Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
Volume 15, Number 3 - March 1999
March 18th CACTUS Meeting
February Meeting Report
From the Editoid
CACTUS Officers and Contacts
Meeting Location and Map
March 18th CACTUS Meeting
Program: Common Standard for Asynchronous Kernel Drivers
Speaker: Jim Partridge of IBM, who inherited the asynchronous drivers for
AIX from Perry Smith, and previously implemented the most convoluted terminal
network concentrator for Texas Instruments. [jamesp [at] austin <dot> ibm <dot> com]
(don't try to click on it)
April Program: To Be Determined (TBA)
Location: Applied Research Labs, UT JJ Pickle Campus [see map]
6:30 pm for the informal get together with pizza and soda
7:00 - 9:00 pm presentations
Cost: Free (pizza and soda served at 6:30 pm.)
February Meeting Report
by Darrel Long
Twenty one people attended, including six officers. Jack
opened the meeting by talking about last months officer elections and moved
on to talk a little bit about our possible April speaker, Time Warner,
before introducing the current speaker George Kraft, from IBM Network Computers
George Craft talked about the IBM Network Station 1000 series. He said
it should be out sometime after the first of next year and should cost
around $600. While passing around the 1000 series network computer, George
talked about some of the advantages. The first advantage is that because
there is no hard drive or fan motor, the two parts on a PC that most frequently
go out, they claim it is more reliable than a PC. Another advantage
is that all the software is kept on the server
allowing updates to be applied to only one copy of software.
The computer can boot off of at least five different brands of servers.
The smart card loads a JAVA script telling it what applications to run
and what server to boot from. The best advantage is that it brings the
entire enterprise under one umbrella. Such as, it runs UNIX business applications,
accesses the Internet, and still lets you run Windows office software.
George finished up by talking about different configurations and uses.
For more information go to www.ibm.com/nc.
From the Editiod
This paper less edition of the CACTUS newsletter was actually generated
from html--the World Wide Web (WWW) using Nestcape Composer.
Because we no longer actually snail mail hard copy, generating ftp'able
postscript to a printer is unnecessary. Last month's edition was
generated using gnu nroff with some hand editing for distribution to Usenet
and our mailing list. Then our WEB master would somehow translate
the raw ASCII into html. This edition began from the February WEB
version, with reports pasted in, and some new content edited. [See
The ASCII version of this newsletter is distributed to Usenet on austin.internet,
austin.general, and tx.genreal. If you're reading this on one of
those groups, feel free to flame newsletter [at] cactus <dot> org. If you'd
like to get the email distribution, send a request to cactus-news-subscribe [at] cactus <dot> org.
And remember not to forget your heritage: that discarded tool.
Mike Cheselka our newest member at large, provided the magic to dump a
WEB page into ASCII format: lynx. Using the -dump option allows
you to create an ASCII image of your WEB page. [It might strip your
On another front: if your private WEB page on cactus.org has suddenly
broken, Mike Cheselka has recently upgraded the httpd on cactus.org.
It no longer honors Index.html in your public_html subdirectory.
Link or rename your Index.html to index.html and your clients will no longer
get permission denied errors. Progress engenders some pain. Even
Tom Painter, our several times past president, has gone dark: http://www.cactus.org/
~painter [don't try to click].
But despite the progress, old tools like lynx shouldn't be discarded.
Who installed it on cactus.org? I'd never invoked it before.
For extra credit: which former CACTUS newsletter editor still maintains
a WEB page that purports to be lynx compatible?
The Central Texas Linux Organization continues to meet on the third
Monday of every month. See http://www.ctlug.org for how to subscribe
to the mailing list.
All errors and omissions are the fault of your humble editor.
Special thanks to Darrell Long, our new scribe, who actually delivered
his report before the deadline. Thanks also to Gil Kloepfer our extraneous
member at large, who represents us at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL)
at the University of Texas. They host our meetings. May
Allah bless them.
To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS
($25/yr for regular membership and $96/yr for corporate sponsorship):
PO BOX 9786
AUSTIN, TX 78766-9786
You can also pay in person at the general meetings. The date on the
upper right hand of the newsletter mailing label indicates when your membership
expires. Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.
