Old York Campus News
This stuff is no longer news but in the interests of using up
my disk space I'm keeping it here.
Great Bales of Hay
Not really news now to anyone at York, however, I'll mention it anyway
because I find it amusing. In an attempt to stop the continuing environmental
collapse of the university lake some large bales of hay are tethered in place
at strategic sites around the lake. Apparently, this will discourage algae
who cause the lake to smell funny.
A non-artist's impression of the lake yesterday (17th November). Applications
for the post of staff-artist should be emailed to the usual address. Please
mark your email "Unpaid artist has nothing better to do".
Meanwhile, in a parallel scheme a large table was also spotted floating near
the easternmost bales. A spokesman for the table said "Shh great innit? Wesh
carried zat table for milesh to do zat." and then staggered off elsewhere.
Frivolity? No thanks.
In a mildly uninteresting statement recently a spokesman for the Physics
department said this Web site was "too frivolous" to be part of the
Geophysics Server. Particularly
criticised were the references to the Physics Department on the Alternate
Campus Map. Fortunately, the site had moved from Physics a number of weeks
before the complaint so there was no need for me to do anything about it
whatsoever. What do you think? Is this web site too frivolous? Should I be
getting on with some work instead? Let us know - email to the usual
address and please mark it "Don't read this it's frivolous".
Recently, York Computing Service's main machine `tower' has been running like one
of those similies involving things which run slowly. This was
apparently caused by the installation of a new operating system, IRIX 5.2.
has long been unusable for serious work, things have got so bad now that
mail and net news are affected. Naturally there's an outcry. The problem
has been worsened by Computing Service changing the names of various of
their machines causing thousands of spurious nameserver requests to gum up
things still further. If you manage your own computer at York then it's
seriously recommended that you change the nameserver (resolv.conf on unix
box - some foolish place nobody can find under MS-DOS) to something NOT
managed by Computing Service.
Although, this is obviously bad news for anyone connecting to tower either
for word-processing or to use unix, I would like to take the opportunity to
reassure people that I have managed to remain completely unaffected by this
problem thanks to having accounts on Ebor and numerous other very fast
Silicon Graphics systems. I should manage to remain unaffected as long as
Computing Service can keep all those damn undergraduates from using Ebor.
Have you been affected by these problems? We'd like to hear from you if you
have. Mail us at the usual address and mark your email "Due to problems with
tower email is now so slow that I cannot use it at all."
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