NEWSLETTER - August 1997

Table of Contents

Announcements
Busy Signals
Internet Connection
Public Access Stations
Meetings

Committee Reports
Review Committee
Financial Report
Marketing/PR
User Support
InfoScouts
Systems

Frequently Asked
Questions

Email RollaNet
P. O. Box 2021
Rolla, MO 65402
573-364-0852

Review Committee

Nothing to report.

Financial Report

We haven't decided exactly how much information to report in the RollaNet newsletter, so please be patient while we consider our options. We may just summarize the information, with more detail available upon request.

Marketing/PR

Nothing to report.

User Support

Helpdesk volunteers answer questions sent to them via email on varied topics, such as getting connected the first time or improving a homepage. Members needing assistance can send email to helpdesk@rollanet.org or call our voice mail at 573-364-0852.

If you would like to volunteer for the helpdesk, send your name, address, phone number, credentials and area of expertise to helpdesk@rollanet.org.

InfoScouts

We're working on a new page for teens. We have three teen volunteers so far. If you are interested in volunteering or have links to suggest, send e-mail to info@rollanet.org.

Volunteers for creating and maintaining other information on RollaNet are also needed. We're always looking for information providers from the surrounding communities, and we need providers for the Community Calendar of Events. If interested or you have other suggestions, send e-mail to info@rollanet.org.

Systems

In July RollaNet experienced several network related outages due to upgrade work by UMR to prepare for their new DS3 internet connection. RollaNet is now positioned so that most UMR network outages will not impact us. We are still negotiating for our own private T1 internet feed and should have more definite news very soon.

Cisco has announced a trade in program so that we can upgrade our AS5200 terminal server to 56kbs modem support. We will be talking to Cisco to get pricing information soon.

UMR is relocating it's computing equipment and as a result we will have to relocate as well. We have purchased a rack and will relocate the equipment when it arrives. We expect a 1-2 hour outage for the relocation. We are also about ready to upgrade the operating system on the primary RollaNet server. To avoid an extensive outage we will migrate services to the new Usenet server during the upgrade. All RollaNet equipment is now on UPS (uninterruptible power supply) so we should see less outages caused by power problems due to lightning.

For information on RollaNet system, dial-up and user statistics, go to http://www.rollanet.org/~uetrecht/stats/.


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