CLUG Notes November 15, 2005
Attendees: Cathy Costa, Elizabeth Treadgold, Mabel Machin, Lesley Lofstrand, Paul Bladek, Tim Hunt, Brandon Zimmerman, Anthony Lewis, Michael Yocom, Jessica Wallace.
- Change in swap drive technology: what does this mean to you? What does this mean
to the computer labs?
- Discussion: Any new computers coming in will accommodate SATA swap drives by default. This change is dictated by manufacturers. The EIDE swap drives that are currently being used can be used in the new computers, but special caddies would need to be purchased. The SATA swap drives cannot be used in any of our current computers.
- Karl Camozzi has moved on
- Discussion: We are unsure when this position will be replaced, but hope to have it replaced ASAP.
- SP2 in most summer images (Warning about pop-up blocker)
- Discussion: MS Windows Service Pack 2 will be in most of the summer software images. SP2 does include a pop-up blocker.
- Standard MS Windows games (e.g. solitaire) are no longer available via the Start menu.
They are still part of the image, but not as easy to get to.
- Discussion: If you need to get to the games for a class, please let me know and we can give you instructions on how to the games.
- Long term project: rewire of Ald labs. Possibility of reorienting Alderwood labs
so that students face the white boards. Thoughts?
- Discussion: This suggestion was warmly received. It was recommended that all desks face the same direction and that they face the direction that the projector projects.
- Tech fee has approved new computers for 2 labs and new monitors for 1 lab.
- Discussion: Tech fee approved new computers for ALD 104 and SNO 219. The monitors were approved for SNO 219. ACS would like to change the labs that will receive the new computers. We will present the following to Tech Fee:
- ALD 104 – New Computers
- ALD 105 – New Computers
- SNO 219 – New Monitors
- SNO 219 – ALD 105 “old” computers
- Library 3rd floor classroom – ALD 104 “old” computers – This option was recommended by Tech Fee since the Library classroom is in need of newer computers.
- Computers for MLT labs
- Discussion: MLT Hall will open for winter quarter 2006. There will be 2 computer labs. One lab will have 40 new computers. The other lab will have 30 computers. These computers will come from SNO 125. SNO 125 will become a standard classroom. The MLT labs will use the furniture that is in storage that was previously used in these rooms.
- Proposed computer lab furniture standards (see last 2 pages)
- Discussion: There was no opposition to the proposed standard.
- MS Longhorn release in 2006 (?)
- Discussion: ACS does not plan to adopt the new OS until it has been thoroughly tested and we have had training. If you need to use the new OS in the classroom prior to it being adopted, please let us know and we will look into a solution.
- MS Office 12 ship in 2006 (?)
- Discussion: ACS does not plan to adopt the new version of Office until it has been thoroughly tested. If you need to use the Office in the classroom prior to it being adopted, please let us know and we will look into a solution.
- Thought on more open lab space? Do you hear from students that more open lab space
- Discussion: The only comment for extra lab space has to do with weekend access to the Alderwood labs. This primarily comes from Construction students needing access to the plotter.
- Relationship between CLUG and TAC?
- Discussion: No one felt that there was currently a need to formalize a relationship. There are 3 or 4 people who are members of both groups.
- Reminder: Please shut and lock Snohomish hall labs if there is no class in the room when your class is finished.
- Reminder: Software request packets for fall quarter are already out. New software is due to ACS the week of June 27th. Regular software requests due week of July 4th.