SIG Sysadmin First Meeting

SIG Sysadmin will be having its first meeting this upcoming Tuesday February 3rd at 5PM in SELE 2264, the room next to the ACM Office. The meeting agenda will consist of an introduction for new members to the SIG and the workspace in SELE 2264, a hardware demonstration, and collecting feedback for future workshops and presentations. We will also be touching base with continuing members, what they have been working on, and what progress still needs to be made.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to look over the SIGs page on the ACM website as well as the information currently documented on the ACM wiki.


Good luck with your semester,

Walter Dworak

ACM SysAdmin

Weekend Server Downtime

This Saturday some major building work is being done in SELE that will knock out power to the north side of the building. While this shouldn't interfere with the CS spaces, as a precaution there will be an equipment power down Friday night in expectation of a possible power outage in the entire building. There will be a placeholder site up with a notice about the building maintenance, but please grab any data you may need beforehand.

-Walter Dworak
ACM SysAdmin

The following domains will be affected and potentially down until Monday:

SIG SysAdmin Meeting Nov 10th 5PM

There will be a SIG SysAdmin meeting today despite what the calendar has been indicating. (The event should be listed again). The meeting will be at 5PM in the IT lab. The agenda will be assigning specific admin roles, any outstanding project setup, and project progress. If you have started a project, please make sure to attend this meeting so progress can be checked all at once.

Walter Dworak

SIG App Update

Hi guys!

I thought I'd take a moment to talk about one of our SIGs. As time goes on, I'll talk to more of our sigs and let you know what they're up to, but seeing as how SIG App met today, we'll start with them.

SIG App has been doing a lot with JS development and has some exciting meetings coming up. So far they've worked with basic JS and a few of the core libraries, useful for front end, back end, and database access development. Today particularly they went over using JS libraries to access Mongo DB (a popular database system). Jeff Gensler (head of SIG App) is doing a lot to help people become webapp developers. Next week, those who have been attending thus far will be giving presentations on libraries they haven't discussed yet. For those of you who are unaware, libraries are add-ons to the language in order to provide functionality not included in the standard release. If you're looking for a single SIG App meeting to go to, this would be a great one! We look forward to what they're doing, and with any grace, the apps they develop by the end of the semester.

SIG App meets Wendnesday at 4:00 PM and is headed by Jeff Gensler.

SIG SysAdmin Meeting 9/22/2014

Meeting reminder that there will be a SIG meeting today at 5:30pm and we will initially be meeting at SEL 2264. We will be doing the guided installation session today so anyone that has not yet gotten their ACM accounts setup will either need to beforehand or message me directly. I will be working around people not having an account for this meeting only, since it will be the first one that requires it.

Walter Dworak

SIG SysAdmin Meeting Update

As promised I have an update for this week since scheduling conflicts prevented us from meeting on Monday. Considering this, and the short notice before the first meeting, I would like anyone still interested in joining the SIG to go the the UIC Linux Users Group meeting tomorrow, 9/18/2014, at 5:30PM. The current room listing is for SEO 1000, but check the event details on their website,, or the calendar event directly,, in case they make any last minute changes.

Also, if you cannot make it and would still wish to join and take part in the guided Linux installation that is planned, please send me an email directly at wdwora2 AT uic DOT edu or join our SIGs mailing list, details here:, and post there.

Walter Dworak
ACM Sysadmin

SIG SysAdmin Meeting Update for 9/15

I believe I told people to expect the next meeting this coming Monday, Sept 15th, as the next meeting day for the SIG. However, due to the Reflections Projections Information meeting being held on Monday causing too much overlap for my comfort, this should NOT be regarded as the case. I will post a new update when I have more information as to the schedule, hopefully I can figure out an alternative meeting day for next week rather than push it back.

Sorry guys,
Walter Dworak

SIG Sysadmin First Meeting


Hey Guys,    

So this is the official announcement I promised at the meeting yesterday and have a time and date for the first SIG Sysadmin meeting. As noted in the subject it will be at 5:30pm Monday, September 8th in SELE 2264. I would have liked to give people more lead time in notice, but unfortunately it currently looks like has to either be this coming Monday or get pushed back a week.  

  If you are interesting in joining or just want to get more information on the SIG, but this time and day does not work at all then please send me an email to wdwora2 AT uic DOT edu and include some of your schedule details so we can work something out and if enough people respond I will look into other possibilities. 

The agenda for the meeting will be a general introduction of any current and potential members to the work space, systems, some software/hardware concepts, and to get a general idea of where everyone is at in experience and interests as to better plan for future meetings and get a many people moving in the right direction as possible from the get go. Before then I invite everyone to check out our SIGs area of the website,, and our wiki,, to start getting an idea of what things the ACM currently has, what some of our members have done so far, and to start thinking about what you would like to do and get out of the organization.


Have a good Fall semester and hope to see you on Monday,

Walter Dworak ACM Sysadmin

First Meeting, HOT HOT HOT!

I'm not kidding. It was ridiculously hot in there. Normally we meet in SEO 1000 which is larger and better ventilated, but due to it being the second week of school we had to meet in the CS lounge. Then over 100 people showed up! That's your fault, not ours. You should be less extraordinary in the future. You're setting a high bar, little high achievers.

The meeting went generally pretty well I thought. We talked about ACM in general, then gave you free pizza (and who doesn't like free pizza?) before the SIGs gave their incredibly impressive presentations. In case you were one of the three people not cool enough to come to the meeting, here's a quick synopsis of what ACM announced:

Association for Computer Machinery is an association for computer machinists. We hold a variety of talks, including bringing in companies, bringing technical experts, and having university professors discuss their research. We're trying to get some of the best talks this year of all time. It's a great way to advance your career and network, and if you want to comment on the way the organization is being run, you can come to our special town hall meetings for specifically discussing the organization. We also run a variety of Special Interest Groups, which are great ways to get involved with projects, and the famous SIG-Fun which is how we all relax from CS and get to know our classmates. We play games (board and computer), and hold movie nights. Great way to socialize.

If you actually join ACM you will get access to an ACM account on our persistent linux servers with a variety of abilities such as server space and access to ACM resources--this includes wifi and LAN access (much better than UIC wifi, and no we're not kidding). You also get access to the ACM library! I currently have two books checked out, it's really useful if you need information on a specific topic... You get to go to Reflections Projections. You want to go to that and see some serious speaks and hang out with some serious cool peeps. All this for only $10.

Events coming up:

- Life at Google, Friday September 5th @ 4PM in SEO 1000:
An alumn from UIC who goes to google is going to come talk about as you guessed, life @ google.

- ITA Fall Chanllenge, Thursday, September 11 at 5pm in the CS lounge:
An event to test your CS and progrmaming knowledge. Great prizes await those who do well.

- Linux Users Group (LUG) Meeting, Thursday September 18th @ 5:30 in the CS tunnel,
Our sibling organization that is involved with linux! They have some break out groups of their own, feel free to check it out!

-2014 ACM-ICPC North America, Saturday September 27th 2014, Qualifier Contest AND
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 Real Contest
A personal favorite event of mine. Strict algorithm and coding competition. Literally what made me decide I wanted to do CS.

Anyway that's all I got for you, hope to see you around the lounge.

Ian Swift
ACM Secretary

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