Next meeting is Today at 7PM

Scott McDermott scottm at
Thu Oct 10 07:19:42 PDT 2002

The next Seattle SAGE meeting is Thursday, October 10th, 2002
at 7pm.

The UW Rosen/McWilliam Building facility is a secured building. So a
SAGE member will be at the Republican Street entrance until 7:15 P.M. to
open the door for meeting attendees. After that a phone number will be
posted on the door for the SAGE meeting specifically. There is an
"internal extensions only phone" at the Republican Street entrance to
allow you to call building extensions. The posted phone number will be
monitored until at least 7:45 P.M. However, please make every effort to
arrive by 7 P.M.

Directions can be found at:

Next meeting: Thursday October 10th, 2002 at 7:00 PM
         Topic: Protecting E-mail From SPAM and Malware
                (or "You don't know anyone in Korea, anyway")
     Presenter: Scott McDermott <scottm at>
      Location: Rosen (McWilliam) Building
                960 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109
                (Corner of Terry & Republican)
                2nd floor LOUNGE
      Web Site:
Talk Abstract:

If you use email, you probably have a SPAM problem. You've probably also
seen plenty of email-borne viruses. This presentation will discuss the use
of SpamAssassin for blocking SPAM and the use of the Anomy and John
Hardin's email sanitizers. These tools can help cut down on both of these
problems and regain some of the productivity that email can provide.

Short Bio:

Scott McDermott is the Executive Vice President of Hero Network.
Essentially this means that he has the privilege of handling everything
that Leeland can't get to (or doesn't want to deal with) as well as taking
care of all the odd jobs that Hero Network has not hired someone else to
do yet. His 10 years experience as a network and systems administrator for
large organizations such as the King County Library System has helped him
build up the needed mental agility and callouses to stay on top of the
game. Scott has always strived to learn the secrets of providing great
service. He currently enjoys the idea that he might have actually managed
to identify and learn a few of those secrets.

In his odd hours Scott tries to tweak a bit more performance out of all
manner of devices, hardware and software alike. Through his oddly
fanatical dedication to Hero Network we have achieved the multiple
locations and servers that allow us to match and beat other premier
hosting services raw service. His tireless efforts have kept the Hero
Network servers in top shape for our clients.

Scott, like many other Hero Network staff, is actively involved with the
System Administrators Guild and assists in running the Seattle SAGE Group.
He has spent many an hour fixing and improving the mailing lists and web
sites that keep the local area system administrators in the know about
events and items of interest.

Scott has extensive experience in successfully managing large and small IT
shops with such diverse systems as Solaris, DG/UX, (Free/Open)BSD, Linux
and Windows NT servers. His networking experience includes not only LANs
of all types but also Frame Relay & ISDN WANs. Essentially Scott can
knowledgeably work with all the technologies that make Hero Network the
success that it is. To top all that off Scott has had extensive experience
in customer support and custom monitoring technologies.


This is FREE and open to the public and a wonderful opportunity.

The Seattle SAGE Group (SSG) is a local group for systems & network
administrators in the Seattle and Pacific northwest areas (North
Western Washington). We are a local chapter of SAGE, but SAGE / USENIX
membership is not a requirement.  We sponsor a regular monthly meeting
open to the public on the second Thursday if each month at 7 p.m.

Check out our Web site for more information:

Scott McDermott
Executive Vice President
Hero Network LLC

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