The UNIX® CRONicle

May 2000

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Next Meeting Details

Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 6:30 PM
Sunnen Products, 7910 Manchester

6:30 PM Tutorial Emacs - by Stanford (Stan) Baldwin
6:30 PM Guru's Gathering Favorite Web Sites - hosted by Jeff
7:00 PM Announcements (Standard Introductions & Procedure )

7:05 PM Call For Help (An opportunity for you to ask technical questions of the group)

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

7:20 PM Admittance to building may no longer be possible See Meeting Directions

7:30 PM Presentation DVD Technology by Matthew Cowan from HEURIS


EMACS - Stan Baldwin


Uuuh, EMACS - Eight Meg And Constantly Swapping?

We can tell the world, (or at least our little corner of it) that ...

This month's UNIX tutorial will be given by Stan Baldwin, a seasoned UNIX user and system administrator.

He has been using UNIX since the dark ages of PDP-11 and ADM-3A and having evolved from the primordial ooze of 'ed' thru the puberty of 'vi' and into the higher life form of emacs, he will be attempting to lift the rest of us to this pinnacle of the evolutionary ladder. Come and evolve with us "Leaving Puberty and entering Emacs".

Guru Gathering

Favorite Web Site(s) - Hosted by Jeff Grigg


Favorite Web Site(s)

What's your favorite web site? Where to you go for the most useful information relating to your work and outside interests? Print a few pages from your one "best" web site, and share your experiences on how the site helps you. The results will be compiled for inclusion in the newsletter.

This Gathering of Gurus (GoG) is an informal discussion group of people with similar degrees of experience and common interests for open discussion. They would rather talk with peers than sit quietly and listen to the tutorial. Anyone may attend, and discussion is encouraged.

Ideas for future discussions are welcomed; please send


DVD Technology by Matthew Cowan HEURIS


As engineering manager, Matthew Cowan heads the HEURIS development team. Currently, he oversees software design and implementation of all of HEURIS products including the award winning MPEG Power Professional.

Recognized throughout the world for his technical expertise in video compression, Mr. Cowan has represented HEURIS at many technical working groups such as the Adobe Developer Kitchen and has worked with advanced engineering teams from Apple, Sun, Intel and Microsoft. Mr. Cowan has also produced several notable multimedia projects including interactive CD-ROMs, web sites and other interactive programs. Mr. Cowan holds a Bachelors in Computer Science with a minor in Graphic Design from Washington University.


Mr. Cowan will be speaking about a variety of topics related to DVD technology including what DVD is, what DVD is used for, how video and audio compression technology relate to the format, the basics of a VOB and the future of the DVD format. In addition, Mr. Cowan will speak about the new RT + RW format and what it will mean for the DVD marketplace.

Maybe not totally UNIX, but some really cool current technology.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, HEURIS is the developer of the most widely used professional software MPEG encoder, MPEG Power Professional. This award-winning, cross-platform software product is the first MPEG encoder to deliver the features and encoding quality demanded by professionals, without the expensive hardware. MPEG Power Professional is used by professional video editors and other creators of digital content to convert video, film, animation, special effects and graphics clips into MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams. MPEG is used with CD-ROMs, DVDs, video kiosks, and over the Internet. HEURIS has been working with MPEG since 1991, and its customers include: The Colorado Rockies, Sea World, The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, Taco Bell Corporation, The Home Depot, AT&T Labs, IBM, Boeing, Vanderbilt University, Boston Museum of Science and the U.S. Military. HEURIS can be found on the World Wide Web at

Special Promotion(s)

blue triangle right Title of the Month

The 25% discount special will be on any EMACS, Linux book and any NutShell book 10% discount on all other books.

All regularly priced titles are 10% off retail cost at the general meeting.
(Excludes featured, or specially priced or promotional items)
O'Reilly Logo

The O'Reilly and Associates line of books is available at each monthly general meeting as a convenience to our members.

Each month features a book related to that month's presentation or tutorial topic.

Discounts off retail cost are offered to all members and each month's featured book(s) may be additionally discounted. Usually, all titles are discounted 10%, while special titles are discounted 25%.

