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Old 01-03-2007 at 04:50 PM   #1
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Who else hates MUGSI??
So.... who else hates MUGSI? I've been trying to get on that damn thing all day. Up until about 2 hours ago i wasn't even getting to the first website. I was just getting a server time out error.
Hey, McMaster, here's an idea. You've got something like 20-30 thousand students... why not make a server capable of handling at LEAST that many users at one time? Yes it will be redudant 95% of the time, but that way students will be able to see their marks and change their courses when they want too.
OR, why not make SOLAR accessable 24/7? why does it get shut off a night? do they have some sort of SOLAR master who sits at a terminal approving all requests all day long? I think not.
Come on McMaster. get on the ball. what the hell am i paying you $10000 a year for?
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All good points.

I'm not sure about why MUGSI is down (I had the same issue), but every year UTS gets a huge spike in traffic to MUGSI when classes start. I think they made a good decision to move the timetable out of MUGSI and put it on a separate server because the timetable is what I would imagine would be busiest. So, in that respect I think it has improved from last year with the downtime, but it still has room for improvement.

As for SOLAR, Mac is moving towards it being up 24/7. Apparently there are a bunch of processes that need to be run nighly to update all the databases university-wide about the various changes you made to your schedule. When you add or drop a class and submit it, it doesn't end there.. there are a lot of things that have to happen behind the scenes to process the request and they don't get done until nighttime when SOLAR goes down. UTS is working on a way to make it 24/7 though... so some day... we'll be able to drop a class when we're sleep deprived at 4am hehe

btw... what program are you in that's costing you $10,000/yr? LOL
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I had issues getting my timetable two days ago but was able to get it yesturday just fine
Old 01-05-2007 at 10:12 PM   #4
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Lol. i exagerate slightly. my program costs me like... $6000 ish. maybe a bit more? plus after i buy books and everything, i dunno. its a lot of money.
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Speaking of money Fletch, you bring up a good point, one that is my biggest annoyance... CUSTOM COURSEWARE.

$100 for a hardcover textbook? Ok... maybe thats fair. At least I can keep it on my shelf, or sell it back to the bookstore.

$80 for custom courseware which is just photocopies of a few dozen pages and is non-refundable and flimsy?


I think if we should be complaining about anything, it should be custom courseware
Old 01-05-2007 at 11:40 PM   #6
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I agree! And also, canceled classes piss me off too. I mean, yeah, i don't go to every one of my classes... but god damnit i want to option too! i have one prof in particular who canceled like 6 or 7 lectures last year... if you figure that each course costs roughly $500, and there are... what? 14 weeks in the term... that's like 42 lectures... so that works out to roughly $11 per lecture.. so if he canceles 6 classes, that's $66! i should get that money back or something. i dunno.

but yeah, custom coursewear is a load of shit. just a way for the school/profs to make more money if you ask me. drives me nuts.
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lol. Its all about the $$$. Remember... university is a business these days.

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I think performance has improved from last year, but it is still pretty slow

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Old 09-12-2009 at 04:12 PM   #9
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It might be better if you didn't have to get to SOLAR through MUGSI.
That just seems unnecessary and makes it doubly annoying to access your SOLAR stuff.

I was ready to stab my eyes out with a rusty spoon during course selection but now I know if I go online around 5:30-6 am no one is on, usually.
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