This one's for those who use Mac OSX (iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro) only. Windows and Linux users please stay out.
The FAO at the university I will be teaching at in the fall sent a very nice 30+ page "Guide for Foreign Experts Teaching at XYZ University" a couple of weeks ago. I read it at the time he sent it, but I was focused on other things like apartment photos and such. I gave it a read-through more thoroughly today and this one section jumped out at me.
According to the internet regulations of the university, an internet account needs to be created first to use the internet and 20 Yuan internet fee per month for unlimited access will be charged to the account. Please follow the instructions to create an account and get connected to the internet:
Download and install the campus internet access software to your computer (Click these words 客户端下载 on the screen that always pops up whenever you try to open a website.)
6. With the software installed, a new logo￼ will appear on your screen. Double click it and log in with your internet account and the pin number (the same as account number), and then you will be connected
Now, I could ask him about this, but I know he is on vacation. (FAOs don't like to be bothered with trivial stuff like this whilst on vacation. Plus, it makes you look like a High Maintenance FT, an impression I don't want to give.)
So, here's the question...I've heard tell of these Internet Access softwares for uni systems, but have never had them on the systems at the unit I've worked at. But TBC (This Being China) and Chinese unit being rather luddite in their IT structure, I'm wondering if this "software download" to access the system is, like most Chinese banks' software to access their system, Windows/IE centric. I.e. an exe file.
I don't want to have to open a Parallels session on my Macs simply to login to the university system.
I don't know the system they're using (and if I asked the FAO he would probably have no idea WHAT I was asking) but I'm hoping that one or more of youse Mac users work at a uni that has such a system and can report favorably that such a system can handle a Mac login from Mac OSX.
Yes, I realize that this whole situation may/will muck with my Very Passable Nicety, but one step at a time.