Upcoming Events

  • [Not part of SLUUG]
  • May 3, 2000 at 6:00 PM
    Edward Jones Usability Center
    Maryland Heights, MO ( near 270 & Dorsett)

    Perl Mongers
  • [Not part of SLUUG]
  • May 4, 2000 at 7:00 PM
    --> ( TOPICS: ) To Be Announced
    CAIT, Training Room 024,
    5 N Jackson Ave at Forsythe Blvd,
    Clayton, MO

    [St. Louis UNIX Users Group stuff]
    SLUUG General Meeting May 10, 2000 at 6:30 PM
    Sunnen Products
    7910 Manchester (at Hanley)
    St. Louis, MO

    [Don't forget about this stuff]
    Steering Committee May 16, 2000 at 6:00 PM
    Daugherty Systems
    One City Place (2nd floor)
    Creve Coeur, MO

    Linux SIG May 18, 2000 at 7:00 PM
    ( TOPIC: ) Something Really Good by Some One
    Indian Trails Library
    8400 Delport Drive (at Midland)
    St. Louis, MO

    ITEC May 23-24, 2000
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day
    Booth # 1535 & room # 125
    To avoid standing in line pre-register at
    Please designate association with SLUUG!
    701 Convention Plaza
    St. Louis, MO

    Perl Mongers June 7, 2000

    SLUUG General Meeting June 14, 2000

    Linux SIG June 15, 2000

    Steering Committee June 20, 2000

    KC Linuxfest June 20-24, 2000
    Overland Park, KS

    4th Linux Showcase Aug 10-14, 2000
    Cobb Galleria
    Atlanta, GA

    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.

    See map at

    (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 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.

    See map at

    Article(s): The following article(s) express(es) personal opinions and SLUUG exerts no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or Content expressed herein are those of the respective author(s) and not necessarily supported by SLUUG. SLUUG does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.
    ITEC 2000 Volunteer Progress!
    by Anonymous Lurker

    ITEC (Information Technology Expositions and Conferences) Expo 2000:

    This year's ITEC Expo will be at the America's Center downtown on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, the 23rd and 24th of May. The show runs from 10am to 4pm each day.

    Our participation at ITEC allows us to let a lot of people know of the group's existence. Every year people that have been living in St. Louis first learn about our group from the ITEC booth.

    * Our O'Reilly & Associates books will be sold there. The ITEC show sales volume generated is one of the reasons we continue to be able to offer the ORA books at our meetings.

    * ITEC Volunteers Training
    All ITEC volunteers should be at Sunnen Products at 7:00PM on 5/10/2000 for a 30 minute booth instruction meeting. (This will occur simultaneously with the tutorial and the Guru Gathering at our regular meeting.) This meeting will be especially important for those who have signed up for book sales.

    We know that Sunnen meeting space and privacy will be stressed as we have simultaneous meetings, but we will have better success at the regular meeting where many members will attend anyway. * Even though free tickets for the members should be available at our 10 May SLUUG general meeting it is recommended that you pre-register.

    Refer to for general show info. If you pre-register indicate "SLUUG member" in remarks.

    We have had considerable committee activity preparing for the ITEC show. Up to date information can be gathered best from our mailing list. Along with these efforts general SLUUG (and Linux SIG!) member volunteers are needed to step up planning and finding tutorials and presentations for the monthly general meetings that follow. That is what we must do to keep new and old members coming back month after month.

    We still need our booth #1535 and presentation room #125 to be staffed by our membership. If you can come to the show, plan an hour (or more ;-) to work our booth. Even one hour will give someone in the booth a break. It can be quite an enjoyable time. But the booth is not all of where we still need help, we always need volunteers to do other things.

    * We have a calendar dedicated to scheduling volunteers. The URL is at
    The Group Login ID is 'ITEC'
    The password is 'ITEC'

    The ITEC Committee looks forward to hearing from you.

    Members should send for details.

    Linux SIG Chairperson
    by Gary Meyer

    Matthew Feldt is moving to Cleveland and announced his imminent departure from the Linux SIG. He will continue to work with Firstar and will be in St. Louis often.

    Matt asked the Linux Special Interest Group if anyone would be interested in assuming the role as chair and Matthew Porter volunteered. Matthew appears to be quite enthusiastic and technically competent. He has also offered assistance in the past so is believed to be responsive in administering the group. Additionally, Steve and Kara Pritchard have also volunteered. Because of their involvment with other Linux user groups they are highly favored. Matthew Feldt will begin the transition of the SIG over to hopefully the best working combination of Matthew, Steve and Kara.

