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General News

Campus Network and Internet Service News UNIX Host Computer News PC News Training News

Hotlines and Operations Schedule



 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

Inauguration Ceremony of Hong Kong's Fastest Supercomputer



 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

"IMP Webmail" to Become the Standard Webmail in March 2004

      1. "IMP webmail" to become the standard webmail on March 10, 2004 and "Infinite webmail" will retire on July 31, 2003
      2. Why should I import my address book from "Infinite webmail" to "IMP webmail"?
      3. How to import my address book entries from "Infinite webmail" to "IMP webmail"



 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

From the Help Desk ... Pros and Cons of Using Computer Centre's Spam Filters 

      1. The Pros and Cons of the Spam Filter provided by Computer Centre
      2. How does the Spam Filter work?
      3. What is the difference between the Basic and Aggressive Filters?



 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

HARNET-CERNET Connection Upgraded to 155Mbps



 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

Direct 100Mbps Fast Ethernet Links Connect the Main Campus and the Remote Campuses



 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

Anonymous Access Available on the BIOINFO System

We are pleased to announce that the BIOINFO system now provides anonymous access to its bioinformatics resources for supporting the development of computational bioscience in Hong Kong. Users can now use the many bioinformatics tools available or download information from the databases without going through the process of registration or login.
      1. Web resources
      2. Characteristics of the anonymous access service
      3. Enhanced services to the registered users

For any enquiries, please contact biosupport@bioinfo.hku.hk
 

 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

Major Upgrade of the Central Administrative Computer Systems




 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

Support of SAS Software on HKUSUA and HKUCC Systems to be Merged in July 2004

Computer Centre would like to announce that SAS (Statistical Analysis System) will only be supported on the HKUSUA system starting from 1 July 2004 when the SAS licenses now available on the HKUCC system becomes expired.  This consolidation of SAS licenses on a single computer system would enable us to simplify the license management and reduce the licence cost of the software which has been growing steadily in recent years.

Users of SAS on the HKUCC system are advised to move their SAS program and data  files to the HKUSUA system as soon as possible and to familiarize themselves with the HKUSUA environment before 30 June 2004.  SAS users who do not have an account on the HKUSUA system can apply for such an account on-line by clicking the link "Apply for Additional HKUSUA/HKUCC Account" at http://www.its.hku.hk/home/services/forms.htm

At present, SAS version 8.2 has been installed on both the HKUSUA and HKUCC systems and the following modules are available.



 
 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

HKUESD Now Supported on Both Java Runtime Environment JRE 1.3.1 and JRE 1.4.2

The HKUESD (HKU Electronic Services Delivery) web-based applications with digital signature support is made possible with the Java technology developed by Sun Microsystems.  To run programs implemented with the Java technology, you need to install the Java client software on your PC in order to communicate with the server. Computer Centre is pleased to announce that HKUESD applications can now run on the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.4.2 as well as on JRE version 1.3.1 for Windows platforms.

New HKUESD users  can download and install the HKUESD Client Software v1.4.2 Installation Program by visiting the URL  http://www.its.hku.hk/hkuesd/config-esd-pc.htm.  The Installation Program will install JRE 1.4.2 on Windows 98/Me/XP/2000 Professional, as well as install the HKUESD Client Software for the IE 6/5.5 or Netscape 4.7x browser to run HKUESD applications on JRE 1.4.2.

Existing HKUESD users using JRE 1.3.1 need not upgrade to JRE 1.4.2.  However, if they wish to upgrade to JRE 1.4.2, you should only download it from Computer Centre's website as given above instead from any other sources because the software downloaded from other sources may not work with HKUESD system.

For any questions on the installation of the HKUESD Client Software, please contact the undersigned.


 

Computer News No. 107, Jan-Feb 2004

Training News
 

The following are the training courses arranged by the Computer Center till June 2004 to help our staff and students learn how to use the various software and services.  Most courses are open to HKU staff and students free of charge.  Some courses are provided by a course vendor and a fee is charged for these courses (e.g. the Microsoft Office series and other PC software). Click on the course number to see the description of each course.
 
 
register now Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by visiting HKU Portal (https://hkuportal.hku.hk) => Services tab => Workshop and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)

Course Schedule
 
Note: RR = Run Run Shaw Building
OLB=Old Library Building
MW-T3 = Meng Wah Complex Theatre 3

Courses on Email and HKU Portal Services

C0216203 Introduction to HKUESD and HKU Portal 2 Mar, 2004 9:30pm-12:30pm  RR-201

Courses on Statistics Software


C0510403 Introduction to SPSS for Windows 14 Apr, 2004 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Web-based Learning Systems


C0118203 Introduction to e-Learning Systems ILN and SOUL 19 Mar, 2004 10:00am-12:00 MW-T3
C0217803 Introduction to WebCT (Web Course Tools) 7 Jun, 2004 9:30am-11:30pm RR-201
C0217903 Developing Online Courses with WebCT (Basic) 9 Jun, 2004 9:30am-1:00pm RR-201
C0218003 Developing Online Courses with WebCT (Advanced) 11 Jun, 2004 9:30am-11:30pm RR-201

