MMM Minutes 9/2/99

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
September 2, 1999

Present: John Ashcraft, Rich Bennett, Pam Cenzer, Gary Cornwell, Robena Cornwell, Michelle Crump, Carol Drum, David Fuller, Barry Hartigan, David Hickey, Dot Hope, Carrie Hunt, Martha Hruska, Richard Phillips, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Turner, Carl Van Ness
NERDC Connections
  1. Connections into NERDC have been hideously slow to load as of late - Dean's Menu, etc. It's more than likely due to general beginning of the year network congestion - drop/add, etc.
  2. The best course of action is to keep trying to get in. Eventually someone will drop out & your connection will get through.
NAT
  1. Net Address Translator - have run out of addresses on the public side. Won't be able to get more until the world moves to Internet 6.
  2. Soon IP addresses will be put on every device in the home. Low speed communication will be available via power lines.
  3. NAT table on campus is short - often the dorms and some local departments are unable to get in. This will also effect FCLA. Addresses will have to be split into fine segments.
  4. This is a spotty problem to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, assigning small fractions of NATs as necessary.
  5. Currently, 80-85% of campus is connecting. Differing options to fixing the problem include leaving it as is until the Christmas break or to expand as much as possible right now. Unfortunately when trying to expand as much as possible, it turned out not to be enough.
IBM
  1. IBM is quitting to become a hand maiden to CISCO - they are getting out of the business.
  2. UF's CORE network equipment is IBM. We hope to be able to trade it in for CISCO gear.
  3. Most of the IBM CORE equipment had been disconnected anyway.
  4. CISCO will pay 2 billion dollars for IBM technology.
NT
  1. People have been expressing interest in NT for local work stations. We'll probably put some out soon.
Windows 2000
  1. Windows 2000 is due out in October. We will not put it out in broad scale here in the Libraries until June-July.
Sun Microsystems
  1. SUN Microsystems bought out Star Office. It is software that parallels MS Office.
  2. SUN is run by a guy who hates Bill Gates. He plans on putting Star Office for free just to try & ruin Bill Gates.
9/9/99
  1. Expected computer failures on this date due to the way punch cards used that number to indicate the end of the card.
  2. Leap year could be a problem as well.
  3. GPS system just had a failure due to some bizarre '80's date.
  4. Date released items historically generate computer problems.
  5. We'll treat these with a business-as-usual attitude: something will break & it will be fixed.
Liaison Training
  1. Feedback from the training session is currently being compiled.
  2. Lately Bill has been hearing more negative than positive feedback.
  3. Bill will inquire today at the Liaison Meeting. May also pull back on scheduled meetings.
  4. Training will be evaluated to see if it is feasible to continue.


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by Debra Harris
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