[H-GEN] Presidents Report
russell-humbug at stuart.id.au
Thu Feb 4 21:11:15 EST 2010
Here is my Presidents for the period ending 2010-02-05.
Committee reports submitted:
President: done & accepted by the exec.
Vice President: done & accepted by the exec.
Secretary: done & accepted by the exec.
Treasurer: done & accepted by the exec.
Librarian: done & accepted by the exec.
Outstanding items from the last minutes: none.
Four other significant things have happened in this period.
1. We won hosting of LCA 2011. Congratulations to the team,
and Shaun in particular who ended up doing the bulk of the
work that went into winning the bid. The team will now be
meeting regularly to get things organised, starting Sunday
2011-02-07. I expect they will keep us posted as things
happen. In the mean time, be sure to have a look at the
teams "brochure website", http://followtheflow.org
2. Room bookings for this year were finalised by Matt. In
recent years this has proved to be a saga, and this year
was no exception. On a personal level, Matt's doggedness
in following this through was a pleasure to see. The
principle difficulty is negotiating our way through the
bureaucracies at UQ and LA. It always takes a surprising
amount of time, and unfortunately we aren't allowed to
start the process until those same bureaucracies give us
the starting gun.
The club should be aware our getting free rooms from UQ
currently depends almost entirely on the representations made
on our behalf by Nick Tate, Director of UQ ITS. I personally
don't know Nick, and thus can't speak for his motivations in
doing this. However I do know he is a very active member of
our industry, and in particular is Chairman of ACS Queensland
at Australian Computer Society, and an Adjunct Professor of
ITEE at UQ. It says a lot about the ACS that a chairman of
one of its chapters see fit to lend a helping hand to an
open source group.
So far it has proved a struggle to find ways to acknowledge
UQ's and Nick's kindness towards us, but hopefully the Exec
can work something out in the next few months. All ideas are
3. As you will see in the Librarian's next report, Excalibur has
moved to a new, albeit temporary home on its journey to moving
to hosting provided by Netbox Blue. Also of note is the
SysAdmin group has implemented a new way of reporting and
tracking SysAdmin issues. It is uses trac (http://www.trac.org).
A short description of how to raise SysAdmin issues now appears
at http://www.humbug.org.au/SysAdmin The primary driver behind
this change was Raymond Smith. It seems to be working very
well, and I would like to publicly thank him for his efforts.
4. The primary contact points for the club has changed to
admin at lists.humbug.org.au. Private matters should, as before,
be addressed to secretary at humbug.org.au.
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