The TechnicalCounsel(sm) News -- October 2004
Volume 1 Number 2 October 2004

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the October issue of The TechnicalCounsel(sm) News, our consulting practice's quarterly newsletter. Due to a heavy workload and travel schedule, we were forced to skip the July issue.

In this issue:

IEEE Computer Society Schenectady Chapter Hosts Speech on Wireless Access and Security

IEEE Computer Society's Schenectady Chapter has graciously invited Mr. Gezelter, as part of the IEEE Computer Society's Distinguished Visitors speaking program, to present Internet Dial Tones & Firewalls: One Policy Does Not Fit All on Friday, October 15, 2004.

The exploding popularity of Wi-Fi in homes, offices, and public spaces opens up new security issues. This access, which is fast becoming an accepted part of modern life, has drawbacks as well as advantages.

Mr. Gezelter will speak on the nature of these hazards, and the steps that can be taken to make Wi-Fi and other technologies for pervasive connectivity safe in homes, offices, and public spaces.

The full abstract and location of this presentation can be found at:

Following the talk, the slides from the presentations will be available through the above URLs.

A description of the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitor program can be found in our previous issue.

Hands-On Seminar on OpenVMS User Environments at HP World 2004

Mr. Gezelter presented OpenVMS User Environments at HP World 2004 in Chicago on Tuesday, August 17, 2004.

This four-hour, hands-on workshop introduced attendees to techniques used to extend secure environments to thousands of users, while still limiting privileges to a handful of users. Attendees learned methods to allow user groups to self-manage applications and groups of applications, without requiring privileges. Techniques were demonstrated that allow IT to manage groups on either a primary or secondary basis.

An overview of the material is contained in an introductory presentation at:

The techniques are based upon principles similar to those enunciated in Mr. Gezelter's January 2004 article in the OpenVMS Technical Journal, a reprint of which is available through our publications page.

OpenVMS News from HPWORLD 2004 published on

Mr. Gezelter published a summary of the OpenVMS-related news from August's HPWORLD conference in his column at

This summary explored issues of interest to OpenVMS administrators and users, including OpenVMS 8.2 (on Alpha and IA-64/Integrity) and the issues surrounding software licensing changes relating to OpenVMS on HP’s Integrity® servers.

This OpenVMS column can be reached through our publications page at

Mr. Gezelter cited in Datamation article on OpenVMS

Mr. Gezelter was quoted in a recent Datamation article, Remaining Vehemently OpenVMS, on the attractiveness of OpenVMS on Integrity as a platform for future applications. The entire article is available via a link from the Citations section of our publications page.

Upcoming News

Book Chapters

Mr. Gezelter is in the process of finalizing two book chapters for a major work to be released by a leading publisher in late 2004/early 2005. One of these chapters is an in-depth introduction to OpenVMS; the other is a review of the history and evolution of Electronic Mail.

Future IEEE-sponsored Speeches

Mr. Gezelter is in discussion with several IEEE chapters throughout North America concerning presentations under the auspices of the
Computer Society's Distinguished Visitor's Program. As scheduling arrangements are finalized, we will keep our readers advised.

Articles on and in other publications

There are several articles on a range of topics in various stages of preparation. As articles are published, they will be referenced on our publications page.

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