Designed in 2 Minutes?

Monday, November 01, 2004

Call Security!

On University campus there is a staffed security centre which can be reached in an emergency 24 hours a day by dialling 4444 from any campus phone extension.

In the University-owned halls the phone and internet network is supported by a helpdesk which can be reached by dialling 4444 from any hall phone extension.

Now why didn't anyone stop to think when assigning these numbers? The last thing a confused fresher needs when trying to contact the helpdesk from campus is to have to stop to think about whether it's the helpdesk or the emergency security centre they're calling, particularly when both networks are University-related.

To make things even more confusing for those poor freshers, the phone number for security as dialled in halls (which routes to the same seurity centre no less) is 3333! Why oh why didn't the network engineers standardise 4444 as the security access number across campus and accommodation?


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