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Oct 30, 1999, 21:28 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Horn)

"I am one of the Unix SAs in the Information Technology department at the City of Tucson municipal government in Tucson, Arizona. Almost two years ago, our City Library approached us with a resource utilization problem. They had a number of Wyse 60 terminals installed in the various library branches which were a hold over from earlier days when these terminals were a primary means of electronic access to library catalogs."

"In recent years, PCs have largely replaced these terminals as a means of accessing online library catalog information. The PCs are also used for library patron web surfing. However, there are always more patrons wishing to browse the Internet than there are PCs to accommodate them. Consequently, the library department requested us to provide a means for these patrons to use the Wyse terminals to browse the Internet. Access to these terminals would be unrestricted. Also we were informed, anyone already on the Internet from any location would be provided access to our solution without restriction via the library's DEC Alpha server."

"Looking back on this today, it is clear this should have sent up bright red flags all over the place - but like many busy SAs might have done, we just lumped it in with our many other ongoing projects."

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