Author: Thomas Berchtold

Generate Short Web Adresses (URLs)

Within the ETH web pages we often face very long web addresses (URLs) that are hard to handle or even to add to an email body text (URLs gets sometimes split due to automatic line breaks etc.). Long URLs are also not suitable for printing media or posters where users have to type in the long URL by hand.   ETH URL Shortener   https://u.ethz.ch/   With the ETH URL shortener you can shorten ETH […]

Windows Update and “WannaCry” Ransomware Attack

The appearance of the new, aggressive Ransomware called “WannaCry” has been mentioned throughout the mainstream media in the last few days. The worldwide impact was high but fortunately a security engineer found a kind of kill switch to disable the outbreak. Experts expect a second wave of infections with a modified version of the malware.   Until now we carefully checked our environment and toke countermeasures against further similar attacks.   Since this malware uses […]

Code Versioning and Repository

In case you would like to use a code versioning system and repository, we provide you an ETH global GitLab platform: https://gitlab.ethz.ch/ Simply log in and start creating your projects and developer community. It uses the common versioning system GIT https://git-scm.com/ Why should I use a code versioning system? In case you are progressively working on source code or different forms of documentation (like Latex, DocBook, etc.) as well as structure binary data files a […]

Using external Cloud Services

If not else confirmed, any data, uploaded on an external cloud provider, gets basically stored in a data center that can be located everywhere on the world. This aspects collide with the ETH compliance regulations that describes some stipulations regarding different classes of data. A further aspect of using external cloud providers is, that a direct dependency exists with an external provider which may lead into a lack of control over the data on your […]