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Geography Computing Resources September 20, 2010 Geography Computing Team - Introductions Dylan Parenti – I.T. Manager / ICM Coordinator Guylene Gadal – Web Developer / Linux/UNIX Admin. Libby White – Computer Resource Specialist Jon Hall – Web Programmer ( )

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Geography Computing Team - Introductions

  • Dylan Parenti – I.T. Manager / ICM Coordinator
  • Guylene Gadal – Web Developer / Linux/UNIX Admin.
  • Libby White – Computer Resource Specialist
  • Jon Hall – Web Programmer (
  • Michael Hino – I.T. Volunteer
  • Best address for computer help is: (


  • Over 300 computers
  • Over 500 users
  • 3 major subnets, 128.111.nnn.0/24 (where nnn = 104,106,234)
    • Unless, you decide to be fully wireless, your office computer will be on one of these
    • Never edit your IP address information!
  • 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)
  • 7 classrooms
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 1714
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 2609
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 2620
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 3621
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 4824
    • Ellison Hall, Rm. 5824
    • Phelps Hall, Rm. 2525


  • Buildings
    • Ellison Hall
      • Faculty, Grad, and Staff Offices (1st , 4th, and 5th floors, mainly)
      • Descartes Lab (3rd floor)
      • Star Lab (2nd floor)
      • Spatial@UCSB Lab (2nd floor)
      • Hydrology Lab (3rd floor)
      • Field Prep Space (1st floor)
      • VIPER Lab (3rd floor)
      • Human-Environmental Dynamics Lab (5th floor)
      • GeoTransportation Lab (3rd floor)
      • McFadden Lab (3rd floor)
      • Ocean Physics Group (1st floor)
      • Climate Hazards Group (4th floor)
      • SpaCE Group Lab (5th floor)


  • Phelps Hall
    • Soils Group Labs (2nd & 3rd floor)
    • Spatial@UCSB Center (3rd floor)
    • Wet-Lab Classroom, Rm. 2525
  • Marine Science Building
    • Washburn Lab
    • Siegel Lab
  • Noble Hall
    • King Lab
  • Bren Hall
    • 4th floor offices
    • Still Lab (1st floor)
    • Off-site server room


  • Optional UNIX accounts
    • Assigned password
    • You can change your Unix account password using a terminal program, such as Secure Shell Client
      • e.g., on, use

yppasswd username

and follow prompts

    • Password initially matches e-mail password
    • 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 dictionary words
    • Seven or more characters
    • Mixed upper/lower case
    • Punctuation ~!@#$%^&*()_-+=|,/.
    • Numbers
    • Spaces not allowed (generally a bad idea

in UNIX, anyway)



  • Class accounts for students
    • 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 aliases
    • bounces over to
    • Webmail interface for Umail accounts


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

Computer Labs

  • Descartes Lab
    • Electronic Access Keycard required
    • Access for enrolled undergrads until 5 p.m.
    • Podium with ceiling-mounted projector
    • UPS protection
    • Computers
      • 20 i7 SSD workstations (Win7 64-bit)
      • 22-inch LCD displays
      • Xerox Phaser 7760DX color printer

Computer Labs

  • Star Lab
    • Electronic Access Keycard required
    • Open 24/7 for grad students (as long as you can get into the building)
    • Open 24/5 for undergrads (without grad supervision)
    • HP LaserJet 5700dn duplex printer
    • UPS protection
    • Computers
      • 35 Core 2 Duo CPU for students (WinXP SP3 32-bit)
      • 1 Core 2 Duo CPU for the instructor (Station #32)
      • 22-inch LCD monitors

Computer Labs

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


  • Electronic Keycard Access for entry
    • I.T. staff will “green-light” the doors, so that keycard access isn’t required for classes/sections
    • If you want to schedule sections/meetings outside of regularly-scheduled times, send a request to the request queue to “green-light” the room.
  • Keep doors closed; holding/propping them open sounds an alarm
  • Close windows/turn off lights if you are the last to leave/log off computers/push the chairs in/clean white board
  • If you are teaching/TAing a class, please verify that podium is locked when you are done!


