1. 2011 Board Statement
I have been an HCoop member since its inception. I am not a heavy user of its services. I have kept tabs on the sysadmin list and I have attended most IRC-based board meetings. See the bio below this section for my current commitments.
Here are key things that I would like to see changed/improved at HCoop:
- Member recruitment needs to be active rather than passive. But a balance must be had to prevent melt-down of current systems. A good goal, one year from now, is 150 members from our current ~100. There are many power users out there and they should be targeted; e.g., at universities and other tech hubs.
- Infrastructure improvements may be needed to recruit those that cannot use a shell; improvements should be explored
- Current systems must be kept up to date; security breaches are not acceptable!
- I advocate stricter security controls (e.g., firewalls where there may not be any) but I realize these can cause more problems than benefits
- Prevent new hardware, bought with co-op member funds, from waiting too long for completed setup. This is difficult since we have only volunteer admins. They do a terrific job, but there are limits to what can be done in a timely fashion without proper compensation. I do endorse the idea of a payed administrator, perhaps on a limited contract for large projects. However, our user-base must increase to support competitive payment of highly skilled labor. There are likely logistical and legal requirements that may make this difficult.
I am a geology major but I have a heavy interest in GIS. I have one more quarter left at UC Davis. I will be in the field during a handful of weekends. I'm graduating in June, 2011.
In addition to editing and creating some content on this wiki, I have been one of the primary creators of Chico Wiki.