Meeting Minutes

August 21, 1998 Meeting

Members present: Jim Curry, Paul Hons, Tim Christian, Mike Hatch, Gary Matthews, Ginger Boone, Maurice Leatherbury, Robert Pierce, Sandy Burke, Ramu Muthia

Members absent: Kelly Wood, Chris Strauss, Abraham John, Bruce Pollock, Bill Buntain, Eric Duchemin, Cyndie Harris, Craig Berry, Rich Anderson, Dallas Newell, Allen Bradley

Guests present:  Mike Wright, Curry Searle

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 PM.

The minutes of the August 7th, 1998 meeting were approved as written.

Tim Christian reported that the call tracking system implementation committee would meet next week to sort out issues of adoption and changes to the Remedy system that have arisen since their last meeting. Mike Hatch inquired about the response to Chris Strauss' inquiry about fixed versus floating licenses for Remedy, and Tim replied that most support units prefer to have floating licenses since they don't have many support staff logged into Remedy constantly.

Maurice reported that the Ghost order had gone out but he didn't know if the order had actually been sent from Purchasing to the vendor yet.

At the last DCSMT meeting, it was agreed that an announcement about the adoption of Windows 98 on new machines needed to be sent out somehow.  Maurice reported that he had inserted a brief article about Windows 98 in the latest edition of Benchmarks.   In relation to Windows 98, Mike Hatch said that the new machines that Jim Curry is shipping can't take advantage of all of the features of the video cards (such as settable refresh rates) under Windows 95, even with the latest video device drivers under the older OS.  Windows 98 fixes that problem.

Microsoft's latest offering to academic institutions for software licensing - the Campus Agreement - was discussed.  Maurice said that his analysis of the new agreement showed that we wouldn't benefit from it since it assumes that we'll install Microsoft products on each desktop and since the new agreement requires annual payments whether you install updated versions of Microsoft products or not.

Mike Wright reported that he had gotten a quote for Adobe licenses that was available on CC2.  The distributed units can set aside money from this fiscal year to pay for next year's licenses if they wish.  Mike explained some of the complexities of the Adobe licensing scheme, prompting discussions about the differences between it and Microsoft's (and others.)

Maurice reported that the overwhelming preference for future meeting times was mornings, so he will schedule future DCSMT meetings on the first and third Fridays of the month at 10:00 until 11:30 AM.

Jim Curry reported that a new laptop configuration is now in place, consisting of Pentium II processors instead of Pentium MMX'es.  The change was necessitated by Dell no longer selling the older version of the processor.  Jim also noted that data projectors in classrooms work best at 800 X 600 resolution so if presenters bring in laptops for use with the projectors, they should change their resolution to the preferred settings.  He also reported that the large classrooms will have a standard computer image so if anyone sees a problem they should call Classroom Support Services. The College of Business, however, will have its own image for its classrooms.

The meeting adjourned at 3:15 PM.

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