General Meeting

Clout: A History and Future

La Monte H. P. Yarroll

Tuesday, August 24, 7:00-9:00 pm
College of DuPage Room K-161


In 1988 AT&T announced that they were planning to turn off ihnp4, the major email server in the Chicago area. A group of concerned citizens responded by founding /usr/group/chicago (the original name of UniForum Chicago) and holding a workshop to address the problem. The outcome of this workshop was the Clout Project, a public access email system.

The Clout Project later became custodian of the first subdomain of US ever delegated, a role which it still pursues today. Two Clout Project sysadmins later went on to found two of the first three ISP's in the Chicago area, XNET and World Wide Access (now Verio Chicago).

Who were these people, and what, exactly, did they do? How did the project evolve over 11 years? Where is the Clout Project going in 2000 and beyond? What can you do to help?

Speaker Bio

La Monte is a charter member of UniForum Chicago and one of the first sysadmins of the Clout Project. He has been programming for 20 years during which time he has done nearly every kind of computer work possible, including keypunch, kernel and compiler development, programming language design, business applications development, technical support, and embedded systems.

La Monte has eclectic interests ranging from computers and electronics to abstract algebra, foreign languages, music, bushwalking, cheesemaking, and father of three :-).

Today La Monte works for Motorola NSS developing new technology for cellular network infrastructure. His NIC handle is LY.

Getting to the meeting

The next meeting of UniForum Chicago will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, August 24, 1999 at the College of DuPage. The address of the meeting facility is:

        College of DuPage
        Building K, Rm 161
        22nd and Lambert
        Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
Take 355 to Butterfield Rd (Rt 56). Take Butterfield West to Lambert Rd,
then Lambert Rd North to 22nd St. Turn left and look for lot 10 on the left side of 22nd St.
Walk to building K, room 161 is on the first floor, on the east side of the building.

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