Volume 22, Number 3 - March 2006
|Open Government Online Amendment
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 PM
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We actually have two programs this month:
- EFF-Austin: Open Source Government?
This May, you will have an interesting opportunity to vote for Open
Source principles in our Austin City Government. The Open Government
Online (OGO) Amendment will open up the City of Austin to the people of
Austin by opening up more information to the public and by requiring the
most important of that information to be available online.
City politics are not immune to the kind of insider lobbying that has
recently plagued federal officials, and current rules allow the City to
hide much of the political process behind closed doors. Essentially what
this amendment does is to apply the lessons and ideas of open source to
Jordan Hatcher, Policy Coordinator for the OGO campaign (and EFF-Austin
Boardmember), will be on hand to discuss the amendment.
- Remote Backups with iSCSI
Most of us are familiar with SCSI, it's just a type of communications
bus for high-performance disk drives. A few might recall that the
ATAPI disk standard, which many CD-ROM drives use, is nothing more than
the SCSI protocol over an IDE bus.
Marketing dweebs ^H^H^H^H^H^H professionals have taught us that anything
with a lower-case "i" in front has something to do with the Internet,
and iSCSI is no different; iSCSI is the SCSI protocol over TCP/IP.
Using iSCSI, you can define a virtual hard disk on one system and have
it appear as a "local" SCSI disk on a remote system. Normally, iSCSI is
meant to be implemented on a local network, and if you're going to do it
over the long haul most people would implement IPsec to secure the iSCSI
session. What most people don't realize is that iSCSI will also work
over an SSH tunnel.
Our own programs chair Randy Zagar will demonstrate iSCSI, how to create
a virtual disk on your home PC, mount this disk on a remote server,
and make backups directly on the virtual disk.
The next CACTUS meeting will be held on
Thursday, March 16, 2006
at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM for pizza and informal
discussion), in the auditorium of UT Applied Research Laboratories. (See
end of newsletter for directions to the facility).
by Lindsay Haisley
No meeting report was made available at newsletter publication time
by Randy Zagar
Solaris 10 Boot Camp on March 28
Free Training on Solaris 10: Sun wants more people familiar with Solaris
10, so on March 28th they are offering a free half-day of training on
Solaris 10 right here in Austin. Conrad Geiger, Sun's Academic
Region HPTC Technologist (Conrad <dot> Geiger [at] Sun <dot> COM), has invited folks
to join Sun for an interactive, half-day session to learn about
updates in Solaris 10 OS that are helping enterprises and educational
institutions reduce costs and complexity, while minimizing
Seminar registration and attendance is free of charge! Please feel
free to forward this invitation to others in Austin that would
be interested in attending.
The complete agenda and additional information about the seminar
as well as the event registration is available at
by Mark Scarborough
CACTUS would like to welcome Larry Rosenman as CACTUS' newest
member. Welcome to Austin, Larry! Also, thanks to Thomas Benjamin
for renewing his membership.
To renew your membership, please send check or money order
payable to CACTUS ($30/yr for regular membership and $100/yr
for corporate sponsorship):
PO BOX 9786
Austin, TX 78766-9786
You can also pay in person at the general meetings. Please direct
any inquiries or address changes to membership [at] cactus <dot> org.
- Ron Roberts (ronr [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Johnny Long (longjy [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Programs Chair:
- Randy Zagar (jrzagar [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Mark Scarborough (mscar-cactus [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Publicity & Webmaster:
- Lenny Tropiano (lenny [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Gil Kloepfer (kloepfer [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Lindsay Haisley (fmouse [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Members at Large:
- Ian Remmler (remmler [at] cactus <dot> org)
- M.H. Khan (mhk [at] cactus <dot> org)
Significant Contributing Sponsors
- Applied Research Laboratories/University of Texas at Austin
- (Gil Kloepfer, Computer Science Division (CSD), 835-3771, gilc [at] arlut <dot> utexas <dot> edu)
- CoreNAP, L.P.
- (Kenneth Smith, (512) 685-0010, kenneth [at] corenap <dot> com)
- Provides server colocation and high-speed Internet access to businesses in the Austin and central Texas area
- Newisys, Inc.
- (Tim Wood, (512) 340-9050, tim <dot> wood [at] newisys <dot> com)
- Development of enterprise-class servers
- (Chad Kissinger, president, 322-9200, info [at] onr <dot> com)
- Broadband Internet access, web design and colocation
- Outserv.net, Inc.
- (David Maynard, dpm [at] outserv <dot> net)
- e-Business Operations Service Provider
- Dresser - Wayne
- (Steve Cox, (512) 338-8444, steve <dot> cox [at] dresser <dot> com)
- Provides instrumentation and services to the oil and energy
- Flowing Circles Engineering
- (Johnny Long, (512) 293-7894, longjy [at] fcei <dot> com)
- Taking advantage of grid computing to solve matrix engineering and energy conversion problems.
- IBM Corporation
- (George Kraft IV, (512)838-2688, gk4 [at] austin <dot> ibm <dot> com)
- Journyx, Inc.
- (John Madollozzo, (512)833-3274, john [at] journyx <dot> com)
- Web-based products to track time, expenses, and attendance, for project management and billing.
- Ray Solanik, Technical Consultant
- (Ray Solanik, solanik [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Starflight Corp.
- (Jon Roland, jon <dot> roland [at] the-spa <dot> com)
- Computer consulting, management solutions, documentation, and technical writing.
- TEKsystems, Inc.
- (Russell Labay, (512) 249-4912, (888) 598-5877, rlabay [at] teksystems <dot> com)
- A leading provider of strategic staffing and managed services for the Information Technology and Communications (IT&C) community.
- Veraci Inc.
- (Michael Shrivathsan, michael [at] veraci <dot> com)
- VoIPing, LLC
- (Lenny Tropiano, 512-698-VOIP (8647) or Brian Sinclair 512-698-8031, info [at] voiping <dot> com)
- IT Consulting and Services, converged networks, Unix, and Voice over IP
Friends of CACTUS
- Applied Formal Methods, Inc.
- (Susan Gerhart, 794-9732, gerhart [at] cactus <dot> org)
- Auspex Systems
- (Paul Levine, plevine [at] auspex <dot> com)
- Fastest reliable network fileservers
- Austin Code Works
- (Scott Guthery, 258-0785, info [at] acw <dot> com)
- ((800) 977-3475, registrar [at] bestregistrar <dot> com)
- A top-level domain name registrar, CORE member
- (Chip Rosenthal)
- (Maurine Mecer, 502-0190 (FAX 502-0287))
- Professional recruiting
- Compaq Computer Corporation (now HP)
- (Ron Boerger, 432-8000)
- Provider of scalable, high availbility 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
- (John O'Keefe, john [at] okeefesearch <dot> com, 512-658-9224 or 888-446-2137)
- Professional recuiting
- Rocksteady Networks, Inc.
- (Eric White, 512-427-1319, ewhite [at] rocksteady <dot> com)
- 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)
- 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 meets on the third Thursday of each month at the
Applied Research Laboratories (ARL) in the
JJ 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. 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 (but you will need to
inform the guard in the booth that you are attending a meeting at ARL).
See map for further details.
Online maps are available at:
As always, please leave the facility as you saw it when you arrived.