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                                                                  Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

General News

Unix Host Computer News

PC News

Training News

Hotlines and Operations Schedule

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Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

HKU Event Management System Enhanced with New Features

    1. Introduction
    2. Enhanced Functions for Easier User Access
    3. New Features for Event Managers

1. Introduction 

In February 2005, Computer Centre launched a new HKU Event Management System (HKUEMS) to help HKU event organizers announce their events. The system enables HKU event organizers to enter event information once and publicize in multiple channels, and it also allows event organizers to easily initiate an online registration process.

A number of enhancements and new features have since been developed, some of which such as the customizable registration instructions and payment instructions, were introduced in the last issue of Computer News.  We are pleased to announce that starting from 1 July 2005, HKUEMS will support more new features for providing users easier  access to information of the events announced and helping event organizers in publicizing their events more efficiently.

2. Enhanced Functions for Easier User Access 

More Versatile 'Search' Function

Under the 'Daily', 'Weekly' and  'Monthly' views of event information, the 'Search' function has been enhanced and  users can now search for event information by

  • Event Type, e.g. Press Conference, or
  • Event Nature, e.g. Medical and Health Care, or
  • Event Organizer, e.g. External Relations Office

In addition, users can also display information of the events satisfying any of the above criteria within a certain period by specifying the range of dates.

Easy Access to Information of Registered Events

After a user has registered for joining an event online via HKUEMS, the user will receive from the system an  acknowledgement email which includes a link to the web page of the event registered.  By this means, HKU members as well as public users of HKUEMS would be able to view easily the information of their registered events later through the web page links included in the acknowledgement emails.

3. New Features for Event Managers 

Online Payment of Registration Fees (This feature is only available to HKU departments and not available to student societies.)

In announcing an event through HKUEMS, departments will be able to collect registration fees from their registrants conveniently through online credit card payment.  Starting from 1 July 2005, HKUEMS will be provided with an interface to the JETCO credit card payment gateway of the Bank of East Asia Ltd for accepting payment online.  Event Managers can then use the payment transaction records provided by HKUEMS for settlement of fee collected with the bank. Another new feature of HKUEMS is to allow departments to set a deadline for the registrants of an event to pay for their registration fees so that any unpaid registrations will automatically be revoked after the deadline.

Note: Departments must first set up a credit card merchant account with the Finance and Enterprises Office before using the online credit card payment feature of HKUEMS.  Please contact the undersigned for details.

More Choices of Prospective Participant Groups for Event Announcements

Event managers can specify whether their events are open for HKU staff, students or the public so that the events can be seen only by the respective groups of prospective participants.  The new version of HKUEMS provides more choices of participant groups to whom a particular event could be announced.  With this feature, event managers can have more flexibility and better focus in announcing their events to different prospective participant groups, e.g. residents of a specific hall, or students from a specific faculty, etc.

Recording of Access Counts of Event Announcements

A new 'Hits' column will be included to show the number of times an event is viewed.  The figures of the 'hit counts' are useful statistical data for event mangers' reference.

Capability to Send Acknowledgement Email to Registrant

At present, acknowledgement emails are only sent to registrants who register for an event online.  In the new version, a new function is supported for event managers to send acknowledgement emails to any selected registrants according to specific needs of contacting the registrants.


Other new enhancements of HKUEMS include the functions for keeping track of email records, faster display of events, etc.  For interested users who wish to find out more about the new features of HKUEMS, please refer to presentation of our Self-learning Tutorials.  Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact the undersigned.



Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

A Web Site for Daily Departmental Notices Sent by Bulk Email

      1. Daily notices of HKU departments sent by bulk email
      2. Home page for reading daily notices of HKU department
      3. Procedure to enable receipt of the daily index of departmental notices

1. Daily notices of HKU departments sent by bulk email

It has been a common practice for departments and student societies of the University to disseminate seminar announcements, notices of events and other news to staff members and students using the HKU Bulk Email Delivery System.  While departments and student societies would like to deliver their announcements and notices directly and separately to individual recipients by means of bulk email, some users have suggested that instead of requiring them to receive their interested bulk emails separately, it would be desirable for them to receive only an index of all of bulk email messages sent on a day, so that they can choose to read those which are of their interests.

