With our current license on the cusp of renewal, and with no set date in sight for the new computers, I decided that it would be best to simplify the renewal process. Which means that, after this week, when I receive the license code, I simply enter it on my workstation and every other networked PC is updated automatically.
That doesn't mean that DeepFreeze Enterprise will be fully deployed yet. The official roll-out will be with the new computers; there's no reason to do so at this time.
Plainfield is still experiencing problems with its Internet connection. Merit is working the problem. I've spoken with their NOC (Network Operations Center) Technicians and Engineers this morning. But, at this point, there's nothing that can done now but be patient and let them do their job.
We started the paperwork on the new Color Laser Printers last week. Because we're purchasing eight printers, and extra toners for each printer, the total cost requires that we shop by sealed bid. The specifics of the bid will be published in the local paper and e-mailed to vendors.
FYI, we're going with Ricoh Aficio CL3500N color laser printers with network connectivity. We've been using the same make and model at our headquarters (replacing five ink jet printers) with excellent results. No paper jams, great print quality, fast, quiet, easy setup out of the box, and easy to swap toner cartridges. We're hoping to have these deployed by the end of October.
Finally, I do understand that the largest request we get from our patrons is the ability to bring in and use their own computer equipment. At this time, for security reasons, we're not allowing this yet. My goal is to allow wireless access via WifiDog, which you can read about at http://www.wifidog.org/. Access will be free but statistics on each branch will be monitored so that we can make improvements. There is still no date for deployment at this time.
However, a rough timeline is this:
September 2006 - Renew AntiVirus licenses / start bidding on new printers
October 2006 - Purchase new computers, prep and deploy (including new software)
October-December 2006 - Test, purchase, and deploy time and print management solution
September-December 2006 - Work on side projects, which include: Wiki Documentation, and WifiDog.