When:  Thursday, January 15, 1998

     Where:  The Chase Manhattan Bank (formerly Chemical Bank)
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower
             13th Floor, Conference Rooms B+C

      Time:  6:00 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Unigroup Business
             6:45 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation:

     Topic:  NFS on Small Iron - Making PCs Interoperable

  Speakers:  Fred Whiteside (co-founder of Beame & Whiteside Software),
             Peter Broadbent
             Hummingbird Communications Ltd.
               (Hummingbird now owns the PC based TCP/IP and NFS suites
                from Beame & Whiteside Software)



  Happy New Year! Unigroup is starting out our 1998 season with a meeting on
  NFS (the Network File System), the de-facto standard for Unix Networked
  filesystems. This meeting is one in a series of meetings we are planning on
  Unix to Non-Unix integration and connectivity. In the past, we have seen
  presentations on Unix-based NFS implementations, this month we will be
  looking at the opposite side of the issue, in particular an NFS client and
  server implementation for MS-Windows (particularly 95 and NT) based systems
  and how this implementation interacts with NFS running under Unix. Products
  exist for Unix which will make a Unix system emulate NT server protocols
  (eg. Samba and SCO's Advanced File and Print Server), just as products exist
  which will allow a Windows system to be an NFS client and/or server (eg.
  Hummingbird's NFS Maestro, Sun's PC-NFS). Our speaker, Fred Whiteside, is
  the co-founder of Beame & Whiteside Software (now part of Hummingbird
  Communications) and has been implementing the TCP/IP and NFS client/server
  protocols on DOS/Windows platforms for over a decade.


  Description of Talk:
  Our speaker will discuss of the issues involved in implementing NFS on
  Microsoft operating systems. Emphasis will be placed on the particular
  challenges of interfacing filesystems with different semantics. Information
  covering how to optimize NFS servers for use with PC environments in terms
  of network bandwidth will be provided and file solution architectures will
  also be discussed.


  Bio of Speaker: Fred Whiteside

  Armed with degrees in computer science and physics from McMaster University,
  Whiteside was teaching at the university when he met Carl Beame, an employee
  of the campus computing centre. Together, they successfully undertook the
  challenge of creating terminal emulation and TCP/IP software. And the rest,
  as they say, was software history.

  In September, 1986, Whiteside and Beame created their own company, Beame &
  Whiteside, and began their rise to the top of the TCP/IP and NFS
  connectivity software market. By 1993, there were 15 Beame & Whiteside
  employees working out of Beame's home office over the garage on his 15-acre
  property in Caledonia, Ontario.

  While the two partners continued their work in Caledonia, the company moved
  to Raleigh, North Carolina. The majority of our customers were in the U.S.
  and Raleigh offered a highly skilled workforce.

  Beame & Whiteside continued to succeed.

  Since its beginning, Beame & Whiteside's TCP/IP stack was used by
  Hummingbird for development purposes, so the two companies worked closely
  together. Beame & Whiteside benefited from Hummingbird's international
  reseller channels and marketing strategies. And in April, 1995 Hummingbird
  bought Beame & Whiteside. By combining Hummingbird's PC X server products
  and X development tools with Beame & Whiteside TCP/IP and NFS products,
  Hummingbird broadened its portfolio of PC-to-UNIX/X connectivity products,
  and was able to provide solutions to a wider spectrum of customers. Now
  customers would benefit by being able to procure leading TCP/IP and X
  Windows products from one source, in a better integrated and streamlined

  Beame & Whiteside's Raleigh facility has become the center of Hummingbird's
  TCP/IP networking software operations. NFS development was eventually moved
  to the North York headquarters.

  Whiteside took on his position in Hummingbird's Research and Development
  Department, with no regrets.


  Description of Hummingbird Communications:

  Hummingbird Communications Ltd. specializes in the development of enterprise
  connectivity software products and document distribution solutions that
  provide high performance access to internetwork-based information and
  applications. Hummingbird is best known for their PC based X-Server product
  called "Exceed". Years ago, Hummingbird made a couple of presentations on
  their technology to Unigroup. We are pleased to have them back again.


  Refreshments will be served.


     55 Water Street is between Water Street & Front Streets at Old Slip...
     about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and the South Street Seaport.
     Take 4 train to Bowling Green & Walk Due East;
     Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
          then walk South 5 blocks;
     Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
     Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
     There is parking on the street and there is a lot right
          in the building, entrance on Old Slip.
     Walking from Wall St., follow William St. south which bends around
          and leads you to Hanover Sq. and Old Slip is across Water Street.

  Room Location Specifics:
     Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South Tower of the
     complex, you enter the building at Old Slip at the "North Tower"
     doors.  This entrance is is immediately to the right of the main
     entrance, towards Water Street.  Go past the guard's desk (mentioning
     you are heading for Unigroup) to the elevator bank and go to the 13th
     floor.  When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading you
     to the meeting room.

     The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set of doors
     (soda machine will be on your left), then past the cafeteria.  After
     the cafeteria, you see another "lobby" area.  Walk past the cash
     machines, make a left and look for a sign marking the meeting room.
     Conference Rooms B+C will be on your left.

     If you come very early, we may not have the signs in place yet, but
     hopefully these directions will get you to the meeting room.
     If you arrive before Unigroup Board Members, please be patient and
     wait for us to arrive.  The building cafeteria is open to the public.


  Fee Schedule:
         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
    ==>  UniForum/Unigroup Joint Yearly Membership       $125.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.
       * Employees of Chase (with ID) can attend general meetings at no charge.

    ==>  Unigroup is the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
         of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.
         Our Joint Membership Program gives you FULL membership
         in both organizations for a discounted price.
         For information about UniForum visit http://www.uniforum.org.

    **** Note that the UniForum Joint Membership Fee might increase
         without notice due to the reorganization underway at UniForum.


  Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
  Please tell your friends about Unigroup!


2. TECH EXPO '98

> Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 05:38:55 -0500
> From: "TechExpo '98" 
> Subject: PSA New York, NY  - Invitation to TECH EXPO 98
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> Here are the details:
> Date:   Wednesday, January 14  
> Hours:  10 am - 6 pm
> Place:  The Sheraton New York Hotel, 7th Avenue & 53rd Street   New York, NY
> For travel directions call: (212) 581-1000
> http://www.tech-expo.com
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> Tech Expo respects your Internet time and online privacy. This is a
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  Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving the
  Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup is
  not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded.  Unigroup holds regular
  and special event meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating
  to Unix and the Unix User Community.   Unigroup is also the Greater NYC
  Regional Area Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

  Thanks to Chase/Chemical Bank, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for
  the Third THURSDAY of Odd Months at The Chase Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
  Planned meeting dates are: 1/15/98, 3/19/98, 5/21/98, ...
  Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC.

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I hope to see you all at Unigroup's January 1998 meeting.

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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