There were no new faces to repeat the standard opening comments and no speaker introductions were needed tonight. John Bridleman let the meeting steer itself and that seemed like it worked out for the best. With the thoughts of 2005 GEEK JEOPARDY repeatedly bubbling up in each conversation, it is less than a month away and the tension is noticeable. The Geek Jeopardy competition will be celebrated on Tuesday October 25th at 7PM at the Chamber of Commerce. http://kalamazoolinux.org/meetings/schedule.php3
Back in the corner, Alan Tanner sat with a Dell PC with the side panel removed. He had a laptop drive attached to his PC’s drive cable with a powered adapter. He was attempting to recover the files on this failing drive. That seemed to go well. KLUG Installmaster Andrew Thompson was working his magic with solid Linux support. Andrew was able to boot from a CD-ROM on a PC that had no hard drives installed. http://recover.sourceforge.net/linux/recover/
Tyler and a friend were in the middle of the room with a large 24 port router sitting between them. There was a network install with the box being prepared for dual boot operation. The remote Debian network install looked like a success. I did hear someone mention that there was a GRUB error 21 Master Boot Record missing and that the guy really needed the stuff on the Windows drive partitions. Looked like Adam was lending a hand. So many different Linux distributions and infinite hardware configurations make it all a miracle. Some people appear to know there way around any Linux OS. Install Guide for Debian Linux Distribution: http://www.debian.org/releases/potato/i386/install
When in the back of the room to get cookies and pretzels, one could hear a conversation between Todd Pillars and Mark Jones generally about VOIP and the Asterisk Project. http://www.asterisk.org/
Bill Hollett and Adam Williams were quietly discussing an implementation of SOAP ("Simple Object Access Protocol") over on the less crowded side of the room. A SOAP message is fundamentally a one-way transmission between SOAP nodes. http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-part0/
In the center of the room was a general technology discussion that ranged from Open Source topics to theories about the causes and impact of the high gasoline prices. Adam Williams, Dirk Bartley, Bruce Smith, John Bridleman, and others were vigorously sharing thoughts and ideas.
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