Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
January 7, 1999
Present: Rich Bennett, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Trudi Di Trolio, David Hickey, Dot Hope, Erich Kesse, Barry Hartigan, Tom Minton, Richard Phillips, Jan Swanbeck, Carol TurnerSystems Personnel
- The Systems Department should soon be fully staffed.
- A permit has been issued to a controversial anti-abortion group to set up their very graphic display on the Plaza of Americas next Monday-Tuesday.
- Big protest expected.
- We have located some barcode scanners that should work well in our environment. Will place order soon.
- They can be used as 'fixed place' or 'hand held' scanners.
- Will come equipped with a 'use' or 'not use' button.
- Vendor says it his best shot, given our rather demanding needs.
- With the advent of the New Year, the newspapers have been full of information focusing on the millennium hoopla.
- Some failures have already occurred at the onset of this year - incorrect date stamping & the like.
- Y2K is actually a misnomer - the problems will merely be hitting a crescendo in 2000.
- Internally, we have surveyed Gateway, Compaq & Dell to verify their Y2K compliancy. As far as we can determine, all is well.
- There are boxes & net time stamps that cannot be tested until the change occurs.
- All Microsoft operating systems should be compliant. Windows'95 has some problems, but we will all be converted to Windows'98 by the end of the year.
- Windows'98 will be our best shot at compliancy, it has built in features to go out & get patches to fix any detected problems. It will give notice when these updates occur.
- The internal programming done by Systems is done with DELPHI, which is Y2K compliant. It has plenty of room to store dates.
- There's no way to tell if elevators, electronic gates or compact shelving will be functional.
- The Libraries should only experience an annoyance level - not a shut down level - of Y2K problems.
Libpreservent Web Server
- There is a lot of talk about installing walk-up ports at various campus locations.
- Standards on campus are variable.
- The threat of mischief encourages the use of a standard configuration.
- In addition, students would not have to change their individual computer configuration each time they plugged in at a different location.
- Campus standard should probably be similar to the way we have the first floor of Smathers configured.
- Walk-up port planning is essential.
- Erich Kesse has announced that the Libpreservnt web server is dead.
- It will be migrated to Smathers NT8.
- Rich & Suzy will be issuing a how-to email addressing how to name folders on new server.
SUS Long Distance Learning
- Gary Cornwell notes that some friends of his from Stanford have developed a new Internet browser, called Google!
- It is rather nifty, located at www.google.com - check it out.
- Proxy server is up & running.
- Mary at FCLA is working on a help page.
- FCLA is trying to facilitate access to the proprietary database.
- They are trying to allow access by long distance learning students (not on campus).
- It will avoid long distant telephone charges.
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