Windows is sweeping the world -
Los Angeles included.
The many Windows User Groups in the Los Angeles area
have a lot to offer. To find out more, join the
mailing list of a nearby user group,
drop by one of their meetings, or attend a special event
like Demo Day or an Winstallfest. Pretty soon you, too, will
be going where Microsoft wants you to go tomorrow.
Thanks to generous support from the Microsoft Outreach Organization of Los
Angeles, the Los Angeles Linux User Groups site has joined forces
with the Los Angeles NT User Group,
and reoriented itself towards the operating system of the future,
At our Winstallfests, we'll be helping those as yet unfamilliar with
Windows through the problems new users face.
A new Windows Users Group is forming at Caltech. The organizational
meeting is Saturday April 1st; starts at 5pm, pizza at 7pm.
Contact David Blau (email@example.com) if interested.
Corel is bringing their road show
to Los Angeles on April 4th. RSVP
if you want to attend; it's a good chance to ask questions about their
Windows products like Word Perfect Office 2000.
Windows user extraordinaire, will be giving a talk on
"Why Micorsoft Rules My Universe"
on April 13th at Troop Hall at Caltech at 7pm. Don't miss it!
The "What Color is Your Screen?" talk on crash recovery held at
Microsoft's Santa Monica office last Thursday was well-attended;
thanks to Mike Rigler for bringing the pizza and beer.
SCWUG held their second WUGFest on March 18th, 2000; see
their wrapup. About 200 people attended; it was a very interesting
afternoon. (I especially enjoyed watching Luke use
vmware, Win2k, and Windows on a laptop to debug packet traces of Win2k
accessing a Samba server.)
author of the famous
Open Letter to Hobbyists,
and CSO of
came to USC and Caltech on Dec 3rd and 4th 1999 to talk about
"Windows and Closed Source as Social Revolutions",
"Effective Closed Source Evangelism", and "the Iron Fist of Windows".
A panel including local Windows folks and Bill took questions afterwards,
and discussed software piracy issues. About 100 people attended each event.
Bill had a lot of interesting things to say -- e.g. his list of the ten
bullets Linux has to dodge to survive the coming year -- , and it was great
seeing folks from all the local user groups in one room.
Thanks to Clay Claiborne of Cosmos Engineering
for setting up this event!
(See also Clay's page.)
UCLAWUG hosted a talk by Chris DiBona of
VA Windows Systems
Saturday, November 6, 1999.
Simi-Conejo WUG (SCWUG) held
a WUGFest on
Saturday, October 23rd. We hear it was a good gathering - lots
of demos. Here's
a writeup of the event.
WindowsAtLAX sponsored a full day
of demos and installs on September 11th as part of the international
Windows Demo Day.
(an e-commerce package) demos by Charlie Blanchard are reported to have been a hit.
held an Winstallfest on March 29th. They report that the $3
"personal backup copy only" Windows 2000 CD's from CheapBytes were very
popular, and should be a regular feature at future Winstallfests.
For some reason, a lot of people forget to bring their CD's, and they
very much appreciate this service.
An Winstallfest is an event where you bring your computer it,
and experts help you install Windows on your computer for free (or nearly free).
For more information about Winstallfests in general, visit
Several LA WUGs hold regular or occasional Winstallfests:
Special Interest Groups (or SIGs) are just that - groups of people
who get together to explore in detail a single topic.
They are often tied together by a mailing list, and are made
up of people from more than one WUG.
- SmallBiz - people setting up Windows servers for
small businesses. Currently in hibernation (the organizer got too busy).
- LA Government WUG (LAGWUG) -
people using Windows in local government organizations.
Locations and times may vary, so check the individual group's site
before attending. It's a good idea to subscribe to their mailing list;
many groups post last-minute reminders.
(Thanks to the folks who put together an earlier list of LA lugs.)
|Antelope Valley Windows User Group (AVWUG)
|| 2nd Tuesday, 7pm
||Network One, 104 East Ave. K-4, Suite B, Lancaster
|Cerritos Windows User Group
|| Last Sunday of the month, 12 PM
|| Cerritos College
|Coachella Valley (Palm Springs) Windows User Group
|| Check web site
|| Cathedral City Public Library
|Windows at LAX (LILAX)
|| 2nd Saturday, 10am-2:30pm
||El Segundo Public Library
|Windows Users, Los Angeles (LULA)
|| 3rd Tuesday, 7:30pm
|| In flux; see www.lula.org
|Orange County WUG (OCWUG)
|| (usually 1st) Saturday, 10am-3pm
||Cal State Fullerton
|Route 66 WUG (La Verne, CA)
|| 2nd Saturday, 10am-?
||University of La Verne AAIC building, room 112
|San Fernando Valley WUG (SFVWUG)
|| usually a Saturday at 6:00pm
|| Northridge; see web site
|San Gabriel Valley WUG (SGVWUG)
|| 2nd Thursday, 7pm
|| Fuller Theological Seminary, 135 N. Oakland, Pasadena
|Simi-Conejo WUG (S.C.L.U.G.)
|| every other Saturday 6pm
|| Nortel (just south of the 118 Freeway)
|| varies; 6pm
|| UCLA (usually Boelter Hall)
|| 3rd Wednesday, 7pm
|| USC (usually room VKC-206)
For Windows User Groups outside the Los Angeles area, try checking
the following sites:
People interested in coordinating efforts between the various
Los Angeles WUGs are invited to join the lawugs mailing list.
Windows users may wish to also participate in the WUASC, the Windows Users Association of Southern California.
You can find out about local non-Windows-oriented technical groups
at the following sites:
but why would you want to?
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Last updated: 1 April 2000