MMM Minutes 4/16/98

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
April 16, 1998

Present: Tom Caswell, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Carol Drum, Erich Kesse, Tom Minton, Richard Phillips, Phek Su, Carol Turner, Carol Whitmer Student Computer Requirement
  1. Access authentication for walk-up service is still unresolved.
  2. No sites have been officially designated for plug-in use.
CORE
  1. Switch boxes - we’re waiting for NERDC to do their high speed switchover - should be done by the end of May.
  2. New CORE is proceeding reasonably smoothly - there have been a few glitches with vendors, but the overall design is fine.
Hardware
  1. Still waiting for the herd of 57 Cows to arrive. The order was placed some time ago, if we don’t see them soon, the shipment may bottleneck with orders for the public schools.
  2. There is a legal item that may effect shipping dates and that is the case of a small business successfully suing Intel Corporation for proprietary information. This is similar to Microsoft’s withholding of essential facilities. The decision may be appealed, but it could have an interesting impact on subsequent orders.
  3. Printers - new ones have been ordered, more still to come.
  4. Laptop orders imminent, trying to get the right configurations.
Networking
  1. Outside connections - Internet II - very high speed. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee - will route traffic through there. There should be some relief in traffic on the commodity Internet.
  2. There is currently an awakening of the ‘year 2000’ problem on campus. The first public meeting of ‘techies’ is scheduled for next week. There’s not much to be done about the matter in the case of the micro computers - they have ‘flashbios’ burned into read-only disks. They are very important & sensitive to the computer time & date. Some computers may not crash until some arbitrary date - 2002, maybe. Such systems will be obsolete anyhow. Systems software is now designed with 4-digit dates. NOTIS software is said to be taken care of. Bill recommends filing your taxes early in the year 2000.
  3. Locally, there was a partial outage on the server Monday morning, mainly effecting print queues. The fact that we had recently changed to WinServer was coincidental - now we’ll have to move the work stations instead of the server.
  4. MSL - They are working on the electricity & have received the go ahead for the installation of the wall. Specs for tables have gone out - they are almost ready for the 20 computers that are scheduled to come in.
  5. Ron Schoenau recently received a promotion - he is now the Director of UF Information Technologies, a title previously held by Sam Trickey. There hasn’t actually been an official announcement. There has been a committee formed which will supervise him. The structure is a bit confusing, it’s not clear what he’ll be doing. He is currently at NERDC managing the network - his duties haven’t changed, he’s just harder to get a hold of now.
Gartner Group
  1. The Gartner Group Implementation Committee met this week. The videos are the way, Phek Su has set up a template for cataloging. Carol Drum has been testing sub-locations while Rich is gone on vacation.
  2. Two sets of the multi-media package have been purchased, one is specifically for the Libraries. CIRCA is trying to fix their equipment so that it can be used there.
Long Distance Learning
  1. Discussion of web server access - what needs to be done for the electronic provisions of long distance learning.
  2. Access authentication, email requirements and file transfers - all need to be looked at to determine the ways it can be supported.
  3. Proxy Server - is currently being considered as a web intermediary. The Internet address would be known only in this intermediary box, not on the web server itself. It can be handier as far as the web server is concerned, plus provides more security.
  4. On the negative side, the web client would have to be changed so that it always goes to the Proxy address. The first time the proxy server is used, it will request a "patron ID code" to be entered. When using a primary server, you get anonymous dialup. The ability to id is lost in user groups, but you can solve that by using a patron ID code.
  5. USF uses a proxy server.
  6. The major drawback to a proxy server is that everyone has to reconfigure the browser on their microcomputer.
  7. In addition, since every bit of traffic has to go through the proxy, it would be a single point of failure.
  8. Bill is not fond of this solution. He feels it will be a problem for people with outside connections.
  9. FCLA likes this solution - it gets them off the hook of having to provide something like it.
  10. This is a prime example of the type of issues we will be facing as the campus is electronically connected. Bill wants everyone to think about what they want to do about this proxy business.


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