Minutes of November 19, 2002 Meeting

S. Bartz, I. Beard, M. Belasco, A. Butman, N. Gonzaga, T. Joachim, K. Kuehl, D. Kuzma, J. Maxymuk (via videoconference).

1. Systems Update

ELF machines the pcs for the e-classrooms in LSM and Dana will be installed in the coming weeks, completing the installation of all 380 ELF machines

Server Upgrades Dana and Kilmer will be done in the next couple of weeks.

All laptops will be distributed by the end of the month, and the remaining five ACIC installs (4 to ILS and 1 to Systems) will be finished in that time as well.

2. PCWG Web Page

The Role and Function of the PC Working Group document has been posted under Charge.

3. Microcomputer Support Document

Discussion of the Microcomputer Support document was tabled until next month when John will attach the linked document to the PCWG Agenda.

4. Wireless Network Assignment

Galen Work, the director of RUCS in New Brunswick, joined the group to discuss what RUCS is doing with wireless networks particularly in NB. Since security and encryption standards are at least a year away and there are different transmission standards being used, RUCS has attempted to avoid a vendor-centric operation that could quickly become obsolete. RUCS will implement a wireless network in the five student centers and some other buildings to start in the coming weeks. The RUCS NB model will be available to be shared by the Camden and Newark campuses, but those decisions will be made locally.

Isaiah Beard will draft a report for Grace Agnew reflecting the PCWG consensus that a wireless network is worth trying as a supplemental technology within the Library system.

5. Old/New Business

Before Galen left, the group asked him about recent email slowness on RCI accounts. This is largely due to some users having overly full inboxes that take up a lot of resources and slow traffic for everyone else. The solution may lie in the new SUN iPlanet email and calendar system that RUCS is trying to bring up in January.

New software is being tested to potentially replace Tec Commander.

6. Future meeting dates

The next PCWG meeting will be on December 17 at TSB.

Recorded by John Maxymuk

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