Distributed Computing Support
Management Team


Meeting Minutes

July 21, 2000

Members present: Sandy Burke, Wil Clark, Cyndie Harris, Mike Hatch, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Paul Hons, Kirk Kelly, Brenda Kirk, Maurice Leatherbury, Gary Mathews, Bruce Pollock, Mike Wright

Members absent: Rich Anderson, Troy Bacon, Craig Berry, Ginger Boone, Allen Bradley, Bill Buntain, Tim Christian, Jim Curry, Eric DuChemin, Pam Hight, Abraham John, Mike Maner, Ramu Muthiah, Dallas Newell, Chris Strauss, Roy Zumwalt

Guests: Daren Dugan, Lee Haughton, Jennifer Johnson, Andrew McGregor, Jason Myre, Shannon Peevey, Craig Terrell, Jon Walker, Mike Williams

The minutes of the June 16, 2000 meeting were approved as written.

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported for the Student Computing Committee that she has been making presentations on computing to Freshman Orientation sessions. Most questions are about ResNet. She asked GALMAC if the menu needed to be revisited and the answer was no. Elizabeth has also been working on an "access to UNT computing resources" list.

There was discussion regarding Simeon e-mail. It has some features not available on Eagle Mail, but Eagle Mail is mobile and you can access it wherever you are. Gary Mathews left off the image this summer. Sandy Burke said she gets comments that more can be done with SIMEON. Maurice Leatherbury made an official statement that Simeon will be available by FTP and will be supported for the next year, but it will be phased out.

Maurice Leatherbury announced the mobile data communication devices study is close to a decision. He expects that the committee will pick the Palm O/S.

Maurice also brought up the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA). RIAA has created SoundByte (www.soundbyting.com), a campaign geared towards educating college students on what is allowable in the context of music and the Internet. The RIAA estimates that two-thirds of illegal MP3 activity occurs within that age group. Richard Rafes asked that the RIAA send information about the program to UNT.  Maurice commented that RIAA would like everyone to search their websites for illegal MP3s. Maurice's interpretation from a legal point of view is that Internet service providers are protected from lawsuits until they are notified of an infringement. It’s open to question whether we could be liable for illegal files stored on our servers. We don’t want to be put in a position of policing our sites, but if we get notification of copyright abuse we will take action. The Computer Use Policy addresses copyrights and there is a good discussion at www.ala.org. We should at least tell our students it’s illegal to download copyrighted music.

Old Business

It is assumed that everyone is checking out their servers on the SANS top ten hit list for Internet security threats (http://www.sans.org/topten.htm). The state is becoming very interested in security.

New Business

The Computing Center is looking at www.techies.com to help fill vacant job positions.

From Sandy Burke: If you’re using callback for remote access to COM-PLETE you’re okay. If you’re using dialup, you can no longer connect as of July 18th. You won’t be able to get access without talking to Mike Maner.

From Mike Wright: On the Microsoft Campus Agreement, we received a waiver from the DIR to go ahead and negotiate our own contract. The contract is in Michelle Allen’s office.

From Craig Terrell: Contact him if you’re ready to get Active Directory. This is not the same thing as NDS. He asked if everyone had been testing Students in the Tree. It’s ready to go.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.


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