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[Jan. 18, 2006; rev. Jan. 22] The CPCUG Rehosting is underway. While we seek a new Webmaster, Barbara Conn and Robert Clemenzi are primary contacts for content, with Larry McGoldrick advising. Dennis Courtney is arranging email services, and Karen Courtney is preparing the data for hundreds of new email accounts. Mark Leymaster is testing email and developing Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQ"), with help from the new Internet Support Team. The work is more demanding than it might seem, so we all owe them many thanks. If you have good ideas, send them to newcpcug @cpcug.net and your suggestions will be distributed accordingly.
The plan for new email names has changed a bit from that previously announced, though old @cpcug.org usernames will not be changed so long as active members advise the CPCUG office so the old usernames can be confirmed. We've found an unexpected number of expired accounts which will not be continued. For CPCUG members getting @cpcug.org usernames for the first time, the default username will be constructed from the Member's first initial and last name (or first two letters of the first name in the event of conflict.) Requests to change usernames will be entertained after the changeover, but please do not ask the Office before February 3rd.
Those with Millkern-issued @cpcug.org accounts will continue to receive email at Millkern through January. After the host changes on February 1 those accounts and mailboxes move to new hardware. So those with Millkern-issued @cpcug.org accounts should retrieve any files stored with Millkern from Millkern before February unless you plan to shift to Millkern. This also should be done for any personal web pages , shell account files and settings, or other files you wish to preserve.
For members who were using Millkern for dial-up, you will need to arrange for a new ISP if you do not already have an alternative dialup or broadband provider: either continue with Millkern [instructions at www.millkern.com or in the January 18 email quoted above.] or by getting a new ISP. Millkern DSL was not part of the cpcug.org contract, so it should continue but confirm that with Millkern. Do not forget to add or change your email software for the new servers, as described above.
As close as we can arrange to 12:01 AM, February 1, 2006, the internet I. P. address for cpcug.org mail will change, and email not delivered to Millkern before then will come to our new host. Most of the mail in transit should be arriving at our new server by the end of the day, February 1, but it can take days for the last of the routers in the internet to get the new address. We expect help from Millkern in moving @cpcug.org emails left on their hardware to ours after January.
You will need to change one or two settings in your email software to retrieve that new mail after January (see also the paragraph after next on automatic email forwarding). The new server from which email is downloaded to you is named mail.cpcug.org. If you also plan to send mail directly from our new server, the sending server is also named mail.cpcug.org. In both cases, these are different names than those with old @cpcug.org accounts should use during January. How to make these changes is shown at
but do not make those changes until after the cpcug host is moved.
Those with shell accounts at Millkern can set up automatic forwarding from their @cpcug.org accounts, as described in the January 14 advisory, see below. That should reduce the number of emails accumulated at Millkern but unretrieved by the end of the month (CPCUG will also recover as much email as possible for members). The new email account will also allows auto forwarding too, so if you want your @cpcug.org email to go to another email box – including a new account at Millkern – , you can go on line after February 1, log into WebMail, update your password and set up your account to forward that mail. Those who do not want to manage their new accounts separately can have @cpcug.org forwarded to their main email account, and avoid adding new settings to their email software.
Barbara Conn, Robert Clemenzi and Larry McGoldrick have replaced the uninformative homepage at cpcug.org with a more helpful one, including information about managing email during January and CPCUG events. Information there will not be duplicated on cpcug.net.
Robert has also figured out how to add the necessary paths to the Millkern site, for those who have their own archives of their personal web pages and want to put them back up for January. Robert says to phone him and he'll get you going if you can FTP. I'd suggest you make an appointment by email first: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to use the members area of cpcug.net, you need your member number and a password. If you've forgotten, or never used it, contact Karen Courtney at the CPCUG Office and she'll fill you in (during office hours, please).
Efforts continue to provide substitutes for the missing LISTSERV email lists. The Delphi Programming SIG has created CPCUG_PSIG. To subscribe, join Yahoo Groups and then join CPCUG_PSIG. (The Programmers SIG is a group dedicated to exchanging ideas and information on programming with Microsoft's Visual Studio, Borland's Developer Studio, and related technologies. This includes Delphi, Lazarus, Chrome, C#, ASP, ASP.Net & Mono.) To join the list you might click to
Apparently the Senior SIG Discussion List has also been replaced by one at Yahoo too. To join this List send an e-mail message to
Members of the former List must individually join the new List, it is not done automatically.
As our new host does not offer shell accounts, I'm anxious to share recommendations for providers of suitable shell accounts. As of this writing, it is unclear if Millkern will move prior cpcpug.org shell accounts to one of its domains after January, or not. Those interested should ask Millkern. One member has noted that panix.com in New York is well reviewed by DCLUG( DC Linux User's Group). If you discover other sources, please let me know.
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