. It is particularly useful for research projects that require ...

by John Chan

Today, servers across the LANs/WANs need to provide fast, reliable, ubiquitous access to data as required by various applications. In particular, mission-critical applications require data storage that can be operational all year round as well as can be expanded easily without interrupting any ...

by C. Y. Kwok

Recently, tenders have been invited for a total network upgrade solution which includes a comprehensive network upgrade plan, plus the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of all the networking hardware and software required for the upgrade. After careful consideration, the tender finally ...

by Joe Chow

The 38 Express Terminals located all over the campus have been a very handy means for the CityU community to access the campus network and the Internet ever since their set-up by the Computing Services Centre (CSC). However, this handiness also attracts the attention of some outsiders or even ...

by Annie Yu

On As of 1 April 2001, the captioned ordinance has taken effect and one of the aims of the amended laws is to combat corporate copyright piracy activities. In order to avoid any violation of the laws, all departments and their research centres must ensure that legal copies and sufficient licences ...

by Matthew Hung

Many CityU colleagues use the Microsoft Word (MS Word) to type their papers, memos, documents, etc. However, there are a number of different versions of MS Word, such as Word 6.0, Word 95, Word 97 and Word 2000 which are divided into the Chinese and English versions. When users send some documents ...

March 2001

by Noel Laam

This is not the head of the Post Office. When you send/receive your e-mail, lots of work has been done behind the scene. The e-mail is scanned for virus, returned with error message if the recipient address is invalid, and answered with auto-reply if the recipient is on leave etc. Do you know who is ...

by Annie Yu

As announced in early December 2000 by the President, Dr. Jerry Yu of the Registrar's Office has accepted the newly created position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). According to the President, Dr. Yu will be responsible for the development and integration of all our Information Technology ...

by Annie Yu

During the last two months or so, the CSC Help Desk service has recorded a marked increase in the number of calls on virus problems and anti-virus related matters. Virus infection on computers has indeed become a big concern in the CityU community. Many users on campus only heard how vicious ...

by Henry Wong, Annie Yu

Long before the emergence of e-mail, the telephone and campus mail have been the major form of internal communication on campus. When accessing e-mail has proved to be just as easy, it quickly became a popular method of communication between individual computer users and is now used frequently by ...

by Noel Laam

Have you ever experienced this? Either no e-mail can reach you within a rather long period of time, or the same one keeps bombarding your e-mail account several times a day? One of the causes for such phenomena is that the e-mail network was jammed with e-mail of large file size, and thus traffic ...

by John Chan

Over the years, the Unix machines, especially the Sun Solaris systems, have been widely accepted and deployed for various academic activities. However, with the increase of these Sun machines, system management, in particular security management, has become a major issue for a number of departments ...

by John Chan

This is to remind you that, as announced several times in the network messages and previous issues of Network Computing, the two Academic OpenVMS machines Texas and Spain will be phased out by the end of June 2001. All teaching and research work previously run on OpenVMS will have to be migrated to ...

January 2001

by Peter Ho

The development of information technology at the University has reached a stage where, according to President H K Chang, a new position of Chief Information Officer is needed "to effectively pull the different pieces together."