The UNIX® CRONicle

April 1997

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, April 9, 1997 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial "Database Normalization" by Mike Kriz
7:00 PM Call For Help (An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group)

7:15 PM Social, off-line conversations, & book sales

7:30 PM Presentation "IP networking for mixed Unix and Microsoft environments" by John Crain, Maryville Data Systems


"IP networking for mixed Unix and Microsoft environments" by John Crain of Maryville Data Systems

John Crain from Maryville Data Systems will present on IP networking for mixed Unix and Microsoft environments. He will describe how DNS, Wins, and DHCP interact and present suggestions for architecting a seamless name space between TCP/IP and NetBIOS.

John has been with Maryville as a System Engineer for about two years. His prior experiences include running a five-state Unix network for a division of Southwestern Bell and working as a design and support engineer for the voice mail provider Octel.


"Datbase Normalization" by Mike Kriz

Upcoming Meetings

Main Meeting April 9, 1996 at 6:30 PM

Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester
St. Louis, MO

Steering Committee April 15, 1996 at 6:00 PM

Daugherty Systems
One City Place (2nd floor)
Creve Coeur, MO

Linux SIG April 17, 1996 at 7:00 PM
Linux Administration, by Matthew Feldt, Linux SIG Chair (or stool)

Bridgeton Trails Public Library
3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO 63044

CTI SIG April 2, 1996 at 6:30 PM
An Historical Perspective on Computer Telephony, by Ken Scott and John Jones of Telescan

Bridgeton Trails Public Library
3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO 63044

Meeting Directions

The STL!/unix/usr/group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester Blvd, just east of Hanley on Manchester.

Directions From Downtown

  1. Take 40 West to the Hanley exit.
  2. Turn left (south) onto Hanley.
  3. Turn left (east) onto Manchester, then turn right ASAP into the Sunnen Products driveway.

The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur.

The SLUUG Linux SIG (SLUUGLS) meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Bridgeton Trails Public Library.

The SLUUG CTI SIG (SLUUG CiTI) meets the 1st Wednesday of every month, location to be announced.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

As our membership grows, we have had some inquiries about the possibility of having Special Interest Groups in several areas. If you are interested in starting or participating in a SIG for System Administration, Networking, C, Object Oriented Programming, a specific vendor, etc., please call Dave Mills at 230-5151, extension 103, or contact any officer of the group.

St. Louis Unix Users Group - Linux SIG (SLUUGLS)

PRESENTATION: Now that your Linux machine is up and running, how do you perform routine maintenance? Matthew Feldt, Chair of the St. Louis Unix Users Group - Linux SIG will describe Unix system administration with an emphasis on Linux.

This presentation will cover:

and more...

If you are new to Linux, this presentation will introduce some essential system administration concepts.

Bridgeton Trails Public Library
3455 McKelvey Road

From 270: Exit St. Charles Rock Road east,
make right onto McKelvey Road,
Library is on the right (west) hand side of McKelvey.
From Lindberg: Exit St. Charles Rock Road west,
make left onto McKelvey Road,
Library is on the right (west) hand side of McKelvey.

For more information on SLUUGLS refer to the WWW home page for the group at or contact Matthew Feldt at

Computer Telephony Integration User's Group (SLUUG CiTI)

Ken Scott and John Jones of Telescan will present an Historical Perspective on Computer Telephony at the next CTI User's Group. Topics include not only computer telephony, but the traditional answering service. Past, present, and the future direction of the industry will also be discussed. Telescan is a St. Louis-based company, that has been manufacturing and marketing computer telephony systems for the telephone answering market and related industries since 1976.

Additionally, CTI User's Group - Group Manager Tony Zafiropoulos will discuss the most recent International Computer Telephony Expo that took place in early March in Los Angeles. Tony will elaborate on the new technologies of the industry and other words of wisdom from Harry Newton.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 2, 1997; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (approx)
Location: Bridgeton Trails Library (Rm #1) - 3455 McKelvey Road
St. Louis, MO (one block south of St. Charles Rock Road)
(see map at
Cost: None. New members welcomed monthly free of charge.
Note: All 1997 meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information on SLUUG CiTI contact Tony Zafiropoulos at or (314)537-3959.

ITEC '97 Expo Update

by Dave Mills & Chris Wanta

Its official! John Zukowski, author of "Java AWT Reference" will speak on May 21 and May 22. (A big 'thank you' to Kerri Bonasch of O'Reilly & Associates for all her help!) Also Matthew Feldt, our Linux SIG Manager, will present "Linux as a web server," and Hewlett-Packard will have a presentation on UNIX/NT applications.

ITEC '97 continues to take on form and looks to be the best show we have done to date. Mark your calendars!...May 21 and 22... And remember we can provide free tickets (hopefully at the April meeting) as well as online registration and online tickets. "How to get free tickets" will be posted on the web. Please get your tickets from us.

