[geeks] SGI Sadness
mike at redhairy1.demon.co.uk
Thu Jul 14 14:12:35 CDT 2005
On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 01:59:23 +0000, wa2egp at att.net wrote:
> > You can detect the difference between patch cable #29647 and patch
> > cable #92764 ?
> No, but I'm not am not an IT person. But then you probably don't know
Sorry. It was a dumb comment intended to point out there is a reason for
carrying patch cables around (and you can't tell the difference between
a good one and a bad one without looking closely). Turns out the some
people think that patch leads can stretch if they pull hard enough.
> Well, our tech is still drawing teacher's salary and is at top level
> so that's about $80K/year. Tenured too.
There's problems with protected salaries ... this "tech" may not be
popular with the central techs. Of course I shouldn't complain too much,
as if it wasn't for protected salaries I could be about to loose nearly
$7,500 a year.
> Too bad you can't write a replacement that looks the same so said
> lecturer wouldn't know the difference.
Well if I didn't have too much other work to do ...
> We get kind of the reverse. If
> we want software on the machines, it has to be "approved" by central.
> Why? They
> "gurus" never heard of it. (Interactive Physics, Star Office, various
There is a good reason for centralised control of software loads ... not
only does it make supporting PCs easier if they're somewhat
standardised, but it's a method of controlling the use of pirated
software. Not that I'm accusing you, but here piracy was rife a few
years ago ... especially with the academic policemen (one academic used
to say he always kept a tight grip on his wallet whenever his visited
Of course it's broken if you can't get your software put onto the list
of standard software.
> Why do you think teachers rebel at the idea of year-round school? We
What most people don't realise is that Universities *are* year round
schools. We have perhaps 25% of the students during the summer but with
a lot higher 'churn' (lots of two week courses). And of course the
summer is time for all the big project work in IT. I used to laugh when
people assumed that I had a quiet life during the summer. Now I grind my
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