ProgSoc’s administrator often get asked the same, or very similiar questions. Here are some of them (with answers!) so that you can help yourself...

Q: Where is the ProgSoc room? I can’t find it!

A: The ProgSoc room is room CB10.03.380A (entry via the CompSoc room at CB10.03.380) on level 3, UTS Building 10, 235 Jones St, Ultimo, NSW, 2007, AUSTRALIA. Image of the door next to the Faculty of Information Technology’s Technical Support Desk.

Q:I can’t connect to ProgSoc and have been told by system (at) that my DNS is corrupt or malfunctioning. What can I do?

A: The problem is that ProgSoc are a pretty paranoid bunch of people. There are two ways to connect to the ProgSoc machines, the first (and by far the most preferable) is SSH, the second is by using telnet. If you want to use SSH then consider downloading Putty or using the SSH client that comes with any Linux distribution.

Q: Can I set up a Website for my club?

A: Following a decision by the 2001 Executive, what is necessary is that an individual set up his/her own account and then add their Webpage to it.

Then, upon request to the executive, a special directory will be created and aliased to the club name, so that something like can be made to work.

Plus, if you register your own domain and find a willing secondary DNS, we can attach that to it too.

The price and method of registering is the same as for any user. And the you are responsible for your own password.

Q: But I want to use telnet, I always use telnet!

A: Telnet is insecure because passwords are transmitted openly. If you still want to use telnet, we require the ability to identify your hostname. When you initially connect to ProgSoc all we have is an IP address. We lookup that IP address and attempt to find a name (this is called a reverse DNS lookup). If we fail to find your address we refuse access.

If, however we get a name, we also check that the name you specified matches the address you specified. We do this by using the name looked up and checking for an IP address. If the IP address matches the one used to connect to ProgSoc then access is granted. Otherwise access is denied.

Note that telnet will always work from computers within UTS. Naturally you are expected to use these machines for course work.

Q: Can you allow access to the IP address AAA.BBB.CCC.DDD?

A: No. If we insert IP addresses into hosts.allow it means that should your ISP (Internet Service Provider) change addresses or be allocated new address we have to maintain hosts.allow

Instead we prefer to insert domain and/or hostname. This shifts the burden of maintaince back onto your ISP (by forcing them to keep things up to date) and allows us to concentrate on other, more pressing, tasks. In the long term, the intention is to only allow telnet access from within the University itself.

Q: Can I advertise jobs on the Progsoc mailing list?

A: This is not primarly a Jobs mailing list, but often some members would like like minded people to join the team, most members don’t mind the occasional Job ad, but as long as its not a continual process. For info on acceptable usage of the list you can contact the Exec.

Important things to take into consideration are:

Be specific and detailed about the job description. This doesn’t require a long message but it does require that you state exactly what you are offering, what the duties are, what the most likely pay would be, what you expect from the applicants, how long you want them for, how many people you need and where they will be working.

Don’t send something like “there are lots of jobs on our web page, so come and have a look”.

Don’t post the same job again and again.

In general, give any employer contact details. If there is a really good reason not to provide employer contact details then that will be acceptable but only if the rest of the content is of high quality.

To finish off, think about it from Progsoc’s point of view, we don’t want to have a lot of junk dumped on us so if something is more benefit than harm then we will keep it, otherwise it will get filtered out.

progsoc_faq.txt · Last modified: 2006/06/07 01:50
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