I.T. Times
Volume 2. No 3 Information Technology News of the University of California, Davis Spring 1994

Inside I.T.

Computer Classroom Opens in 241 Olson

On February 23, 1994, a new Macintosh computer classroom opened in 241 Olson. As with all IT-managed computer classrooms, this facility is funded by Instructional Use of Computer (IUC) funds. Instruction receives priority. No costs are covered by student registration fees. Composed of 30 Macintosh SE/30, this room is intended for academic courses that utilize computer technology in all regularly scheduled classes. Faculty need to provide their own software. To request room assignment of 241 Olson, contact Marie Ellering of the Registrar's Offices at 752-2978 or at ellering.UCD.oramail@Zeus.ucdavis.edu.

Correction to Entry in UC Systemwide Directory

The new Systemwide Directory has a big typo on page 1. The entry for Zackary O'Donnell has incorrect information. Instead of UC Irvine, O'Donnell is with Communications Resources at UC Davis. Also, the phone number is incorrect. The entry should read like this:

Zackary O'Donnell
Communications Resources
(916) 752-5947

CR Installs CableCAD to Help Manage Communications Facilities Infrastructure

Communications Resources (CR) recently purchased CableCad from Enghouse Systems Limited of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CableCad is a package of automated mapping and facilities management (AM/FM) programs used to design, draw, and maintain distribution networks. It maintains a network by:

At Communications Resources, CableCAD resides on a network of microcomputers (486's). Facility Services (formerly Physical Plant) provided the campus base map for CableCAD from the UCD GIS System.* The communications facilities infrastructure is overlayed on this base map.

Over the next 12-18 months, CR Plant Operation will enter data about the various campus buildings and telephone networks on the CableCad system. This unit is responsible for the campus communications maps and floor plans.

SIMM Stack at IT Campus Access Point

Finally, there is a useful HyperCard stack for the Macintosh: SIMM Stack 4.1.1. SIMMs (Single Inline Memory Modules) are small printed circuit boards that add memory to Macintoshes. This Hypercard stack provides details about the different types of SIMMs (32 pin, 64 pin, 72 pin, etc.), and explains memory configurations possible with Macs. You can obtain a copy of the stack directly from the IT-CAP, 1400 (752-2548); just remember to bring along a 3.5" formatted blank diskette.

Alternatively, you can use anonymous FTP to load the stack down from the Internet server sumex-aim.stanford.edu. The file is titled simm-stack-411, and it's located at the end of the following directory path: info-mac/info/hdwr

Eudora for Electronic Position Description Forms

Information Resources has worked out a potential interim solution for campuswide routing of completed electronic forms used for job position descriptions. The idea is for all parties in the workflow to have Mac Eudora or PC Eudora. This electronic mail software allows formatted documents to be coded automatically at one end, attached and delivered across the campus network, and decoded at the other end.

Eudora is currently the only commercial mail package designed to work with TCP/IP networks, and the University has negotiated a special price. You can purchase one copy with manual at $32.50 or 2-49 copies without manual at $22.50 each. (The manual costs $9.) Contact Jeff Jacobs of Qualcomm at (619) 597-5019 or eudora-sales@qualcomm.com.

Eudora can be used either with a modem or a network connection. Installation is not trivial and may require expert assistance. Once installed, however, it is a very easy package to learn to use.

Power Mac at CAIT

Apple Computer Company has loaned the Center for Advanced Information Technology (CAIT) a Power Macintosh 8100 for the purpose of promoting and showcasing Power PC technology to the campus community. Stop by the CAIT (on the first floor of Shields Library) to test out your favorite software with this new technology. For more information about the CAIT, call 752-5711.

Network Operations Center Extends Hours

It's after 5:00 o'clock, and you have just finished a report and are ready to send it electronically to a colleague in Southern California. Surprise! You can't log onto the network. Whom should you contact?

In this instance and for other major problems concerning the network, the answer is the Network Operations Center. Staffed by Information Technology personnel, the center provides client support in the evenings and early morning before the start of the regular business day. The Network Operations Center accepts trouble reports for UCDNet, Develnet, modems and LANS during the following hours:

Sunday : 3:00 p.m. - Midnight
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - Midnight
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

These hours remain in effect until at least the end of the academic year. To report trouble with network or modems, just call the Communications Resources Trouble Desk at 611 from on campus or 752-7656 from off campus, or send e-mail to itnetop@ucdavis.edu. NOTE: If a major problem occurs during hours not covered by staff of the Network Operations Center, you may contact Information Resources staff at 752-0232. They can send a call out to the network personnel who are available to respond to critical communications network needs.

Seeking Instructional Multimedia Developers

Information Resources is once again attempting to put together a list of names of faculty and staff that are involved in the production of multimedia applications for teaching or training. Even if you only know of someone who is involved, IR staff would appreciate hearing from them or you. Information Resources produces and coordinates distribution of instructional applications of multimedia. By finding out who else on campus is involved, IR and others can get together to determine needs the area of instructional technology. Please contact Catherine Olvera at 752-9625 or clolvera@ucdavis.edu.

Systems Changes in Late July

The UNIX systems Hamlet and Othello are being removed from service on July 30, 1994. Electronic mail and Usenet news services will be removed from the Sun servers Rocky and Bullwinkle, freeing those machines up for active user logins. Please watch for login messages with instructions for moving files from Hamlet/Othello to the Sun servers, and direct any questions regarding these systems changes to sysadmin@ucdavis.edu.

Johnson Lai, Zackary O'Donnell, Jim Burns, Robert Ralston, Loren Bennett, Jennifer Koester, Kevin Kawaguchi, Dave Zavatson, and Catherine Olvera contributed to "Inside IT."