MMM Minutes 2/05/98

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
February 5, 1998

Present: Tom Caswell, Tom Cetwinski, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, John Ingram, Erich Kesse, Ann Lindell, Tom Minton, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Turner

  1. The computer allocation list should be distributed this morning.
  2. The price of computers continues to drop. Bill quotes a 166 Pentium going for $899. IBM prices are falling comparably. Prices will probably spiral down toward $500 by this Christmas. Gateway is dropping - but not as fast. We will wait for prices to drop some more before we make another big purchase.
  3. Memory - it is currently hideously cheap - $2 per megabyte. We are in the process of upgrading public work stations since the prices are so low.
  1. Microsoft hasnít moved on its licensing agreements. The price of individual software packages has been dropping - now at $43. We may move back to buying individual copies and no longer share from the server. The problem with this is that there will be a variety of versions floating around. We will not be able to upgrade all existing versions, so people will need to be aware of what version they are using on what machines.
  2. We will be installing individual copies of Office í97 on each machine in the classroom. There is a presentation scheduled in there for February 19 and they will need to use PowerPoint on all of the machines.
  3. A macrovirus was found on computers in one area of the Library. It can actually spread through the opening of email and through different machines just by sharing documents. A student may have brought the virus in through outside work. This particular version was not overly destructive and no liaisons have reported seeing it. The main factor in these viruses is that they are usually brought in through outside work.
Campus Computing
  1. Capaldi is pushing the walk-up computer initiative. Our proposal for money & wiring in room 100 is ready to go. Other possible areas include: grad carousels in MSL and AFA. We will need to emphasize to patrons using these areas that we will be providing the space only - not technical assistance. It will be surprising if we are able to get all the areas we have asked for funded.
  2. The overall University picture in this area is unclear. They originally did not want to invest in the computer labs on campus, but this seems impractical. This will all have to be slowly worked out as the first wave of students under the computer requirement come in.
  1. East wiring - has not been proceeding as fast as we had hoped. The conference room, 4th floor & 3rd floor processing should be finished by the end of this week. University telephone has piggy-backed onto our wiring - the phone wires are being pulled at the same time.
  2. Education - is finally complete. Judiaca is ready to be set up, need to do one last line test.
  3. Switching hubs are not in yet.
  4. Service on the Web has slowed down in East & West Libraries. Bill notes no bottlenecks in East, just a few in West. People have been talking to NERDC directly, they need to check with their liaisons first so they can troubleshoot - then alert Systems. The problems are probably related to BellSouth and/or UFNet.
  5. Power outage in MSL - probably caused by a transformer blowout. It was wired in such a way that it took down several buildings on that side of campus as well. The generator came up a bit later than expected & the power slowly came back on. The repair may cause more down time than the actual outage. Most of the equipment came up smoothly, with the exception of one controller. Bill reminds everyone to turn off & unplug all devices during these type of situations. When the power comes back up, it can create a huge surge of power and it is important that devices are actually unplugged.
  6. There is a Cox cable - modem experiment taking place on campus - 75 people on campus (Bill is one of them) have been chosen to participate. Experiment requires having Cox cable, telephone communications, Winí95 machine and an interface card. As of yet, it is not practical on a mass basis. Most people in the experiment have yet to receive the equipment.
  7. Internet 2 is proceeding slowly - requires state and nationwide coordination.

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