Meeting Minutes

October 1, 1999 Meeting

Members present Rich Anderson, Craig Berry, Ginger Boone, Allen Bradley, Bill Buntain, Sandy Burke, Tim Christian, Wil Clark, Jim Curry, Cyndie Harris, Mike Hatch, Pam Hight, Paul Hons, Kirk Kelly, Brenda Kirk, Maurice Leatherbury, Gary Matthews, Dallas Newell, Bruce Pollak, Chris Strauss, Kelly Wood, Mike Wright, Roy Zumwalt

Members absent: Troy Bacon, Eric Duchemin, Abraham John, Ramu Muthia

Guests:  John Bradley, Darren Dugan, Richard Harris, Jason Myre

The minutes of the the two previous meetings were not yet prepared.

Wil Clark, for the Student Computing subcommittee, reported that the subcommittee had not met nor taken any action since the previous meeting.

Maurice reported that he hadn't made any progress on Computing Support Quotient project.

Maurice reported that the Campus Agreement CD's had been put in the Bookstore and that 230 users had purchased at least one of the products to date.  The most popular package was Office 2000, followed by Frontpage 2000, then by the Windows 98 upgrade.

Maurice said that he had asked the Purchasing office to attend the next DCSMT meeting (October 15th) to brief the group on credit card purchases as well as any other purchasing issues relating to information technology.  Sandy Shelton has agreed to come to the meeting, and Maurice asked the members of DCSMT to send any questions they had to him for forwarding to Sandy in preparation for her visit.

Allen Bradley reported that very little interest in purchasing "retail" versions of the Windows 98 operation system had been expressed by the network managers, so the Computing Center would not be making a bulk purchase of that software.  The discussion following Allen's statement resulted in the consensus that departments on campus that purchase used desktop machines should be sure that they obtain the software licenses with the machines. Selling departments should include the cost of new OEM software licenses in the charge they make to purchasing departments, then purchase the OS with the replacement machines they purchase from the MicroComputer Maintenance Shop.

Maurice reported that the University administration had approved the expenditure of approximately $120,000 per year for UNT to join the Internet 2 gigapop that was being formed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The current plan is to connect to the Alliance for Higher Education's fiber spine via a DS3 line that will carry both Internet 1 and Internet 2 traffic, then split the traffic in Dallas.  Actual details of our ultimate Internet 1 provider haven't been decided.  Maurice warned that it will most likely be late Spring, 2000 at the earliest before we can make the Internet 2 connection because of all of the data communications projects currently under way, including wiring and connecting the new Southern Dallas center.

Maurice distributed two handouts from Jim Curry, one detailing potential problems with a batch of Western Digital hard drives that had been distributed on campus and the other handout documenting rising memory prices.  It was noted that Microcomputer Maintenance's memory prices had tripled in the past month because of the market.

The meeting adjourned at 12:00 AM.

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