Flotilla 4-08 District 8 Coastal Region - Slidell, Louisiana
June 07 CS report is here.
July 07 CS report is here.
CS report for August 07 is here.
CS report for Sept 07 is here.
October's 07 CS report is here.
November's 2007 CS report located here.
December 2007 CS report can be found here
Operations Ribbon granted to those who qualify in auxiliary operations programs. Click on the ribbon to go to the National Operations website, (the "O' dept) at: http://www.auxodept.org
IS & CS report for January 2008 here.
Announcements from the IS and CS Departments
"To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so." - Robert Orben
IS and CS report presented at the February 2008 meeting.
Big Change in the Flotilla's IT Structure
The IT Department is consolidated on the National Staff, and usually divided between Communication Services (website, e-mail, and digital communications) and Information Services (data collection to be inputted and "digitized" for computer storage) at the local level. Flotilla 4-08 followed that model until 2008. For the new year, it was decided to put the same officer as FSO for both, hoping that it will integrate the two together more efficiently, and possibly have each reinforce the other.
Minor changes have been made to the website in the last month. Mostly to keep info current, or change a generic picture of auxies to one of local flotilla members. I have moved the officer's page with archived officer reports to the secure section, while replacing it with a "for the public" equivalent (and reduced functionality) in it's place. I have done the same with the CS, IS, and help desk pages. Since I want computer help desk privileges to be a benefit of auxiliary membership, it's only right that it be restricted to Coast Guard and affiliated organization members only.
This Month's Stats:
As of 01/18/08, we have had 1,042 page views in the last 30 day period, so we're down a bit from last month, but still have a lot of users finding it worth a visit.
. As of 01/18/08 the new site is 13 months old, and it's pages have been viewed over 10,104 times. Our webpages hold 1852.3 Mega Bytes (just short of 2 Gigabytes!) of information, not counting the other pages and websites contained in the links on our site.
We have 12 hours of operations time in January, which is down from this time last year (22) but it's better than the complete 0 hours of last month! These statistics, and more, in the Unit Summary report links. The Unit Summary also has statistics on misc hours, (282 this month), RBS, Public Education, VSC's and etc....
There are no new tickets on the help desk this month, and only the one still pending ticket.
Anyone in the flotilla with technology issues please phone the FSO-CS at reasonable hours or e-mail FSO-CS at any hour. Iíll get back to you and help resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Although I keep saying "anyone in the flotilla", the Help Desk is also available to assist members of other national and local emergency response agencies that the flotilla considers affiliated with our organization, or our organization's missions and purposes.
We have noticed that a lot of password and userID issues that users are having result from the number "one", a capital "i" or a lower case "L" all the look the same: a vertical bar. (l). This happens a lot in autogenerated temporary passwords. I have found that the best way to deal with this is to copy and paste the password so no matter what the character is, it will be entered correctly - and with much less frustration.
Just one more thought: All of the people involved in the IT department and the databases are just like you, a volunteer. We make no claims at being error free and appreciate all the proof reading you can do.