Jonathan and others who use Shibboleth access to First Search - access
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On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 6:28 AM, Don Hamparian <> wrote:
> Jonathan, I'll check this out this morning.
> Don Hamparian
> On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <> wrote:
>> I _believe_ that the OCLC FirstSearch shibboleth server is still down, for
>> anyone who tries to send their users to FirstSearch via Shibboleth.
>> Simon Spero wrote:
>>> At least it wasn't  a "totally transparent"  UPS test scheduled for the
>>> Thursday of Thanksgiving weekend.  My personal philosophy is that every
>>> rack
>>> should have its own UPS separate from the data center one, with enough
>>> capacity to keep going through blips,and handle a clean shutdown if
>>> necessary.  That way,  when the ops team messes up, far fewer sysadmins
>>> get
>>> their weekend ruined.
>>> Of course, the real problem is that too many people are writing
>>> unoptimized
>>> code in energy-inefficient languages like ruby and PHP, which require far
>>> more servers, and far more cooling, to do the same work as properly
>>> written
>>> code.  If carbon emissions should turn out to be a  strong forcer  of
>>> global
>>> warming, then we can clearly say that every time you write  PHP, Phil
>>> Jones
>>> kills a polar bear. Please, think of the polar bears.
>>> Simon

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