Read CATAM News for up-to-date information about the Computational Projects and changes to the `Desktop Services' / `Managed Cluster Service' (DS/MCS) network facilities.
An optional introductory non-examinable CATAM project is available. Unlike the other projects there are no marks awarded for it and, also unlike other projects, you may collaborate and (if your College is willing) have a supervision on it. A model answer will be available a few weeks into Michaelmas term.
When checking the latest online version of a project before finalising your write-up, ensure that your computer has not 'cached', and is therefore displaying, the previous version that you accessed.
When emailing the Helpline:
(1) Always write from your University email address (@hermes or @cam)
(2) If a project is involved, put it it the subject line: e.g., Part II Project 14.5. Otherwise make it clear how the email relates to CATAM, e.g. mention MATLAB.
(3) Include a clear message in the body of the email, making clear the relevance to CATAM: e.g. I have attached the electronic versions of my Part IB Core CATAM Projects.
(4) Only discuss one project and, ideally, only one question in each email.
If for good reason you cannot achieve (1), be particularly careful about (2) and (3).
At first sight the above may seen rather pedantic and unnecessary. However it is the cost of modern communications: the University estimates that it receives over 6 million messages per day of which at least 90% are spam. Most is filtered by the University's spam filter, which will remove emails with no message for example. What gets through to the Helpline still needs filtering, which is done ad hoc, mainly by reference to the sender's address and the subject line.
It is important that you keep backup copies of your project files on CD, memory stick or floppy disk to guard against loss by human error (accidental overwriting or deletion), or by hardware problems on your own computer or University/College fileservers.
Do not leave copies of your project files behind on the local hard disk of Managed Cluster Services (MCS) or College computers. If someone took a copy of your work and incorporated it in one of their own programs, you might be accused of unfair collaboration by the Project Assessors.
If you lose a memory stick or floppy disk containing your programs, please report it to the CATAM helpline.
The Computing Service publish these notes on file security on the MCS.