Where Do DU Computers Come From and Go?
About 300 DU computers are yearly exchanged for new ones. And some outdated computers are scrapped or distributed to student councils, circles, and so on. This Campus Issue reports on how the computers on campus are distributed, while pointing out some problems in distributing the computers...............Ed.
Who Manages Computers on Campus?
DU has about 5,000 computers. Of them, Information Service and Education (ISE) directly manages about 1,300∼1,400 computers in practice laboratories of each college building, the Central Library and the Center for Language Research and Instruction.
The others are bought and managed by each department, graduate school and research center with their own money and research funds. The ISE only offers them high-priced software that is required for research.
How Outdated Computers Are Recycled?
The ISE usually purchases about 300 new computers every year. First, the new computers are given to computer practice laboratories according to priority. For example, computer laboratories for students in the Department of Engineering and the Management Faculty's Business Solution Center are equipped with up-to-date computers.
Second, administrative departments replace their computers with new ones. Third, the rest of them are given to the Student Council of College by request of Student Affairs. About 80 computers were placed in each room of the Student Council of College, the General Student Council, the General Coed Student Council and the Preparing Committee for Graduation during the first semester of this year.
According to Yu Han-min, a staff member of Student Affairs, each student council or circle applies to the General Representatives Council for computers every year. Then, if the ISE informs Student Affairs of the numbers of available computers, they distribute the computers after consulting with the General Representatives Council.
"Finally, we donate some computers to middle and high schools. And we throw away the old-fashioned computers with 150MHz CPU (Central Processor Unit) but we collect available parts for after-sales service," said Shin Young-bae, a staff member of the ISE
What Is the Best Way to Recycle Outdated Computers?
The computers are systemically distributed but there are some problems in the process. It is not clear how the computers are used and some of them are possibly abused.
In addition, some computers are left unused because of an absence of a needed part of hardware from the ISE. For example, the ISE is throwing away monitors less than 14 inches though some of those computers are useable if they are equipped only with monitors.
Against these problems, the ISE needs to show openly the DU community its distribution process for computers. For that, they must establish a system, through which they can manage the purchasing conditions for new computers according to year and place and their use.
And it will be helpful to poll DU students on how intramural computers can best be used for them. Measures must also be taken to prevent students from abusing them.
"Above all, however, it is most important for users to manage computers properly rather than to increase the number of computers. For example, the life cycle of a computer is reduced whenever users turn off its power abnormally," Lee Jong-ok, the head officer of the ISE, said.
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