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Winter 2001 Contents

Putting Plans into Action: The UH Strategic Plan for Information Technology and the ITS 2001-2 Action Plan
by David Lassner

The Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Hawaii shares the ITS internal work plan for the 2001-2 academic year in a format mapped against the Strategic Plan for IT.


UH Wireless Network Initial Rollout Begins at Manoa
by ITS Wireless Technical and Support Team

Sit under a tree and read your e-mail. Browse the Web while having lunch at Paradise Palms. The UH Wireless Network provides a convenient way for you to access e-mail and the Web from selected locations on the Manoa campus, without wires. Wireless access points have been initially installed at Manoa for coverage in Paradise Palms and along McCarthy Mall. For the latest coverage maps and roaming zones, FAQs, and other information, see the UHM Wireless Network homepage at: www.hawaii.edu/wireless.


UH Assumes Management of Maui High Performance Computing Center
by David Lassner

UH has assumed management responsibility for the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), one of the world's largest supercomputing facilities. UH operates MHPCC for the Air Force Research Lab under a new contract that may run for up to 10 years with an estimated value of $181 million.


Secure your Web Transactions with VeriSign Server ID
by Naomi Okinaga

Does your departmental Web server handle transactions involving confidential or sensitive information? You can assure your customers that their personal information is being passed over a secure encrypted connection by implementing a VeriSign Server ID on your departmental server. 128-bit VeriSign SSL Global Server IDs (also called digital certificates) for departmental servers can be purchased at a reduced price through the ITS Site License Office.


Make Your Web Page "Findable"
by Ward Takamiya

If you feel that people can't find your Web page when doing a search from UHINFO (or from the major search engines like Alta Vista, Yahoo!, or Google) then maybe it's time to do something about it. Consider a few of the things you can do with your document to bring it up in the rankings and make it more findable by others.


Copyright Infringement on the Web
by Ward Takamiya

Thinking of spicing up your Web page with a Dilbert cartoon or an audio clip of your favorite rock group? In our modern-day cut-and-paste world of personal computing, it is increasingly important to be aware of copyright laws in order to avoid violations and the risk of being sued. Copyright laws are extremely complex but with some prudence and a few basic principles explained, you should have enough of an understanding to protect yourself--and the UH--from possible legal battles.


Keller Hall's New Groove
by Darrel Enoki

The lobby area of Keller Hall at UH Mänoa has a new look along with new services. Follow the bright and visible signs to the ITS Help Desk or System Operations services. Walk up to one of the many G3 iMacs for short-term/express access to e-mail and the Internet. Bring your laptop and "plug in" to the Internet from one of the laptop stations, or if you have wireless access, find a comfortable seat in the lobby to do your work.


Digital Media Center: Multimedia and Instructional Technology Support for the Campus Community
by Jon Nakasone

Are you looking for new ways to incorporate technology and multimedia into your curricula or projects? Visit the Digital Media Center (DMC) located in Kuykendall 105 on the UH Mänoa campus. UH faculty and staff are welcome to use this multimedia facility to scan images, edit audio or videotapes, burn CDs, or take a quick peek at your e-mail while away from your office. Consultations can also be arranged for guidance on creating a Web site, putting your course online, or other projects. The DMC has the equipment and software you need, plus a helpful staff to get you started.


Video Server Expands Cable Programming Capabilities
by Royd Liu

As an increasing number of students discover the benefits of learning "at a distance", the need for cable course programming continues to grow. ITS is able to meet this growing need thanks to a new piece of hardware called a video server. Designed and programmed by ITS staff, the recently installed video server allows for 24x7 continuous programming of cable courses and community programming. With the video server, ITS is able to provide support and access to programs, allowing students greater options while pursuing their educational endeavors.


Respondus 1.1 Assessment Tool Licensed for UH Faculty and Staff
by Linda McConnell

Instructors now have a fast and easy way to develop WebCT quizzes and surveys offline. ITS has recently purchased a license for Respondus 1.1 for the University of Hawai. This PC-based software provides a user-friendly interface to develop quizzes from scratch, import quiz text files, and upload or download to and from WebCT with just a few clicks of your mouse. Respondus can also retrieve student data such as grade reports and summary statistics for archiving and printing. UH faculty and staff with a valid ITS username and password may download Respondus from www.hawaii.edu/talent/respondus.html.


Adobe Acrobat 5.0 Offers Improved Accessibility for Screen Readers
by Jon Nakasone

There is good news for people with visual disabilities who use screen readers to access information on the Web. In the past, it has been difficult or impossible to access files stored in the popular Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Adobe Acrobat 5.0 now has features that make PDF files more accessible to screen readers. The new version works with Microsoft Office 2000 for Windows and captures information about the document in a tagged Adobe PDF file.


P-Card Makes Purchasing Easy
by Jaime Yago

Does it sometimes take "forever" for small purchases to arrive at your office? Then it's time for your department to get a Purchasing Card (P-Card). The P-Card is a credit card with built-in spending limits and accounting features that offers an alternative to existing procurement methods. Authorized staff in your department can charge small purchases to the P-Card and if available, the item can be picked up on the spot. Paperwork and processing are drastically reduced, saving both time and money for the University.


Human Resources Data Warehouse
by Vernon Ching

The Human Resources Data Warehouse is an extensive database which contains personnel information on employees across the UH system. With appropriate authorization and an easy to use software package called Brio Query, you can access personnel information from your desktop PC. Generate the reports you need in seconds! Contact Vernon Ching or Tom Shibuya of ITS at 956-8155 for information on installation, training, and cost.


  • Server Management Information Site
  • ITS Offers Training Classes for UH Faculty and Staff
  • uhunix3 and uhunix5 Retired
  • Specify mail.hawaii.edu as Your SMTP Server
  • UNIX Anti-virus Scanner Response Escalated to 'Suppress'
  • Unclaimed 9-Track User Tapes to be Discarded 12/31/01

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