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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 15 November 2006 NYLUG: Dan Crosta on Trackle

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 15 November 2006 NYLUG: Dan Crosta on Trackle
Date: 15 Nov 2006 13:57:49 -0500

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 From: John Bacall <>
 To: NYLUG-Talk <>
 Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 10:50:51 -0500 (EST)
 Subject: [nylug-talk] TODAY! NYLUG 15 November General Meeting Presents: Dan 
Crosta on Trackle

 REMINDER: This meeting is TODAY, RSVP closes at 4:30pm TODAY

 Wednesday November 15th, 2006
 IBM Headquarters Building
 590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street
 12th Floor

 ** RSVP Closes at 4:30pm the day of the meeting (sharp!) ***
 You must R.S.V.P. for *EVERY* meeting.
 Register at
 Check in with photo ID at the lobby for badge and room number.

                             Dan Crosta (Trackle)

    For part-time sysadmins a record of past actions is an invaluable tool
    that provides guidance in repairing or extending system services.
    However, requiring sysadmins to keep a detailed log of changes made to
    a live system can often seem like a low priority task when compared to
    addressing long and growing to-do lists. This problem is worse if the
    system administrator is a part-time volunteer, an overworked student
    or a harried administrator.

    On this meeting Dan Crosta speaks on Trackle, an integrated trouble
    ticket and solution tracking system which takes the legwork out of
    creating and maintaining a sort of institutional memory.

    Trackle is designed to allow untrained student sysadmins to bootstrap
    their knowledge by peeking over the shoulders of their more
    experienced colleagues -- even if those colleagues graduated years
    earlier. This is accomplished by tracking the exact actions taken by
    sysadmins, showing what lines were changed and in which configuration
    files. This allows experienced and inexperienced sysadmins to freely
    annotate and cross-reference shell session logs through an integrated
    Wiki web interface.

    As the Trackle team writes, here is a web- and console-based
    integrated issue-and-solution tracking system. Where open issues may
    be viewed through a web browser, freely annotated, edited and
    cross-referenced with the built-in Wiki. Alternatively they may be
    seen through a console interface, from which a tracked shell session
    can be started. All actions taken in the shell session, and all files
    changed, are recorded in the Trackle database.

    Dan will present Wednesday 15 November from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

 For More Information Visit:

      * There are a sadly few good resources on the internet about library
        interposition, which is the _good juicy core of Trackle_. For
        applicable overviews visit here.
      * And here.
      * As well as here.
      * The Trackle homepage hints at some of the creators' goals in
        designing Trackle.
      * Trackle is based on Trac, a bugtracker. Find what sets it apart

 About Dan Crosta:

    Dan is a Swarthmore alum.

 Swag (Give Away)
   During/after the meeting... unusually terrific swag may be given

   After the meeting ... Join us around 8:30pm or so at TGI Friday's,
   located at 677 Lexington Avenue and 56th Street, second floor.
   Northeast corner.

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