Systems Staff Meeting Notes 05/03/04

Systems Staff Meeting Notes
May 3, 2004

Present: Rich Bennett, Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Suzy Covey, Debra Fetzer, Winston Harris, Ying Tang
  1. Discussion of Bridges terminology. Read all thoroughly. We’ll be using the Weekly Punch clock, not the Web clock. Bill reports that Bobbie found that we use the overtime leave form to request regular leave.
  2. We’ve got rain!
  3. The hallway outside of Systems and Preservation is currently closed. They are painting/working on the windows. You have to go up to the second floor and cross through Special Collections if you need to get down the hall. Supposed to last through Tuesday.
  4. If you heard the loud thump a little while ago and were wondering what it was: they are revamping the mechanical room next door and removed a steel plated pad filled with concrete and then flopped it over about a foot to the ground – creating the floor-rattling thud.
  5. ALEPH is coming – Monday, May 10. It will change lives – replacing NOTIS after all these years.
Review Minutes of 4/26/04
  1. Cynthia’s neck and fence are fine.
  2. Geoffrey’s surgery went well, he is at home and recuperating on full medication.
  3. Hilton is, indeed, gone. We will try to post his position today.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. Experimental Fujitsu Stylistic Tablet PC has arrived.
  2. Encyclopedia Judaica is still broken.
  1. Nastygram from CNS yesterday – two of our machines were compromised by SASSER.B virus. As of this morning, we’re looking at 3 maybe 4 more machines: Doug Smith, Gerald Langford, Special Collections public area. Misty was trying to install a new computer and within 30 minutes, it was infected. They could have come infected from Dell. SASSER.B is a key logger – anyone who has been infected must change all of their passwords. You do not have to go to a Web site to be infected – if you do not have the MS patch, you can get it without being logged on to the network.
  2. Home machines – Bill recommends PCcillan for virus protection.
  3. This latest virus threat could have implications for the kick off of ALEPH – the network could be choked. Could also affect the GatorLink-based PeopleSoft. Even if we manage to avoid infection, it may have far-reaching effects.
  4. We are running short of hardware/network folks today.
Software Projects Status
  1. Winston is working on some last minute things for ALEPH – spine label printing, particularly. In addition, he is working on automating the download for the patron updates from ALEPH.
  2. GIS zoning – Ying – going well, pictures added. Erich and Gus are giving requests in stages. Ying will keep a log of all requests and act on nothing until approved by Erich, first hand.
  3. Cynthia is working on Facilities POS/Inventory mods. There are a lot of them.
  4. Encryption – Winston is working on it.
Student and Department Happenings
  1. May 10 – PeopleSoft training – Bill and Winston are scheduled to attend.
  2. Students: Brian, Nicole & Grace will work this week.
  3. Student lineup for summer: Grace, Nicole & Lisa Gaul (new).

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by Debra Fetzer