News

December 2007

by Raymond Poon

Before the inception of Banner - our University ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) can only provide operational and transactional data regarding the efficiency of its services. Now armed with vast organizational business intelligence data derived from ...

by Joe Chow

From Telephone to Video Conference Since its invention in 1876, no other means of communication has revolutionized people's daily lives more than the telephone. In fact, the communication technology is gradually migrating from analog to digital, and the digital technology makes it possible for ...

by C Y Kwok

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Staff members and students may or may not be aware that the University’s data network is currently undergoing a major upgrade process. The upgrade consists of two phases. The first phase was actually started early this year and it has almost come to completion. The second phase will take place near ...

by Joe Chow

Background In view that the Internet had rapidly become an unrestricted and uncontrolled source of content other than educational information, the Information Services Advisory Committee (ISAC) chaired by VP (Planning & Information Services) saw the need to filter some categories of websites in 1998 ...

by Annie Yu

The way that the Web is being used nowadays has changed tremendously over the years. Instead of merely browsing the Internet, people are now participating and jointly creating and publishing content. In other words, while initially content was mostly "read" from the Web, content is now more and more ...

September 2007

by Joe Lee

In accordance with our initial deployment plan (Ref.: Network Computing Issue 51 - March 2007), we have added the Windows Vista to more than 1,000 desktop computers which are located in the CSC Teaching Studios, Library’s Information Space, Lecture Theatres and Classrooms before Semester A commences ...

by Louisa Tang

In the past, IT policies and regulations were developed in a relatively piece-meal manner, and established as and when the need arose. The Committee on Information Services and Technology, at its meeting in December 2006, agreed to formulate a comprehensive and structured set of regulations on IT ...

by Wilson Wong

Introduction In the past, security measures were often focused on the system level (which included networks, operating systems, web servers, and database servers). People may think their websites are safe from hackers if they have a "perfectly" secured system. This may be true if their websites ...

by Raymond Poon

The Hong Kong SAR Government has recently enacted The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance (UEMO). Phase I of the Ordinance commenced operation on 1 June 2007, and Phase II will come into effect on a date to be decided and notified by Gazette, probably towards the end of 2007. The CIO wrote to ...

by Maria Chin

The Blackboard (Bb) Academic Suite has been deployed in the university since July 2005. The Sun Solaris/Oracle DBMS based production system is supported by four application servers via a load-balancer and an additional application server is used for virtual classroom. These application servers work ...

August 2007

by Catherine Ng

CIO Dr Jerry Yu Jer-tsang introduces plans to re-engineer the University’s information system for student administration in the run up to the 4-year degree programme.

June 2007

by Henry Wong

Eudora has been staff's standard email client software since the 1990s. Due to its weak security features and the lack of multi-language features, it is no longer a suitable email client tool for most of our users. The Computing Services Centre (CSC) has been providing support to both Microsoft ...

by Kevin Chan

Microsoft Office 2007 was released early this year. This latest version of Office is designed to work with the new Windows Vista but is also compatible with Windows XP. It offers many new features and functionality that will be beneficial to users. However, the two main challenges with upgrading to ...

The new 'CityU Staff (Search)' function on the CityU homepage has been released on 9 May 2007. This allows the public to search for any current staff member of the University by name, email address, or office phone number. It is a common feature on many universities' homepages. Such a function was ...

With the deployment of the new Aruba Wireless LAN (WLAN) System and installation of new access points in the past two years, we have over 600 access points supporting IEEE802.11a, b and g standards scattered around the main campus, Festival Walk Office and the Student Residence. The main campus is ...

by Joe Lee

The Computing Services Centre (CSC) announced the new fast printing service as a supplement to the existing quota-based printing service to all students on Jan 31 2007 (Ref.: Network Computing Issue 51 - March 2007). As expected, this service was well received by students. The following table ...

March 2007

by Dr. Eva Wong

Eighteen months into the University’s e-learning project, the first focus of the Information Systems Strategic Plan 2005-2010 (Ref: Network Computing Issue 46 - December 2005), every credit-bearing course is now provided with an e-learning component on the Blackboard (Bb) Academic Suite. This ...

by C. Y. Kwok

The term Wi-Fi is now commonly used to describe the underlying technology of wireless local area network (WLAN) based on the IEEE 802.11 specifications. Wi-Fi hotspots are venues (often public locations) that offer broadband Internet access using the WLAN technology. In Hong Kong, most hotspots for ...

by Kevin Chan, Joe Lee

Windows Flip 3D
On 29 January 2007, Microsoft launched Windows Vista, the latest major version of their operating system for PCs since the launch of Windows XP five years ago. A team of IT professionals from the Computing Services Centre (CSC) have been engaged to evaluate Vista and determine when and how it should ...

by Henry Wong

It is a known fact that Email Spam (or Junk Email) cause annoyance and pose security threats to our users. What is not trivial and yet has significant impact to users is that these spam emails use up a lot of system resources and affect the quality of the Email services. Since last fall, the amount ...

by Joe Lee

As the demand for laser printing has been increasing steadily in recent years due to increased e-Learning activities, the Computing Services Centre (CSC) has planned to implement supplementary laser printing service for students in Semester A (Ref: Network Computing Issue 49 - September 2006). After ...