Acrobat PDF Files)
Official weekly publication. I created a custom Microsoft Word template to speed input, give a
consistent look-and-feel, and facilitate automagic conversion to text for the gopher.
|A few sample User Notes--Custom documentation. I authored & contributed to many of these. (Now available on the web.)
User Note 3
A guide to purchasing a PC which I updated in Spring, 1994.
User Note (8?)
A guide to using our local gopher clients, which I
updated in Spring, 1994.
|| Library School Gopher
Assisted with structure and content of this Internet information
server. Taught coworkers and special interest groups how to setup and administer their own
gopher servers. (since replaced with a world-wide-web
One of John Houser's custom applications for our library
school. I helped update the data-entry interface in Spring, 1994. Student Profiles are
entered via a Windows GUI and then distributed in print, on searchable floppy disk, and
via WAIS-indexed gopher.
student profile from that database.
Installed and configured this unique service for our user
community. Hytelnet allows a user to easily connect to the Internet-accessible
catalogs of over 600 libraries and information institutions around the world. Hytelnet
is no longer available at UCLA GSEIS, the service is superseded by Webcats from the same authors.
Say 'hi' to present-day lab workers at my alma-mater.
My first Linux box. They let me attach it to the school's high-speed
Internet link and try all sorts of enlightening experiments in system administration and
durak is Russian for fool. Here we set up digital
library toys such as TULIP, demonstrated the original X-windows version of NCSA Mosaic,
and committed the bandwidth-equivalent of clear-cutting forests by playing net-trek
games between other academic institutions. With limited personal computing resources
available from the school, my classmates welcomed an extra computer account on
and I got some bonus network administration experience keeping the thing up-and-running
for twenty or so users through the year.
durak survived the 1994 Los Angeles
earthquake! We also tested the 1992 NT October and OS/2 2.x betas on this machine, but
that's another (slow) story.
bairn.gslis.ucla.eduJohn Houser, the systems librarian, was quick to recognize the
utility of inexpensive PC's running Linux, a free UN*X operating system. John sacrificed
some poor Windows 3.x PC and turned it into
bairn (Scottish or Gaelic for
boy?) and it became the school's first gopher server, Hytelnet server,
FTP server, testing ground for remote Internet access to online services such as DIALOG
& Lexis Nexis, and playground of stupid e-mail tricks. Together with a Ph.D. student
gifted in UN*X hacking, we participated in setting up and administering this valuable
Internet server until I graduated. Soon after it was also put into service as the school's
first web server.
When Phil Ender
at the UCLA Graduate School of Education saw how useful our UN*X servers were, I got
drafted to help them assemble and configure a similar machine as an Internet server for
them. They name each computer as a character from the Sesame Street educational
television program, so we christened it