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Friday, May 4th, 2007
3:52 pm
Folks --

sysadminguild was created at a time when the state of SAGE (as a potential separaate entity from Usenix) and what would become LOPSA was in flux.

To that end, I'd like us all to pick up and move to lopsa. I've cut off new postings to this comm.

I realize that this group has been low traffic; I'd really like to see lopsa be a bit more active!

Take care,

Saturday, January 6th, 2007
11:07 am
For those interested in vintage computing, I put some rare DEC reference material that I found during a cleanup up on EBay. I'm more of a 3B2 gal when it comes to tinkering with the older stuff, so I will never use these, but they're invaluable for anyone who likes the old DEC machines. Auctions end next Thursday, go take a look.

Current Mood: mellow
Monday, December 11th, 2006
7:00 pm
SAGE Programs Manager Strata Chalup Resigns
Alva Couch (Secretary and Chair of SAGE Subcommittee, USENIX Board of Directors) writes to the sage-members mailing list:
Strata Rose Chalup has recently announced that she will be moving on from being SAGE Programs Manager. We wish her well in her new endeavors, and will miss her guidance, wisdom, and concern for the profession.

The USENIX Board of Directors passed a motion thanking Strata for her service to USENIX, SAGE, and the profession.

Meanwhile, Strata leaves SAGE in a very strong state. At this time, SAGE activities will be managed by Jane-Ellen Long, IS & Production Director for USENIX and SAGE, with more than a little help from Tony Del Porto, Senior Sysadmin for USENIX and SAGE, and oversight and guidance from Alva Couch and the other members of the SAGE subcommittee of the USENIX Board of Directors.

Thanks, Strata, for your significant contributions to SAGE. We appreciate your vision and commitment, and the future looks clear because of your efforts.

Alva L. Couch
Secretary and Chair of SAGE Subcommittee, USENIX Board of Directors
Friday, November 17th, 2006
8:15 pm
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
6:00 pm
SAGE, the Special Interest Group of the USENIX Association, has recently announced their latest website revamp. Check it out, and remember to send (constructive, please) commentary to them.

For those reading this who see the "old" SAGE green octothorpe logo, sorry, but I've not bothered to upgrade my LJ icon yet. It'll get changed, someday. Probably.
4:22 pm
Phoenix SysAdmin Days
LOPSA presents it's first-ever training program, Phoenix SysAdmin Days, a two day training workshop in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-7, 2006.

While intended for locals, anyone is invited to attend this event- and information-packed two day event.

Instructors include Tom Limoncelli, author of Time Management for System Administrators and co-author of The Practice of System and Network Administration, Mike Halligan, CTO of BitPusher, George Toft, CISSP, MSIS from myITaz.com, Jesse Trucks from IT Convergence.

Classes include: Change Management, Disaster Recovery, Windows Administration, Time Management for System Administrators, Advanced Security, Perl 6 and other interesting topics.

Registration is $488 until 10/15 with a discount for LOPSA members, $524 after that date.

Register online now.
Friday, July 28th, 2006
3:55 pm
Happy day to us.
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
9:10 pm
USENIX 2006 BoD Election Results
Forwarded without comment: The USENIX 2006 Board of Directors election results have been posted. All four officers ran unopposed, and 4 of the 5 at-large candidates were elected:
  • President — Michael B. Jones (469 yes votes, 120 abstentions, 14 no-vote-recorded)¹
  • Vice President — Clem Cole (525, 64, 14)
  • Secretary — Alva Couch (536, 48, 19)
  • Treasurer — Theodore Ts'o (551, 39, 13)
  • At-Large:
    • Margo Seltzer (534 votes)
    • Matt Blaze (471)
    • Niels Provos (418)
    • Rémy Evard (409)
Gerald Carter was not elected to an at-large seat (326 votes).
¹   The choices per candidate on the ballot were to (a) vote for, (b) abstain, or (c) not record a vote. It was not possible to vote against a candidate or to write-in an alternate candidate.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
11:17 am
LOPSA is here...
I've modified things to reflect the change to LOPSA. I've left Usenix included in the interests in the hopes that Usenix is able to maintain a good working relationship with LOPSA.


Current Mood: excited
Friday, November 18th, 2005
8:45 pm
Summary of Recent Actions
On one of the many mailing lists I'm on, someone asked the question:
Could someone please give me a two paragraph summary of what the heck is going on? I got lost at: Usenix cut SAGE off, newSAGE considering going its own way without Usenix.

