People may remember a while ago that some vague things happened towards
setting up a SAGE group in Ireland. Well, a burst of enthusiasm has led
to Dønal Cunningham (who some may know) and myself doing some work on
getting a proper sysadmin's organisation off the ground. Provisionally
we're calling it SAGE-IE - to go with the usual naming scheme for SAGEs,
and because "SAGE-WISE Ireland" was long and unwieldy.
We hope to organise a press launch sometime in the next few months, and
a Technical Event of some form (probably a one-day conference) to
follow soon after that. Not to mention the inevitable, uh, "informal
troubleshooting sessions" in the pub, which experience has shown always
go down well with embattled sysadmins.
A SAGE, for the unfamiliar, is a System Administrator's Guild. The
original SAGE was spun off as a special interest group of the USENIX
Association quite a while ago - see http://www.usenix.org/sage/ for
details. The intention is to be an advocacy and self-help organisation
(as well as a talking shop) for sysadmins of all shapes, sizes and
platforms, along roughly the same lines as the existing SAGEs elsewhere.
Interested in getting involved? Think you might be able to give a talk
on something interesting for the first technical meeting? Feel free to
join the mailing list - just send mail to ireland-subscribe at sage-wise.org.
It's managed by EZMLM, apparently, hence the slightly odd method of
Computer Science System Administrator, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
mike.knell at cs.tcd.ie -=- http://www.cs.tcd.ie/Mike.Knell/
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