We are pleased to announced that this valuable suggestion from our users has been implemented.  Starting from July 2005, staff members of the University can elect to receive an email with the subject "Daily Notices for All Staff Members" and students can similarly elect to receive an email with the subject "Daily Notices for All Students" in July 2005. 

The daily notice for all students would look like the following:

From: "HKU Bulk Email Delivery System"
To: "HKU Students"
Subject: Daily Notices for All Students

Daily Notices for All Students  Jun 22, 2005

For details, please visit:
http://www.its.hku.hk/bulkemail/student.htm

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1. From Faculty of Education
Research Seminar on 24 June 2005
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2. From Graduate House
Talk and Photo Exhibition
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---------------- Note from Bulk Email Delivery System ----------------
This is a 'General Notice' from a university department distributed
by the Bulk Email Service offered by Computer Centre .
You can select to enable or disable the delivery of 'General Notices'
by login HKU Portal http://hkuportal.hku.hk/ with HKU Portal UID &
PIN (i.e. email password) -> 'MyFavourites' tab -> 'Bulk Email Control'
under 'Email Utilities'.

2. Home page for reading daily notices of HKU departments

Staff members and students can follow the hyperlinks in the emails as shown below to read the notices.  

Note: Owing to the internal dissemination nature of these departmental notices, user authentication using HKU Portal UID/PIN is required for access to these daily notices from Internet outside the University Campus Network boundary whereas access to these notices within the University Campus Network is direct.

The home page of daily departmental notices looks like the following:

screenshot of Daily Department Notices

3. Procedure to enable receipt of the daily index of departmental notices

Users who wish to receive the daily index of departmental notices by email should carry out the following procedure to enable this service:

      login the HKU Portal  http://hkuportal.hku.hk/ with your HKU Portal UID & PIN (i.e. email password)
=> click the 'MyFavourites' tab
=> click the 'Bulk Email Control' hyperlink under 'Email Utilities'
=> select "Daily Notices of HKU Departments" and click the arrow button to move it under the column of the "Receive List "; and likewise select the department names from which you do not want to receive any bulk emails and click the appropriate arrow button to move them under the column of the "Not Receive List".
 




Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

Email Accounts for Graduating Students of 2005 

      1. Free email accounts for HKU graduates
      2. What about the network service?
      3. Reminders for graduating students

1. Free email accounts for HKU graduates

All degree graduates of the University can enjoy the use of a free email account in the HKU graduate email system.  This graduate email account is intended to facilitate the communications between the University and her alumni and is not for commercial use.  This account is automatically created for graduating students and no account application is needed.  Computer Centre will notify all graduating students by email of the termination of their student accounts and the creation of their graduate accounts when they have completed their graduation requirements.

The new graduate email accounts on the graduate.hku.hk system have the same account names and passwords as those on the hkusua.hku.hk system.  For example, for a student whose account is UID@hkusua.hku.hk,  his new email address on the graduate server will be UID@graduate.hku.hk.  Note that the email on the hkusua.hku.hk system would not be migrated or forwarded to the graduate.hku.hk system.  Graduating students are advised to save email messages which they want and notify their correspondents of the new email address.

Graduates can access their email accounts from the Internet via IMP webmail at http://webmail.hku.hk/.

Computer Centre has also implemented the anti-spam facility on the graduate server.  For details on spam control, see our FAQ's

The default disk quota allocation for graduate email accounts is 10MB.  Graduate users can also subscribe for more disk space at a charge of  HK$160 per 20MB per annum.  Click here for details on subscribing for more disk space.

Graduates are reminded to always check their disk quota usage.

Do not exceed your disk quota because when your disk quota is exceeded, you cannot login or delete mail because the trash folder cannot be updated.  You must get some temporary disk space and then delete unwanted mail.  Click here to see a solution of this problem.

