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  1. MEETING COMMENCED: 2:05pm

  2. ATTENDANCE
    • Members Present
      • Carolyn Baird (Regional Co-ordinator)
      • Marc Walters (Deputy Regional Co-ordinator)
      • Chris Baird (Ordinary Member)
      • Helen Donaldson (Ordinary Member)
      • Ross Slade (Ordinary Member)

      Apologies
      • None

      Visitors
      • None

  3. PREVIOUS MINUTES
  4. Some discussion more relevant to the APANA MC arose regarding: Port usage, inequitable usage, Direct Deposit replacing Bpay and how take-up of the offer was better than expected.

    AMENDMENT to November minutes: Membership during October/November dropped from 34 to 33 at the end of the month.

    Marc moved that the minutes and amendment be accepted:

    Seconded: Ross
    CARRIED

  5. REGIONAL REPORTS

    • FINANCIAL & MEMBERSHIP REPORT

        The monthly deficit is tenuous, with End Of Year being $2 in deficit and by the New Year a deficit of $31 was expected.

        There are currently 4 users on dial-in lines, down 1 when another user went to broadband.

        Carolyn suggested that one line be dropped, leaving 3 remaining dialin lines.

        Marc moved that one dialin line be disconnected by the end of the month, Helen seconded. Carolyn argued that the line can be carried another month in case new members are gained, and that other costs could be cut by consolidating the machines. In light of Carolynís comments, Marc withdrew the motion.

        In the previous month two dialins were cancelled in time to obtain credit.

        Membership: 33 as of 15 December 2007.

    • EQUIPMENT STATUS & FUNCTION, ADMIN TEAM REPORT

        No items to report

    • EXPENDITURE

        No expenditure.

    • COMPLAINTS & COMPLIMENTS

        No complaints.

        Carolyn worked on a number of membersí machines for reasons such as Firewall issues and ECN setup.

        Chris moved that the reports be received. Ross seconded. Motion carried.

  6. BUSINESS ARISING FROM REPORTS

      HUB CONSOLIDATION

      This was stated to be an important move for the region.

      General planning suggestions are that Niggle and Kildall remain with Killdall running the name server and dialup.

      Alternatively, Kildallís functions moved to Giles which will be rebuilt. Later, Cray and Bombadilís services also moved to Giles. The use of Virtual Machines may be possible.

      Another option would be the use of low-power PCs, costinf $200-$500 each. For example, a WRAP board costs $200 complete with 128MB RAM and Flash memory.

      Marc moved that Chris begin planning and work on the staged virtualisation of Bombadil, Killdal and Cray to Giles with the end result aimed at hub consolidation and the upgrade of Niggle. Ross seconded the motion. The motion was carried.

  7. NEW BUSINESS

      Carolyn mentioned that some changes to the APANA National setup would make authentication more reliable.

      Helen was congratulated by committee for attaining an excellent result for her Typing Certificate (100wpm) with 96% accuracy.

      Chris informed us of his success at Scuba diving.

      Sean donated $38. The committee extends their thanks to him.

      Ross offered 1GB laptop RAM to the region Ė DDR2 667Mhz.

      Carolyn recommended that the fees remain the same.


  8. NEXT MEETING: To be announced.

  9. MEETING FINISHED: 3.25pm