I’m lucky enough to work in an academic environment, which means I get to work with (and for) lots of really smart people. They ask tough questions and don’t hesitate to call BS when they get a BS answer. This has prompted a lot of new service offerings that don’t always follow status quo.
For example, 250MB of storage space for students on the departmental server used to be status quo. A while back, we increase that by 800%, and will continue to grow to meet the needs of our students.
Another example, a 2MB mailbox for plain text email, using a client such as pine (or elm, mail, mailx, etc.) used to be the status quo. Now, anyone can go online and get a 5GB+ mailbox, rich text email, and much, much more for free from places like Gmail, Yahoo!, and Hotmail. Email (let’s use a more general term like electronic collaboration) has become a commodity. Lots of people/companies do it better than I do for cheaper than I can, so why would I bother hosting my own server? That’s a good question! Continue reading →