Volume 5.     Number 1                                                                             April 1980

N E W     M E X I C O     T E C H     C O M P U T E R     C E N T E R

Socorro, New Mexico 87801

 

C 0 N T E N T S

  1. Notes From the Director
  2. TCC Employees
  3. Documentation
  4. Maintenance
  5. Useful
  6. Play
  7. System Save (Backup)
  8. Forms Changes
  9. TCC Facts

 

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR

The TCC Newsletter has returned from obscurity and will be published monthly. The purpose of the newsletter is to keep Tech students, faculty, and staff informed about TCC activities. We will also try to publicize the many other computer activities that take place on campus.

First, I would like to introduce myself. I am Gary Smith. I have been involved with computers for twenty years, have been a computer center director for the past six years. I enjoy working with students, computers, magic and flying. I have a wife, two daughters, and three stepsons.

I would encourage TCC users and others with comments, suggestions, or gripes to feel free to stop in and share them with me.

 

TCC EMPLOYEES

In case anyone wonders spout TCC Staff and what they do, here is a list of employees and duties:

Gary Smith, Director, Gary is the "Chief" and takes care or all administrative problems, budget and anything that none of the rest of us can handle.

Monroe Poteet, Senior Systems Programmer. Moe is in charge of all systems programming, supervising the student programmers and generally keeping the system running smoothly.

Natti Gonzales, Administrative Secretary. Natti is responsible for setting up and deleting all computer accounts. She is the person to see it you need a new account or need an old one updated,

Patti Myers, Chief Computer Operator. Patti coordinates the student operators and is also the day operator. She is the person you want to see if you need files dearchived or have any problems with printout, etc. She is also the person in charge of the tape library.

Jeremy Epstein, David Duggan, and Ed Bennett are the student programmers. They work on systems programs and are usually able to help users with their problems.

Dan Liddell, Jesse Chisholm, Al Bouthillier, Andy Dysart, and Ty Till are user servants and are located in the user area. As their title implies, they are responsible for helping users with any problems they may have.

Pat Zeiger, David Northrop and Hank Racette are the student computer operators and are responsible for running the machine at night and on weekends. They can also do restores from some of the tape which they have access to.

We hope that this list and brief description of what our employees do will help to identify us when you have any questions. If we can help you in any way, please feel tree to come in and talk to us.

 

DOCUMENTATION

There is quite a bit of documentation available to all users on the system. The PS:<HE LP> and PS:<DOCUMENTATION> directories are full of helpful texts on most of the system features. However, it has come to the attention of the Computer Center that in many cases, this documentation is either inadequate or wrong all together. In striving to maintain a friendly user environment, we would like to improve the usefulness and accuracy of the help files available, and create more help texts as needed. But we need your help.

Any problems, inconsistencies, or inadequacies that you find in the documentation on the system, please let us know. A special account, called PS:<FIX.DOCUMENTATION> has been created to maintain documentation, and any problems with the documentation or help files on the system can be brought to our attention by sending mail to FIX.DOCUMENTATION or by contacting David Northrop. We are trying to keep the system usable in all relevant fields, including helping the users, so please give us a hand.

 

MAINTENANCE

The Computer Center has implemented a special type at account on the system. This type of account is called a Volunteer Maintenance Account, and is used to maintain System Software. If anyone is dissatisfied with a software system on the computer and feel they are qualified to fix and support the software, stop by Moe Poteet's office (4H) and discuss the situation. If the software is worthy of support and the person applying seems competent, an account and sources to the software will be provided. The software can then be modified, changed, or whatever is needed. If the resulting software is significantly better than that on the system, the new software will be used instead. This is a completely volunteer program.

 

USEFUL

The following are several useful programs on PS:<SUBSYS>. These programs can be run by typing their name to the EXEC prompt. (@ in most cases).

COOKIE Types a fortune on your terminal.

DDEL Allows a user to step through a series of files, deleting or skipping each file. When the program asks "which files?" you should respond with a file specification such as *.* or *.REL. The program will then ask whether each file in that specification should be deleted or not.

FILCOM Compares two files. This is useful for finding changes you have made to a program or data.

GOTO Moves your job from it's current terminal to a different one. When run, the program will ask for the new terminal number and a password. The password is used to insure no one uses your job while you are moving to the other terminal. When you arrive at the new terminal, pressing <escape> and typing the password you input will return you to command level.

HOLDIT Holds your terminal while you are away. When run, the program asks for a password. Then by typing <escape> and your password, you can get the terminal back. The only other way to get the terminal is to type <escape>detach, which detaches your job. This facility is to insure if the terminal is needed, it can be used.

PASREF Reformats PASCAL source files. Can handle a variety of formats.

SUGGEST Allows any user to submit suggestions concerning the Tech Computer Center Operation. You will be prompted for suggestion text, which is terminated with an <escape> or control-Z.

SYSDPY Displays an updating SYSTAT on video terminals. H <return> types a help text.

TEACH-EMACS Teaches the editor EMACS from the beginning level.

VTDIR Displays a directory listing on a video terminal in several columns across the screen.

The following programs are located on PS:<UNSUPPORTED>, They can be run by typing UN: followed directly by the program name to the EXEC prompt.