Since several people have asked here (publicly and otherwise), I thought that an answer to that would be of interest. Trey Harris (formerly a SAGE Executive Committee member and officer, then a member of the Interim SAGE Board appointed to oversee the transition, and now a recently-elected member of what's become the LOPSA Board of Directors) wrote the following reply (posted with his permission and reformatted for LJ by Yours Truly):
Last June (2004), Rob Kolstad submitted his resignation as SAGE Executive Director. In response, the USENIX Board dissolved SAGE as an STG and turned it into a staff-driven program headed by Kolstad, dismissing the SAGE Exec. (Later, somewhat obscurely and without USENIX Board action, SAGE became a "Special Interest Group", but still under USENIX staff auspices.) The dissolution motion specified that USENIX would continue to run SAGE that way unless and until a new nonprofit formed and met certain requirements, at which time USENIX would spin SAGE off to that corporation. Shortly thereafter, David [Parter], Geoff [Halprin], Lorette Cheswick and I (the "Interim SAGE Board") together formed a new corporation ("The System Administrators Guild, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit") and began work on those requirements.

We completed the requirements (though there are some technical disputes about some of them), but the USENIX Board got legal advice that the structure of the original spin off motion, if completed, could put USENIX in danger of losing its nonprofit status. So they changed the requirements to include an "outsourcing agreement" whereby the new corporation would run SAGE on behalf of USENIX on a fee-for-service basis. The Interim Board was unable to reach agreement with USENIX before we held elections this July, and the permanent Board resumed negotiations, led by Andrew Hume.

The negotiations went poorly, as requirements kept getting added or changed by USENIX with no quid pro quo, and, exasperated, we sent a letter to USENIX (what they later called our "ultimatum") three weeks ago. It outlined three nonnegotiables: that the agreement had to be done effective Nov. 1; that we needed until the end of 2007 to pay back our outstanding debt; and that future disputes would be subject to binding arbitration rather than USENIX's sole discretion.

USENIX took up a motion to proceed with the agreement based on those nonnegotiables on Oct. 27. It failed on a tie vote, 4-4. At that point, we decided to proceed with building our new organization, regardless of whether negotiations continued with USENIX — but we believed they probably would, especially since at least 2 of the nay votes said they would vote for it given minor tweaks or additional information, and we only needed one additional vote.

We were thus rather surprised when USENIX President Mike Jones sent his memo to all SAGE members on Oct. 31, saying that negotiations had ceased and USENIX would be continuing SAGE as a staff program. Much heat, but little light, erupted on the sage-members list (and the new sage-governance list, which Mike created to shunt traffic about this topic to, a goal which mostly failed). Significantly, no official statement from USENIX as a whole (rather than just from individual members) ever came, even to confirm that Mike was speaking for the Board in his memo.

In the past week, meanwhile, we launched our website (lopsa.org), announced our new name (the League of Professional System Administrators, LOPSA), chose a logo and color scheme, began accepting members (http://lopsa.org/joinup), set up a number of mailing lists, and have received dozens of new sponsorships and memberships. The #sage-members IRC channel moved en masse to #lopsa, and Chris held an IRC press conference/open meeting to answer questions. It's been quite a week.

We'll have a presence at LISA, but not an official one, since we're no longer "newSAGE". (We will have the official party cabana, though. ;-) We're still open to any overtures USENIX might make, but we're not counting on it at this point — we're making a go of it on our own.
Originally posted Thu 17 Nov 2005 22:25:24 PST
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
8:19 pm
LOPSA Logo: Blue
The winning color is blue. Thanks for voting!
Monday, November 14th, 2005
7:52 pm
LOPSA and the Logo
As mizmoose said earlier, please check out the League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA), whose mission is to advance the practice of system administration; to support, recognize, educate, and encourage its practitioners; and to serve the public through education and outreach on system administration issues.

If you register with the site before Tuesday evening (US time) November 15th, you get a chance to provide input as to what the color and format of the logo (see? there's a draft version¹ attached to this posting!) will be. Sick of the old sage green color palette? Choose blue, gold, or plum, and you can even rank how much or little you like each.

¹   Logo and colors subject to change, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited by law, your mother swims after troop ships, batteries not included, etc. etc. etc.

Current Mood: busy
4:37 pm
LOPSA: The League of Professional System Administrators
The group formerly known as "newSAGE" is now known as LOPSA.

