Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 17, Number 6 - June 2001


June Meeting Program - Real World Security

Ron Woan, former CACTUS president and senior IBM analyst will speak about securing systems supporting the Alanta Olympic Games and other experiences.

May Meeting Report

by Lindsay Haisley

Jack reported that he hadn't yet had time to pick up the Network Appliance.

Gil had noted that there had been plans at ARL to remodel the room in which we usually meet, however he had received no further word on progress or plans. Gil also noted that he had contacted ACTV with respect to doing a show of some sort to promote CACTUS, but that whoever put this together would need to take an orientation course there. There probably will be no progess on this until somewhere around the end of the year.

Johnny noted that we're still solvent, but that he'd made no progress on researching the pros, cons and possibilities of getting 501c3 status for CACTUS.

Lindsay volunteered to rearrange our mailing lists so that the newsletter list becomes a member of the membership list, while the latter will contain a valid list of all current members.

Ray gave an excellent presentation of TKG's Bare Metal Restore product, restoring to operational condition both Solaris and NT boxes which had been intentionally and irreversably fubar'd by members present at the meeting.

Presidential Address

By Michael Rice

As I look around, the job market is changing once again. The high that we all felt in our profession last year at this time is definately ebbing. The near prevalence of switching jobs because the grass is greener (or at least there is more green) over "there" is almost gone. I've got friends with very marketable talents going unemployed because either the market just isn't there, or maybe they're being too picky, wanting near the salary they were making last year at this time.

However, as the wheel comes 'round, so it will keep going and things will start looking up again. Until then, I know there are places out there looking for people, and people with talent out there looking for places. If you have either of these things, please come to this month's meeting, or any subsequent meeting that you care to attend. I especially urge our sponsors, who have supported the group for so long, to take advantage of our offer to come introduce themselves to us, tell us what you do, and meet our membership. I'll give any sponsor five to ten minutes at the beginning of the meeting. Just ask.


By Luis Basto

Let's welcome Andrea Ureste as the newest member to CACTUS. We also want to thank Lindsay Haisley, David Crow, and Luis Basto for renewing their membership.

A brief source of excitement happened this month when CACTUS became subject to a collection agency due to writing hot checks for the pizza we had been enjoying. It turns out we have two sets of checks floating around and one of them was old or no longer valid. Our treasurer took care of that business quickly and may have an update for us at the meeting. The proof of the pudding (sic) would be whether pizza shows up at the next meeting.

Jumpnet continues to send us bills for co-location of the Sparc 10 which was removed from their site in March. Mike Rice spoke with their poeple once again to clear up the problem.

To renew your membership, please send check or money order payable to CACTUS ($25/yr for regular membership and $96/yr for corporate sponsorship):

You can also pay in person at the general meetings. Please direct any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.


CACTUS Officers

Contact Information

CACTUS Sponsors

Significant Contributing Sponsors

Applied Research Laboratories/University of Texas at Austin
(Gil Kloepfer, Computer Science Division (CSD), 835-3771, gil [at] arlut <dot> utexas <dot> edu)
Internet service provider.

CACTUS Sponsors

Auspex Systems
(Paul Levine, plevine [at] auspex <dot> com
Fastest reliable network fileservers.
Flametree Corporation
(David Maynard, 670-4090, dpm [at] flametree <dot> com)
Internet and software consulting.
(Chip Rosenthal)
Multi Media Arts (MMA)
(Lee Williams, 451-7191)
Publisher of instructional materials for classroom and independent study.

Friends of CACTUS

Applied Formal Methods, Inc.
(Susan Gerhart, 794-9732, gerhart [at] cactus <dot> org)
Austin Code Works
(Scott Guthery, 258-0785, info [at] acw <dot> com)
(Warren Brown, (800) 977-3475), wlb [at] cas-com <dot> net)
A top-level domain name registrar, CORE member.
(Maurine Mecer, 502-0190 [FAX 502-0287])
Professional recruiting.
Compaq Computer Corporation
(Ron Boerger, 432-8000)
Provider of scalable, high availability systems.
EDP Contract Services
(Mark Grabenhorst, 346-1040) Professional recruiting.
Hewlett Packard
(Bill Sumrall, 338-7221)
(Marilyn Harper)
Houston's Unix Users Group.
Network Appliance Corporation
(Frank Mozina, fmozina [at] netapp <dot> com)
O'Keefe Search
Professional recuiting.
Sailaway System Design
(Chris J Johnson, 447-5243)
(Kathy O'Brien, obrien [at] asc <dot> slb <dot> com)
Technical services and products in over 100 countries.
Silicon Graphics
(Don Williams, 346-9342)
Solid Systems
(Pete Farrell, 442-2222)
Sterling Infomation Group
(Darrell Hanshaw, 344-1005, dhanshaw [at] sterinfo <dot> com)
Sun Microsystems
(Rick Taylor)
Supplier of Unix client-server computing solutions.
Texas Internet Consulting
(Smoot Carl-Mitchell, 451-6176, smoot [at] tic <dot> com)
TCP/IP networking, Unix, and open systems standards.
A Sun Authorized Training Center and a Hardware Reseller.
Unison Software
(Shelley St. John, 478-0611)
Supplier of networked systems management solutions.
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:

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.

Map to the Monthly CACTUS Meeting

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