Volume 22, Number 7 - July 2006
|More Pizza Eating
Thursday, July 20, 7:00 PM
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This month's presentation will be more "Pizza Eating" by the
CACTUS Membership....and hopefully some insightful discussion.
The next CACTUS meeting will be held on
Thursday, July 20, 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 & Ron Roberts
With no formal program, the meeting began with a discussion of Gil Kloepfer's /bin/cat
article. Gil continued the thread with a reading of "Ode to Spot"--a poem written
by Data of Star Trek Next Generation.
Member Dave Wieboldt mentioned that he had mailed the officers mailing list
suggesting a program, but that he had only received a notice that his submission
was waiting for a moderator's approval. We speculated who might be on
the moderator list for that list. Gil suggested James Johnson.
At late arrival pointed out that the moderators are Randy, Brian, and Ray
sent Randy Zagar email about getting help with Bubba, who was down again.
Our lovely and talented president, Ron Roberts, pointed out that the
newsletter had correctly stated that "CACTUS is a pizza eating organization."
He called for a motion to officially include that in the purpose section
of our bylaws. Wielding his shaky understanding of Roberts' rules of
order, he quickly ramrodded approval of his resolution.
The dark details are always in implementation.
(Editor's note: I think by "Roberts' Rules of Order" he
meant "Ron Roberts' Rules")
With the subject open,
Gil Kloepfer proceeded to demonstrate his perl scripts that he uses to
generate the newsletter--in particular, the one that automatically
obfuscates an email address.
When Lindsay Haisley arrived, we gave him the projector so he
could give us a tour of membership database, and it's web
interface. He also showed us the web interface to Mailman,
which drives lists.cactus.org. While touting it's security,
he brought up the page for the officer's list, which conveniently
displayed all of the moderator's passwords.
Unfortunately, your humble scribe was not quick enough to
Ron Roberts committed to restoring the homes on sparc.cactus.org. Ray
Solanik agreed to give him permissions to do so. This has since
been accomplished from a backup from October, 2003.
by Mark Scarborough
No membership report was submitted at newsletter publication time.
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:
- 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
The side parking lots inside of the Pickle Research Campus will
be inaccessible to the main ARL entrance until sometime in early 2007
due to building construction.
Therefore, if there is no parking available near the front
entrance, you will need to find alternative parking across the street
from the ARL building. Please be considerate and do not
use the parking right outside the Jack In The Box.
Online maps are available at:
As always, please leave the facility as you saw it when you arrived.