Take a look at this growing site, join up, and help develop this new organization.
Monday, November 7th, 2005
8:35 pm
USENIX Denies Motion to Spin SAGE Off
According to the November 5, 2005 memo, USENIX has denied SAGE's right to exist as an independent organization.
Friday, August 5th, 2005
10:05 am
LISA 2005 Conference Blog
The LISA 2005 program chair, David N. Blank-Edelman, has a behind-the-scenes conference blog at http://blog.lisaconference.org if you're interested in such things. (Thanks to yesthattom for the link.)
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
11:00 pm
SAGE Salary Survey Open
The published results of the annual SAGE salary survey are a major benefit SAGE membership. This year's survey covers the July 2004 through June 2005 timeframe.

Please participate and encourage all your computer administrator colleagues, friends, and acquaintances to complete the survey as well! Increased participation does nothing but improve the accuracy of the survey as a snapshot of compensation and other issues.

Our beta testers have unanimously confirmed the 17-20 minute timeframe for completing all the questions.

Rob anticipates distributing the results in August.

Find the survey at http://www.sage.org/salsur.

Current Mood: surveyful
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
5:00 pm
SAGE Election Results (Final)
The election results are in. Congratulations to Andrew Hume, Chris Palmer, David Parter, Doug Hughes, Geoff Halprin, Pat Wilson, Stephen Potter, Tom Perrine, Trey Harris.

Current Mood: electoraliffic
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
10:30 am
SAGE Elections Start Friday -- Join by Monday and Vote!
Two things, for those who read their SAGE news here instead of on the sage-members mailing list, the stolen-and-mangled SAGEweb, or the little-used SAGEwire. First, the elections for the new 9-member Board of Directors of the new organization are coming! Quoting Greg Rose, chair of the Leadership Committee (though reformatted for LiveJournal by me):
The SAGE Leadership Committee has completed fielding a list of candidates for the new SAGE Board, formally known as the Board of The System Administrators Guild, Incorporated. The election is scheduled to take place electronically, beginning on June 17th, 2005, closing 17:00 PDT June 24th 2005.

Candidate statements and some other election details are available at: http://www.sage-members.org/election. This is also the URL to start at when the voting begins on Friday.

The following is the official list of candidates for this election (with an attempt at thwarting address harvesting):
Andrew Hume <andrew AT this host: research.att.com>
Chris Palmer <palmer AT this host: azuen.net>
David Parter <dparter AT this host: cs.wisc.edu>
Doug Hughes <doug.hughes AT this host: eng.auburn.edu>
Gabriel Krabbe <gabe AT this host: rtfs.de>
Geoff Halprin <geoff AT this host: sysadmin.com.au>
Lorette Cheswick <lepac AT this host: cheswick.com>
Matthew Barr <mbarr AT this host: mbarr.net>
Pat Wilson <paw AT this host: ucsd.edu>
Steve Misrack <steve AT this host: yourservice.com>
Steve Potter <stephen_p_potter AT this host: bankone.com>
Tom Perrine <tep AT this host: scea.com>
Trey Harris <trey AT this host: eecs.harvard.edu>
Candidates statements are already up.

This election for the SAGE Board is very important. For one thing, it is required to form the new SAGE! SAGE might not have achieved all you wanted in the past, so this is the time to set the course of the new organization. We strongly encourage you to read the candidates' statements, correspond with them on the SAGE mailing list, and generally do whatever it takes for you to be informed... and then vote!
Second, quoting Trey Harris (Interim Director):
The SAGE Interim Board has extended the date by which you must be a member in good standing in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election for the SAGE Board of Directors.

The new date is Monday, June 20, 2005, at 12 noon PDT.

Please note the following:
  1. Renewals take effect nearly immediately, but new memberships may take up to two business days — please allow extra time.

  2. Whether or not you need to renew, please take this opportunity to ensure you know your password, by visiting the following page: https://db.usenix.org/cgi-bin/memb/cardverify.cgi

  3. If you renew your membership OR change your password between Friday, June 3, 2005, and Monday, June 20, 2005, you will not be able to vote until Wednesday, June 22.

  4. Password changes after Monday, June 20, 2005, at 12 noon PDT will not be reflected on the voting server.

Current Mood: electoral
Sunday, March 13th, 2005
1:00 pm
USENIX Annual Technical Conference
The USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2005 is coming up: April 10–15th in Anaheim, CA.

This year's program includes 5 days of training by industry experts such as Ted Ts'o, Gerald Carter, Æleen Frisch, and Marcus Ranum; keynote address by historian George Dyson; and technical sessions including General Session and FREENIX/Open Source Refereed Papers, Invited Talks, and Guru Sessions.

Register by March 21 and save up to $300!
Thursday, May 13th, 2004
6:30 pm
SAGE Salary Survey
Please fill out the 2003 SAGE Salary Survey at http://newweb.sage.org/salsur at your earliest convenience.
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