2. What about the network service?

To gain access to the the graduate email accounts through Internet using the IMP webmail as described above, graduates must arrange for their own Internet access by themselves, say by subscribing to a commercial service from an Internet Service Provider (ISP).  Alternatively, they can also consider to apply for the Graduate HKUPPP dial-up service provided by Computer Centre on charge basis to connect their PCs to the HKU network via dial-up modems.  For details of the Graduate HKUPPP service, please browse the FAQ's for graduates.  Please note that like the case for users of commercial ISP, the Libraries does not provide free access to its electronic resources to users of the Graduate HKUPPP. 

3. Reminders for graduating students

All graduating students will be notified by email that their HKUSUA accounts will expire after a grace period of 31 days from the date of graduation.  If you are a student graduating this summer and receive such an email notification, you should:

  • copy and save all your files, email and address books that are on the HKUSUA server onto your own storage media, e.g. CD-ROM, before your HKUSUA account expires.
  • notify your email correspondents of the change of email address before your HKUSUA account expires.
  • cancel all mailing list subscriptions before your HKUSUA account expires.
  • be aware that the email forwarding function of your HKUSUA account will not work after the account expires.
  • be aware that the disk quota limit on the graduate server is 10MB.  Please remember to delete unwanted mail.
  • manage your graduate email using IMP webmail at http://webmail.hku.hk.

The web site for managing your graduate email account (change password, set mail alias, set forwarding, etc.) is at  http://www.hku.hk/convocat/gradmail.htm

University alumni who graduated before 2001 can apply for their graduate email accounts on-line at the above site by clicking the link "Apply Now".

For further enquiries, please browse the FAQ on email and PPP accounts for HKU Graduates or send email to ithelp@hku.hk.



Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

From the Help Desk - Spyware and Network Scanning

      1. Recent spyware tricks
      2. Network scanning caused by trojan horse or spyware
      3. What you can do against spyware

1. Recent spyware tricks

You may have received a FAKE email with content such as the following:

"We have suspended some of your email services, to resolve the problem you should read the attached document."

The above is a fake notice from a spoofed email address.  Please note that Computer Centre does not send out emails with attached document file(s) to our users, and do not open any such attachment files as they may contain a virus or spyware.  

Users are alerted that such fake mails often use the recipients' email server name (technically, the Internet domain name) to trick the recipients into believing the messages are authentic.  The following (and many more) are examples of fake email addresses:
 
fake email address based on domain hkucc.hku.hk fake email address based on domain hkusua.hku.hk


admin@hkucc.hku.hk
support@hkucc.hku.hk
services@hkucc.hku.hk
webmaster@hkucc.hku.hk


admin@hkusua.hku.hk
support@hkusua.hku.hk
services@hkusua.hku.hk
webmaster@hkusua.hku.hk

Often these emails contain an attachment file or ask you to click a hyperlink.  DO NOT open any such attachment files or click the hyperlinks of such fake emails as this may introduce a computer virus or Trojan horse or spyware into your computer. 

2. Network scanning caused by Trojan horses or spyware

We are seeing more network scanning activities on the Hall Network.  Most of the incidents of network scanning are due to the users' computers being infected by computer viruses, Trojan horses or spyware.  The network scanning not only slows down the operation of the infected PC, it also creates so much network traffic that others cannot get on the network as they are all trying to connect to the same network equipment, and thus resulting in a sluggish network response for all hall-mates on the entire floor.

In previous help desk articles, we have cautioned our users against phishing and spyware.  A phishing site may send you a spoofed email notice telling you to go to a bogus web site and enter your password, or to download some software to fix some computer problem.  This can cause the installation of a Trojan horse or spyware in your PC. 

A trojan horse program often looks for system vulnerability in other networked PCs and infects them.  Spyware is a kind of Trojan horse implanted into your PC to steal your information, e.g. by  keystroke-logging -- it captures and logs all your keystrokes and send email reports to the attacker.  Logged information include all passwords typed on your PC, websites visited, clipboard recordings, etc.  Spyware starts to operate when your computer is booted up, and is configured to run invisibly without your knowing its existence.

