IT Newsletter for teachers Macau Polytechnic Institute Computer Service Centre
May 2008
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Plan for Windows Active Directory Deployment & Plan for Improving Internet Access
by Voyage Io

Windows Active Directory Deployment

Novell Netware has been used in MPI for over 10 years. CSC has planned to replace it by a state-of-the-art Windows AD (Active Directory) environment.   Our target is to complete the migration of all computers in the institute in 2008.

As of May 2008, CSC has completed the migration of user profile, network storage, and printing services of several administrative departments - CSC, SAG, PES, SCT and GRP to Windows servers.    Other departments are expected to migrate within the remaining months.

From May 19 to July 31, CSC will change the settings of each academic staff’s computer.   Our staff will contact each school to arrange appointments to perform the changes.

During  Summer recess, CSC will change the settings of the school administrative staff’s computers as well as computers in headquarters’ computer labs and classrooms. The data migration of Student and Academic Staff Network Drive from the Novell NetWare servers to the Windows servers will be performed in August 2008 with further notice.

We will try our best to minimize the migration impact on users' operation, but your cooperation is highly needed. As a preventive measure, each teacher and school administrative staff is suggested to regularly backup personal data, especially before Summer recess.

Plan for improving Internet Access

In May 2008, CSC completed the upgrade of three internet broadband lines from 3Mb to 20 Mb.   In order to enhance the utilization and efficiency of internet access, CSC has also merged these 3 broadband lines into a virtual 60Mb Internet access backbone with the adoption of NAT load-balancing technique.  After the implementation, the traffic jam or low utilization issues found on a single broadband line will be resolved, thus enhancing the usage and efficiency of these broadband lines.

CSC has planned to increase the Internet access backbone from 60Mb to 80Mb in June.  In addition, we are considering subscribing one more broadband line (20Mb downstream and 1Mb upstream) for delivering part of the web services to Internet users (e.g. Admission Web, Webmail, Adobe Connect Meeting), in order to ease the extremely high utilization of the existing 2Mbps leased line.

Teaching with IT

Contents of this programme include: Web browser - Firefox, Email tool - gMail/Google Mail Instant messenger - Skype Social bookmarking tool - Delicious RSS reader - Google Reader Real-time messaging tool - Twitter Online Calendar - Google Calendar Office suite - Google Docs Mind mapping tool - FreeMind Start page tool - iGoogle Blogging tool - Wordpress Web authoring tool - Nvu Wiki tool - PBwiki. Photo hosting and sharing tool - Flickr Presentation hosting and sharing tool - Slideshare Video hosting and sharing tool - YouTube Collaborative presentation tool - Voicethread Podcasting tool - Audacity Screen capture/ casting tool - Jing Polling and survey tool - PollDaddy Web meeting tool - Yugma Live broadcasting tool - Ustream Social networking tool - Ning Course authoring tool - eXe Course management tool - Moodle.

Learning with IT

The Story of Stuff
with Annie Leonard
The Story of Stuff is an interactive movie presentation about the origin of stuff, everyday objects we all possess. "From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever."

60 Killer OpenCourseWare Collectin for Web Designers
Learn By Doing
A collection of university courses' materials (Open CourseWare) covering from design theory to Internet culture.

IT Usage Tips

Custom Guide - Free Computer Training Quick References
Learn on Demand
"CustomGuide have released some Quick Reference Guides for Microsoft, Mac and Adobe products.
These printable quick references are free to use, distribute, and share!".


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Chief Editor: Conceição Carvalho
Colin Lai, Voyage Io
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