Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society
CACTUS Newsletter

Volume 25, Number 2 - February 2009

Next Meeting
Thursday, February 19, 7:00 PM


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February Meeting


The next CACTUS meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM for pizza and informal discussion) at the Hyde Park Church of Christ. The address is 310 West 43rd Street (see

Election Results

by Randy Zagar

Here are the results of last months' elections:

  1. President - John Christy
  2. Scribe - vacant
  3. Programs - Brad Knowles
  4. Membership - Mark Scarbrough
  5. Publicity/Webmaster - vacant
  6. Treasurer - Ray Solanik
  7. Newsletter - Randy Zagar
  8. Member at Large - Larry Rosenman

Letter from the President

by John Christy

I am honored to be have been elected to be President for 2009. With the help of our members and officers, I hope to help shape some of the ideas our members have and create action within our group so as to help our members and our community.

We are holding off on the usual Board Meeting until after our next meeting so that members will have a chance to share their ideas on activities for the year. I have talked to the local leaders of LOPSA and Austin SNUG about working together on future speakers and activities. As an example, last week I attended a SNUG meeting presentation by Daniel Whicker on "SAN 101". It was a very worthwhile and professionally run meeting. I bring this up because the SNUG group has meetings that would be of interest to our members; and the bigger our combined group, the more often we can have this type of meeting. This would be a win-win situation for our members and for the companies for which they work.

I look forward to working with each of you and am optimistic about the future growth of CACTUS.

System News

by Randy Zagar

First, I want to say that nothing's broke. Everything is currently working as configured. This is both good and bad. The good part is that we're not dealing with hardware failures. The bad part is that all our basic network services are running on incredibly outdated software.

I have to apologize for not making more progess on this in the past year, but I've spent my time inappropriately. I've spent too much time trying to figure out how things were done, instead of just getting on with it and implementing what we need. This was discussed at length at the last meeting and we agreed that breaking things (in the short term) and re-implementing from scratch would probably be best.

Here is a tentative list of what's going to happen:

Everything will remain pretty much as-is until March 19th, to give everyone a chance to prepare, but there are no guarantees beyond that point.

And, as always, please contact one of the officers if there's something you want to see done on our site. Or better yet, volunteer to help make it happen.

Membership Report

by Mark Scarborough

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.

CACTUS Officers

John Christy (etbravo [at] gmail <dot> com)
Ray Solanik (solanik [at] bga <dot> com)
Programs Chair:
Brad Knowles (knowles [at] cactus <dot> org)
Mark Scarborough (mscar-cactus [at] cactus <dot> org)
Publicity & Webmaster:
Randy Zagar (jrzagar [at] cactus <dot> org)
Members at Large:
Larry Rosenman (ler [at] cactus <dot> org)

CACTUS Sponsors

Significant Contributing Sponsors

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, 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)
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
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)

Directions to Meeting Location

CACTUS meets on the third Thursday of each month. This month, the CACTUS meeting will be held at the Hyde Park Church of Christ. The address is 310 West 43rd Street (see

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