3. What you can do against spyware

Just as you can report spam to SpamCop for stemming out spam, you can report phishing to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

You can install an anti-spyware software in your PC for protection.  It works similar to an anti-virus software by scanning the memory and storage drives on your computer.  If spyware is found, it will be deleted.  Just as for anti-virus patterns, the files used for scanning spyware must be continuously updated.  Microsoft has responded to this issue by releasing the Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware.  Click here to download this free software (beta version at the time of writing).  See our FAQ for another anti-spyware.   

The following basic rules are good at all times for protecting your PC against vulnerability attack, virus, Trojan horse, spyware, spam or any other malicious software that may appear in the wild, wild Internet:

1. Perform Windows Update when it is released.  It is released roughly once a month.  You can also check for it explicitly by clicking the Windows "Start" button => "Windows Update" or configure your PC to update automatically.  This action would close known vulnerabilities which can be exploited by attackers.

2. Install Anti-virus software. You should install an anti-virus software and set it to update the virus definitions during system start-up. 

3. Install Anti-spyware software. See above. 

4. Do not open any unexpected email attachment files even from people you know because the senders' names can be spoofed.  You should first scan the attachment file or verify with the sender about the attachment before you open it.  

5. Do not give your email address to any internet subscriptions unless you know they are trustworthy sites.  Many unscrupulous merchants sell email addresses for a profit.

You can also visit our CC FAQ's on Computer Viruses to learn more about the details:

http://www.its.hku.hk/faq/virus.htm



Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

IMSL Libraries Installed on the HPCPOWER Cluster

    1. IMSL Libraries now available on the HPCPOWER system
    2. Program speed-up on the HPCPOWER system

1. IMSL Libraries now available on the HPCPOWER system

We are pleased to announce that the IMSL (International Mathematical and Statistical Libraries) has been installed on the HPCPOWER system since May 1, 2005 through a transfer of the software license from the old HKUHPCC system to the much more powerful HPCPOWER system.  IMSL is a comprehensive mathematical and statistical program libraries for high performance computing applications.  This development will enable our users who require the IMSL for running their high-performance computing (HPC) programs on the 356-processor HPCPOWER system.  As a result of the license transfer, IMSL is no longer supported on the HKUHPCC system.

2. Program speed-up on the HPCPOWER system

In using IMSL on the HPCPOWER system, users have to use the Intel FORTRAN compiler instead of the PGI FORTRAN compiler as it was required on the old HKUHPCC system.  We are also pleased to report that all user programs requiring the use of IMSL previously run on the old HKUHPCC system are found to be running at least 4 times faster after they are ported to run on the HPCPOWER system.  For instance, by porting a user program (using IMSL) from the old HKUHPCC system to the HPCPOWER system with more extensive use of parallel processing, the time for running the program to its completion has significantly been reduced from more than a week to less than 2 hours.

Users who are interested to parallelize their programs on the HPCPOWER system for faster performance can contact the undersigned.



Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

GCG/SeqWEB Programs Migrated to the BIOINFO Server

    1. GCG/SeqWEB Software Migrated to the BIOINFO system
    2. Up-to-date databanks accessible by GCG/SeqWEB on the BIOINFO system
    3. Re-registration of SeqWEB Account

1. GCG/SeqWEB Software Migrated to the BIOINFO system

We are pleased to announce that the GCG/SeqWEB software packages have been successfully migrated from the HKUCC system to the BIOINFO systems by mid-June 2005.  This migration was the last step of Computer Centre in consolidating the different bioinformatics software on the high performance BIOINFO server.  This migration was transparent to our SeqWEB users except that they would find the system response faster in using the SeqWEB programs at http://seqweb.hku.hk/.

2. Up-to-date databanks accessible by GCG/SeqWEB on the BIOINFO system

Besides the newly installed GCG/SeqWEB software packages, the BIOINFO system also provides other popular bioinformatics software packages (e.g. SRS, EMBOSS) and many up-to-date databanks (e.g. GenBank, EMBL, Genpept, PIR, NRL_3D, Swiss-Prot, PROSITE, etc).  These databanks are now also indexed in GCG format for access by the GCG/SeqWEB programs.

3. Re-registration of the SeqWEB Account

As a result of the change of system platform for running SeqWEB and the drastic increase in license cost of the software, existing SeqWEB users are required to re-register their SeqWEB accounts when they have to use SeqWEB on the BIOINFO system for the first time by accessing the web page http://seqweb.hku.hk/.



Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005

Site Licensing Arrangement on Anti-virus Software

    1. Site licensing programs on anti-virus software
    2. Acquiring new licenses

1. Site licensing programs on anti-virus software

In June 2004, we informed departments that the renewal fee for the Norton Anti-virus (NAV) products for 2004/05 was substantially increased by 5 to 6 times than that of 2003/2004.  In view of this drastic price increase, Computer Centre conducted a tender exercise last year.  As a result of this tender, Sophos Anti-virus (SAV) which was also a popular anti-virus product was recommended as a much more economical alternative to NAV software and more than 70 departments had changed to use SAV.  Positive feedbacks were received from these user departments in using this new anti-virus software. 

Computer Centre has just completed a new tender exercise for the NAV products.  The renewal and initial fees for the desktop/server for 2005/2006 have been increased by 30% and 10% respectively as compared with those of 2004/2005 for the same purchase quantity.  Departments subscribing Norton Anti-virus or Ghost products through the site-licensing program of Computer Centre should have already received the renewal notice and the fee schedule for 2005/2006.

We can now note that price difference between the NAV and SAV software packages are substantial.  Computer Centre would therefore advise departments which are still using NAV to consider seriously to switch to the use of SAV as a substantial amount of budget could be saved.  For the latest price information on the SAV, NAV and Ghost software, please login HKU Portal and follow the steps of navigation of: "Services" tab =>  "Computer Centre Services" => "Tender Prices".

2. Acquiring new licenses

Departments interested in acquiring new licenses of SAV, NAV or Ghost products through Computer Centre can submit a CC Order Form to the Centre through the HKU Portal ("Services" tab => "Computer Centre Services" =>  "Order License and Goods" and complete the transaction using your HKU digital certificate (HKU-Cert)).  As an alternative, departments can also complete and return the paper version of the CC Order Form (CF-36) available at http://www.its.hku.hk/home/services/forms.htm

For any question regarding the above, please feel free to contact our Ms Sarah Li or Ms Kitty Ng at 2859 2491.



Computer News No. 115  May-June 2005


Training News

The following are the training courses arranged by the Computer Center till September 2005 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" image Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by visiting HKU Portal (http://hkuportal.hku.hk) => Services tab => Workshop and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)

Course Schedule

Note: RR = Run Run Shaw Building

OLB = Library Building, Old Wing

KB = Knowles Building

Computer Centre Orientation

No prior registration to attend the orientation course or workshop is required.  Please walk in and join any of the sessions of the course or workshop that you are interested in.
 

Orientation Course on Introduction to Computer Centre Services

1 Sep 2005 (Thu) 9:30am - 11:30am KB-223
2 Sep 2005 (Fri) 9:30am - 11:30am KB-223
5 Sep 2005 (Mon) 9:30am - 11:30am KB-223
6 Sep 2005 (Tue) 9:30am - 11:30am KB-223

Orientation Workshop on PC and Network Services of Computer Centre

1 Sep 2005 (Thu)
11:45 am - 12:45pm
OLB-134
2 Sep 2005 (Fri) 11:45 am - 12:45pm OLB-134
5 Sep 2005 (Mon) 11:45 am - 12:45pm OLB-134
6 Sep 2005 (Tue) 11:45 am - 12:45pm OLB-134

Courses on Email and HKU Portal Services

Introduction to Email and Computer Virus 14 Sept, 2005 9:30am-12:30pm RR-201
Introduction to HKU Portal and HKUESD - Student 21 Sept, 2005 9:30am-11:30am  RR-201
Introduction to HKU Portal and HKUESD - Staff 28 Sept, 2005 9:30am-11:30am RR-201

Courses on Statistics Software
Introduction to SPSS for Windows 2 Jul, 2005 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201
Introduction to SPSS for Windows 26 Aug, 2005 9:30am - 12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Web Page Browsing and Authoring
Web Page Editing with FrontPage 6 Jul, 2005 9:30am -12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Unix System and Applications

