[Seattle-SAGE] Quick SAGE-y note from the new occupant of the hot seat :-)

Strata R. Chalup strata at virtual.net
Fri Dec 30 16:34:53 PST 2005

Hi folks,

I'm still on this list from back when I worked up in Seattle in 2000 for 
Collective Technology and then for iPlanet/Sun.  I've been mostly lurking, but 
didn't want to leave you in the lurch re: SAGE stuff.

As the new SAGE Programs Manager for Usenix, I can tell you we've got some great 
stuff in the planning stages, and will be making some announcements soon.  But 
since the existence/viability issue has come up for you right now, I thought I'd 
drop you a note.  Short form:  We're not dead.  We're not even pining for the 
fjords.  And now somebody has an actual half-time job creating programs and 
pushing them out the door (that'd be me).

I've seen a lot of ideas for a lot of programs go by over the past many years, 
including being part of the brainstorming for a new, transformed SAGE during my 
short time on the SAGE Exec.  I still have all those notes and ideas squirreled 
away, and will be asking you folks, other local groups, and the membership in 
general what things are priorities for them.  Some things may already be covered 
by other organizations, some may not.  Where there's overlap, we'll be working 
for cooperation rather than competition.   This isn't a contest, it's a community.

We're hoping that local groups will affiliate with multiple organizations, the 
more the merrier.  We are very happy to have you affiliate with both SAGE and 
LOPSA, ACM, IEEE, or whomever.  More contacts == more people involved == more 
resources for sysadmins.  All good!

BTW, the Usenix office would be happy to send up some Short Topics booklets, 
copies of login magazine, and fliers for upcoming conferences to you folks to 
hand out at meetings.   Drop me a note and let me know what you'd like and where 
to send it.  I see an Edmonds, WA address on the registrar record for 
seattle-sage.org, but I don't see a name with it, just "DNS Administrator".

I'm about to head out of town for the New Year holiday, but will be checking my 
mail over the weekend.  Let's chat about what we can do to help you folks line 
up speakers, refreshment sponsors, or what not.


PS- Wearing a slightly dusty hat as a former BayLISA Board member, I noticed 
that Jennifer Davis pinged you about BayLISA programs and mutual assistance.  I 
suspect it would be very easy for you folks to set up a program like the one 
BayLISA has set up, largely Jennifer's doing, where publishers send evaluation 
copies of technical and sysadmin books to give out to members in exchange for an 
organizational committment that some book reviews will be generated in response. 
  Lots of folks have been very happy down here to get access to some current and 
brand new books that are on-topic on Linux, TCP/IP programming, etc.

Strata R Chalup [KF6NBZ]                         strata "@" virtual.net
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