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Systems Staff Meeting Notes
February 7, 2005

Present: Rich Bennett, Cynthia Bowker, Will Chaney, Bill Covey, Suzy Covey, Debra Fetzer, Winston Harris, Bobbie Meng, Tom Minton, Chris Nicolich, Geoffrey Stewart, Ying Tang
Announcements
  1. Puppy Bowl discussion.
  2. Super Bowl discussion.
  3. Cynthia reports that Riverdance was good.
  4. Ying had some questions about how to make sure the figures are correct on your W2.
  5. Raises? Should be forthcoming next paycheck. The Library is covering this year's raises - next year, it will be up to the individual departments again - we may not be so fortunate.
  6. PeopleSoft - Oracle buyout - they promise full support. No talk of switching. May convert from IBM to Oracle-oriented at a lower level.
Review Minutes of 1/31/05
  1. Announcements #2 - Librarians are still working on their big meeting with Dale.
Ongoing Systems Updates
Equipment Received/Installed/Repaired
  1. FCLA funds - legislative check was deposited. May be ordering new computers - 20-30 at a pop.
  2. The development server for Greenstone was ordered - the Institutional Repository project: terrabyte - SUSE Linux.
  3. Bill is setting up a machine in the old server room for Suzy to use as the BBS server. Also SUSE Linux. They wanted to use WICI (a webpage where everyone can edit their own code & others, too), but the bulletin board service will be better.
Liaisons
  1. For some reason, there have been incidents of people getting excited when the virus-catcher actually catches a virus and quarantines it.
  2. MS Spam catcher - updated Geoffrey's machine and introduced the MonsterBlaster virus to it. Trend caught it.
  3. Trend update on Bill's home machine - updated at 3:14, virus found at 3:15.
Networking
  1. In general, the server room switches are not switching. Certain ports on certain switches are seeing other people's traffic. Bobbie put another switch out this morning. It is still showing traffic from different connections.
  2. NT8 - found what was bugging the Web server: auto-generated queries from workstations degraded the overall response. MS IP stack doesn't work well. Be sure to turn off auto-detects. It took one hour to install the protocol analyzer to track this down.
  3. ALEPH printing - Will was appointed to a taskforce to educate - he got an email from Ben Walker saying they were just going to use the document he already created.
  4. Computers in West - should be getting the report soon.
Software Projects Status
  1. Permissions - Bulk Loader program - Cynthia is finishing it up - after that, it will go to Bill for review.
  2. Aleph/PeopleSoft Data Transfer - Should be doing the transfer today. There were still FCLA traffic questions on Friday. The last test had two failures. They are going to try and handle the exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Vendor fields problem needs to be corrected to match FCLA.
  3. Working on data from Gus - East Florida - needs clean up. Chris is working on a method to give MS Access view to manipulate once he gets the data loaded.
  4. Changes to Personnel Database - to bring the data more in line with how the PeopleSoft data is listed - with PeopleSoft job numbers.
  5. Mark Sullivan - only here until the end of February - his grant runs out. He is doing clean up on Ephemeral Cities and some other databases he worked on - in case we have to modify them after he leaves. No word from Denise regarding filling that position.
Web Projects
  1. Someone in Bilingual Education submitted a SYSHELP about not being able to access one of the journals on Sunday 12:20AM. Need to double check and make sure there are no links to SYSHELP on public pages. Staff-side links are OK, but not public. Will check the Library Search and see what happens.
  2. Tom reports that the Web was real slow again this morning - could not upload pages. Bill will investigate.

 

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