Volume 92, Issue 10

Friday, September 18, 1998

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It's new, but is it better?

Re: Get your freshest java in the library, Sept. 15

To the Editor:

With the restructuring of the Weldon library, the computer system has been revamped, but definitely not for the better. After regularly using the library terminals last year with few if any problems, I was quite surprised to find the many new networked computers currently in and scheduled to be put into the libraries.

The systems donated by Sun Microsystems come fully equipped with confusing programs which require passwords to be entered and re-entered and settings such as server host names, which will be foreign to many students. The web browsers provide the added bonuses of small, unmarked icons and slower internet speed than the so-called "old" systems.

While the libraries will be able to divert resources such as time and money to improving non-technological service, this seems to paradoxically decrease rather than increase efficiency for both staff and patrons in the information technology business. Sun Microsystems used their relationship with Western to get their products and name out in the public, but the result seems inferior at best. If it ain't broke, why fix it?

Dan Greenstein


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