We have learned that 16-MAY-2002 is a holiday for some, so we have moved our meeting +1 week to Thursday, 23-MAY-2002.
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Description of Talk:
It's easy to do a new project: Just take everything you've learned before, and reuse it the best you can. When Tom Limoncelli and Christine Hogan wrote the new book "The Practice of System and Network Administration" they had a couple challenges: They didn't know each other. They were 5 timezones apart. They had to share and interact with gigabytes of data.
Their solution was to apply their sysadmin tools to the process. To solve their Internet collaboration needs, they used the tools commonly found in Open Source collaborations (CVS, SSH, Make, Apache, and so on). To deal with the fact that they didn't know each other, they applied the "soft skills" concepts presented in the book.
This talk will cover the techniques they used to collaborate on a project that would envelope their entire lives for more than 2 years. Amazingly enough, the book was completed, nobody went crazy in the process, and they've still only met in person 7 times.
You can preview the book on
While this talk sounds like it's about collaboration, it's really about system administration. The project had security requirements, reliability requirements, bandwidth requirements, processes to be defined, and tons of scripting. The talk will cover all of these issues and more. We can't imagine how a non-sysadmin could ever write a book!
O'Reilly has provided us with various giveaways (books, t-shirts, etc).
(borrowed from http://www.everythingsysadmin.com/abouttomchris.html)
Thomas A. Limoncelli is Director of Operations at Lumeta Corporation, a venture startup that focuses on intranet security. Most of Tom's experience comes from his seven years at AT&T Bell Labs (later Lucent Bell Labs) where he supported the network used by the researchers and scientists, and lead the effort to separate the Holmdel Bell Labs network between AT&T, Lucent and NCR when the company split into three.
He got his fundamentals from his three years at Mentor Graphics, Corp. Prior to that he was at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey where he received his B.A. in Computer Science.
Outside of work Tom is a grass-roots civil-rights activist, from which he gains experience that directly applies to his career in computers. Tom's first published paper extolled lessons that SAs can learn from activists. His activism has been recognized on the state and national level. Tom doesn't see a much difference between his work and activism careers. They are both about helping people.
Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.
This now includes salads and sandwiches (eg. turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna, grilled eggplant, pasta salad, Caesar salad)!
Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!