reservation cancellation problem. (fwd)

Mary Tang mtang at
Tue Sep 2 08:04:20 PDT 2003

I agree -- I just did not know whether there was an audit trail for reservations -- now I do.  Since this is the first complaint of this sort, and in fact, made by someone who hasn't really dazzled the staff for his technical abilities or consideration for the lab community, it's all the more reason to file this...


Bill Murray wrote:

> John and Mary,
> As you are both probably aware, we can create audit trails to track any
> information we wish.  However, there is a cost associated with this.  We
> must store the data, index it, and provide some mechanism to search it.
> For example, Mahnaz was convinced that some members were disabling
> equipment that had been enabled by someone else.  I added logging
> that now tracks every single disable detailing the date, time, equipment
> name, member that enabled, and member that disabled.  In the two plus
> years since I added this, we have not found a single case where this
> has happened.  We basically used this information to prove to members
> that their equipment had not been disabled by someone else.
> I advise against spending significant time and effort adding this
> feature when we have such limited resources and many more urgent
> tasks.
> Thanks,
> Bill
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 13:14:50 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Alex Freeman <afreeman at>
> To: Coral at
> Subject: reservation cancellation problem.
> I had made a reservation for wafer saw on thursday, under afreeman. But somehow my reservation was cancelled, because of which i had to change all my travel plans for the labor day week end. I would greatly appreciate if you could find out, if this was a computer problem, or which staff member cancelled my reservation. Thanking you,
> alex
> =============================
> Alex Freeman, Ph.D
> Cytoplex Biosciences
> 2401 Merced St.
> San Leandro, CA 94577
> Ph 214-353-2925
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Mary X. Tang, Ph.D.
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