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February 21, 2006

87% of GroupWise users have less than 10 hours of downtime per year

Writing about GroupWise Webmail Success? from Jim's blog

According to the helpful information propaganda on the Novell website "87% of GroupWise users have less than 10 hours of downtime per year." Which 87%? Really!!! I've had three times that much downtime in the last week!

Further, their spiel about GroupWise 7 goes on to quote a user who says that "In seven years, we have never had… e-mail outage" and according to Novell themselves "A single GroupWise administrator can easily manage more than 10,000 users; in fact several GroupWise administrators currently manage more than 20,000 users each."

So, having slagged-off Groupwise myself for a while and having read what people have said on WarwickBlogs I've come round to questioning whether it's GroupWise that's at fault at all. (This isn't saying that I believe all the crap on their website, but that I'm thinking about other possibilities.)

Since January 1st, there have been at least 7 major instances of ITS managed systems falling over, failing, needing to be rebooted, having hardware issues etc (scanning through their old newsflashes ). That is basically one a week, and doesn't even take into account database maintenance overruns that slow down access to various systems. This isn't an attempt to criticise ITS, but I'm wondering whether we are going to be any better off when we migrate to Exchange. Rosemary Gilmour, Director of IT Services, says that "we are in process of moving to newer technologies with greater inherent resilience, and once these are in place the risk of such failures will be reduced," but we've heard this all before.

Back in 2000-ish, fibre-optics was to be the big solution to the problem with Delivered Apps taking forever and a day to come up, let alone the Apps themselves. That wasn't fast enough, so another small fortune was spunked on Gigabit Ethernet. That didn't work either, so now Work Area desktops all have various common programs installed locally; which is what ITS were trying to avoid in the first place. On the plus side this means that the desktops in Work Areas do now do work well for their apparent main uses: checking email and using/printing from Office applications.

I suppose it's easy to find fault with the IT systems that we use, and I haven't really proferred any solutions. However, at the end of the day results count, and our email system is an embarrassment, literally an embarrassment. It is embarrassing to have to say to colleagues and collaborators that you've not been contactable for 3 days because your email system has gone down, and maybe they should copy in your Hotmail (or whatever) email address as that stands a reasonable chance of making it through.

February 20, 2006


…"Why? Why? Because he's the most recorded euphonium artist ever! That's why?


… Red Citroen BX drving the wrong way down Library Road

February 17, 2006

Romania Qualify For Warwick World Cup

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

A 4-0 drubbing walkover against Sri Lanka secured qualification for Romania and the winners of the Poland-Colombia match in Group I of the Warwick World Cup. Romania secured 7 points from a possible 9 and are guaranteed qualification for next term's Warwick World Cup proper. Romania can finish top of the group if Poland fail to beat Colombia by two goals (or by 1 goal if they score more than 2).

A big thanks to Shaz Saleem and Chris McKeown for doing a great job of organising the qualifiers.

Watch out for dyed blonde hair if we make the knockouts next term!!!

February 14, 2006

Romania win opening game

Follow-up to Steau ButylEster players called up to Romania team from No I said DublIN marathon

Romania notched up a solid 2–1 victory in their opening Group I game against an individually skillful Colmbian team. Columbia had called up many of their Europe based players and Romania were without defence/midifeld/attack dynamo/enforcer Espen Tangen, who was jetlagged after a mamouth 2hr flight.

Coles, Macreath, Day and Edgeworth started outfield, with Gott in goal and Haggart and Bailey on the bench. Colombia started brightly but solid work at the back and midifield saw the organised Romanians keep them at bay; Colmbia restricted to two shots from distance in the first half. The half ended with Bailey prostrate on the floor having put his life, and manhood, on the line for the team.

The second half saw both teams start brightly, but eventually Coles was able to capitalise on a loose pass by the Colombian keeper and slotted home first time with his left into the empty net. Romania looked solid to hold on for the victory, with one outstanding save from Gott, before naive defending by Bailey let the Colombians back into the game. With time ticking down a fast break by Coles and Edgeworth split the Colombian defence with Edgeworth cooly slotting past the helpless 'keeper. Romania looked comofrtable after that and were denied a third as the final whistle blew with Macreath bearing down on goal.


  • Andy "Iron Stomch" Gott (gk)
  • Devan "Glass Balls" Bailey
  • Dave "Glass Toe" Haggart
  • Stuart "Nose Tackle" Coles
  • Ben "No Tackles" Macreath
  • Tom "Der Hammer" Day
  • Jon "Die Rake" Edgeworth

Goal scorers:

  • Coles (1)
  • Edgeworth (1)

Man(hood) Of The Match:
Devan's balls

February 13, 2006

Bailey added to Romania squad

Follow-up to Steau ButylEster players called up to Romania team from No I said DublIN marathon

Breaking news:

Devan Bailey from S.H.A.F.T. has been drafted into the Romanian national team for the Warwick World Cup for fear that the majority of the rest of the squad are too fat and old to cut it against the Colombians.

February 10, 2006

Steau ButylEster players called up to Romania team

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

Several 'Ester players have been called up to the Romanian national team for the Warwick World Cup Qualifiers which start next week. Romania are in a tough qualifying Group I with Colombia (11am Tues), Poland (12:30pm Thurs) and Sri Lanka (10am Fri).

The preliminary squad is as follows:

  • Coles (Steau ButylEster)
  • Day (Steau ButylEster)
  • Haggart (Steau ButylEster)
  • Tangen (Steau ButylEster, on long-term loan from UIT)
  • Edgeworth (Chi Sci II)
  • Gott (Steau ButylEster)

More players may be added upon request/by invitation.

The top two teams from each of the 14 groups will qualify, as will England as hosts and the three "best" third placed teams.

Why I hate: Travel West Midlands – Part II

Follow-up to Why I hate: Travel West Midlands from No I said DublIN marathon

Typical I have £4.01 in my wallet and SO no sodding chance of buying a single to campus. Even a Day-Saver will leave me out of pocket.


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