    We are all sorry that Matt is leaving. He has done a fantastic job with the Linux SIG, and we are sure that anyone who takes over after his departure will long benefit from the hard work he has put into making the SIG such a success. We've often been envious that the Linux SIG attendance usually exceeded the general Unix meeting.


    If Windoze is the answer - the question must be wrong. - Dr. Ing. Roland Krause

    Winner: Best Local Y2K Story

    Despite a rather inadequate summation of the story by the editor Ed Wehner's story was selected as the winner. The prize was a most appropriate copy of the O"Reilly book "Year 2000 in a Nutshell".

    For your enjoyment his story is presented as follows:

    It was about 11:30 PM New Years Eve. I was on my way to work to "baby sit" the systems during the roll over to 2000. I decided to pick up a soda on my way into the office. Usually I stop by the Texaco Station on the corner of M & P by my house. Unfortunately, they were closed due to the Holiday. There are a couple of convience store further down M so I headed off on a quick hunt.

    After finding an open Convience Shop, I went in and filled up my 32 OZ cup. I got in the car and started heading for work. Suddenly I saw the all too familiar red and white lights in my mirror. I pulled over and the officer politely introduced himself and asked for my license and insurance card. Being equally as polite I produced them for his examination.

    "Did you realize you were going 8 miles over the speed limit on M?" He asked.

    Staring in disbelief at my speedometer, I replied with a weak apology for my dastardly deed.

    He examined my documents briefly and inquired about my point of origin and destination. I explained that I had stopped to get a soft drink and was on my way to work. He paused for a minute, looking at the paperwork, and returned to his car, presumably to check the authenticity of my documents.

    In a short time he returned with his clip board and my documents.

    "Are you really going to work?" he asked. Probably not convinced that I was telling the truth.

    I explained that I worked with the computers at my company. It was like a light suddenly went on in his head. It was quarter till midnight on the infamous Y2K roll-over night! What disaster might strike of he delayed my arrival at the appointed time?

    "Oh, You need to get to work don't you?" I could sense the apprehension in his voice.

    I nodded politely.

    "We'll let it go this time, please watch your speed over here. Now go fix your computers!" He handed me back my License and Insurance card then motioned for me to be on my way.

    I thanked him and resumed my journey to work to save the world from the destructive consequences of the Y2K bug.

    This was the first and probably last time my profession got me out of a traffic ticket. Oh to be a Doctor!!! :)

    Ed Wehner

    Personal Commentary submitted by Almost Anybody

    The following PERSONAL COMMENTARY expresses personal opinions and SLUUG exerts no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or Content expressed herein are those of the respective author and not necessarily supported by SLUUG. SLUUG does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

    The things most people want to know are usually none of their business.
    - - Mark Twain

    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)
    Follow 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 by

    Computer Telephony Integration User's Group (SLUUG CiTI)

    The CTI SIG is no longer having regular meetings and is currently using a web-board format.

    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.

    For more information on SLUUG CiTI contact Tony Zafiropoulos by or (314)878-9855.

    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.

    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.


  • Analysts International
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Bradford & Galt
  • CIBER, Inc.
  • Cypress Systems, Ltd.
  • Daugherty Systems
  • Informix Corporation
  • Maryville Data Systems, Inc.
  • O'Reilly & Associates
  • Phoenix Networks
  • Phoenix Networks
  • Renaissance Worldwide, Inc.
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Stopka & Associates
  • Sunnen Products
  • Sykes Enterprises, Inc.
  • Triple-I Corporation
  • Venmar Systems, Inc.

  • The Law Offices of Rich McLennan, send

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

    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.

    SLUUG Administration is volunteer based.

    SLUUG is looking for volunteers to help with presentations, web page development, managing corporate sponsorships, and many other tasks. If you would like to help out contact Gary Meyer by


    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 by, or call any of the SLUUG officers.


    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 Stan Reichardt Home: (314)298-1183
    O'Reilly Books Dave Mills Work: (314)230-5151, extension 103
    Presentations Open Position Send info/ideas by
    Steering Committee
    Gary Meyer Home: (314)781-8644
    SLUUG Secretary Rich Seibel
    SLUUG Treasurer Mike Kriz
    Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

    Computer Telephony
    Integration (CTI)
    Tony Zafiropoulos Phone: (314)878-9855
    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,send The deadline for article submissions is two weeks before the next general meeting.

    SLUUG PO Box

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

        St. Louis UNIX Users Group
        P.O. Box 411302
        Creve Coeur Post Office
        St. Louis, MO  63141-9998