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status: drunken master

Wed Aug 23 20:58:26 EDT 2006

DRUNKEN MASTER
 501c3 TAX EXEMPT STATUS
 GYM SLEEP
 XEN
 SPAM
 FRED'S JOEL LINK
 BUDGET MEETING
 TIDYING
 CONTROL PANEL
 POWER
 
 DRUNKEN MASTER
 The August alumni and fellow traveler reunion had more high points than 
 I have fingers to count them on. Chris Sacca shared some redhat gossip 
 about RPM.
 
 Cary introduced his new dog[1], a  Labradoodle [2] and also some 
 accidental levity when I found myself lead to the wrong blind guy.(who 
 lives in my building)
 
 	[1] http://www.guidedog.org/Progserv/guidels.htm
 	[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labradoodle
 
 The high point of the evening was Josh Harding's drunken master [3] 
 performance at foosball. [4] After three pints of dark alcohol rich 
 beer, Josh simultaneously held a conversation with and defeated the 
 three people playing against him.
 
 	[3] http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/drunken_master_2.htm
 	[4] http://www.ehow.com/how_16974_play-foosball.html
 
 In his spare time, Josh is also our BOD president. Perhaps our next 
 president will be required to defeat Josh at foosball.
 
 501c3 TAX EXEMPT STATUS
 Mrs Smith said "I decided to take the chance and approve your 
 application." A few days latter we got the official letter.
 
 All the money people gave us this year is tax deductible.
 
 We are eligible for more grants.
 
 We get audited in three years.
 
 GYM
 It has been almost (2) weeks that most of us have been making it to the 
 University's gym most of the time. For now, we're just doing laps. 
 (never less than 4/5 of us in the office now)
 
 Tomorrow, we will see a group personal trainer. She will access our 
 physical condition. (more laps?) and train us.
 
 The lab bought memberships for John, Kamala and I and paid for 15 
 training sessions for everyone. The total was $700.
 
 So far it has been worth it. I certainly don't have troubles sleeping at 
 night.
 
 XEN
 Rob spent July researching servers. (His work study ran out so he's a 
 pure volunteer, between his hours at CVS). He settled on a solid vendor. 
 [5] and a decent quote. A feature of the vendor is that they test the 
 server with the OS you will install. They did that. It took until 
 Monday. It would take them 11 days to ship the system.
 
 	[5] http://asacomputers.com/
 
 Matt goes back to school the day after the system arrives. He's the Xen 
 guy. Everyone else has other important projects. We've postponed the 
 server purchase until Matt has a break from school or somebody else is 
 free to take on a new project. By that time hardware will be cheaper and 
   better.
 
 SPAM
 John is finishing up our efforts to improve spam filtering. He's 
 upgraded SPAMASSASSIN and added some new custom rules. This was harder 
 to do right than it sounds. Pinning SA to the back-ports version of SA, 
 was particularly deft.
 
 With Manny's help, John's working a script to train the Spam filter on 
 missed SPAM.
 
 BUDGET MEETING
 The meeting with cadre went well. John had the good suggestion that a 
 future VISTA might be focused on fundraising. (duh!)
 
 Our finances are at:
 
 	http://thecsl.org/sys/finance.d/
 	
 
 TIDYING
 Last Friday, I spent 5 hours cleaning up our system configuration. All 
 the config files and scripts we've added are in CVS. Every night a 
 script runs to compare the files in CVS to the ones on the systems.
 
 CONTROL PANEL
 It looks like setting up a control panel will be a huge effort. The 
 control panel we selected [6] has some issues. For example the lead 
 developer on the bug tracker said something like "the customer control 
 panel is mildly broken and right now not maintained."
 
 	[6] http://ispman.net/
 
 POWER
 We lost it a couple times. Once it was enough to drain the UPS, bring 
 down csl-ldap-01 hard enough to corrupt the password database. The 
 backup ldap server  was on a bad UPS and didn't come up right away.
 
 The university's people were helpful. The contractor was not listening 
 to the university people so we expressed our concerns directly.
 
 Setting up the UPS monitoring daemons to do a clean shutdown is pretty 
 close to the top of the priorities. This is the second time we've lost 
 power as part of an upgrade.