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Geography Computing Resources September 21, 2009 Geography Computing Team - Introductions Dylan Parenti – Computing Manager Gwen Raubal – Computer Network Technologist Jon Hall – Web Programmer Guylene Gadal – Spatial@UCSB Web Administrator

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Geography Computing Team - Introductions

  • Dylan Parenti – Computing Manager
  • Gwen Raubal – Computer Network Technologist
  • Jon Hall – Web Programmer
  • Guylene Gadal – Spatial@UCSB Web Administrator
  • Best address for computer help is: (


  • 340 computers & servers
  • ~575 users
  • 2 computer instructional labs
    • Jeffrey L. Star Lab (Ellison Hall, Rm. 2610)
    • Descartes Lab (Ellison Hall, Rm. 3620)
  • 1 grad student-only computing lab
    • Spatial@UCSB Lab (Ellison Hall, Rm. 2616)
  • 2 media classrooms
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 2620
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 3621


  • Buildings
    • Ellison Hall
      • Faculty, Grad and Staff Offices (1st and 5th floors, mainly)
      • Descartes Lab (3rd floor)
      • Star Lab (2nd floor)
      • Spatial@UCSB Lab (2nd floor)
      • Hydrology Lab (3rd floor)
      • Haptic / Soundscapes (1st floor)
      • VIPER Lab (3rd floor)
      • Human-Environmental Relations Lab (5th floor)
      • GeoTransportation Lab (3rd floor)
      • McFadden Lab (3rd floor)
      • Ocean Physics Group (1st floor)
      • Climate Hazards Group (1st floor)
      • Raubal Lab (5th floor)


  • Phelps Hall
    • Soils Lab (3rd floor)
    • Spatial@UCSB Center (3rd floor)
  • Bren Hall
    • 4th floor offices
    • Still Lab (1st floor)
  • Trailer 942


  • Marine Science Building
    • Washburn Lab
    • Siegel Lab
  • Noble Hall
    • King Lab


  • UNIX accounts
    • Assigned password
    • You can change your UNIX account password using Secure Shell Client or X-Windows
      • e.g., on, use

yppasswd username

and follow prompts

    • Don’t give it out to anyone
    • Forgot it? Visit Dylan for a new one (passwords never e-mailed out)
    • Persist as long as you are here


  • Good Password rules:
    • No common words on their own
    • Seven or more characters
    • Mixed upper/lower case
    • Other characters OK: ~!@#$%^&*()_-+=|,/.
    • Numbers shouldn’t replace obvious letters
    • Spaces not allowed (generally a bad idea

in UNIX, anyway)



  • Class accounts
    • These are UNIX accounts. For instance, Jane Q. Doe taking Geography 184 would have an account named jqd184
    • But, they expire quarterly/yearly
    • Useful for students’ class-related webpages
    • Disk storage reserved for class accounts –

“keep area tidy”



  • E-mail accounts
    • No web browser e-mail interface
    • E-mail profile
      • Change password, set forwarding and vacation


      • Open with

Internet Explorer (not Firefox)



  • E-mail accounts (continued)
    • Incoming POP/IMAP server:
    • Outgoing Geog network SMTP server:
      • Otherwise use your local Internet service provider server
    • Spam filtering
      • Barracuda Networks hardware spam appliance
      • 90-95% of all e-mail we receive is spam
      • All UCSB computers are whitelisted, and therefore not

filtered for spam

      • Adjust your settings:


  • E-mail accounts (continued)
    • UCSB U-Mail:
    • E-Mail policies:
      • University of California Electronic Communications Policy:
      • UCSB Interim Electronic Communications Implementing Guidelines:


  • Access Control Keycard for entry
    • “Green-lighting” = the doors are unlocked during class times.
    • “Red-lighting” = the doors are locked and require access card (this is the default).
    • Keep doors closed; holding/propping them open sounds alarm, kills the “green-lighting” of the door.
  • Close windows/turn off lights if you are the last to leave/log off computers, push the chairs in, clean white-board (FYI: the windows are locked during the weekend).
  • If you are teaching/TAing a class, verify that podium is locked when you are done!

Computer Labs

  • Star Lab
    • Access Control Keycard required outside of instruction times
    • Open 24/7 for grad students (as long as you can get into the building)
    • Open 24/5 for undergrads with approved access (without grad supervision)
    • HP LaserJet 5700dn duplex printer
    • UPS/surge protection
    • Computers
      • 36 Core 2 Duo CPU
      • Windows XP SP3
      • Lots of software (see lab webpage for listing)
      • 22-inch LCD monitors

Computer Labs

  • Descartes Lab
    • Access Control Keycard required outside of instruction times
    • Access for enrolled undergrads until 5 p.m.
    • Computers
      • 15 Sun Blade 100 workstations (Solaris 8)
      • 15 Shuttle XPC PCs (Windows XP SP3)
      • 20-inch LCD displays
      • Xerox Phaser 7760DX color printer

Computer Labs

  • Lab Policies
    • Use common sense
    • No food, beverages, bikes, skateboards
    • Logoff computers before leaving
    • Surveillance cameras
  • Yield to incoming classes

Department Resources

  • Printers
    • Star Lab: HP LaserJet 5700dn
    • Descartes Lab: Xerox Phaser 7760DX
    • Spatial@UCSB Lab: HP LaserJet 3000dtn
    • Ellison 5th floor: HP Color LaserJet 9050dtn
    • CHG 1st floor: HP LaserJet 2100dtn
  • 36-inch scanner (Ellison 3rd floor)
  • Wireless access using UCSBNetID

Department Resources

  • Printers
    • The print management system charges print jobs to students’ BARC accounts. Print stations release jobs.
    • Color printing ($0.15) more expensive than monochrome ($0.10).
    • Classes you’ll teach/TA will have $50 accounts to charge to (500 pages monochrome).
      • For monochrome, best to make one print-out, and use the office copier (classes have charge codes) to make up the remainder.
    • UCSB Instructional Computing manages the billing and service. Geography manages the supplies.

