Minnits - 1 March 2003

Sat 01 Mar Meeting Minutes

Compsoc Exec Minnits

1 March 2003



Tutorials, new exec, budget, Comic Relief, University of Portsmouth Computing Society, LANs, shop, sponsorship, VNC.


Perl tutorial to be held in weeks three and four, possibly also in week five of term three.
Quake3 tutorial to be held in week three or four.

New exec

There are three courses run by the Union for incoming exec members: duty of care, equal ops and managing finances. Sadiq is to take duty of care (things like getting insurance for trips), Phil to take equal ops and Christian (by virtue of being the incoming Treasurer) to take managing finances.


We’ve budgeted for more games, and a new LAN server to replace Teapot.
Sadiq raised the question of what it could be used for outside of LANs.
One possible use put forward was to host the various patches and demos of popular games, and try to get it hosted somewhere on campus. Sadiq offered to have a talk with people at Warwick Piazza and Phil noted that we might be able to use the Filmsoc cupboard.
Other goodies to go on the budget:
About £50 for tutorials (e.g. for slides) and about £20 for the freshers feyre stand. Some business card CDs for members in lieu of membership cards. These CDs to contain: a bootable micro Linux distribution, phoenix, putty, VNC, etc.

Comic Relief

At the LAN, we decided to have some sort of tournament for Comic Relief, Sadiq volunteered to contact them to get information and it had not arrived in time for the exec meeting.
The game most likely to be played is Counterstrike, pending the resolution of a problem with the sound (the fairly recently added voice mod kills sound). Options to explore are 1) Prod the configuration some more, 2) Run an older version or 3) Run something else.
It was noted that the problem with 3 is that CS is more well known than any alternatives, and that People would bitch about using an old version of HalfLife and/or Counterstrike.

Advertising the tournament:
Mention it in a newsletter, try to get it mentioned on the unofficial Direct Connect hub, newsgroup postings, post it on website, posters at DCS, Union and around the University.

It was agreed to hold it on the 14th of March (which is Comic Relief night), even though it was the last day of term.

Phil offered to do the posters, and Sadiq offered to talk to people (e.g. general plugging, DC hub admin, etc.)

The printing of the posters was left to be discussed later, although LazerLizard was mentioned as an option.

University of Portsmouth Computing Society

Now hosted on Molotov, including DNS.
A weekend road trip to Portsmouth was suggested as an activity for the third term, probably just before the BFL and also possibly invite a few of their members to attend. Phil to speak to people over there. It was suggested that we hire a minibus to transport ourselves down there, and it was noted that the UPCS people would have to arrange any transport themselves.


It was discussed whether there were any other available locations that could house a similar capacity as LIB1 and LIB2 (combined rooms has a power limit of twenty PCs per room, although recent LANs have “borrowed” power from downstairs to accommodate everyone in LIB2). There were none.

Since there are exams in the third term, it was questioned whether to bother with having a LAN towards the start of term as well as the BFL. We decided to have one at the end of week two.

The BFL is to run from Monday (or maybe Tuesday) until Thursday of Week 30. The rooms are to be booked ahead of time.


Part of the Compsoc site that isn’t available from the main page is the shop, which has links to various books that can be purchased via a referrer link. David Buckley is to update and fix this.


Not much done so far, we’ve possibly missed when most of the companies come looking. It was noted that the main thing Compsoc does is gaming, and not as many academic related things which would attract sponsors.
Sadiq mentioned that a company that does LANs in London often gets sponsored by big names like ATI (e.g. free Radeon 9700 for a LAN related competition), even though their turnout is comparable to this year’s LANs. He said he would investigate what sort of sponsorship our LANs could get.


Sadiq brought up the idea of hosting some Linux desktops accessible through VNC which members could sign up for to try Linux without installing it. Since this would be demanding of resources, Sadiq proposed we approach DCS to try to get some hardware and said he would talk to Mike Joy about it.