By Melissa Mitchell
Students and faculty and staff members who frequent any of the nine campus computing sites operated by the Office of Computing and Communications Services may have noticed some changes and improvements at the facilities.
Topping the list is a name change.
"For many years CCSO has maintained a strong commitment to providing quality instructional computing facilities," wrote Randy Cetin, one of the office's associate directors, in a recent memo to UI faculty and staff members. "To emphasize that point and to more appropriately identify our facilities, we have changed our name from CCSO 'Sites' to CCSO 'Instructional Computing Sites,' or ICS."
Along with the new name, comes a new manager. Catherine Somers began her duties as the ICS manager last summer. Cetin said users with questions or ideas for improvements at the sites are encouraged to contact Somers at 244-7113 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the more visible changes that greeted users upon their return to campus this fall:
Also, CCSO recently began requiring authenticated logins on all CCSO instructional computers. The logins are based on Network IDs and Network ID passwords.
"We are implementing this system to provide better network and communication security for our clients and to generate more complete utilization statistics for future planning," Cetin said. He added that all students, faculty and staff members should already have network IDs and passwords, but for those who don't, or for those who need to make changes, assistance is available in 1420 Digital Computer Lab, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For phone information, the number is 333-6760.
"To minimize confusion and allow patrons to become familiar with the new system, a temporary guest account will be available until Oct. 15," he said. "If you do not have a Network ID or do not know your Network ID password, you may still use the CCSO facilities by typing the word 'guest' at the Network ID prompt and press return at the Network ID password prompt. After Oct. 15, university staff members may request guest access to a CCSO computer site for a university guest (for up to seven days) by completing a guest application." Forms will be available on the ICS Web page, located at http://www.uiuc.edu/ccso/sites/.
Cetin said faculty members and teaching assistants who wish to reserve one of ICS' facilities for their classes, or who wish to install software on the sites' servers, may submit requests via the ICS Web page as well. Software-install requests should be submitted at least two weeks before needed, and classroom reservation requests should be made as soon as possible to ensure availability.