FCRC's Future [was: Re: Bounced message for 'technocracy']

  • From: "M.K. Chatterji" <chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 16:29:21 -0500

Neil, I speak like a bitter old crock from history, but IMHO good ole Yeah is doomed to ACNS machine room purgatory. It's just a matter of time now. Just like so many other *nix servers I helped to commission in the early days when the Lord God said that *nix would never be a serious reality at ISU--they ended up there to be starved to death (thunder was the last one--remember that one Paul (arc) Cardwell?) THe few that survived did so because Life Sciences and Arts and Sciences were willing to battle the Gods and forced them to hire Steve. I guess our final thumb-our-noses is to point out where we are now: not only did they have to embrace unix big time, for even the most basic institutional ERP needs, but they had to replace thunder and the other services with more/better unix and they even use Linux! (Mind you, this is the same group that said microchips would never replace the mainframe, or that they would ever use a mouse! They even opposed Ethernet, and even the internet--because they wanted to hang on to BITNET-- why, it _had_ to be better that TCP/IP!)

The Lord God has spoken again: "FCRC should not be in ther server business" and so it will be. We are thankful to John Madden and before that to Steve Baker for its rescue from hacks and to put it back on its feet. But just as I told you back in the days when we brought up a Dreaded Unix Box in FCRC, it would meet its death either by lack of caring and feeding, or by the politics of "control freaks". I wasn't far off. I think the FCRC will be disolved into something under ACNS (or whatever it's now called) or the Library, with some portion of it kept over in Distance Ed., to provide basic computer literacy to fewer and fewer faculty.


Whomever is adminning yeah these days, can you please remove
weez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx from technocracy?  I keep getting these and don't have
admin access to the box anymore.


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