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Spring 2001 Contents

2001: A Network Odyssey
by David Lassner

The Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Hawaii highlights significant projects now in progress as the UH network backbones take a major leap into the next generation of networking.


Hawaii Voyager: New Web Gateway to Resources in Libraries of the UH System
by Wil Frost, Head, Library Information Technology Division and
Jean Ehrhorn, Interim University Librarian

Hawaii Voyager, a Web gateway providing access to libraries across the UH System, was launched in spring 2001, and can be accessed at uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu. Taking advantage of the University’s network infrastructure, the Web-based Voyager system provides access to all campus online catalogs, allows patrons to check their own records, and links users to Internet sites through browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer.


TIP2001: Techs in Paradise High-Technology Meetings
by Ward Takamiya

ITS staff at UH hosted TIP2001, a series of high-technology meetings where international Next Generation Internet / Internet2 engineers, leaders, and policy-makers met to showcase the latest in networking technologies and discuss the future of the Internet. Hawaii is quickly becoming a desired site for high-profile technology events and is being recognized as both a strategic hub for future worldwide networks and a capable and hospitable conference host.


Information Security Is EVERYONE’S Responsibility!
by Jodi Ito

Computers on various university campuses were used to launch full-scale denial-of-service attacks in February last year which disabled high-profile Web sites such as Yahoo!, E*Trade, and eBay. An article in the February 12, 2001 issue of Computerworld entitled “University Computers Remain Hacker Havens” states that “University IT departments don’t have responsibility for securing the research machines ­ and it’s not clear who does have that responsibility.” In reality, information security is EVERYONE’S responsibility!


UH E-mail Services Enhanced with Anti-virus Protection
by Michael Hodges

ITS has taken another step to increase the security and reliability of e-mail service for the University community. The Sophos anti-virus scanner has been installed on our UNIX
e-mail server. With the scanner, viruses are detected at the server level and removed before they can reach your client PC or Macintosh system. This added layer of security is in place for all who use the primary hawaii.edu mail server (mail.hawaii.edu) and is a good supplement to the anti-virus software running on your personal desktop system.


New Non-Mandatory Computer Equipment Contract Benefits UH Departments
by Naomi Okinaga

The University of Hawaii has joined the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA), which allows UH departments to purchase computer equipment from any of the five WSCA contractors without competitive quotations. Price lists and information are located at www.state.nm.us/spd/WSCAmain.html. With this non-mandatory contract in place, UH departments can take advantage of price discounts due to volume purchasing, while maintaining the option of purchasing from vendors outside of the contract.


Departments Save Money with ITS Site License Service
by Cori Kobayashi

Your department can take advantage of significant cost savings by purchasing popular software through the ITS Site License Service. By agreeing to purchase software in large quantities, ITS is able to negotiate greatly reduced prices on a wide range of commonly used software, allowing UH departments to avoid the prohibitive costs of purchasing at retail prices. Visit the ITS Site License Web page at www.hawaii.edu/sitelic for a list of available software. The Web page also offers product information, provides direct links to vendors, and more.


Lifecycle of Your ITS Username
by Michael Hodges

Your ITS Username is your key to many of the services and resources provided by ITS. All members of the University community are eligible to obtain an ITS Username, which is valid for the duration of your academic or professional career in the UH system. Find out about the lifecycle of your ITS Username, from the time it is created through termination.


by Russ Tokuyama

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, also known as LDAP, is an Internet standard which makes it easy to access common information from many different computer systems and applications over the Internet. Although still in an early stage, UH is moving towards using LDAP to provide a central point of access for services such as the ITS modem pool and Web-based e-mail. Future projects such as wireless LAN access and Web portals will use LDAP to perform user authentication and authorization.


Online Student Employment & Cooperative Education (SECE) System
by Renee Kimoto

Students at UH Manoa are enjoying the benefits of the new SECE system, which allows them to search for suitable part-time jobs and obtain referrals online via a secured Web site. Both University and non-University employers enjoy the convenience of posting and managing their job opportunities online. Many eyes are on this new system as it is the first application at UH to utilize Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) for user authentication.


UHINFO Makeover
by Gordon K. Uyehara

UHINFO, the main Web page for the University of Hawaii, has undergone changes in appearance, content, and ambiance as the development team continually finds ways to improve the site. The enhanced page features flyout menus, a message space, a faster search engine, and a Calendar of Events section. Colors were chosen to evoke an island feel and an intentional effort was made to simplify navigation without reducing functionality. Look for these features and more at www.hawaii.edu, the University’s Web presence to the world.


Imaging for the Web
by Ward Takamiya

You’ve surfed the Web and have come across many interesting sites. Now it’s your turn to put some pictures up on your own Web page. How do you begin? Follow the steps in this primer for a basic understanding of how to convert your picture into a digital file, how to fine-tune your image, and what HTML source statements you need to put your picture up on the Web. You’ll be well on your way to creating interesting and impressive Web pages.


Managing Your WebCT Files with WebDAV
by Kenwrick Chan

Managing your uploaded files with WebCT’s File Manager has always been a slow process due to the Web browser’s limitation of being able to handle just one file at a time. A new product called Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) overcomes this limitation and makes managing your WebCT files as easy as dragging your files from one folder to another.


  • Programs on uhunix2 to be Removed
  • Improvements to University of Hawaii at Manoa Telephone System
  • Distance Learning and Information Services Restructured within ITS
  • TALENT - Teaching And Learning using Electronic Networked Technologies
  • UHM Associate Professor Recognized for Exemplary Online Course

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