SPUG: Meeting Announcement Reminder -- 15 May, 2007

Daina Wilburn dwilburn at whitepages.com
Mon May 14 14:52:54 PDT 2007

    REMINDER: Seattle Perl Users Group Meeting for May 2007

    Topic: Transformation of Free Software into Libre Services
    Speaker: Mohsen Banan, founder, Free Protocols Foundation
    Meeting Date: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
    Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Whitepages.com offices, downtown Seattle

    Cost: Admission is free and open to the public
    Info: http://seattleperl.org/

Don't forget the next Seattle Perl Users Group Meeting is this Tuesday,
tomorrow, May 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Our speaker this month is
Mohsen Banan, and he will be talking about the Libre Services model, an
extension of the principles of free software into the domain of Internet

Mr. Banan is both a skilled engineer and a successful businessman.  As
an engineer, Mr. Banan has over 20 years experience. He is a recognized
expert in the design and implementation of distributed systems,
especially message handling systems and mobile data networks. He is
particularly well-known for his expertise in data communications,
telecommunications and wireless protocols.

And as a businessman, Mr. Banan has run Neda Communications as a
successful and profitable company for over eleven years. In addition to
its financial success, Neda is also a highly innovative industry leader.

More recently, he has established as his goal the creation of a truly
open mobile messaging industry. Because of his combination of technical
expertise, visionary thinking and business experience, Mr. Banan is
uniquely qualified to lead such a significant and important
industry-building enterprise.

Mr. Banan is the originator of the radical new concept of Libre
Services. To describe this concept he has written "A Vision for Free
Internet Application Services," and to demonstrate the concept he has
implemented it in the form of showcase set of services at My.ByName.net.

As a result of his visionary work Mr. Banan has accumulated a large body
of publications. Some of his most recent and influential publications
include RFC-2524, RFC-2188, Internetwork Mobility (published by
Prentice-Hall), and the ground-breaking industry white paper Operation

Mr. Banan is also the author of a large body of open-source and free
software, most of which is in the form of highly portable and efficient
protocol engine implementations. This software is freely available at
MailMeAnywhere, Neda's open-source software distribution center.

Mr. Banan holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude)
from Seattle University and an MS degree in Computer Engineering from
the University of Washington.

Mr. Banan's bio may be found at: 
http://mohsen.banan.1.byname.net/ProfessionalBio/.  Check it out.

About the Libre Services Manifesto:

The Libre Services Manifesto describes a radically new, completely
non-proprietary model for the delivery of Internet services.

Libre Services are an extension of the principles of free software into
the Internet services domain. They are Internet services that may be
freely copied and reused by anyone. The Libre Services model exists in
relationship to the proprietary Internet services model of AOL, MSN and
Yahoo, in an analogous way to how GNU/Linux exists in relation to
Microsoft Windows.

The Libre Services Manifesto is organized as a series of largely
independent articles. Each article stands on its own, and can be read
and understood independently of the others. Together, these articles
provide a complete description of every aspect of the Libre Services
concept. Since each article is intended to be self-contained, some
material may be duplicated in more than one article.  It can be found at

So, come one and all!  Remember to bring someone who hasn't ventured
over before, and, of course, remember to bring yourself!

Thanks again to the Whitepages folk for providing all we need to have a
great meeting and presentation, to all the SPUG members that show up at
meetings or participate on the list to make the group worthwhile in the
first place, and all the JAPHs out there for just being.

Meeting Location

Whitepages.com is located on the 16th floor of the Rainier Square
Tower (1301 5th Avenue, Seattle) which is across from the 5th Avenue

See the directions[1] for a quick primer on how to reach us from
various locations across Puget Sound.

There are plenty of locations to park in the area, including on the
street. If you're looking for off-street parking, you can park in the
Rainier Square garage which has an entrance on Union St.

After 6PM, the building management restricts access to most floors.
Our host is trying to take care of this, but if unsuccessful, they
will station someone on the 1st floor near the elevator bank and 5th
Avenue entrance to let people in. Worst case scenario, give the host a
call on his cell phone[2] or [3] and he'll run down to let you in.

Our hosts are providing a generous assortment of free sodas, fruit
drinks, teas, and coffee, and also have some snacks. You definitely
won't dehydrate here.

See you there! -DW

[1] - https://vpn.whitepages.com/go/www.whitepagesinc.com/locations
[2] - 206 354 7789 - Colin Meyer
[3] - 206-271-9267 - Daina Wilburn
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