By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks
case you have been away for the summer or otherwise
engaged, please be aware of the following items:
Academic Mainframe News" -- It appears
that funding will be available next year to
continue operation of the VM/CMS system. You may
recall that IBM discontinued its Higher Education
Software Consortium program under which we were
licensing the VM/CMS software. IBM finally
announced a replacement program and it appears
that the new discount for licensing the software
will be sufficient to allow us to continue use of
that operating system and most of its associated
software. Work continues, however, on identifying
a replacement Administrative data systems
processing platform. Since it is unlikely that
the new platform will be an IBM Mainframe. It
is likely that Mainframe services will be
discontinued sometime within the next 2-3 years.
Please contact Dr. Philip Baczewski (email@example.com),
Associate Director of Academic Computing, if you
have any questions in this regard.
Communications to be Required for ACS UNIX
Hosts" -- As of September 1, 2001,
access via telnet and ftp to the ACS UNIX hosts
sol, jove, and terra will no longer be possible.
After September 1, you must use an SSH-compatible
client for access. See the article for more
information on this topic.
gets an Update" -- As of Thursday, June
7, BulkMail has been changed to use the same
authentication server as is used by EagleMail and
Web publishing. Included in this change is an
option to set a password if no password exists.
Faculty/Staff who have activated UNT Internet
Services will use that ID and password for
logging into BulkMail. Faculty/Staff who have not
activate UNT Internet Services can enter their
EUID in the login page and will be routed to a
set of pages where they can set a password which
will work with bulk mail. Consult the article for
further information on this topic.
Support to be Phased Out" -- Over the
next year, starting September 1, 2001, support
for the Simeon E-mail client will be gradually
withdrawn. Those who wish to can continue to use
Simeon as long as it will run on their computers,
however, after September 1, Simeon will no longer
be made available for download. Questions or
comments about Simeon can be directed to Dr.
Philip Baczewski (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Associate Director of Academic Computing.
EDUCAUSE and your colleagues from the Southwest for
EduTex, the second annual EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional
Conference for IT professionals in higher education.
Technologists, managers, and executives from all higher
education institutions in the Southwest -- small and
large, public and private -- are invited to attend this
EduTex will be held February 20-22,
2002 at the Hyatt Regency Austin on Town Lake, Austin,
Texas. This year's theme is "IT -- Through HE** or
High Water." The conference will feature practical,
"how-to" sessions, a management and leadership
focus, and region-specific issues organized around the
following four tracks:
- Technology and Applications/Infrastructure
- Management Skills and Leadership
In addition, corporate and higher
education participants will present information on new
developments in technology and software.
Follow the links at the EduTex Website
for more information about this exciting event.
If you would like to give a
presentation at EduTex, the deadline for
proposals is October 1, 2001. See http://www.educause.edu/conference/edutex/2002/cfp/guidelines.asp
for more information.