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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 28th July 2010
Room 4.31, Informatics Forum

Roger Burroughes, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Alison Downie (minutes), Ian Durkacz, Stephen Quinney, Iain Rae, Gordon Reid, George Ross (convenor), Alastair Scobie
  1. Apologies for absence

    Graham, Craig, Neil, Toby

  2. Minutes of the last meeting.

    Minor correction - George had given his apologies so wasn't present as well!

  3. Actions.

    Actions completed:

    Actions added:

    Actions deferred:

  4. Report from Computing Executive Group

    1. Project planning

      Alastair explained the time schedules for the project planning process for T3 (Sept-Dec).

    2. Energy Audit

      Alastair commented on the difficulties that he had in producing realistic estimates from our inventory for the Energy Audit. His report can be found at Green IT wiki

  5. Reports from units.

  6. Topics for discussion

    1. Dropbox installation

      Concern was expressed that by adding this as a package, users would then infer that we would support it. After some discussion, it was suggested that we should find out why users specifically want to use dropbox and also that we should consider writing a wrapper round the script that it runs so that users are warned when they first run dropbox that it is not something that we support along with general warning about security of data.

      Skype was also mentioned as a package that is becoming increasingly popular. It was suggested that we check with ITPF to get their viewpoint on the licence/ditribution issues.

    2. Disappearing tokens

      It was felt that this should be left until Neil returns as it is understood that he has been investigating.

  7. AOCB

    1. Virtual servers

      Alastair confirmed that dedicated storage has been ordered with delivery expected mid-August. Until then, people should hold back on virtualising further services.

    2. CO coffee

      It was agreed that another CO coffee meeting should be scheduled for August. Subsequent to the meeting, this has been arranged for Thursday 26th August at 11am in MF1.

    3. Next meeting

      The next meeting should be on Wednesday 11th August in room 4.31.

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