Department Resources

  • Mailing Lists
    • Official lists
      • allfaculty@geog
      • allgrad@geog
      • all@geog (goes to everyone except undergrads)
    • Private list
      • gradb@geog (private grad student list/forum only. You must send an e-mail to to be added to this list)
  • Bulletin Board Service
Instructional Field Devices


28 Garmin eTrex units intended for basic undergrad instruction

2 Garmin Rino 130 units with 2-way radio for instructors/TAs

4 Garmin GPSMAP60 units with TOPO maps installed

2 Garmin 10 external pucks

Instruction manuals and some cabling

Powered by rechargeable AA batteries: do not throw out!

Tablet PCs

2 Sahara SlatePCs (with wireless, Windows XP, ArcGIS 9.3, Office 2007)


3 ASUS MyPal A639 (with GPS, ArcPad 7.1.1,GarminXT,CoPilot)

1 Pharos Traveler GPS 535e (with GPS, ArcPad 7.1.1,GarminXT,CoPilot)

1 Nokia N810

Various cabling and protective cases, lanyards, etc. available

Check-outs required

You are responsible for anything you check out

Arrange to check out devices well in advance (2-3 weeks ahead of time is best) to familiarize yourself with the device(s)

Status of devices online:

Department Resources


Campus Resources

  • Wireless
    • Need a UCSBnetID (which means you’ll need a UCSB-affiliated e-mail address beforehand to get one)
    • Select areas on campus; Geography classrooms, computing labs and conference rooms
    • Once connected, Geography networks accessed via SSH/SFTP client programs, Windows Remote Desktop, Terminal Services, etc.
  • Library
    • Alexandria Digital Library
    • Map and Imagery Library (MIL)
    • Digital research journals
  • UCSB VPN Service
    • Windows and MacOS X clients

What Services Do I Get?

Core Services Provided Include:

  • Geography Department E-mail (
  • Bulletin Board Service
  • GPS and field units for instructional use only
  • Wireless Access through UCSB OIT
  • One static, in-office, IP address per grad student
  • Network troubleshooting (at the switch, and wall-plate in)
  • Use of the Spatial@UCSB computing lab
  • Oracle UCSB CorporateTime Calendar account
  • Allowed to install ESRI products, Symantec anti-virus, and ENVI+IDL on University-owned machines (not your laptop).

What Services Do I Get?

Additional Services for Recharge:

  • Printing
  • Hardware troubleshooting for grant research-owned computers
  • Assistance with your own machines
  • Poster printing at the Institute for Quantum & Complex Dynamics (iQCD) at $40.00 per standard-sized poster 
Not a good idea to save stuff on the computers in the labs
  • Not a good idea to save non-academic material anywhere on the UNIX network
  • Geography Compute Team staff will not troubleshoot your hardware and software modifications to a machine supplied to you (e.g., iTunes, sound cards, unsanctioned freeware installations)
  • Additional hardware or software requests must be funded by your advisor’s grant funding source (e.g., Adobe, ERDAS, monitor(s), etc.)
  • Student passwords for Windows boxes in the labs
  • Security vigilance
    • Non-Geography enrolled students are not allowed in computing labs
    • Keep an eye your laptops and belongings
Class web pages (webspace established by webmaster, content created by you and/or instructor, content managed by you and the webmaster). For example, Geography 5 class for Fall 2009:

Personal web pages (content created & managed by you). Example:

Create public_html folder/directory

username/public_html/index.htmlin UNIX equals a URL.

Use SFTP/WinSCP/etc. to transfer content, and command line for management

Map network drive in Windows Explorer using your UNIX account name and password

Unencrypted passwords via Samba access

Web Pages

Locked – keys checked out from office staff

Key may be signed out in your name for an entire quarter, and must be returned at the end of each quarter.

Top tray

Dedicated WinXP Laptop with Microsoft Office 2007 Pro

Mouse and power adapter

LCD Clock (e.g., for timing student presentations)

Locked Cabinet

Basic DVD player, no audio (for now)

Wireless USB presenter

Top tray laptop plugs into Ethernet port on side (if needed)

Documentation, and Wireless Projector Manager software

Microphone/speaker, if needed


Panasonic, ceiling-mounted, wired/wireless

Path of least resistance: go wired (open access)

Podium laptop resolution is native to projector’s (1024 x 768 pixels)

When using your laptop, if it can be set to 1024 x 768, choose that

No software required

Wireless: advanced (not open access: requires password)

Isn’t good for video/Google Earth swarming

Wireless Manager software – check out software with Computing Staff

Panasonic warns software may not be compatible with Vista

Don’t expect to learn the program 2 minutes before your initial class

10’ x 6’ pull-down screen in 2620 classroom

8’ x 6’ motorized screen in 3621 classroom

10’ x 6’ motorized screen in Star, Spatial, and Descartes Labs