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November

Meeting to be held on November 17, 2004.

October

Meeting held on October 20, 2004.

Verbal report only, no written report received...but in it's place:

Dear Members

It's that time of year again, Election Time! All Regional offices are waiting for your nomination. Nominate a friend, an enemy, or even yourself. And with those three in the bag, only two more will needed to make a quorum! :-)

However, if the task of Regional Coordinator or Deputy Regional Coordinator or even Management Committee Representative seem a tad daunting, then please consider the role of Ordinary Member in which you don't do any "paperwork" but still get to vote each month on matters vital to the maintenance of our APANA Region.

Whatever the role, being on the Regional Committee can be a fascinating, educational and rewarding task which allows one to experience life to the fullest and make new friends whilst gaining the admiration and envy of all.

So you are invited to consider nominating for a role on the APANA Hunter Regional Committee for 2004/2005. The nomination form has already been sent to you via the hunter-members@ list, along with the other various announcements.

With Regards

Marc Walters
APANA Hunter, Regional Coordinator

September

Meeting held on September 15, 2004.

No MC report received...but in it's place:

Regional Report - Visit to Sunny Melbourne

Dear RC,

The AGM and SGM reports will be sent in time, however, you may find this more general report interesting.

After alighting from the JetStar airline's 717 on Thursday I made my way to the nearest exit to the SkyBus, a quarter-hourly bus service between Melbourne-Tullamarine and Flinders Street Station in the CBD. After which a short trip to the Victoria Hotel saw a frazzled Marc safely ensconsed in a nice comfy room.

So, two days until the meeting! So I thought I'd best spend my time preparing. Several bars and purveyors of exotic foodstuffs later, and several near misses whilst gawking at trams like a yokel, I found this bustling city to have a quite likeable nature, and the natives most effusive in their greetings as they hawked their primitive trinkets (roast chestnuts and sardine vindaloo) to appease their Masters from The North. Dean and I later visited Crown Casino, where we viewed the famous Water Fountain Of Colours Or Whatever, and then i got lost, managing to lose three dollars on the 2-cent poker machines playing one line at a time.

The next day was a busy one as I prepared futher for the arduous excercising of my office by presenting myself at The Royal Botanical Gardens, which is a pleasant grouping of plants tended in her larger than usual front garden by one Mrs Marge Atkins, 78.

At 4am Friday, not to be outdone by Thurday night's overly noisy mock pugilistics, a dulcet toned Fellow Of The Road took centre stage outside my bedroom window's Alleyway Theatre singing that old family favourite "The B***ds Kicked Me Out Kaloo Kalay OVey". Unfortunately I was unable to fully appreciate the preformance due to my hangover, brought on by several bottles of that fine House Wine "barman's Choice".

On the day of the meeting I visited the lookout of Rialto Tower (250+ metre office building) but unfortunately resisted the urge to spit due to the sign saying "please don't spit". Later, 10 minutes after leaving the hotel for the one and a half block walk to Ross House I realised I was truly lost, and arrive, bedraggled and bewildered, 15 minutes late! Fortunately, the street then appeared as if by magic when all hope was lost - sort of like that magical street in the first book of Harry Potter. Phew!

Then we had the AGM and SGM. It was all over within an hour.

Later, I visited the home of Phar Lap and took some happy snaps - his eyes really do seem to follow you around the room!

Then on Sunday a plane trip home, and I kissed the ever sweet sweet soil of the Hunter Region upon landing, and went home for tea.

Marc Walters

August

Meeting held on August 18, 2004.

None received.

July

Meeting held on July 21, 2004.

This month has been quiet aside from a few hiccoughs with our net connection with NetCentral, resulting in downtime and a reduced newsfeed.

The Admin Team has improved the hub's backup system, reducing time for a full system backup to a quarter of the original time required.

The Region's finances are at $962, and membership is sitting at 44.

June

Membership: 43, which is one down from the time of the April RC meeting.

The region's cash balance is currently: $863

Equipment and Maintenance:

- One of the region's machines, Kildall, suffered another HD crash.

- The modem for the link with netcentral was replaced with a new V92 Netcomm unit purchased for $149. We have experienced better connection reliability since this change, and connection charges have been generally lower since the move to Netcentral.

- Carolyn updated the online membership application form.

- Several members' machines were infected by a download Trojan virus.

- A number of power shutdowns were experienced due to maintenance on nearby power system, and a possum-induced blackout.

The most recent RC meeting was held on Sunday June 13 at 2pm.

May

Meeting held on May 19, 2004.

The preceding month was relatively quiet.

Membership: 44, no change from last month. The region's cash balance is currently: $838

Equipment and Maintenance: One of the region's machines, Kildall, suffered another HD crash. Some items of equipment are requiring replacement, including several hard drives and modems.

The most recent RC meeting was held on April 4.

April

Meeting held on April 21, 2004.

Membership: 44, no change from last month. The region's cash balance is currently: $977

Equipment and Maintenance: The region is considering replacing several faulty modems. Ross Slade purchased a v92 modem to replace our link to NetCentral.

One of the hub machines, Cray, was rebuilt by Chris.

Over the past few days network problems at Netcentral have caused Hunter (and Admin) some grief. Hopefully the issues have now been resolved.

The most recent RC meeting was held on April 4.

March

Meeting held March 17, 2004.

The period February-March was relatively quiet.

Membership: 44, one down from last month. The region's cash balance is currently: $989

Equipment and Maintenance:

Another dial-in modem has been under suspicion as being faulty. A stop-gap measure of strategically-placed cooling fans is currently in place.

During February the dialin line to NetCentral experienced regular dropouts. Admin Team monitored and reported the situation. - The harddisk in one of the hub machines, Cray, began to fail. Admin Chris rebuilt the machine, installing Debian 3. - Some members experienced problems accessing the WWW, problem rectified.

The most recent RC meeting was held on February 1.

The next RC meeting is to be held on April 4, 2004.

February

Meeting held February 18,2004.

The period January-February was relatively quiet.

Membership: 45, one up from last month. The region's cash balance is currently: $TBA

Equipment and Maintenance: One more dial-in modem has been under suspicion as being faulty, and the region is considering replacing this and several other modems.

Two Socket7 CPU fans have failed and require replacing.

The region has replaced the Ozemail link with that of NetCentral.

The most recent RC meeting was held on February 1.

The next RC meeting is to be held on April 4, 2004.

January

Meeting held on January 21, 2004.

The period December-January was relatively quiet.

Membership: 44, no change from last month. The region's cash balance is currently: $623

Equipment and Maintenance: Two dial-in modems are supected to be faulty and are being monitored.

The region is in the process of replacing the Ozemail link with that of NetCentral. A number of benefits, mostly financial, are anticipated from the change of connection supplier.

The most recent RC meeting was held on December 7.

The next RC meeting is to be held on February 1, 2004.