"What are Project Elmira and Polaris?" you obligingly ask, and IST obligingly answers: "Project Elmira is the code name given to the project of modifying the Watstar LAN [Local Area Network] so that it could deliver a Windows 95 client. Polaris is the production name we have chosen. Changing the name was a simple way of distinguishing between the old and new systems and to continue the 'star' theme."
Okay, then, "What is so special about Polaris?" Answer: "Our experience with networking PCs has shown us that ensuring client security is key in maintaining a student computing environment. Push software distribution, user quotas on system servers, roving profiles, license control, write protected clients, access to Unix and Windows NT systems make Polaris unique and much easier to support than many commercial systems. Essentially, what has been done is to add some software to the base system to automate installation, software upgrades and add needed features to Windows 95."
Friday's open house -- 9 a.m., Davis Centre room 1302 -- will give a bit of history about Watstar and Polaris and explain "why we chose Windows 95" and "what features have we added to make Windows 95 suitable for student computing". There will be a brief demonstration of Polaris.
Something shorted out in the machine -- she could smell "wires cooking", she reports -- and someone called the fire department. By the time the trucks arrived, she had unplugged the machine and carried it outside. Three firefighters stood and looked at it a while, then left. There was no smoke or other damage, although the computer is not quite as effective as it used to be. That's the (non)story.
After a rest day Monday, the cars made it to Manhattan, Kansas, last night, and are to travel 150 miles to Smith Center today. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which had been in first place up to the rest break, had a bad day on the road yesterday, and George Washington University turned in the best speed for the day. Overall, the Sunrayce lead is now held by California State University at Los Angeles with a total elapsed time of 17:07:28. Waterloo's Midnight Sun is close behind at 17:12:37.
The Matthews Golf Classic gets going at noontime today at the Elmira Golf Course; if some of your staff and faculty colleagues are inexplicably missing this afternoon, you'll know why.
The moment of truth is getting close for co-op students: all students who took part in employer interviews over the past few weeks should plan to pick up job ranking forms at the Needles Hall paging desk tomorrow (after 10 a.m.), make their choices, and return the forms by 8 p.m.
The registrar's office reminds students that Friday, June 27, is the last day to pay fees for the spring term.
We currently use the Gregorian calendar which was introduced, for at least some continental European countries, by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. It was adopted in England in 1752. The calendar previously used throughout Europe was the Julian calendar which is still used, at least for ceremonial purposes, by some parts of the Orthodox church. The date June 24, 1497 is therefore a date of the Julian calendar and it is comparing apples and oranges to say that that date was 500 years ago to-day.So let's celebrate, all over again, next Thursday!
There are at least two possible solutions: I believe that the best is to say that the 500th anniversary will not occur until the Julian date June 24, 1997, which we will observe 13 days from now on the Gregorian date July 7, 1997. An alternative is to observe that in 1497, if the Gregorian calendar had existed (which it did not!), the difference between the two calendars would have been 9 days and therefore under this approach we celebrate the anniversary on our date July 3, 1997.
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