[PD] ... and the battle with IT begins

Peter Brinkmann peter.brinkmann at googlemail.com
Thu Sep 13 22:07:58 CEST 2012

I see you have met Mordac, Preventer of Information Services
(http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Mordac%20The%20Preventer). The
message you received is clearly meant to demoralize and intimidate,
what with the condescension ("obvious reasons" --- this is not obvious
at all), bogus jargon ("production environment" --- sounds really
impressive but doesn't apply to your setting), and gratuitous use of
the passive voice ("will be installed" --- act of God, I suppose).
Sadly, I've encountered this kind of attitude at several universities.
Good luck,

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM, m.e.grimm <megrimm at gmail.com> wrote:
> my rant is as follows
> when making a request to have pd-extended 0.43.1 installed on the
> teaching station i get:
> "Mark:
> For obvious reasons, we won't install a beta release of software in a
> production environment.
> The current latest production release will be installed."
> which im fine with 042.5 but this is just more annoying than anything else.
> am I alone or do others on this list in Universities battle with IT on
> a daily basis? i am suspecting im not alone.....
> is it the word "BETA" that is so bothersome? what is a "production
> environment"? am i not producing something?
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