[SASAG] Next Meeting is Thursday, April 13

Scott McDermott scottm at octaldream.com
Mon Apr 10 06:00:00 PDT 2006

The next Seattle Area System Administrator's Guild meeting is
Thursday, March 9, 2006 at 7pm.

There will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.  Check them out
at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the University
of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the EE Department's
web site below. Parking is $4 after 4pm.

  Next meeting: Thursday April 13, 2006 at 7:00 PM
         Topic: Is Entropy Winning? - Drowning in The Data Tsunami 
                or "You are in a maze of bits, all alike."
       Speaker: Lee Damon
      Location: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
                Room 403
                University of Washington Campus
    Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/directions.html
      Web Site: http://www.seattle-sage.org/

We're drowning under a wave of data and don't even know it yet. With large
disks being so much cheaper than time it is very tempting to buy more disk
instead of cleaning up and sorting old data. As data space expands we will
start losing track of - and thus losing - our data. Archival backups add  
complexity to this already confusing situation then toss in security and  
availability for some spice. Where is this going and how can we handle it
in the face of millions of gigabytes of 'old cruft'?

We need to pay attention as data is generated, collected, collated and    
organized to make sure we can find it again. Librarians have been dealing
with data classification and organization for thousands of years. We can  
learn a few things from them.

Speaker Bio:

Lee Damon has a B.S. in Speech Communication from Oregon State University.
He has been a UNIX system administrator since 1985 and has been active in
SAGE since its inception. He assisted in developing a mixed AIX/SunOS 
environment at IBM Watson Research and has developed mixed environments   
for Gulfstream Aerospace and QUALCOMM.

He is currently leading the development effort for the Nikola project at  
the University of Washington Electrical Engineering department. Among 
other professional activities he is a charter member of LOPSA and SAGE,   
past chair of the SAGE Ethics and Policies working groups, and chaired    
LISA '04.


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

The Seattle Area System Administrator's Guild (SASAG) is a local group
for system & network administrators in Greater Seattle Area.  We are a
local chapter of both SAGE and LOPSA, but membership in either 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.

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