Courses on Web Page Browsing and Authoring


C0416103 Using CGI programs in Webpages 8 Mar, 2004 9:30am-12:30pm RR-201
C0218103 Web Page Editing with FrontPage 26 Mar, 2004 9:30am-12:30pm RR-201
C0516103 Using CGI programs in Webpages 2 Apr, 2004 9:30am-12:30pm RR-101
C0318103 Web Page Editing with FrontPage 7 May, 2004 9:30am-12:30pm RR-201
C0616103 Using CGI programs in Webpages 21 May, 2004 9:30am-12:30pm RR-101
C0418103 Web Page Editing with FrontPage 28 Jun, 2004 9:30am-12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Parallel Programming


C0516603 Parallel Programming with workshop 22 Mar, 2004 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201
C0616603 Parallel Programming with workshop 30 Apr, 2004 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-101
C0716603 Parallel Programming with workshop 17 May, 2004 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-101
C0816603 Parallel Programming with workshop 30 Jun, 2004 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201

Courses provided by course vendors on PC software


W0183703 Visual Basic for Application - Excel HK$500 4 - 5 Mar, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
W0282603 Dreamweaver MX  HK$500 10 - 11 Mar, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
W0282403 Flash MX HK$500 24 - 25 Mar, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
W0183803 Adobe Illustrator 10.0 HK$500 29 - 30 Mar, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-101
W0283303 Adobe PageMaker 7.0 HK$500 15 - 16 Apr, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-101
W0283103 Advanced Word 2002 (Office XP) HK$500 19 - 20 Apr, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-101
W0483203 Powerpoint 2002 (Office XP)  HK$250 23 Apr, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-101
W0382203 Advanced Excel 2002 (Office XP)  HK$500 26 - 27 Apr, 2004 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-101
 
register now Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by visiting HKU Portal (https://hkuportal.hku.hk) => Services tab => Workshop and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)

Click here to suggest new courses you would like



Course Descriptions

Courses on E-mail and HKU Portal Services

Introduction to HKUESD and HKU Portal
This is a 2-hour workshop on how to use electronic signatures in electronic documents. It will cover the following topics:
                1.  Introduction to the PKI and ESD concept
                2.  PKI infrastructure and digital signature applications at HKU
                3.  Using digital signature for HKUESD applications
                4.  Overview on building digital signature applications for your department
The HKU Portal provides an intuitive, convenient and customizable web interface to campus wide services and facilitates access to personalized information in a secure environment.

The HKU Portal supports single-sign-on.  You can customize the web interface to choose the web applications for e-learning, e-administration, online library services, and other services that you are interested in. This seminar will introduce the features and services available for you on HKU Portal.

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Courses on Statistics Software
Introduction to SPSS for Windows
Courses on Web-based Learning Systems
Introduction to e-Learning Systems ILN and SOUL
This 2-hour seminar will give an introduction to the two web-based learning systems:
Introduction to WebCT (Web Course Tools)
Developing Online Courses with WebCT (Basic)
Developing Online Courses with WebCT (Advanced)
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Courses on Web Page Browsing and Authoring Courses on Parallel Programming Courses provided by course vendors on PC software (fee required)
Visual Basic for Application - Excel  ($500)
This 2-day course is designed for students who want to learn how to use Visual Basic to write Macros in Excel.

Course outline :

      1. Difference between Excel Macros and Visual Basic for Application (VBA
      2. Introduction to VBA - Development Environment, Menus & Toolbars
      3. Structure of Procedures - Calling and Organizing Procedures
      4. Introduction to Objects and collections
      5. Controlling Objects
      6. Using the Object Browser, Objects, Properties and Methods
      7. VBA Codes - Conditions and Looping
      8. Debugging & Error Handling - using Debug Window, Break
          Mode, using Match Expression and  built-in-Error value of MS Excel
      9. Exchange Data with other applications - using DDE, using OLE
          Automation with Applications and DLLs
     10.Customer Applications - using Dialog Boxes, Dialog Sheets and
           Menu Editor

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to be familiar with MS Excel.

Dreamweaver MX  ($500)
This 2-day course is designed for users who want to learn how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, a powerful & professional visual editor for creating and managing web pages. With Dreamweaver, it's easy to create cross-platform, cross-browser pages.

Course outline :

      1. Dreamweaver Work Space
      2. Site Planning & Site Management
      3. Understanding Hyper Link
      4. Using Images & Animations
      5. Using Cascading Style Sheet
      6. Creating Forms & Frames
      7. Creating Interactive Homepage

Flash MX  ($500)
This 2-day course is designed for students who want to learn how to use Macromedia Flash MX, to produce special effects and animation, for a multimedia homepage.  It can help users produce home pages with vector and bitmap graphics, motion, MP3 audio, form input and interactivity.