President: Jack McKinney (president [at] cactus <dot> org)
Treasurer: Johnny Long (longjy [at] thecb <dot> texas <dot> gov)
Membership: Luis Basto (membership [at] cactus <dot> org)
Programs: Brenden Corkery (programs [at] cactus <dot> org)
Publicity: Rodger J. Hutchins [Webmaster](roger [at] cactus <dot> org)
Newsletter: Ron Roberts (newsletter [at] cactus <dot> org)
Scribe: Darrel Long (scribe [at] cactus <dot> org)
Members at Large:
-- Lindsay Haisley (fmouse [at] cactus <dot> org)
-- Mike Cheselka (cheselka [at] cactus <dot> org)
-- Gil Kloepfer (gil [at] cactus <dot> org)
admin [at] cactus <dot> org Comments to CACTUS officers comments
membership [at] cactus <dot> org Membership questions and suggestions
newsletter [at] cactus <dot> org Newsletter submissions and comments
Applied Formal Methods, Inc. (Susan Gerhart, 794-9732, gerhart [at] cactus <dot> org)
Applied Research Laboratories/University of Texas at Austin, http://www.arlut.utexas.edu
(Gil Kloepfer, Computer Science Division (CSD), 835-3771, gil [at] arlut <dot> utexas <dot> edu)
Austin Code Works (Scott Guthery, 258-0785, info [at] acw <dot> com)
Auspex Systems (Paul Levine, plevine [at] auspex <dot> com) Fastest reliable network
CTG (Kristi Lee, 502-0190 [FAX 502-0287]) Professional recruiting, http://www.ctg.com
EDP Contract Services (Mark Grabenhorst, 346-1040) Professional recruiting.
Flametree Corporation (David Maynard, 670-4090, dpm [at] flametree <dot> com) Internet
and software consulting, http://www.flametree.com
The Kernel Group (TKG) (Ray Schafer, 433-3300) Professional services, http://www.tkg.com
Hounix (Marilyn Harper) Houston's Unix Users Group.
Multi Media Arts (MMA) (Lee Williams, 451-7191) Publisher of instructional
materials for classroom and independent study.
O'Keefe & Associates (John O'Keefe, 320-9191, jokeefe [at] okeefeassociates <dot> com)
Professional recruiting. http://www.okeefeassociates.com/
Outernet Connection Strategies, Inc. (Tracy S. Cogdill, 206-0527, extension
16, tracy [at] outer <dot> net). http://www.outer.net
Sprint Paranet (John Smith, 343-4526) Consultants in Integrating Hardware,
Software, Networks and People. http://www.paranet.com/
Real/Time Communications (George Wenzel, 451-0046) Internet service provider,
Sailaway System Design (Chris J Johnson, 447-5243)
Schlumberger (Kathy O'Brien, obrien [at] asc <dot> slb <dot> com) Technical services and
products in over 100 countries, www.slb.com
Signet Partners (Bob Izenberg, bei [at] sig <dot> net) Internet Service Provider,
Sun Microsystems (Roger Waak, 343-0293, roger <dot> waak [at] central <dot> sun <dot> com) Supplier
of Unix client-server computing solutions, www.sun.com
Silicon Graphics (Don Williams, 346-9342), www.sgi.com
Solid Systems (Pete Farrell, 442-2222)
Sterling Information Group (Darrell Hanshaw, 327-0090, dhanshaw [at] sterinfo <dot> com).
Tandem Computers (Ron Boerger, 244-8000) Provider of scalable, high availability
Texas Internet Consulting (Smoot Carl-Mitchell, 451-6176, smoot [at] tic <dot> com)
www.tic.com TCP/IP networking, Unix, and open systems standards.
Unison Software (Shelley St. John, 478-0611) Supplier of networked systems
UT Computer Science Department (Patti Spencer)
UT Computation Center (Mike Cerda, 471-3241, cerda [at] uts <dot> cc <dot> utexas <dot> edu)
CACTUS Meeting Location: Applied Research Labs
CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Applied Research
Labs (ARL) in the JJ Jake Pickle Research Campus (JJ PRC). We'll meet in
the main auditorium located directly behind the guard's desk and main lobby.
Please do not show up earlier than 6:20 pm on the specified day. Enter
through the main entrance at 10000 Burnet Road for ARL:UT. Tell the guard
that you are here for the CACTUS meeting. You will be required to sign
a log book, but not required to wear a badge. The guards will direct you
to the auditorium entrance. Limited parking in the front of the building
is available, but more extensive parking is available in the large parking
lot just north of the ARL building. After 6:30 pm, all entrances to JJ
PRC, except for the Burnet Road entrance, are closed and locked. You can
still enter the parking lot in front of the ARL building. No parking tags
are necessary after 6:00 pm. See map for further details.
Online maps are available at:
http://www.utexas.edu/maps/prc/ -- J.J. Pickle Research Campus
As always, please leave the facility as you saw it when you arrived. So
let's clean up all pizza and soda items before we leave. Thanks and hope
to see all of you there.
http://www.utexas.edu/maps/prc/areas/se.html -- South East Quadrant (ARL:UT)
Map to the Monthly CACTUS Meeting
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