Introduction to Unix 23 Sept, 2005 9:30am-12:30pm RR-201

Courses on Parallel Programming

Parallel Programming with Workshop 30 Jun, 2005 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201
Parallel Programming with Workshop 29 Jul, 2005 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201
Parallel Programming with Workshop 30 Sept, 2005 2:30pm-5:30pm RR-201

Courses provided by course vendors on PC software

Adobe Photoshop CS
HK$500
4 & 5 Jul, 2005 9:30 am - 4:30pm RR-201
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Introduction
HK$250
22 Aug, 2005 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Advanced
HK$250
23 Aug, 2005 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201
Dreamweaver MX 2004
HK$500
29 & 30 Aug, 2005 9:30am - 4:30pm RR-201


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Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by visiting HKU Portal (http://hkuportal.hku.hk)  => Services tab => Workshop and Courses (under Computer Centre Services)

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Course Descriptions

Computer Centre Orientation

Orientation Course on Introduction to Computer Centre Services

This course will give an introduction on the wide range of computer and network services of Computer Centre .  After attending this course, you will understand more about the scope and types of our services which should be valuable resources to facilitate your study and work at the University.

Orientation Workshop on PC and Network Services of Computer Centre

You are encouraged to attend the workshop after attending the above introductory course in order to get hands-on experience in using the PC and network services offered by Computer Centre .

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Courses on E-mail and HKU Portal Services

Introduction to Email and Computer Virus

This is a 2-hour course on using Email in HKU and how to prevent computer virus.  It covers:

                    - the concepts of email client and serverl
                    - email programs in HKU environment
                    - configuring an email client
                    - managing the disk quota on the server
                    - filtering spam mail on the server
                    - avoid catching computer virus in reading email

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Introduction to HKU Portal and HKUESD - Staff

This is a 2-hour workshop on concepts of the HKU Portal and HKUESD systems and on how to use these services.

The HKU Portal is a web-based interface to the computer services and information provided by the University. You can access web-based email, the HKU Libraries' resources, on-line courses, teaching and learning resources, personal records, administrative data, research information and other on-line services provided by various departments with a single sign-on using your HKU Portal UID (user identification).

The HKUESD services are web-based applications where you sign electronically with your HKU digital certificate (HKU-Cert). Digital signatures, based on public key infrastructure (PKI), provide reliable authentication and assure data integrity. (Note: please bring your "HKU-Cert CD" to the workshop if you have one.)

This workshop will cover the following topics:

1. Introduction to concepts of the HKU Portal
2. Visiting the HKU Portal and customising your own portal services
3. Introduction to concepts of PKI and ESD
4. Visiting the HKUESD applications and using your HKU-Cert

In the HKU Portal and HKUESD workshop for staff, the web-based applications for staff will be highlighted.

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Introduction to HKU Portal and HKUESD - Student

This is a 2-hour workshop on concepts of the HKU Portal and HKUESD systems and on how to use these services.

The HKU Portal is a web-based interface to the computer services and information provided by the University. You can access web-based email, the HKU Libraries' resources, on-line courses, teaching and learning resources, personal records, administrative data, research information and other on-line services provided by various departments with a single sign-on using your HKU Portal UID (user identification).

The HKUESD services are web-based applications where you sign electronically with your HKU digital certificate (HKU-Cert). Digital signatures, based on public key infrastructure (PKI), provide reliable authentication and assure data integrity. (Note: please bring your "HKU-Cert CD" to the workshop if you have one.)

This workshop will cover the following topics:

1. Introduction to concepts of the HKU Portal
2. Visiting the HKU Portal and customising your own portal services
3. Introduction to concepts of PKI and ESD
4. Visiting the HKUESD applications and using your HKU-Cert

In the HKU Portal and HKUESD workshop for students, the Student Connect system will be highlighted.

