OpinionWhen I get frustrated with something I tend to think of a way to try and fix it. I let the things that I cannot change slide but the little things that I could change I do.
      – Baslisks, 2009-08-14 at 17:00:23   (11 comments)

On 2009-08-14 at 17:02:20, Baslisks wrote...
I have been having a fight with a school about how they refuse to update my email. I cannot access their email as I am not a true student of the school, so everything I get has to go through my main email. I have asked professors to change my email and some have just added me as a contact but I see my ghost email there in their forwarding stuff... How hard is it to change a contact database? I mean I kno whow hard it is because thats what my job is!! it is fucking easy.
On 2009-08-15 at 08:20:34, BorgClown wrote...
Same here. If I don't or get someone to fix something, it haunts me. Ironically, I'm very indolent in regard to house repairs.
On 2009-08-15 at 14:55:26, DigitalBoss wrote...
I am an email administrator (among other things) at a large university. I know we have logical rules that have to be applied to each circumstance. For instance, student email accounts pretty much last forever, until we decide to perform a blood purge. Other systems accounts are only for currently enrolled students. Depends on system and from where its funds come.
On 2009-08-15 at 18:45:45, Baslisks wrote...
I was a visiting student. They didn't give email accounts to visiting students. So I tried to make them use my real email account, they notify everyone through email. Everyone and everything. Not giving your visiting students a real account means I didn't get shit. I am done with that school and I will never be going back, ever attending or visiting. Their book system is fucked up to and their math department just sucks and pretty much unwilling to do shit with you. So meh, they aint getting a cent and me screaming about how they suck.
On 2009-08-16 at 03:26:11, DigitalBoss wrote...
Our student email is handled by Google gmail now. They do it at no cost to the university.
On 2009-08-16 at 03:41:46, Baslisks wrote...
same here, its gorgeous. Google docs? Wonderful. Just all the things I want in an email service and more!
On 2009-08-16 at 17:48:50, DigitalBoss wrote...
The only bad thing is Google's privacy policy, that is if you have read it. They claim to own everything and mine it all to target advertisements. I guess that is the how and why that it is free. We could not subject the business and academic discussions of the faculty and staff, so there is a different system that is run on campus for them.
On 2009-08-16 at 19:32:28, Baslisks wrote...
meh, its all advertising stuff and I use a nice little adblocker.
On 2009-08-17 at 13:41:10, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This is a general problem with security. If you have a system that requires an administrator to take actions, there will always be a problem when the administrator is either lazy or has abandoned things. Ideally you want a system where people can update their own details or where no action is needed, but these things have to be thought about from the beginning.
On 2009-08-17 at 17:25:58, Baslisks wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: and if your it depart is abunch of old ladies who also do your registrar work YOU ARE FUCKED!
On 2009-08-18 at 13:54:56, Thelevellers wrote...
Wow, I seem to be sensing a little build-up of anger from Bas here? Take some deep breaths and remember your special place... ;-) I hate dealing with big organisations databases, I am always red flagged by such people for a start as I don't go by my first name (c'mon, Francis?!?!?!), but I get easily fed up with dealing with people when things are so easy to fix, like introducing my mum to doing her accounts on the computer instead of using a spreadsheet prgramme to print out bloody individual sheets! And she calls herself a hippy...