SPUG:Fwd: Randal Schwartz Presentation to the Seattle SAGE Group is Thursday @ 7PM

Jay Scherrer jay at scherrer.com
Tue Jan 7 17:22:52 CST 2003

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Subject: Randal Schwartz Presentation to the Seattle SAGE Group is Thursday @ 
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 11:35:21 -0800 (PST)
From: "Scott McDermott" <scottm at heronetwork.com>
To: <seattle-sagelocal at usenix.org>

The next Seattle SAGE meeting is Thursday, January 9th, 2002 at 7pm.

Due to the expected size of the meeting it will NOT be at the UW Rosen
Building. It will be at:
Greenwood Lodge No. 253
7910 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Directions available at http://www.seattle-sage.org/directions_lodge.html

*** This is a very special meeting:
  1) Anyone in or near the Systems Administration or Programming
     professions will really want to attend.
  2) Randal has requested we "PASS THE HAT" for his legal defense
     funds and to offset the costs of his coming up here. Please
     note he has refused direct reimbursement from Hero Network or
     the Seattle SAGE Group for coming up here to give this very
     important presentation.
  3) The meeting WILL start at 7:30 PM. Hero Network will be
     providing some light refreshments (soda & cold cuts) starting at
  4) There will still be a late informal diner (NOT SPONSORED) after
     the meeting. Since this is a large meeting we would like a head
     count ahead of time so we can warn the restaurant if we have a
     larger than normal crowd going with us. Randal has not told us
     if he is coming to the diner. But, if he is Hero Network will be
     trying to buy him a dinner at least.... :^)

Please make every effort to arrive by 7:15 P.M. to claim your seat. It
will very likely be standing room only.

     Next meeting: Thursday January 9th, 2002 at 7:30 PM
            Title: Just Another Convicted Perl Hacker
               by: Randal L. Schwartz <merlyn at stonehenge.com>
         Location: Greenwood Lodge No. 253
       Directions: http://www.seattle-sage.org/directions_lodge.html
         Web Site: http://www.seattle-sage.org/

This month's technical speaker is a very real, convicted felon
and co-System Administrator (and to a lot of SAGE members "one of
the good guys"). You may know him better as the author of two
Nutshell books for O'Reilly and Associates: "Learning Perl" (aka
the Llama Book) Available in English, Japanese, French, and German; and
"Programming Perl" (aka the Camel Book). Randal also writes
a many technical columns for magazines like Web Techniques &
Dr. Dobbs Journal.

However, Randal Schwartz, in late July 1995, was convicted, by
a jury, of three felony counts under Oregon's Computer Crime Law.
The charges related to his activities while working as a
consultant (Systems Administrator) at an Intel Corporation
facility in Beaverton, Oregon. His sentence issued in September
includes 5 years of probation, 480 hours of community  Service,
90 days of deferred (cancelable) jail time, and $68k of
restitution to Intel. His legal bill exceeded $170k by
the end of 1995.

Randal Schwartz is respected on the Internet for his
contributions to the progress of the Perl programming language
through his two books, long-time participation in the
comp.lang.perl(.misc) newsgroup, moderation of the newer
comp.lang.perl.announce newsgroup, and training courses.

The purpose of his talk is to describe both the events, his
mistakes and the problems with modern computer crime laws.  This
talk is to help prevent what happened to him from happening to
any other well-intentioned  computing professional. Preventing
similar incidents requires insight into this unforeseen
application of a law that is intended to protect organizations
against thieves, spies, and casual intruders to the enforcement
of a corporation's internal rules of operation.

To make sure we do not die of thirst or malnutrition Hero Network
is sponsoring a refreshments table with soft drinks, and snacks

This is a powerful presentation that you might consider bring
others not normally in attendance (spouses, bosses, etc.).


This is FREE and open to the public and a wonderful opportunity.

The Seattle SAGE Group (SSG) is a local group for systems & network
administrators in the Seattle and Pacific northwest areas (North
Western Washington). We are a local chapter of SAGE, but SAGE / USENIX
membership is not a requirement.  We sponsor a regular monthly meeting
open to the public on the second Thursday if each month at 7 p.m.

Check out our Web site for more information:

Scott McDermott
Executive Vice President
Hero Network LLC


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