News

December 2004

by Eva Wong (LIB)

In October, with the endorsement of the Committee on Information Services and Technology (CIST), our Chief Information Officer, Dr J T Yu announced the adoption of the Blackboard Academic Suite as the e-learning platform of the University. As this is an important decision of the University and the ...

by C.Y. Kwok

Starting from October 1st the bandwidths of the HARNET's International Internet link and the University's own Internet link have been upgraded from 155 Mbps to 240 Mbps, and from 12 Mbps to15 Mbps respectively. Apart from the bandwidth upgrades, the local HARNET2 connections, which used to be ATM ...

by Noel Laam

Security incidents such as virus infection or hacking of machines in the Student Residence (SR) have been a recurrent and serious problem faced by the Computing Services Centre (CSC) since the inception of the SR. Causes leading to the current situation are many, some of them are: Lack of security ...

by John Chan

Back in Feb 2001, the University studied and adopted the Network Storage System (NSS) as the standard platform for providing central storage. The advantages of using the NSS include the provision for high availability and disaster recovery capability, the simplification of the backup process by ...

by Noel Laam

In order to cope with the surging increase of student intake in September 2004, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has adjusted the provision of student services and below is a brief outline of it. The CSC teaching studios and terminal rooms are all made available to the University for central ...

by Joe Chow

The Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) is a cooperative effort on the development of information technology and services among the Computer Centres of the eight government-funded tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. As an active member, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has participated in ...

September 2004

by Joe Lee

In addition to a collection of all the security fixes to date, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains major improvements in network protection, memory protection, email security and browser security to effectively guard against hackers, viruses, and worms. Indeed, SP2 seems to provide an operating ...

by Annie Yu

Jargons VPN VPN stands for "Virtual Private Network" and it is a way to provide remote access to an organisation's network via the Internet. VPNs send data over the public Internet through secure "tunnels". Therefore, if you decided to use the services on the CityU network from a remote site e.g ...

by Kitty Mui (ESU)

With the recent implementation of the new Banner Payroll and Personal Data Enquiry System, we have reached a major milestone in enhancing the user experience in accessing payroll and personal information as well as improving the inter-departmental workflow efficiency, such as the Human Resources ...

by Wilson Wong

CityVoD, first launched in February 1999, allows users to select and view video from an archive over the network. This technology greatly enhances the availability of multimedia information for lecture and leisure, and adds substantial value to the quality of higher education. Video sessions of ...

by Alex Lam

Since many easy-to-use and powerful Internet applications are now readily available, more and more people in CityU are making use of the Internet for their daily studies, researches and electronic communication of all forms. In addition, with an increasing number of students living in hostels, the ...

by Noel Laam

A Big Leap in Email Quotas As email now becomes an indispensable tool for communication, and with different forms of multi-media documents regularly being exchanged via email, providing sufficient disk quota to accommodate the email and its associated documents is as important as providing unfailing ...

July 2004

by Grace Ho

The new, user-friendly campus map is a convenient tool to help visitors find their way to CityU, or search for a specific location / building / facility at the University.

June 2004

by Clevin Wong

Unsafe attachments of e-mails may threaten the security or integrity of the recipient's computer when they are opened. For example, opening an e-mail attachment with extension such as ".exe", ".vbs" or ".scr" causes it to be executed as a program. Executing a malicious program may unleash harmful ...

by Raymond Poon

The Sasser virus and its variants have been rampaging on the Internet since May 2004. According to the information provided by Symantec, Sasser is an Internet worm spreading through the MS04-011 (LSASS) vulnerability. This vulnerability is caused by a buffer overrun in the Local Security Authority ...

by Clevin Wong

Spam, or junk mail, refers to unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE) and unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE). Example includes unsolicited advertisements. Spam spreads everywhere on the Internet nowadays and create problems to most of the e-mail users. Although e-mail companies and standards bodies are ...

by Annie Yu

Some of the technical terms we use in our daily work were mentioned in our last issue. This issue, we shall continue to provide definitions of the ones that were often raised at the CSC Help Desk. SYSNET SYSNET, the Systems and Network Technical Group, was established in December 1999 primarily for ...

by Joe Chow

The Video Conferencing facility (VC) has always been popular among CityU users, and have you ever wondered what it is used for? The use of VC in CityU can be catalogued into the following types: Remote classroom: Either lecturers or students are found at the far end. This kind of classes has been ...

by Joe Chow

In recent years, most computers connect to external devices in a new way, known as Universal Serial Bus (USB). USB is an easy way to connect to numerous types of devices including printers, digital cameras, game pads, joysticks, keyboards, mouse devices, and storage devices etc. As USB is a very ...

May 2004

by Grace Ho

CityU is buzzing with excitement as the activities for the 20th birthday celebrations begin to unfold. What's the best way to keep abreast of the anniversary celebrations and stay informed of the new developments? Browse the 20th anniversary website and you will find the information you want.

March 2004

by Henry Wong

In the early days, as long as computer viruses were transferred by floppy disks, they spread slowly. However, e-mail has changed all that. Now you can exchange files much more quickly and infecting your PC is as easy as clicking on an icon - or easier. E-mail has become the biggest source of viruses ...

by Alex Lam

During the recent CTNET upgrade, the CityU's campus network had expanded in terms of capacity and supported features so as to provide a smooth platform for deploying advanced network applications and services. After the upgrade exercise, the CTNET now composes more than 200 networking devices ...

by Joe Lee

With a view to resolving the laser printing problem in the Computing Services Centre (CSC), the CSC has conducted a pilot run of print monitoring system in the three large terminal rooms and then the other teaching studios as well from mid December 2003 to mid January 2004 (i.e. the semester break) ...

by Joe Lee

In August 2003, the MS Blaster worm got through a known security loophole in Microsoft Windows and attacked millions of computers around the world, resulting in an enormous economic loss. Actually, this disaster could have been avoided if users had applied the security patch MS03-026 released a few ...

by Rita Lam

The Network Connection Management System (NCMS) is a Web-based system that provides a single-stop for registration and maintenance of the network connection database of the campus network. The database contains both data (wired and wireless) and voice (PBX and VoIP) network connections in the Main ...

by S. K. Tsui

Everyday, when you are working with your PC in your office drawing up important documents, and utilizing resources offered by the campus network, have you ever wondered if your data is 100% safe or whether there is protection of any sort to prevent intrusion from outsiders? In order to untangle some ...

by Annie Yu

Within the CityU community, we often come across some common computer terms in our daily work; sometimes we just don't have a clue what they mean or how important they are in the community. This is very much reflected in the type of calls placed through the CSC Help Desk. Quite often novice users ...

January 2004

by Grace Ho

The CityU homepage, the University's digital face gains a more comprehensive Chinese aspect, as of now, (12 January 2004).