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Evaluation of student computers...wtf?

So apparently there's some evaluation of student computers going on. Everyone in my building received this email today:

Dear Inman Students,

ITS is doing an inventory evaluation of all student computers. Me and Tiye Glover are going to be expecting your computers and recording general information about them. If you could be so kind as to be in your rooms this week around 9ish so we can come around collecting that information. If you can not be there please leave us permission with your roommate or a note. If you feel you can't do this then please email me with this concern and I will ask you to retrieve the information yourself or to tell me a time when we can retrieve this information.

Now, I don't like people invading my privacy, nor did I have any idea of what 'general information' entailed. So I replied with this, making sure to copy the email to ITS.

Before deciding whether to give you permission to invade my privacy, I have some concerns about this evaluation of student computers. My idea of general information may be very different from yours, so what exactly do you consider to be 'general' information? Are you gathering information on the operating system of the computer ot the programs installed or the programs frequently used or what, exactly?

Also, why and how does ITS plan to use this information? I understand that you may not be able to answer on behalf of ITS, so I'm copying this email to ITS in the hopes of an explanation. Gathering information of public computers on campus could certainly be used to improve the technological services on campus. Student computers, though? I'd really like to know the purpose of gathering this information before releasing it to you.

I await your reply.

So we'll see what happens. Either way, I'm the only one who pokes on my computer. Agnes people who don't live in my building, they'll probably come by eventually. I'll keep you posted.

Edited to Add 428pm: I received a reply from Tamara at ITS.


The information Jessica is trying to gather is as follows

Operating System
Does the computer have Wireless
How old

This information is being gathered in order for the ITS department to make future technology plans.

If you have any further questions or comments please email me directly.

Yeah, I think I'll just email them directly with that.


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Apr. 14th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that looks like something to be a little concerned about...

I wonder what they will do if both roommates are gone at 9, if no one is awake at 9, if people need to be away and take their computer with them at 9...

I would guess they're just looking at what type of computer everyone has, because if it's something that has have the computer on, they'll be there all day and a night.
Apr. 14th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. That'd be pretty funny if both roommates were intentionally gone at nine for that exact purpose.

Also, I just got an email back from ITS. I'm updating the post now.
Apr. 14th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, it is sort of what I thought... I guess they don't trust people to accurately/promptly answer a survey ...(which is actually legit).
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Apr. 14th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Word. I can give out what *I* want them to know, which is bare bones essentials.

Also, I just got a reply from ITS. I've edited this entry with what they want if you haven't heard yet. At least they're not asking about pirating music. This time.
Apr. 14th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
I don't see why they don't just ask the students for that information. But, since that would be the logical way to do it, they wouldn't do it that way. [facepalm]
Apr. 14th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
I know, right? But apparently most of us don't know what an operating system is, so instead of teaching us what one is, they decide to dig through stuff for us.
Apr. 14th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
And their choice of representative isn't exactly ideal....
Apr. 14th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Word. The spelling errors gave it away, although I can't say much for myself on that one.
Apr. 14th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
What are they expecting your computers to do?


I'd be pretty ticked if it were me. Tamara AKA Jessica should have just emailed that questionairre in the first place.
Apr. 14th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Apparently now they just want general information that the average person could gather themselves but for some reason they want to go from room to room to gather. *sigh* I'm emailing them with mine. I like my privacy.

And for your reference, they're two different people: Tamara actually works in ITS. Jessica is a student worker in the department who sent the email through one of the RAs in my building.
Apr. 14th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I guess I meant Tamara/Jessica, instead of AKA.


Still, I would expect that whoever it was would inspect their emails before they send them out.
Apr. 14th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
So would I. Spellcheck is NOT that hard. *clears throat* (This person normally types like this. I speak from experience.)
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Apr. 14th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
SurveyMonkey really would have made things easier. And it's less offending people than being vague about what they want in the first place.
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