PHOTO Records a terminal session. This is useful for turning in programs with output from a terminal session. Also useful for documentation of system BUGS, terminal usage, etc.

SPELL Checks the spelling in a text file. Misspelled words are questioned, and if identified as incorrect by the user, are corrected.

STRIP Strips trailing blanks off a file.

 

PLAY

PLAY has finally been resurrected, It no longer will crash the system when someone logs into it. To log into PLAY, type a "C" to get the system's attention, and then type "PLAY PLAY" to the @. This will let you into the world of games. You will then be asked if you would like a menu. Type Y or N depending whether you want one or not. Here is a list of the games we currently have on the system:

Adventure

Dungeon

Chess

Othello

Dots

Gin

Gomoku

Jotto

Master

QU20 (Quigua)

Monopoly

Sim

Star Trek

Guess

Dumbo

Wumpus

For a better description, look at the menu in PLAY.

The times games may be played are at follows:

Monday through Thursday: 00:00 --- 07:30

Friday 20:00 --- 24:00

Saturday and Holidays: All Day

Sunday: 00:00 --- 17:00

Games availability is dependent on system availability and workload.

The following terminal lines cannot be used for games:

The DECwriters in the user area

Phone lines

Four terminals closest to the door in the user area.

All other lines can be used for PLAY. If all terminals are in use, and a user needs to do useful work, games players are asked to relinquish any games terminal for the user needing it.

Any user that has a computer game and would like to see it put out onto PLAY, here are the conditions that need to be met for us to implement your game into PLAY.

1. The game must be relatively bug free, obviously.

2. There must be a help file that the user can read to understand how to play your game.

3. There must he a help file that a programmer can use to perform maintenance upon the game.

Such as when an error is found, or the game ceases to function.

 

SYSTEM SAVE (BACKUP)

On Saturday night at the end of the operator shift, we will do a full system save. Users will be asked to log off the system until the save is completed. The save takes about two hours, unless there is an archive which will require another hour. You will be informed in advance of each archive. You will have the opportunity to exempt files from being archived by contacting Nattie or Patti in the Computer Center.

An incremental save will be done daily. Users will nut be asked to log off for this save. It will begin at 5:00 PM weekdays and sometime during the Sunday shift. The incremental save will involve all the files changed since the previous incremental.

It you need to have a file restored to your directory from these tapes, contact Patti or the operator on duty and provide the directory name, filename and approximate date you last used the tile.

At the present time, we are keeping the incremental save tapes for one week, the weekly save for one month, and the first save of the month for about three months. To date we have all the archive tapes ever made. We will continue to keep these as long as we have sufficient space. Hopefully at least a year. As of this writing, we have save tapes dated back to December 2, 1978.

Speaking of tapes, we have several tapes in the Computer Center that belong to users who have not picked them up. If you happen to be missing a tape, please check with the operator.

 

FORMS CHANGES

The TCC supplies regular paper and 8 x 11 plain white paper. There is also some surplus part green bar 8- x 11 paper available tar users. All other paper is to be supplied by the user. In order to allow billing to keep up with us, we ask that you use the correct forms request.

TURN will print on the blank side of the regular paper.

SMWH16 will be printed on the 8 x 11 at 6 LPI.

SMWH18 will he printed on the 8 x 11 at 8 LPI.

SMAL26 will be printed on surplus paper at 6 LPI.

SMAL28 will he printed on surplus paper at 8 LPI.

LABEL6 will be printed on your labels at 6 LPI.

LABEL8 will be printed on your labels at 8 LPPI.

 

TCC FACTS

WHERE . . . . .

#4 Workman Center (phone: 835-5735).

 

WHO . . . . .

Manager: Gary Smith

Senior Systems Programmer: Monroe Poteet

Administrative Secretary: Nattie Gonzales

Chief Computer Operator: Patti Myers

 

WHEN . . . . .

Operator Hours

User Service

Monday-Thursday

8:00 am 10:00 pm

8:00 am -- 11:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am 8:00 pm

8:00 am -- 5:00 pm

Saturday

1:00 pm 8:00 pm

1:00 pm -- 8:00 pm

Sunday

1:00 pm 10:00 pm

1:00 pm -- 11:00 pm

This schedule changes during holidays, semester breaks, and summer semester. You will be informed of these changes.

Preventative Maintenance (PM) is ALWAYS scheduled for every other Friday between the hours of 5:00 AM and 9:00 AM. We will send a reminder via system mail of PM. This schedule is always subject to some modifications. If there are any extremely critical jobs to be run during this time, we can either slide PM until later or dispense with it altogether for that day. We would like to have 24 hours notice if this is required.

 

HOW MUCH . . . . .

CPU time - 7:00 am till 7:00 pm   (per hour)   $ 100.00
CPU time - 7:00 pm till 7:00 am   (per hour)   $ 60.00
Job Connect Time   (per hour)   $ 1.00
Disk Usage   (per page-day)   $ 0.0035
Tapes Usage   (mount   +   minute)   $ 1.50   +   $ 0.20
Printer   (per page)   $ 0.0175
Cards   (read, each)   $ 0.0023
Plotter   (per hour)   $ 17.50