Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM *sharp* Wednesday 9/25 ACS Room 123- Spam Tools
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 25.
Since we have to vacate the room at 5:30 on that day, we will
start promptly at 4:00 P.M. At this month's meeting,
Barb Dijker will be updating us on tools to fight spam that
The volume of spam that both users and ISPs must deal with
is increasing at an astronomical rate. There are many
tools to help curtail the flow of spam ranging from DNS-based
blacklists to mail client-based filtering schemes.
This talk will provide an overview of the latest tools
and techniques for managing spam, focusing on one tool
that really works: SpamAssassin.
SpamAssassin can be
installed and used by one person or integrated into sendmail
to block spam for an entire site. It uses a rule
base to assign a probability that a message is spam. It is over 99%
effective at identifying spam. The talk will go into detail about
how to install, use, and customize SpamAssassin.
Barb Dijker has been fighting and analyzing spam for many years
as a consultant, and is involved with two local ISPs,
Netrack, Inc., and
Colorado Internet Coop.
She has given talks
on spam around the globe and has served as an expert witness in a
legal case involving spam.
This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing
Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects
Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.
At our last meeting in June, Wally Wedel, Master Java Architect
at Sun Microsystems (and long-time FRUUG Executive Committee Member)
discussed how well he's been able to use MacOS X in everyday use
in his consulting work. Besides drawing Macophiles out of the
woodwork wherever he parks his Titanium PowerBook, Wally finds
that the UNIX base of MacOS X provides the support he needs
for his everyday Java software development as well as for
running his "productivity" applications.
Wally's slides are available in the FRUUG meeting archive at
We're working on future meetings on Storage Area Networks
and Grid Computing.
We once again have a
Gift Certificate to SoftPro Books
to give away to a FRUUG member that has earned a
FRUUG Library Merit Badge by
reviewing one of the books in our library.
We will take a drawing at our next meeting to
give this gift certificate away.
If you're unfamiliar with the new FRUUG Library
Merit Badge program, consult the
FRUUG Library Page on our Web site.
Having taken the summer off from our regular meeting
schedule, we have a huge number of new books to add
to the FRUUG library:
- 2002 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Proceedings and
FREENIX Track Proceedings, from the USENIX Association
- Advanced Linux Networking, from Addison Wesley
- Hacker's Delight, from Addison Wesley
- IPv6 Essentials, from O'Reilly & Associates
- Linux Kernel Programming, Third Edition, from Addison Wesley
- Network Security with OpenSSL, from O'Reilly & Associates
- Pair Programming Illuminated, from Addison Wesley
- Photoshop 7 Magic, from New Riders
- Questioning Extreme Programming, from Addison Wesley
- Web Hacking Attacks and Defense, from Addison Wesley
- Web Performance Tuning, from O'Reilly & Associates
- XML in a Nutshell, from O'Reilly & Associates
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts
on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly &
Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.
The New Riders discount program has changed; pick up a
discount coupon with our secret password at the meeting.