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You can now make payments to the CAPS printing system online.
Please see https://payments.utas.edu.au/cashiering/tranform.cgi?TRAN-NO=003
The Tutorial Allocation System is now online. To gain access to the system see the "Steps to Perform" section further down in this News item.
The allocation process is handled by a web-based system in which each student selects preferred tutorial times from a list of available tutorials. After the closing date, the system will perform all allocations based on preferences and availability.
Note: To access the system, you will need to activate your CIS account - (continuing students from first semester also have to reactivate in order to access the tutorial system). You must have an current enrolment in CIS units to be able to activate your account - see the kiosk machine outside the School's Help Desk.
You will be able to access the Allocation System from any machine on the University network including VPN.
The closing time for the Tutorial Allocation System will be on Friday February 28, at 12:00 noon. If you have not saved your preferences by this time you will miss out on the initial allocation process and you will then need to visit the CIS Help Desk for manual allocation from the remaining tutorial spaces.
Steps To Perform
If you are off campus, you must have VPN software installed, configured and running in order to be able to connect to the tutorial system. You can get VPN from ITR here and please make sure that you follow the installation instructions from the same ITR site.
If you do not already have your account details, please activate your account on the Kiosk machine near the School's Help Desk. You will need to know your UTAS email password and have an active enrolment in one or more CIS units.
You can also access the Kiosk system to (re)activate your account from home, but you will need to be using VPN as above. The Kiosk address it http://kiosk.cis.utas.edu.au
Access the Tutorial Allocation System by visiting http://www.cis.utas.edu.au:8080/cisportal/account/index.jsp using a Web Browser. If you are unable to gain access, seek help from the School Help Desk.
Set the preferences for all units that you are studying that require preferences.
Check back with the system on Friday February 28th in the afternoon to view your allocations. We expect the system to be back on-line by 1:00 pm
Monthly backups will be carried out on a number of the School's systems in Hobart and Launceston this weekend, from 10pm Saturday March 1 until around noon Sunday March 2.
This will affect the School's Unix hosts alacritas, lawson and leven. The "M:" drive on Windows lab machines will also be unavailable during this downtime.
Kickstart Arts is an independent, not for profit Arts Company based in Hobart Tasmania, working statewide in cross-sectoral partnerships to produce inclusive, innovative multi-arts projects with communities to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.
Kickstart Arts are currently seeking an enthusiastic final year student or recent graduate from either the Bachelor of Computing or Diploma of Information Technology who can assist our organization on a volunteer basis.
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please send your CV via email to our office by 12 pm Thursday 27th of February 20, 2014. Applicants will be contacted promptly after this date.
Contact details and some more information is available in this pdf document.
From the start of semester 1, 2014, the default printing system supported in CIS labs is the University's central CAPS system. The School's LPS system will be phased out during 2014.
You can pay money into a CAPS account at a number of places around the University, including the Library, and, in Hobart, the Engineering Reception Desk. The School's Help Desk no longer accepts LPS payments, and is unable to take CAPS payments.
When printing in labs, the default printer chosen will always be the CAPS printer, and you'll immediately be prompted on your workstation for your CAPS username and password.
If you wish to use up remaining credit in the LPS system, choose the LPS variant of the printer before printing, and proceed to the print-release station in the lab to authenticate to your LPS account and authorise the print task.
If you require assistance, please visit the School's Service Desk.
IT Services is developing a new strategy to continue to expand wireless coverage and services across UTAS, and we need your help to determine black spots and weaknesses. The promotion will run from the beginning of O Week (Monday 17th Feb) until Friday 28th March 2014. Winners will be notified via email.
The most constructive feedback sent through to IT Services will go into the draw to win an iPad Mini each week! Please submit your feedback via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A locally produced app, the "Historic Atlas of Hobart" is now available on Apple's itunes store. This is one outcome of a collaboration between the Schools of History & Classics (Prof Pam Sharpe), Computing & IS (Prof Chris Lueg) and Architecture & Design (Prof Steve Loo). Tim Nugent and Nic Wittison were involved as developers.
There were a number of grants involved in the multi-year collaboration. Getting the app ready for public release and the official launch of the app at the Henry Jones in December 2013 was supported by a C-Domain grant.
Secret Lab is a local company founded by CIS PhD students Paris Buttfield-Addison and Jon Manning. They were recently interviewed by the ABC network 7:30 report in terms of the impact mobile development has on the State's economy.
The interview is viewable here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-14/secret-lab/5261682
UTAS are regularly on one or more 'blacklisting service providers' lists for known reasons. This is due to UTAS being identified as a source of spam, most commonly due to staff/students responding to 'phishing' emails resulting in spammers using their UTAS email accounts to send large spam volumes. Blacklisting service providers frequently legitimately respond to ITS requests to remove UTAS from their blacklist with ?stop sending spam first?. This results in all UTAS staff and students being unable to send email to large numbers of external institutions and external email service providers eg. Gmail, Hotmail etc. which disrupts UTAS business.
One step being undertaken by ITS which may help to reduce blacklisting is an Education campaign via a MyLO unit targeted at all staff/students with advice on how to identify phishing attempts and basic IT Security. The unit is called 'IT Security 101', you can see it in MyLO now (https://mylo.utas.edu.au) and all Students and Staff will see the unit all year and the unit will be renewed each year.
The content takes about half an hour to work through, contains some videos with practical examples of how to easily identify phishing email and has a quick quiz at the end.
Go to MyLO
Go South Awards is a competition for developers to come up with a unique App to promote Tasmania. Student developers could be eligible for a prize of $4000. Winners announced March 11, so don't delay if you want to enter.
Click here for more information and to register
If you forward your UTas email to an external email provider, there's a chance you will not receive important email from UTas.
This issue particularly affects email services provided by Microsoft (including hotmail, outlook.com, msn.com and live.com email addresses) and Apple (including mac.com, me.com and iCloud.com email addresses). These and many other email providers use a blacklisting service to block sites that are considered senders of spam, and unfortunately at times this can include UTas due to the volume of email we send.
Please reconsider carefully if you use email forwarding. It can take weeks for these services to lift any blacklisting they apply to UTas, and during this period you will not receive email that could be important in relation to your studies and your assessment.
Visit our job watch page for details of potential jobs that would be suitable for Computing/Information Systems students and/or graduates.
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