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CUUG General Meeting Tuesday, June 27, 2000.
Topic:  Unix Education Trends - A view from the Hill.

Dear members,

  CUUG is pleased to annouce a Lecture by Richard Huntrods,
SAIT's coordinator of the Computer Technology Program,
on trends in Unix related education. 

  Richard is a very well informed and knowledgable lecturer.
I personally would listen to him speak on the topic of office
coffee.   ;+}

            CUUG General Meeting.  Topic: Unix Education Trends - A view from the Hill. 

            Tuesday, June 27, 2000.
LOCATION:   Meeting Room "A", 2-nd floor,  555 - 4th Ave SW   Phone  263-0182
            Time:           17:30 (pizza)  18:00 start

                (ELECTION OF DIRECTORS with Lecture to follow)

Presentation Outline

- installing a linux partition on every student's laptop
- using linux and gcc for C programming level 2  (Borland on Windows for
level 1)
- changing from Structured programming using C to Object Oriented
programming using Java this fall.
- moving from Structured Analysis and Design to Object Oriented Analysis
and Design (over the next two years).
- Adding an Enterprise Computing course (SAP delivery) with the host
platform being Sun/Solaris (Ultra 10's).
- have a CT web site using Redhat 6.1 and Apache.

About Richard......

I was born and raised in Calgary - but went to junior and senior high
school and 2 years of college in Red Deer. I have a B.Sc. in Analytical
Chemistry from the U of C (1977), followed by another B.Sc. in Chemical
Engineering (1980) and a Masters of Engineering (Chemical, 1988).  Since
1980 I have worked in Calgary in the software industry, for companies such
as Esso, SSI, CMG, Canadian Hunter, and 11 years as a consultant (Huntrods
Consulting Inc.).  I am currently (until June 30, 2000) Academic
Coordinator of the Computer Technology program at SAIT (have been for the
past two years), and am also (and will continue to be) an instructor in
the CT program.  I have taught C, C++, Java, Assembler (68HC11), Analysis
and Design, Oracle, and other courses.  I have been accepted at the U of C
in Electrical and Computer Engineering as a M.Sc. student working on my
Masters in Software Engineering, starting this fall.
Meeting Tuesday, May 23
Topic:  Getting the Message: Email is Dangerous
Speaker: Stephen Louie of CUUG Gold sponsor
GE Capital Services
As a member of the development team for MS Mail, MS Exchange, and MSN,
Stephen has been involved with email for over 15 years. In this time,
he has had roles in development, testing, support and operations. The
last two years, he has been involved with the migration of 6400 email
users at the Calgary Regional Health Authority from 13 legacy email
systems to a centralized Netscape Messaging Server platform.

Stephen in his talk will share with CUUG members his experience of
a postmaster. He will discuss all sides to the e-mail - the good,
the bad and the ugly. Although the talk will focus on the ugly side
of e-mail, he will also discuss the e-mail policies, monitoring,
filtering, e-mail etiquette and suggest solutions to problems one
might encounter either as a user or as postmaster.

            Tuesday, May 23, 2000.
LOCATION:   Meeting Room "A", 2-nd floor,  555 - 4th Ave SW   Phone  263-0182
            Time:           17:30 (pizza)  18:00 (meeting and lecture)

April meeting to be sponsored by Compaq
CUUG is pleased to announce a DIAMOND sponsorship lecture by our newest sponsor, COMPAQ Canada.

Topic: UNIX the COMPAQ way: News and Views.

  1. Introduction
    - Dave Hornford - Compaq Professional Services
  2. Real View of Compaq (5 minutes)
    • not a PC company
    • on-going transformation
    • financials
    • NonStop eBusiness Strategy
  3. Compaq & UNIX
    • #1 UNIX platform vendor (independent audit)
    • strong legacy Tru64 & NSK
    • future LINUX, Tru64 & NSK
  4. Best Fit Strategy
    • LINUX, SCO & NT for mass market
    • OpenVMS for robust availability
    • Tru64 for speed & availability
    • NSK for extreme availability
  5. Enterprise Focus
    • enterprise applications
    • go big or go home; but go UNIX
  6. High Availability - What is High Availability?
    • definition: platform, OS, application or transaction?
    • achieving: hardware, OS, or operational process?
  7. High Availability - Why do you want High Availability?
    • cost, convenience
    • no business without HA
  8. Compaq Rules High Availability
    • use a phone today? An ATM? A debit card? AirMiles? A Stock Exchange?
    • Compaq's Best of Breed
      • Entry (LINUX/SCO)
      • Enterprise (Tru64)
      • Deeply Worried (NSK)