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Courses on Statistics Software
 

Introduction to SPSS for Windows

This is a course on the SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Science) for Windows PC. Users will learn how to read the input data as well as to perform some simple statistical analysis. Contents include:

1. SPSS for Windows - SPSS Modules, Getting Help
2. Getting Started, SPSS Manager, Creating and Editing Chart
3. Statistical Analysis with Dialog Box Interface
4. Data Files
5. Data Editor
6. Working with Output
7. Working with Command Syntax
8. Data Transformations
9. File Handling and File Transformations
10. Some Statistical Procedures
11. Utilities
12. Production Facility

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Courses on Web Page Browsing and Authoring


Web Page Editing with FrontPage

This is a 3-hour course workshop on HTML Editing using Microsoft FrontPage. In this workshop, students would be doing the following exercises:

Exercise 1

- Create a document, try colors, fonts, bullets lists etc.

Exercise 2

- Create targets and hyperlinks

Exercise 3

- Create a table

Exercise 4

- Using image files in your document

Exercise 5

- Uploading your document to the server

Pre-requisite: Attendants must have the HKUSUA computer account.

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Courses on Unix System and Applications

Introduction to Unix

This is a 3-hour introductory course for users with little or no Unix experience.  The course will cover the Unix computing environment, the Unix file system, the editor, email, disk quota allocations and commonly used Unix commands.

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Courses on Parallel Programming

Parallel Programming with workshop


This course is suitable for researchers and their assistants who need to run programs with very long execution time. By parallelizing and executing the program in a computer cluster environment, the execution time may be reduced significantly, for example, from 2 days to 2 hours. Students must have programming experience in either C or Fortran.

The course is designed for our HKUHPCC Linux environment which consists of a PC-cluster of 356 CPUs (178 nodes of dual CPU architecture).  For technical details on HKUHPCC cluster, please refer to: http://www.its.hku.hk/ccsystem/hkuhpcc.

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 Courses provided by course vendors on PC software course (fee required)

Adobe Photoshop CS ($500)

This is a 2-day course on using the Adobe Photoshop CS, a software for create, edit, and retouch digital images.

Course outline:

1.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS

2. Photoshop CS Interface
3. The Toolbox
4. Palettes
5. Layers
6. Color
7. Artwork
8. Image Manipulation
9. Type
10. Printing
11. Transformation
12. Masks
13. Easy Filter

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 Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Introduction ($250)

The course outline of this 1-day workshop includes:

1. PowerPoint 2003 Overview
2. Create A New Presentation
3. Understand PowerPoint Views
4. Editing In Slides
5. Bullets And Numbering
6. Insert Picture And WordArt
7. Drawing Objects On A Slide
8. Change The Look Of Object
9. Create Table, Chart and Organization Chart
10. Apply Design Template
11. Present a Slide Show
12. Printing A Presentation

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 Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 - Advanced ($250)

The course outline of this 1-day workshop includes:

1. Insert Multimedia Components - picture, music, sound, voice, movie
2. Create An Interactive Slide Show with Hyperlinks
3. Linking and Embedding Objects e.g. Excel charts or files
4. Customizing PowerPoint Default
5. Master View in PowerPoint
6. Template
7. Custom Animation
8. Enhancing A Slide Show - set timings, full-screen movie etc.
9. About Custom Show
10. Packaging Presentations onto a CD
11. Password Protection

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Dreamweaver MX 2004($500)

The course outline of this 2-day workshop includes:

1. Overview of Dreamweaver MX 2004
2. Workflow for Creating Web Site
3. Exploring the Workspace
4. Creating and Opening Documents
5. Laying Out Page
6. Formatting Text
7. Using Cascading Style Sheet
8. Inserting Images
9. Hyperlinks and Navigation
10. Tables
11. Add Multimedia and Interactive Elements
12. Frames
13. Layers
14. Forms

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Notes for Registration:

    1.  Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by login HKU Portal (http://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 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 by either:

    • cheque (payable to "The University of Hong Kong"), or
    • through departmental requisition (for applicants supported by departments) as either of the following:

    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:

    • Email and Network Services 
    • HKU Portal Services  
    • Web-based Learning Systems 
    • Web Page Authoring
    • Unix System  
    • Parallel Programming 
    • Statistical Analysis Software
    • Bioinformatics Software
    • Word Processing  
    • Spreadsheet 
    • Powerpoint Presentations 
    • PC Database Systems
    • PageMaker 
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Dreamweaver

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