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Tips to increase efficiency in NUS.


Alright, so here’s the low-down on what’s to come…

Now, when you enter NUS, you will be given a Matric Card. With that card, comes a PIN. That PIN is essentially useless unless you are borrowing books. So if you forget it, here’s how to get it back.

Head over to this site.

Though I personally forgot how to navigate to that site, you can search it in NUS’s search engine. This goes to show that NUS has bloody bad navigation on their websites… Especially the library portal.

Next comes the NUSnet ID, this is usually similar to you Matric Number, but without the last letter and an extra 0 after the first. Eg. U07xxx7U(Matric no.) is U070xxx7(NUSnet ID).

At the same time, you are required to enter a password for this ID. This password, has to be 8 characters long, with the inclusion of 1 special character, 1 number and alphabets… Sounds simple right? Here’s the catch, you have to change it every 120 days (I think). So what the heck are you going to do? Come up with a new password every time they tell you to change?

Here’s a trick.

P/W: !abcdefg001 (old) >> !abcdefg002 (new) just have a damn number behind to change and your password is as good as new, as long as no one else knows it.

Another thing to take note, you should change your password before it expires… Here’s what happens if you don’t.

- Logging on to the NUS wireless will not work

- Which means you will not be able to change the P/W.

-Which then means no internet for you.

-No internet means work hindered.

But, there’s a remedy. Get someone to log on to his/her own account and from there, change it for you. Then, how do you change this bloody password that is so popular… Here. Again, not the most convenient of places. Another way to prevent such a stupid thing from happening is to make it a habit to change your password every semester.

PS: Such P/W systems are used in many companies and they do require to change your password frequently for security purposes. Hence, it can be very useful to pick up this habit. However, it is also important that you use a strong password with varying letters in different cases. The last thing you want is to have some peep over your shoulder and steal all your data!

Introducing Friendly Mail. What this feature does is make your boring/complicated e-mail address interesting/simple. Eg: u070xxx7@nus.edu.sg(boring/complicated) >>> tom.dick.harry@nus.edu.sg(interesting/simple). Of course, how simple, depends on you. It can be you name (if available) or your D.O.B. If people don’t know your DOB, too bad for them… This can be done on NUS’s exchange site.

Now, for those especially in engineering, you’ll need this. It’s DROPBOX. Get all the info from the site and the applications as well, works great with both Mac and Windows. What I will mention here is why you need it.

You go for you random lab sessions in the morning, realise they are using MATLAB/PSPICE/Visual C++/LabVIEW/etc… Most of these software, you should not be able to afford and so should not have, by right. So, you decide to stay in school to camp and finish up the experiments and you have all these data, graphs and notes! Now you want to go home and finish up the report, you need to transfer the data to your notebook/desktop. You can use a flash drive, if you already have one, but what if you don’t? I suggest you invest in one good one (not the small scrawny one by Kingston). In the meantime, there’s DROPBOX. You have up to 2GB free. Log on to the site, upload the files and go home, a little pop-up/growl will tell you that you have new files! Simple as that.

  1. 2 Oct, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Personally I find NUS computer centre’s password policy are among the most stringent I’ve seen. They even forbid you from using your last 6 passwords. It’s a good thing I guess, since most people have 2 or 3 passwords that they cycle between and this isn’t possible here.

    Another tip, most people remember their NUSNET ID (needed to access email, IVLE etc), but they might not remember their matriculation card number. The matriculation card number is needed to access your library loan record. https://linc.nus.edu.sg/patroninfo/

    You state correctly, the difference between NUSNET ID and Matric card, but how do you find out the letter in the matriculation card if you only have your NUSNET?

    Use http://nvquanghuy.com/matric/ to convert from NUSNET to matriculation card no.

  2. Jemuel
    3 Oct, 2009 at 5:15 AM

    My gosh… I forgot to consider that… Still… The who matric card thing is all over the place.

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