We hired a new faculty member into our department last year. One of the things new faculty members get is a new computer. Unfortunately she's a PeeCee user, but I did my duty as chair. In late May asked her what she wanted, and by June 1st I'd forwarded the specs to the IT folks. I know the director pretty well and he assured me there'd be no problem. Still, I nudged the IT folks from time to time until the new person took over the nudging at the beginning of August. Well, school starts on Monday, and she's still without a computer on her desk. She tells me that one of the IT folks said that what she wanted was over budget. So this afternoon I went over to Dull.com and selected exactly what she wanted, for 100 bucks under budget.<br><br>Morons!<br><br>
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If I followed the rules for buying computers in my institute I would:<br><br>1) have grey hair.<br>2) Be buying technology 4 months old because sometimes that is the length of all the hoops I am supposed to jump through.<br>3) I would be paying prices that had aged four months so add 2 and 3 together and I get a lot less computer for the buck.<br>4) I would have to fill out all these forms with my reasons for not purchasing the standard IT build (Because they are old dogs.)<br><br>Instead For at least the last 7 years I have been buying every computer as an "emergency purchase". I buy it off my corporate charge card and walk out with it that day. All I need to do is then print out the "emergency replacement computer memo" and I am done. This way at least the last 20 computers in my lab don't even exist as far is IT is concerned. A key to the network closet, add a jumper and I'm done.<br><br>I thought they would eventually catch on. Nope.<br><br><br><br><br>paper cuts hurt
Being hidden from IT is such a great thing! Fortunately since I have a Mac in my office, there's not much that IT can do to it. With the PeeCees they're constantly tinkering with the machines from the server end. Yuck. Unfortunately we don't have an emergency system like you describe. We're stuck with the idiotic purchasing process.<br><br>You know what's really really stupid--not to harp on IT, but still . . . . When they buy someone a new Mac, they set the admin password and don't tell the user what it is. Can you imagine a dumber thing to do?<br><br>
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the college of education used to be spread out in a few different locations. well, they finally brought all faculty together on the downtown campus. however, we didn't have the space, so they moved my program to another building that has the computer labs -- that's where we teach and it's a good deal. well, my office is now just a few doors down from IT folks. this is like a dream come true. for one (and many of you probably know this feeling), people know i am pretty savvy with technology so i used to be inundated with questions and requests for help. now, if someone wants my help they have to walk over to my building and if they do that then they might as well just ask IT. I AM FREE!!! also, the IT folks will toss me a morsel here and there. i use a mac laptop, but they are going to dig a PC out of storage and hook it up in my office just so i have an extra machine (it's the only way to access the L:Drive, which has the schedule -- i never needed the schedule until this year as i am a new program chairperson. anyway, i like IT. i am also on the academic computing advisory board (for the IT dept) and i get to be involved in some big policy decisions. it's the one committee i actually like and it actually does things in fairly quick order. <br><br>no emergency system for me either; however, i am scheduled to get a new laptop this year (next month, i believe) and i think we get $2,200. i also have a slush fund of $1,000 i can spend (e.g., to go to conferences, to buy software, etc.). i am thinking of dipping into the fund to get the high end 15", because i want the boosted processor speed. otherwise, i would probably go with the low end 12" powerbook and really beef it up with RAM. sorry to hijack. <br><br>"Tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. You're a—you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." dubya 8.6.04
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>You know what's really really stupid--not to harp on IT, but still . . . . When they buy someone a new Mac, they set the admin password and don't tell the user what it is.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Insert a OSX install CD and change the password to something else. Two can play that little game. <br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Insert a OSX install CD and change the password to something else. Two can play that little game.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Funny you should mention that... I've got this Interpretive Discourse class this semester that has a video production element. Pretty cool, and the professor got this huge grant to get something like fourteen 17" PowerBooks and a bunch of software and cameras and DP 1.42G4 Powermacs.<br><br>Well, today was the day that we first got to play with the equipment. Your boy handed out all of these laptops, and they were all set to log into his Admin. account, and WITH THE SYSTEM DISCS!!!<br><br>I couldn't believe it. I could own the machine I've been assigned. Although I would much rather see this particular course succeed.<br><br>I think I'll clue him in to Open-Firmware Password next week.<br><br>
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