Reporter 434, 29 March 1999


Letters

Fire figures please

Tony Jenkins
Computer Studies

I read with interest Mr Sladdin's assurance that fire alarm evacuation times for the Roger Stevens Building are well within safe limits (Reporter 433, Candid camera clues consider congestion). As I stood in the crush following my lecture today, I could not help but wonder what these limits are. Perhaps we could be enlightened?

It would be something to contemplate as we stand for several minutes, unable to move in any direction.

Marathon effort for the fancy dressers

Reverend Simon Robinson
Chaplaincy

May 16 sees the Leeds half-marathon and once more the possibility of University of Leeds teams entering for the corporate challenge. Last year the students support network and level 11 entered two teams. Both were pretty slow, but it must be said that the support network was even slower - being so concerned about the welfare of their team-mates of course.

Rumours abound this year. Some say that PVC David Sugden will be turning out for the 11 team with the VC as coach (depending upon his views on reincarnation). Rumours that the Registrar and Roger Gair will be dressed as Batman and Robin have been vigorously denied.

However slow or unfit you are this is a great chance to raise money for Martin House and Mencap and to have fun. We hope to enter more teams this year - perhaps from departments, with each team involving six runners. The first five will run two miles each and the anchor person will run the final three miles.

With two months to go before the big day there is plenty of time for training, however unfit you may feel you are. For further details about the event, how to form a team, and training sessions, contact Sue Edwards on ext 5071 on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.

Stay unattached you email snails

Peter Nix
Department of Fine Art

Earlier this month I, and many other members of staff, were the near-victims of the infomatic equivalent of a mass-mailed letter bomb. We were the involuntary recipients of the campus-wide distribution by email of an attached macro-virus infected MS Word document. The broadcast distribution of attached MS Word documents is a highly undesirable practice, even when they aren't virus-infected, as they choke up email servers and are often unreadable with the software installed on recipients' machines.

When, worse, messages are infected, their detection and elimination cause untold work for technical support staff in the recipient departments. Almost invariably the information can be circulated as plain text in the body of an email message, better still as an email drawing attention to the location of information placed on a server.

And nothing is less likely to persuade me of the 'professional' quality of the services described in the attachment than the manner of their advertisement.

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