Build Meeting - 2009-11-19

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When: Tuesday, November 19th, 2009 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Free Geek, 1820 Pandora St, back door

Previous meeting: Build Meeting - 2009-10-22

Contents

Attendance

  • Geoff B. (moderator); Chris H.(scribe); George L.; Devenne D,


Consensus briefing

  • All participants understand conducting a meeting by consensus.


Reports

  • the Build Program continues to run smoothly
  • fewer red dots on build machines (initial QC fails)
  • adoption box thru put good
  • can handle more hardware grant work
  • there are more build instructors; frees up resources of the Build Coordinator
  • ODD (optical disc drives) stock low since testing started; high failure rate
    • DVD ROM stock critically low; might turn to combo drive
    • some build machines have mismatching colours
    • store could mitigate its demand by raising price or not sell them while stocks are low


Old business

  • none


New business

Meeting Times

  • after Free Geek hours is okay?
  • decrease to one meeting a month?
    • as the program stabilises, there will be less need to meet
  • weekday versus weekend
  • volunteers with different time commitments, such as day jobs
  • COMMIT: Geoff to send a notice to the mailing list to see how other people feel about changing the Build Meeting schedule
  • Build mailing list
    • needs to be revived
    • Geoff has no admin access; FG needs control
    • Geoff will contact Alec in two weeks to gain access


Staff QC (Quality Check)

  • some store customers have noticed QC not checked off on sheets; names are also missing
    • negative customer perception, affecting sales
  • COMMIT: Geoff to be more aware and correct when it happens


Salvage

  • a discussion about removing or replacing redundant or valuable equipment from build boxes to sell in the store
  • current done in limited manner
  • machines with on-board video that are below spec or under-perform are upgraded with a video card
    • on-board video port is typically blocked to avoid confusing the user when they get the machine
    • avoiding to add PCI-e due to scarcity; on newer machines so on-board video is usually good (meets spec)
    • other graphics cards typically left in
  • audio; only if broken, otherwise left as is
  • other expansion items are typically left in
  • parts are removed from machines for special sale events for the store


OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Installs

  • currently, computers that leave Free Geek with an OS (operating system) will boot to an OEM account which requires the owner to run a script (an icon on the desktop) to finalise the set-up of the machine
    • users can, and have, run computers with the OEM account, forgetting to finalize the machine; if at a later time the user remembers to run the script, they will loose all their personal settings and data
    • security issue; OEM account is accessible by users other than the machines owner
  • professional sold computers go to system set-up when the user first starts up the machine
    • trying to prepare machine to do this would be better for Free Geek
  • some volunteers in adoption classes are giving the machines to other people, and hesitate finalising the machine, but want to install components and tweak some settings
    • will those changes remain after running the finalising script?
    • COMMIT: Geoff to test if installed components remain after OEM set-up script is run
      • it is believed "Preferences" and "Home" folder contents will be lost
  • customers in the store are asking to see that machines work; store wants to be able to show this without it getting too technical
    • what action is worth taking for store boxes?
    • COMMIT: Geoff to talk to store about what can be done
  • Macs have no installed OS
  • PROPOSED ACTION: going one step further past the OEM install and preparing build machines that are ready to leave Free Geek to a finalized state


Commits

  • COMMIT: Geoff to send a notice to the mailing list to see how other people feel about changing the Build Meeting schedule
  • COMMIT: Geoff to be more aware and correct when it happens (systems without QC checked off and no names)
  • COMMIT: Geoff to test if installed components remain after OEM set-up script is run
  • COMMIT: Geoff to talk to store about what can be done (customers that ask to see that a machine works)


Next meeting

When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2009 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Free Geek, 1820 Pandora St, back door

Facilitator: Build Coordinator

Scribe: Bravest participant

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