  • Locked – keys checked out from office staff (Bernadette)
    • Key may be issued for an entire quarter, and must be returned at the end of each quarter
  • Top tray
    • Some have a dedicated WinXP Laptop with MS Office 2007 Pro
    • Mouse, projector remote/laser pointer, and power adapter
    • LCD Clock for timing student presentations
  • Locked Cabinet
    • Basic DVD player in Star and Ellison 1714
    • Top tray laptop plugs into Ethernet port on side
    • Documentation, and USB presenter
  • Microphone/speaker (checkout), if needed
  • Geography website has an overview of the podiums, with




  • Panasonic, ceiling-mounted, VGA, some have HDMI.
  • 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
  • 10’ x 6’ pull-down screen in 2609, 2620 classroom
  • 8’ x 6’ motorized screen in 3621 classroom
  • 10’ x 6’ motorized screen in Star, Spatial, and Descartes Labs
  • 12’ pull-down screen in Phelps 2525
  • Best to turn on projector first, attach laptop, then turn laptop on

Department Resources

  • ArcGIS Servers
    • Hosts student projects in GIS class series
    • Hosts the UCSB Interactive Campus Map
  • Application server (called California) for remote desktop logins
    • Request access through the request queue
    • Has most major licensed programs
  • Printers
    • Star Lab: HP LaserJet 5700dn
    • Descartes Lab: Xerox Phaser 7760DX
    • Spatial@UCSB Lab: HP LaserJet 3000dtn
    • Ellison 4th floor: HP 4200dtn
    • Ellison 5th floor: HP Color LaserJet 9050dtn
  • Community PC (called Eclipse) in Ellison 1832
    • Has most major licensed programs
    • Attached scanner
    • Ideal as a station for printing TA materials

Department Resources

  • Printers
    • A new print management system will be in place hopefully by Winter Quarter.
    • Currently, print stations release jobs, and are charged to your BARC account.
    • Color printing more expensive than black & white.
    • Classes you’ll teach/TA will have accounts to charge to.
    • Stay tuned…announcements to be sent out via email.

Department Resources

  • Mailing Lists
    • Official lists
      • allfaculty@geog
      • allgrad@geog
      • all@geog (goes to everyone except undergrads)
    • Private
      • gradb@geog (private grad student list/forum only)
  • Bulletin Boards

Campus Resources

  • Wireless
    • Managed by campus, NOT Geography
    • 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
    • Map of campus coverage on the ICM
    • for more information
    • Once connected, Geography networks accessed via SSH/SFTP client programs
  • Library
    • Alexandria Digital Library
    • Map and Imagery Library (MIL)
    • Digital research journals
  • UCSB VPN Service
    • Windows and MacOS X clients

Web Pages

  • Department Web Server (established by webmaster, TA/class content created by you, managed by you and the webmaster)
  • Personal web pages (created & managed by you)
    • First, establish a UNIX account with I.T. staff via request queue
    • Basic content, research topics, etc.
  • Create public_html folder/directory
    • index.html – your default ~username page
    • Use SFTP/WinSCP/FileZilla etc. to transfer/command line
    • Map network drive in Windows Explorer (unstable)
      • Unencrypted passwords for Samba access

What Services Do I Get?

Core Services Provided Include:

  • Geography Email alias to Umail
  • Bulletin Board Service
  • PDA/GPS units for field instruction use only
  • Wireless Access through UCSB OIT
  • One static, in-office, IP address per grad student
  • Use of the Spatial@UCSB computing lab
  • Oracle UCSB CorporateTime Calendar account
  • Allowed to install Secure Shell Client, MATLAB, ArcGIS, ENVI+IDL on University-owned machines
  • ESRI Virtual Campus classes
    • Requires user account registration setup (free)
  • Allowed to install Symantec Endpoint Protection software on any machine connected to our network

What Services Do I Get?

Additional Services for Recharge:

  • Printing
  • Hardware troubleshooting for grant research-owned computers
  • Assistance with your own machines (requires advisor approval for recharge)
  • Poster printing at the UCSB Institute for Quantum & Complex Dynamics (iQCD) at $40.00 per poster.

Other Stuff

  • Not a good idea to save stuff on the computers in the labs
  • Please do not install non-work-related programs on University-owned computers
    • However, ask for I.T. help for something you want installed on computing lab computers for sections that you teach
  • Student passwords for Windows computers in the labs
  • Security vigilance
    • Non-Geography enrolled students are not allowed in computing labs
    • Mind your laptops and belongings