Dave Hornford
Business Solution Architect
Compaq Professional Services
Dave has over 12 years experience in working with Information Technology. His experience ranges from closely collaborating with schools to provide educationally valuable computer solutions to providing the internet security infrastructure of a Canadian Telephone Company. Before the pressure of having to mow the lawn at Christmas forced relocation from Victoria to Calgary, Dave worked under contract to Apple. With Apple, Dave provided a range of on-site services to schools in Victoria and the Kootenay region of BC. In Calgary, he worked with a couple of small Calgary-based Systems Integrators prior to joining Compaq Services in 1997. Dave's academic credentials include a BA in Political Science and an incomplete MA specialising in Nuclear Conflict Resolution. Dave suspects that he is one of the few people prohibited from speaking about his thesis topic at home before he started work on it. The on-going relevance his academic experience in the "real-world" remains surprising to his scientifically educated family and co-workers. With Compaq Professional Services Dave is responsible for developing and delivering business solutions for Compaq's Enterprise accounts in Western Canada. His current focus is on eBusiness. Compaq is the NonStop Internet Company.

Tuesday, April 25, 2000.
LOCATION: Meeting Room "A", 2-nd floor, 555 - 4th Ave SW
Time: 17:30 (pizza) 18:00 (meeting and lecture)

Next Meeting Wednesday March 22
Location: Sunlife Plaza Auditorium
(The auditorium in one of the SunLife buildings between 112 and 140 4th Ave SW)
Time: 4:00 PM
Speaker: Bryan Cantrill of Sun Microsystems Kernel Group
Topic: "What's New in SunOS 5.8": (one hour)

The marketing features of SunOS 5.8 (e.g. IPv6, IPsec) are well-known and discussed in depth elsewhere. This talk will focus instead on the underspoken new features of the operating system -- from new convenience commands to grand new kernel subsystems and everything in between. We will go far beyond glossy brochures and bullet lists, diving straight into the propeller-head nitty-gritty.

Bryan Cantrill is a Staff Engineer in Solaris Kernel Development at Sun Microsystems. His interests include post-mortem diagnosability, dynamic software instrumentation, real-time kernel implementation and microprocessor architecture. He was one of the lead OS engineers for Solaris 7, and more recently, designed and implemented a kernel subsystem to provide arbitrary resolution interval timeouts. Bryan received the ScB magna cum laude with honors in Computer Science from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Sun Microsystems
(CUUG Diamond Sponsor)

Feb. 22 meeting:
Title: Securing the Perimeter (or How to Build a Decent Moat)
By:Terry Ingoldsby
The presentation will contain items of interest to non-technical and
technical people alike.  

 1) Attack Trees - a new method of security risk analysis.
- the advantages of Attack Trees over conventional risk analysis
   will be discussed.  Hint: Conventional risk analysis
requires that you estimate the probability and cost of events that
have never happened to you before.
- Attack Trees describe the various strategems that might be used
  to compromise computer systems.  In addition, Attack Trees identify
  the capabilities of various classes of intruders.  By determining
  which intruders pose the greatest threats to your organization,
Attack Trees can predict how and where you will be compromised.  This
allows you to focus your efforts (and resources) on the points most
likely to be compromised.

 2)  Perimeter Defenses - technologies used to analyse perimeter strength,
such as Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing.
   - Technologies used to prevent breaches of the perimeter wall.

 3)  Trojan Horses - the anatomy of a Trojan. Trojans may be the greatest
threat to network security we have yet encountered.
  - Elf Bowling
  - the Stacheldraht Trojan.  Warning: after seeing this viewers may
     have difficulty in trusting their hosts again!


  Terry Ingoldsby received a BSc in Physics from the University of
Lethbridge.  As part of his studies in physics he did research on
Computer Generated Holograms.  Moving to Calgary to pursue an MSc in
Physics, he soon decided that Computer Science was a lot more fun.  He
switched faculties and completed an MSc in Computer Science.  His thesis
project was the design, construction and programming of a
multi-processor image processing system.  After university he worked at
The City of Calgary in the Geographic Information Systems area.  During
his time at the City, Terry was a driving force in the deployment of
Unix systems.  He was a founding board member of the Calgary Unix Users'
Group, served as President, and for several years ran the CUUG mail
system.  In 1995 Terry left the City to form Distributed Computing
Experts Corporation, a consulting company specialising in administering
mission critical systems and network security.

            Tuesday, February 22, 2000.
LOCATION:   Meeting Room "A", 2-nd floor,  555 - 4th Ave SW
            Time:           17:30 (pizza)  18:00 (meeting and lecture)

CUUG General Meeting Tuesday, January 25, 2000. Topic: Case Study: Building a Local Area Network (LAN).
                S P E C I A L     L O C A T I O N 
LOCATION:   Atrium of Bethany Care Center  916-18A-St NW
            Time:           18:00 (pizza)  18:20+ (meeting and lecture)

  Because the meeting will NOT BE AT OUR DOWNTOWN OFFICE LOCATION, we will delay
the standard meeting schedule by 20-30 minutes. If you are coming from downtown
in rush hour traffic, Memorial Drive and  north on 19-th St NW may be faster.
Street parking is preferred as the Bethany parking lot may have limited space.
The hardy may wish to walk, depending on the weather. 
Dear members,

In 1997, several  CUUG members volunteered to set up a system that would
provide the residents of the Bethany Care Centre with access to email and
the Internet. The project was complicated because money and resources were
extremely scarce, the seven donated Pentium computers were slow and only had
300-500 meg. hard drives, 16-24 meg of RAM, no cdrom, one 14.4 modem and the
volunteers had very little surplus time. In addition, the Bethany Centre
I.S. department had guidelines regarding Y2K compliance and virus protection
that had to be met.

