[SATLUG] Re: Meeting Notes

Wes Henderson whendersonii at gmail.com
Sat Jan 4 14:18:11 CST 2014

If you like, I can try and help with Rackspace involvement. I think the
best ways to increase awareness would be to e-mail a digital flier to our
SAFUN mailing list, Linux mailing lists, and maybe a few physical fliers on
the bulletin boards around The Castle.

Additionally, has anyone proposed using The Factory for things that do not
need a projector? The Factory is on the other side of the building, but it
would be quiet while providing the beer hall feel. Just a thought.
On Jan 4, 2014 12:47 PM, "Frank Huddleston" <fhuddles at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings,
>   I have a few thoughts about the topics we discussed at the Christmas
> meeting. Here they are:
> - It was mentioned that many employees of Rackspace, who are excellent
> candidates for SATLUG participation, are simply not aware that SATLUG
> exists or meets right in their place of work. It was suggested that
> some effort be made to have this information made more available, and
> I think this is a good idea.
>   It was also expressed that many of the potentially most excellent
> candidates for SATLUG might not like the venue of the florescently-lit
> classroom, but would prefer something like a beer hall. While this
> would have the disadvantage of not providing good facilities for
> making demonstrations and there might be distractions from flying
> glass, noise or attractive clientele and servers, I think that this
> idea should be given some consideration. After all, not every meeting
> has a presentation requiring an overhead projection, and we haven't
> even had much luck when we have tried using it.
>   So maybe once in a while we could have a meeting, maybe even an
> off-schedule meeting, at a beer hall, or similar. You know, for
> gemuetlichkeit and atmosphere and all that.
> - The issue of the paucity of presentations came up, and is a problem.
> One suggestion I could make here is: maybe be a little more structured
> in how these are submitted and scheduled. Is that the SATLUG
> secretary's job? (I'm the Secretary) Maybe. In any case, I think some
> prospective presentations have simply fallen through the cracks
> because there wasn't any follow-through. The presenter mentioned that
> he could do it, in the mailing list, but something else got scheduled
> first, and then we never heard about that presentation again. Perhaps
> if we had some kind of docket of upcoming presentations and could
> schedule them, or at least "pencil them in"?
> - I think that, if possible, material from a presentation should be
> made available from the SATLUG web site, so that we can review that
> material at a later time, and that prospective participants in SATLUG
> can see what goes on in the meetings.
> Posting these would be a good reference, and would advertise the
> group. We've done some of this in the past, but I think we should be
> more consistent about it. Is this the Secretary's job?
> - I think part of the problem with doing a presentation is that many
> of us have worked on things and have some rather incomplete knowledge
> of them, and do not feel that we are enough of an "expert" to do a
> presentation. Perhaps we could find a way to address this problem, and
> have something like a session of "things I'm working on" where one
> talks about, well, things one is working on and about which one has
> some experience, but is perhaps stopped or stumped or stymied.  I
> realize: there's nothing to stop someone from bringing that up in a
> meeting anyway, except the imagined (or real?) withering disdain of
> his peers and superiors and possible career destruction. Perhaps we
> could do something to reduce this anxiety. Beer might help.
> - And finally, this one is a little out there, but: is "Linux User's
> Group" really the correct name for this group? Might it not be more
> accurate to call it "Open Systems User's Group"? (OSUG)
>   But whatever: it's just a thought.
> Regards,
> Frank Huddleston
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