News

December 2003

by C.Y. Kwok

A series of upgrades has been carried out in recent months on the HARNET (Hong Kong Academic and Research Network), a network that interconnects all the local universities). Major upgrades include The routers at the HARNET core as well as the router at each institution used for the HARNET connection ...

by Annie Yu

In the past, when people need to transfer files from PC to PC, the type of portable data storage media that first come in their minds are floppies, CDs and Zip disks. Floppy disks are the least expensive of the three but they only provide about a megabyte (MB) of storage. What's more, floppy disks ...

by S. K. Tsui

In response to the increasing demand of accessing the Wireless LAN (WLAN) with various devices such as pocket PC and Palm, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has upgraded the WLAN authentication system to adopt more generic authenticate methods such as using a Web browser for user validation ...

by Joe Lee

As part of the computer provision, 300 new notebook computers have been purchased for loan to students for on-campus use. These new machines, featuring Pentium M 1.4GHz (Centrino) CPU, 256MB RAM, built-in wireless LAN card, light weight (5.4lb w/ battery), and ease of use, were put into service on ...

by Joe Lee

Providing the best services and facilities for students is one of CSC's goals. Therefore, in 2002, the CSC installed 130 laser printers in the CSC Student Terminal Area and provided free laser printing facility to students to encourage academic work and learning. After installation, students enjoyed ...

by Annie Yu

The new Microsoft Office System 2003, which was released to the general public in October 2003, consists of the latest versions of traditional Office programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and with new tools added, such as a note-taking application called OneNote and an XML data tool ...

by Joe Chow

Network security is of great importance when information exchange is concerned. For public machines like the Express Terminals that are easily reached by outsiders, system logon is a must to safeguard the users, and that was why it was introduced several years ago. However, it seems that this ...

by Joe Chow

CityTV, the online television cum Internet broadcast TV channels through our campus network attracts more than one thousand users per day since its launch several years ago, and obviously it becomes one of the most favorite links for many of you. In order to cater for the different needs of our ...

September 2003

by Joe Chow

The video conferencing equipment can be cataloged into two types. One is desktop level device for very small group of participants, and web cam is one commonly used device under this category. The other type of video conferencing device is more advanced and sophisticated, and we usually called this ...

by Clevin Wong

What is "spam"? "Spam" can be regarded as a synonym of "junk mail". It refers to unsolicited commercial email (UCE) and unsolicited bulk email (UBE). Email spam is an annoying problem faced by most of the email users on the Internet. No one wants his/her mailbox fills up with unwanted messages ...

by Matthew Hung

When we talk about Chinese input method in the subject of "Chinese Computing", you will immediately relate this to the "Chang Jie ", "Pinyin ", "Quick " etc. input methods. Then, you might also have experienced the hardship when you start to learn using the keyboard and memorize keystroke ...

by Raymond Poon

Quite a number of University PCs were infected by the recent outbreaks of the viruses/worms, viz. MS Blaster, W32/Welchia (or W32/Nachi) and Sobig-F. The University not only acquires sufficient licenses for the Windows, MS-Office, and McAfee anti-virus software but also frequently promotes user ...

by Raymond Poon

In view of the increasing popularity of notebook computers for use on campus and at home, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has successfully partnered with the IBM to organize a Computer Ownership Programme for both students and staff. Six latest models of IBM ThinkPad notebook computers plus ...

by Noel Laam

After a lengthy tendering exercise, the annual maintenance service contract for Dell desktops (Warranty Extension Scheme, WES) and the Per Call Service Scheme for all desktops are finally awarded to IBM and ServiceOne respectively. The subscription arrangement and the service scope of the two ...

June 2003

by Joe Lee

In March 2000, the University introduced a pilot notebook computer loan scheme as an extension of the Wireless LAN project. By allowing students greater access to the computer applications on the network and the Internet via the Wireless LAN with the use of portable computers, the purposes of the ...

by Henry Wong

Eudora has been the standard and officially supported email client software at the City University since its installation in 1997. Owing to the fact that it is user-friendly, Eudora is welcomed by the majority of staff on campus. However, as technology advances, more and more problems have arisen ...

by Joe Lee

Removal of English and Chinese Windows 98 in CSC Teaching Studios By Joe Lee According to usage statistics, the majority of our students have already moved from Windows 98 (Win98/CWin98) to the Windows XP (WinXP) environment. In order to concentrate our support effort on WinXP and leave room for the ...

by Joe Lee

Linux, featuring flexibility, open system standard, and vast free resources (including itself), has become the hottest operating system today. The Survey and Results To find out how Linux has been used in CityU, we performed an on-line survey in December 2002. We collected around 60 responses from ...

by Raymond Poon

Effective from 1 July 2003, the size of the existing modem pool will be reduced and re-arranged as follows: Student-only Pool, 2-hour limit (440 lines), hunt group number: 24704400. Student and Staff Pool, 2-hour limit (80 lines), hunt group number: 24704402. Student-only Express Pool, 30 minutes ...

by Raymond Poon

If you are an IBM computer user who has not yet heard about the CityU's IBM ThinkPad (TP) Service Centre, you will be glad to know that it is now located at Room G2504 adjacent to the entrance of the Computing Services Centre (CSC) on the 2/F of Academic Building to provide speedy and convenient ...

by Noel Laam

As In a recent routine health and security check of on-campus computers (as some of you might be aware), we found that a large number, over 3,000 at least, of PCs were turned on after office hours and left running overnight. This gives rise to two issues. First, PCs left running unattended overnight ...

by Joe Lee

This summer, a collection of useful software has been added to the CSC student LAN which is accessible in the CSC Student Terminal Area. Some are simply software upgrades while others may be new to staff and students. The followings are brief descriptions of the newly installed software which may ...

March 2003

by Dr. J.T. Yu

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 ...

by Noel Laam

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 there is nothing that we can do to ...

by Raymond Poon

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 ...

by John Chan

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. However, with the increasing number of these machines, security ...

by Joe Lee

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 management re ...

by Rita Lam

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 ...

by Annie Yu

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 ...

January 2003

by Regina Lau, Thelma Yim and Karen Lai

City University's third annual WebCourse Fair 2003 kicked off on 14 January with a virtual exhibition showcasing the use of the Internet for teaching and learning. Around 30 teaching staff members shared online how they make use of audio-visual learning packages, online quizzes, self-assessment tools and 3D animations to stimulate students' interest.