Note: (The  Bethany Care Centre provides long term and relief care for patients suffering
from various forms of dementia. This project undertaken by a small group of
CUUG members allows these patients to improve the quality and quantity of
contact with their family members and friends.)

After weighing all the factors, we decided that the only way we could
accomplish our goal was to use Unix. Stripped down versions of Linux RedHat
5.0 were installed on all computers, a UUCP account was set up at CUUG to
forward email, sendmail and uucp were tweaked, Netscape 4.01 and Elm were
installed and training was provided to a team of local volunteers who then
trained the residents. Access to the Internet was accomplished by setting up
IP forwarding/masquerading and diald using the 14.4 modem.

The system was been up ever since and our uptime record is 126 days. One of
us visits the Bethany Centre every two or three months but most of the work
is now done by the local volunteers.

In appreciation of the efforts and accomplishments of this team of CUUG volunteers,
the Bethany Care Center has gratiously offered their atrium for our first meeting of 2000.
Caprina Wiebe, our November speaker and member will play (music) before the meeting.  ;-}

This project by a handful of CUUG members represents the very best our club has to offer.
Tuesday, December 14, 1999
Topic: What is Mac OS X Server presented by Brian Hutchison of Apple Canada.


Overview:What is Mac OS X Server?
     Supported hardware
Services: What do you get besides UNIX?
     Apple File Services
     Apache Web Server
     QuickTime Streaming Server
Mac OS X Open Source initiative
     The Darwin project
     The Darwin Streaming Server

There will be demos of several of the components.
General Meeting Tuesday, November 23, 1999.

Speaker: Caprina Weibe
Topic: How Computer Technology Benefits the Visually Impaired, and How it is Employed

Speaker: Our CRC team
Topic: CRC reorganization Plan (30 minutes)

Business: Motion to expell member because of unacceptable activities on his account.

LOCATION:   Meeting Room "A", 2-nd floor,  555 - 4th Ave SW
TIME:       17:30 (pizza)  18:00 (meeting and lecture)

Non-members and unregistered guests: $10

**** Note: outside doors LOCKED at 18:00 **** Meeting Room "A" Phone 263-0182
General Meeting Tuesday, October 26, 1999.

Speaker: Greg King of CUUG Diamond sponsor
Hewlett/Packard Ltd

Greg King is a Senior Technical Consultant in Hewlett Packard's Open Enterprise Software Business Unit. Greg has a degree in computer science, an MBA, and over 25 years experience in supporting and managing computer systems environments.

Topic: Systems Management in UNIX environments:

  • Systems Management Evolution
  • Cost / benefit of Systems Management
  • HP's approach to Systems Management
  • Network Management
  • Unix Server Management
  • Application Management
  • Scaling management processes to cover the enterprise

Business: Extraordinary Resolution on By-laws Update

LOCATION:   Meeting Room "A", 2-nd floor,  555 - 4th Ave SW
TIME:       17:30 (pizza)  18:00 (meeting and lecture)

Non-members and unregistered guests: $10
**** Note: outside doors LOCKED at 18:00 **** Meeting Room "A" Phone 263-0182

The Next CUUG General Meeting is Tuesday, September 28nd 1999.



Dave Thomson & Ken Sackley AT&T (formerly Metronet)

Ken Sackley - Director of Sales, Southern Alberta  (AT&T Canada Corp.)

Ken has been in the telecommunications industry for 21 years and has held a
wide range of positions within Canadian industry.  In his expanded role, Ken
will be leading the new integrated AT&T Canada sales and marketing teams and
bringing the integrated product portfolio to the business sector in Calgary
and Southern Alberta. Ken is a proud Albertan and he and his family call
Calgary home.

Dave Thomson - Regional VP, Local Services (AT&T Canada Corp.)

Dave has been in the telecommunications industry for 20 years and has held a
wide range of positions within AT&T Canada: Access Management , Carrier
Relations , Customer Service, Network Services, Network Operations, Sales &
In his new role, Dave will be driving the best performance, and practices
and value proposition from the integration Metronet Communications and AT&T
Canada for Western Canada. Dave is originally from the West Coast of Canada
and he and his family call Calgary home. 


How the city is wired and general communications issues.


1.      AT&T Canada Overview
2.      History in brief
3.      Value Proposition of our recent merger
4.      Service offerings (Local, LD Voice/Data)
5.      Network Topology 
6.      Telecom. General interest