RMIUG Meeting Minutes - The Future of the
The June RMIUG meeting was held Tuesday night, June 20th at the NIST auditorium.
Approximately 140 people were in attendance,
with Bryan Buus as emcee.
Alek Komarnitsky thanked the Colorado
SuperNet for sponsoring the evening's room
rental and Internet One for refreshments.
Alek mentioned that RMIUG continues to solicit
sponsors for the meetings. This costs $225,
and the RMIUG will put your advertisment
on the back page of the agenda. If we don't
have a sponser, we'll have to pass the hat
to pay for the rental of the NIST auditorium.
Alek explained changes to the RMIUG executive
committee. Will Clurman has moved on to
other endeavors, and Art Smoot (email@example.com)
is the newest RMIUG "Exec." Please see the
RMIUG WWW Home Page (http://www.rmiug.org/rmiug/)
for more info. In addition, Dan Murray has
changed jobs, joining Customer Communications
Group as a WWW Project Manager and Internet
Finally, Alek mentioned that we hope to
have an RMIUG summer special event, which
will be a BBQ in Boulder. This is tentively
scheduled for Saturday, July 15th, and more
details will be forthcoming. Since RMIUG
has no money (!), this will be a "bring
your own"/potluck, but if anyone wants to
bring a common item (keg of homebrew, etc.),
please contact Alek directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various announcements were made from the
- David Eisler (email@example.com)
offered copies of "Flip/Flop" a windows
- Sandy Weston announced the potential
for a computer consultants/trainers Hot
Line. (when the audience was asked how
many fit into that catagory, about 40%
raised their hands!).
- Dan Murray announced the upcoming Internet
Chamber of Commerce meeting,
- Steve Billig (SBillig321@aol.com)
solicited comments on the Internet in
- Bill Managhan announced a fall CU Continuing
Education class on the sociological impacts
of the Internet.
The featured speaker of the evening was
Cricket Liu from Hewlett Packard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
who addressed the issue of "Will Success
Spoil the Internet?". Cricket quoted statistics
of 25 millions users on 5 million hosts,
spanning 7 continents and, once, the space
shuttle. He noted that if sustained, the
growth of World-Wide-Web traffic will surpass
digital voice communications in 3 years.
Reviewing internet history, he referred
to the application generations:
- 1st generation: telnet, ftp, uucp,
2nd generation: archie, gopher, usenet,
3rd generation: mime, wais, www, internet
He then referenced the coming next generation
- Knowbots and Intelligent agents like
the Mercury Newshound, and CU's Harvest.
THe Next Generation of the WWW with URL's
turning into URN's, where the browsers
can decide where to go get the URL.
Cricket discussed the move of "commercialization",
where various clients and servers are moving
from the normal "free" versions to for-fee
"commercial" enhanced versions. He also
speculated on "new" applications like Digital
audio on demand, video on demand, video-conferencing
(CUSeeMe) and tele-education.
Cricket talked about the key technologies
which are coming along, including public
key encryption, carrier-based ATM and ISDN.
Addressing the Issue of "Who's gonna play
the Internet?" he drew the lines to include
the cable companies, the telcos and the
merged-media companies like Viacom. If the
cable companies win, he speculated that
we will see a broadcast oriented network
with "lots of junk", whereas if the phone
companies win we must put up with the "sloth
and beaurocracy" of the existing companies.
A dark horse could be the gas and power
utilities. They have the rights of way and
understand how to meter service. The key
to winning will be understanding universal
connectivity, the ability to publish and
make money and to understand two-way interactivity,
not "shovel down your throat" consumerism.
Cricket ending the evening with an explaination
of the new internet topology, defining NAP
(network access points), NSP (Network Service
Providers), ISP (Internet Service Providers),
RNP (Regional Network Providers) and vBNS
(very high-speed Backbone Network Services).
At the July 11 RMIUG meeting, Christopher
Locke, Editor and Publisher of Net Editors
from internetMCI, will talk on "Business
As Usual: A Surefire Path to Internet Oblivion."
Mr. Locke (email@example.com) will
roll out his vision of business on the Internet
and how it fundamentally differs from traditional
business models. He will share ideas on
enlightened approaches to success on the
Net. This promises to be a stimulating talk
from a well-known contrarian figure in the
Internet community. Thanks to internetMCI
for bringing Mr. Locke in from the East
Coast to join us. Net Editors can be found
and the archive at http://www.internetmci.com/whats-new/editors/archive.
Mr. Locke's homepage is at http://www.panix.com/~clocke.
Submitted by Art Smoot, firstname.lastname@example.org