The gathering tonight blew in on the heels of hurricane Beta but no local storm damage or injuries were reported. After Chairperson John Bridleman opened the server room cabinet and the November KLUG meeting, the crowd broke into five identifiable workgroups. In the following text, names will be named and their activities will be disclosed. http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical/
Bruce Smith, John Bridleman, and Todd Pillars worked on the three new Linksys 802.11G WAP’s. They were busy retrieving the static IP addresses of the WAP transmitters so they could configure the network to make them web accessible. You can actually reboot them from your web browser and get a status report. The older WAP’s were retired and had been giving unsatisfactory performance. Someone recommended against reliance on the "One Button" security feature of the Linksys 802.11G wireless router. http://www.linksys.com Hey Cisco, where’s Poncho?
Robert G. Brown, Mark Jones, and Eric Beversluis were dining on carryout delicacies and could be quite clearly overheard discussing world, national, and local politics. I didn’t hear any talk about Kalamazoo being designated as a future space portal launch site. Saddam, Camilla, and a host of other popular subjects were energetically being jousted! There was an Open Source spin on some of it. Had they visited? http://www.nytimes.com/
Dirk Bartley and Tyler Haske were doing some support work with a young man named Mike. The quest seemed to involve the configuration possibilities of Xinerama. Xinerama extensions allow applications and window managers to use two or more physical displays as one large virtual display. http://sourceforge.net/projects/xinerama Dirk did a presentation about this "back in the day…" November 14, 2000 Multiple Monitors Using XFree86 http://www.kalamazoolinux.org/presentations
Leola Walker, Brock Inglehart, Stuart Gillis, and Jon Smitley were all bunched up near the network connect points. I noticed four laptops connected by ethernet, to Appletalk, back to ethernet. In this daisy chain of high-powered mobile computing collaboration was an 802.11G Bridge? Huh? Not sure what was going on with that device… there may have been problems with a PCMCIA wireless network driver or some such. Leola had the photo album from the trip she and Brock took to Alaska on a sleek red motorcycle this summer. http://www.motorcycleroads.us/ak.html
In the center of the room was Tom Nelson. He had a Dell PC that was loaded with Fedora Core 4 (Red Hat). He was displaying plenty of hex screen dumps and was in the process of tweaking the configuration files. He was being assisted by both Tyler Haske and Andrew Thompson. Dirk Bartley was also giving suggestions. It looked like Tom was hardwired into the RJ45 wall outlet. Someone was asking about the DD command. How and when to use the dd command? http://www.codecoffee.com/tipsforlinux/articles/036.html
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