IF YOU PRE-REGISTER with ASM online, please be sure to indicate that you are with SLUUG and not your own company, as they will be tracking our attendance this year and we want a strong showing (it helps to reduce our costs).

Visit the web site ( for information about working the booth, administrative progress, and general information including presentation updates. Stop by often as it is updated almost daily.

Our booth will be located against the wall adjacent to the entrance this year (Booth #1077). Traffic should be high and we will need all the volunteers we can get. Please consider working the booth, even if you can only spare an hour. Let us know even if it is tentative. Sign up on the web, tell Dave Mills or Chris Wanta at the meeting(s), or send email to or

It looks like we have an excellent event in store this year. We hope to see all of you there.


by Rich Seibel

SLUUG has a deal for you. We will be raffling off a Linux machine in June. Tickets will be available at the regular meetings for $1 each. Watch for them and win your own UNIX machine.

This is the opportunity you expected isn't it?

New Linux SIG Machine

by Matthew Feldt

Thanks to members of the St. Louis Unix Users Group - Linux SIG and the new SLUUG Corporate Sponsor representative the following hardware was donated and assembled into the SLUUG Linux server. This server will be showing up on the network soon.

I am still trying to get the following to work with Linux:

St. Louis UNIX Users Group Steering Committee

The SLUUG Steering Committee meets the Tuesday following the general 2nd Wednesday meeting at 6:00 PM in the 2nd floor training room of Daugherty Systems, One City Place in Creve Coeur. The guard can direct you to the meeting location. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to become more involved in the planning of SLUUG, feel free to join us at the next Steering Committee meeting. Meetings usually last 1.5 to 2 hours.


For more information about sponsoring the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, contact Ed Wehner

SLUUG on the World Wide Web

The St. Louis UNIX Users Group maintains a WWW page at Visit us to learn more about who we are and what we do, visit other UNIX user groups' WWW pages, sign up for a SIG, or just to browse.


We publish other user group meeting schedules on a reciprocal basis. If you are a member of another non-profit group, please inform them of our policy and invite them to exchange meeting information with, or call any of the SLUUG officers.

St. Louis Internet Users Group

The next St. Louis Internet User's Group meeting will be Tuesday, April 1, 1997 at 6:30 PM at One City Place, Lower Auditorium. Directions on how to get to One City Place are available at

Don't miss the next STL Internet Users Group Meeting. One of our members, Jeff Barczewski, will be discussing Web Site Production & Personalization systems along with the introduction of First Tracks, a new product his company (SnowFlight Corporation) has been developing. This will be the first public disclosure of the SnowFlight Web Production System, so come out and show your support. There will be several door prizes donated by SnowFlight, and all attendees will be eligible for the First Tracks Beta Program. Additionally contributing beta testers will receive a free copy of the release product when it ships Q2 1997.

Topic: Next Generation Web Content Production Systems deliver highly manageable personalized content at a fraction of the current cost. A survey of existing systems and the debut of a new offering from St. Louis based SnowFlight Corporation.

Speaker: Jeff Barczewski, President & Founder of SnowFlight Corporation

For more information contact Jeff Barczewski:

Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM, auditorium, lower level, One City Place on Olive Street Road in Creve Coeur.

Contact: Jym Barnes at (314)926-8672 ( or visit their Web home page,

Washington University Information Management Lecture Series: "Objects are the Advantage -- for Companies and Careers," by Jerry Porter, Ph.D.

Object Oriented (OO) technology is hot! It's a proven competitive advantage for many companies. People with object experience are in very high demand. Find out why objects are not a fad. Learn why objects are more productive for analysis, design, and development. Sure, C++, Delphi, Java, and the Internet are OO. But now we even have OO COBOL. Learn how you can get started and hear about some leading-edge examples of OO applications.

Jerry Porter is an OO consultant with Insight Technology Group in St. Louis. He previously worked in the Object Technology Resource Center at Southwestern Bell Telephone. He is a co-founder and last year's president of the St. Louis OO User Group. Jerry is an Affiliate Professor in the Master of Information Management program at the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

When: Monday, April 14, 1997
6:00-6:30 PM, Light Refreshments
6:30-8:00 PM, Presentation and Discussion

Where: Washington University West Campus Conference Center

To RSVP, call (314)935-5484.


Address Changes
and Membership
Klaus Mueller Home: +1 (573) 334-6477
331 S Spring Ave
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

BBS Questions Jim (Knight) Ford

Corporate Sponsors Ed Wehner

Editorial team:

Publisher: Sanjiv Bhatia Home: (314)519-9272
Work: (314)516-6520
FAX: (314)516-5400

Editor: Steve Totten Home: (618)931-0037

O'Reilly Books Fred Govier Work: (314)342-7846

Presentations Rich Seibel Home: (314)878-0394
Work: (314)515-2725

Steering Committee
Gary Meyer Home: (314)781-8644

SLUUG Treasurer Steve Pautz

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Computer Telephone
Integration (CTI)
Tony Zafiropoulos

Linux Matthew Feldt Home: (314)429-5433

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