The UNIX® CRONicle

October 1997

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, October 8, 1997 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial "TBD"
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 "Continuously Available UNIX" by Sue Ames, Stratus Computer, Inc.


"Continuously Available UNIX" by Sue Ames, Stratus Computer, Inc.

Stratus Computer, Inc. manufactures and sells Continuously Available UNIX Platforms, based on their hardware fault-tolerant design. The architecture of the Continuum 400 hardware platform and the operating systems, FTX and HP-UX, will be presented.

Sue Ames, Systems Engineer with Stratus Computer, Inc., will be the presenter. Sue has implemented the FTX platform at several accounts. Sue is currently working on implementation of the Continuum 400 running HP-UX at various sites. Prior to joining Stratus in 1994, Sue was employed by Wang Government Services, Inc., (formally known as Honeywell Federal Systems) in McLean, VA for 12 years. At HFSI, Sue was responsible for system implementation at non-Department of Defense sites, such as the US Senate, Kennedy Space Center, Veterans Administration Regional Offices, and Department of Justice.



Upcoming Meetings

Main Meeting October 8, 1996 at 6:30 PM

Sunnen Products
7910 Manchester
St. Louis, MO

Steering Committee October 14, 1996 at 6:00 PM

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

Linux SIG October 16, 1996 at 7:00 PM

Visit the Linux SIG home page ( for the latest meeting details.

CTI SIG October 1, 1996 at 6:30 PM

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.

(NOTE: A security guard from Sunnen is scheduled to be at the door from 6:20 PM to 7:20 PM to allow entry. After 7:20, the door will be unattended and attendees may not be able to enter.)

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 Indian Trails Public Library.

The SLUUG CTI SIG (SLUUG CiTI) meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Bridgeton Trails Public Library.

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)

Visit the Linux SIG home page ( for the latest meeting details.

Indian Trails Public Library
8400 Delport Drive
(at Midland)

From 170: Exit Page east to North-South Rd., go left on North-South Rd. to Midland,
go left on Midland one block to Delport, the Library is on your left
(see map at

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)

Octel To Appear At Next CTI User's Group

Octel will discuss OpenOverture, the powerful combination of high-performance, telephony-grade servers and flexible open systems/data network technology. OpenOverture delivers:

Octel Communications is the leader in providing voice messaging and call processing capabilities to corporations, businesses and institutions worldwide. Its worldwide leadership extends to over 70 countries and includes more than 40 million Octel mailboxes. The company holds numerous patents, including the pioneering patents in voice mail, automated attendant and unified messaging.

The Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) Users Group is a non-profit organization open to developers, end-users, sales people, and others who share the common interest of melding the telecommunications and computing worlds.

Next meeting date/time: Wednesday, October 1, 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.

Digital Alpha SIG

The Digital Alpha SIG is for those interested in Digital UNIX and the DEC Alpha architecture. Visit the Digital Alpha SIG's home at for more information.

"Exploring JAVA" (2nd Edition), by Pat Neimeyer

The long awaited second edition of St. Louis' own Pat Neimeyer's "Exploring JAVA" book (O'Reilly & Associates, publisher) is now available. Come to the October meeting and be the first in St. Louis to get this edition. Independent reviews in national magazines rated the first edition as one of the best JAVA books available. And, the second edition is greatly expanded.

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 Java SIG

This month's meeting will consist of three short talks about various Java topics. Each speaker will be given a 30 minute time slot, part of which will be left open for group discussion. If you would like to volunteer for one of these time slots, please send email to, or call Eric Burke at (314)579-0066.

One of the speakers will be Dr. Jeff Cromwell, an application developer for Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. in St. Louis. Jeff is completing a client/server Internet application for a client that uses Java to send and receive data from a Visual C++ server. The application is designed to allow school districts and other organizations to post information to the server to inform students (via Java clients) with information regarding school closings, high school sports scores, etc.

Jeff will be talking about the overall communication framework--Java clients talking to C++ servers.

Next meeting details:

  When:    Thursday, October 9, 1997, 6:30 PM
  Where:   Novell, Inc., 600 Emerson Road, Suite 203
  Topic:   "Three short Java talks"

Be sure to visit the Java SIG's Web site at for the latest news about the Java SIG and an updated schedule of events. The Web site also includes presentation slides from previous meetings, a form for subscribing to the Java SIG mailing list, and a map to the meeting location. You may direct any questions about the Java SIG to

Computer Measurement Group

The topic for the October meeting of the St. Louis Computer Measurement Group (CMG) is "NT Performance and Capacity Planning." The meeting is sponsored by Microsoft and is free of charge. The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at the J. C. Penny Continuing Education Building on the campus of the University of Missouri - St. Louis. For more information, contact Sharon Seabaugh, General American Life Insurance,, phone (314)525-5064.


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 Dave Dickerson

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

Submitting Articles to the SLUUG CRONicle

If you would like to submit an article to the CRONicle of general interest to the members of the St. Louis UNIX Users Group, email it to The deadline for article submissions is two weeks before the next main meeting.


The St. Louis UNIX Users Group has a new P.O. box. All official correspondence with SLUUG should now be sent to:

    St. Louis UNIX Users Group
    P.O. Box 1184
    Fenton, MO  63026-1184