Course outline :

      1. Flash Work Space
      2. Drawing and Editing Graphics
      3. Editing scenes and objects
      4. Using Timeline
      5. Creating animation and using sound files
      6. Using Actions
      7. Publishing and Exporting to movie
      8. Uploading homepage

Adobe Illustrator 10.0  ($500)
Adobe Illustrator allows you to create sophisticated and impressive graphics for use on the web, in conventional print and other media projects with a variety of graphic tools, functions and layer effects. In this course students will learn the design concepts in developing artworks and drawing for professional graphic design.

The course outline of this 2-day workshop include:

  1. Introducing Illustrator - Illustrator Basics, Creating Shapes, Drawing and Painting,  Selecting and Editing, Working with Color
  2. Putting Illustrator to Work - Manipulating Type, Transforming and Distorting Artwork, Using Layers and Masks
  3. Mastering Illustrator - Understand Transparency, Using Style and Effects, Working with Pixels
  4. Outputting Illustrator - Understanding Printing, Outputting files to other file format or other applications
Adobe PageMaker 7.0  ($500)
This is a 2-day course on using the Adobe PageMaker 7, a desktop publishing software. The final output can be used for mass printing directly.
        Course outline:

               1. Basic concept on computer desktop publishing
               2. Creating accurate layout
               3. Importing other documents including texts and graphics
               4. Text Objects: text blocks and text frames
               5. Using master items for long documents
               6. Uses of styles
               7. Creating the table of contents

Advanced Word 2002 (Office XP)  ($500)

This is a 2-day course on using the advanced features of Microsoft Word 2002.
       Course outline:

              1. File Protection using Password, and Auto-save
               2. Creating Templates
               3. Creating Styles
               4. Creating Macros
               5. Uses of Footnotes, Index, and Content
               6. Uses of online form
               7. Using master documents
               8. Sharing data with other Office applications
               9. Insert hyperlinks
             10. Uses of Web tools

Advanced Excel 2002 (Office XP)  ($500)

This is a 2-day course on using the advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2002.
       Course outline:

               1. Import and export data
               2. Publish worksheets and workbooks to the web
               3. Create workspaces, templates; use data consolidation
               4. Create and apply custom number formats; use conditional formats
               5. Use named ranges in formulas, Lookup and Reference functions
               6. Customize toolbars and menus; create macros
               7. Audit formulas, identify dependencies in formulas
               8. Use subtotals; define and apply filters; add group and outline criteria to ranges;
                   use data validation
               9. Retrieve external data and create queries, use Extensible Markup
                   Language (XML) Web queries
             10. Create PivotTable, PivotChart and PivotTable/PivotChart Reports
             11. Forecast values with what-if analysis
             12. Create and display scenarios
             13. Modify passwords, protections and properties
             14. Create a shared workbook, merge workbooks
             15. Track, accept and reject changes to workbooks
 

 
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    Notes for Registration:
     
    1.  Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by visiting HKU Portal (https://hkuportal.hku.hk)  => Services tab => Workshop and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)
    2.  Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail or telephone at least one week before the commencement of the course.
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    Some courses (no. prefix) are organised in conjunction with a course vendor.  There is a nominal charge on the courses.

    For courses requiring a fee, please send payment to Computer Centre as soon as you have registered on the web, otherwise your registration is considered invalid.

    Payment can be made in cheque (payable to The University of Hong Kong), or through departmental requisition (for applicants supported by departments).

    Once accepted, the fee is not refundable.  However, substitution of participant is possible by written notification to the Centre.

    Computer Centre reserves the right to cancel the courses if there is insufficient enrollment. Applicants will be notified by email or telephone of the course cancellation and all course fees collected will be refunded in full.

    4. The maximum number of participants for a course:
    - 25 in Room 135, Old Library Building
    - 22 in Room 201, Run Run Shaw Building
    - 20 in Room 101, Run Run Shaw Building

    Computer Centre runs courses in the following areas throughout the year to assist staff and students in using the Centre's facilities:
     
  1. Email and Network Services 
  2. HKU Portal Services  
  3. Web-based Learning Systems 
  4. Unix System  
  5. Statistical Analysis Software
  6. Bioinformatics Software
  7. Parallel Programming 
  8. Web Page Authoring
  9. Word Processing  
  10. Spreadsheet 
  11. Powerpoint Presentations 
  12. PC Database Systems
  13. Pagemaker 
  14. Photoshop
  15. Illustrator
  16. Dreamweaver
  17. Click here to suggest new courses you would like

Computer News No.107, Jan-Feb 2004

Hotlines

Channels and Telephone Numbers for Seeking Help see http://www.its.hku.hk/home/quicklinks/helplines.htm
Dial-up Services
56Kbps HKUPPP Dial-up modem lines and numbers see http://www.its.hku.hk/services/modem.htm
Operations Schedule

      Opening Hours for Computer Laboratories see http://www.its.hku.hk/home/about/openinghour.htm

      Holiday Schedule for Computer Laboratories from March  to June 2004 see http://www.its.hku.hk/home/about/openinghour.htm#holidays