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@LANta.CON FAQ:

Q1. What is @LANta.CON (AT-LAN-ta-dot-CON)?
Q2. Is @LANta.CON a hacker Con?
Q3. So, what do you offer?
Q4. I'm new to this Linux and *BSD stuff. Can I get any help while I'm at the Con?
Q5. Will there be a central area for setting up and accessing the network?
Q6. LAN Party? - what do I need?
Q7. Which games are planned for the LAN Party?
Q8. What about R00tWarz?
Q9. Can you give more details on 'wired rooms'?
Q10. Is @LANta.CON a 2600 event?
Q11. Ok, so where in Atlanta is the Con being held?
Q12. Do you have to be staying at the hotel to attend the convention?
Q13. Are there age limits or requirements for attending?
Q14. What are the official con hours?
Q15. What's it going to cost?
Q16. Passes? You mean Con badges?
Q17. Ok, what's the catch on the hotel? Will my computer be safe?
Q18. What about Sponsors?
Q19. I have a great idea/sponsor/want to help, what should I do?
Q20. Anything else I should know?
Q21. Oh yeah - what should I bring?



Q1. What is @LANta.CON (AT-LAN-ta-dot-CON)?

A1. It's a computer enthusiasts convention held
in Atlanta, GA each year around April Fool's Day.
It's a LAN party with an attitude, an opportunity
to geek all weekend, a place to learn more
about alternative operating systems and Open
Source, a chance to show the public what true
hacking is all about, a place for recruiters and
future employees to network, or just a chance to
party in Atlanta for the weekend in the Spring.



Q2. Is @LANta.CON a hacker Con?

A2. Well, that could set off the whole "what is a
hacker" debate.  Short answer is "possibly" if
you go by the old school meaning of the word.
We're a collection of people who enjoy having a
detailed understanding of the internal workings
of a system, computers and computer networks in
particular, and finding better, faster, more
efficient, more secure, or just cooler ways of
accomplishing goals or solving problems.

But, primarily, we're a group of geeks getting
together to have a lot of fun and learn new
stuff.



Q3. So, what do you offer?

A3.  Basically, we take over a hotel and wire it
for LAN gaming and trading, plus add a separate
area for R00tWarz.  During the day, we've asked
different people from widely different backgrounds
to give information panels on technical subjects.
Last year, topics ran from Quantum Physics to
Windows OS vulnerabilities. Somewhere along the
way, we break out the super glue, silly string,
and XGA monitors and get creative.  This year,
we're also holding a few competitions such as
coolest case.



Q4.  I'm new to this Linux and *BSD stuff.
Can I get any help while I'm at the Con?


A4.  We have numerous Open Source users and
creators attending who are usually willing to
help newcomers with questions ranging from basic
installs to much higher level configuration.  We
strongly advise that you RTFM before asking for
help.  You may have many of your questions
answered by reading the man pages, and, if not, you'll
certainly stand a better chance of understanding
the answers you receive after you've done a bit
of research.



Q5. Will there be a central area
for setting up and accessing the network?

A5. The Main Con room will be LAN wired for the
duration of the Con. We always have a fairly
large number of people who prefer to set up their
equipment in the Main Con room for the whole
weekend.  This arrangement may work a bit better
for those who have friends with them so that
there is always someone keeping an eye on the
computers.

Obligatory Disclaimer: Even though we try to
limit access to the Con rooms to those with badges
only, and we have someone at the door monitoring
equipment coming and going, we simply cannot, so
we will not, be responsible for every piece of
electronics at the Con. A reasonable effort will
be made as far as equipment security is concerned,
but please note that liability for any equipment
brought to the Con is entirely yours.  Security
devices such as locking cables are highly
recommended, especially for portable high-value
items such as laptops.



Q6. LAN Party? - what do I need?

A6. Not much. If you are planning on gaming for
48 hours straight, it may be much easier and more
convenient to get a room at the Comfort Inn.
Aside from that:
 1. You need to bring your own computer.
 2. It should have a ethernet card. We 'might'
 be able to provide an odd NIC, but offer
 no guarantees on that.
 3. Follow the signs to the Main Con rooms and
 either set up there or sign up to game from
 your hotel room.
 4. You are responsible for having the registered
 versions, but we can probably provide the
 shareware versions of the games (if available).



Q7. Which games are planned for the LAN Party?

A7. The most likely games available will be
Quake III, Unreal Tournament, CounterStrike,
Tribes (Tribes 2 if it's out), etc. - the main
biggies (we would not be surprised to see Doom.)
Of course, anyone on the LAN may decide to setup
a StarCraft or similar game to join. Best advice:
If you have it, and like playing it on a LAN, or
think you'd like playing it on a LAN, bring it.



Q8. What about R00tWarz?

A8.  Well, you'll need your own computer with
NIC. This is an "enter at your own risk", "root or be
rooted" event.  We advise removing any personal
or vital data before entering the contest, and
Strongly advise planning on reinstalling the OS
afterwards. We hold no liability for any damages
incurred due to participating in this event.

R00tWarz will be on it's own separate network in
the Main Con rooms.  ANY attempts at hacking the
nice network will be met with the utmost
displeasure and exceedingly swift, brutally harsh
justice of the collective - NO EXCEPTIONS!



Q9. Can you give more details
on 'wired rooms'?

A9. As far as connecting or gaming from the
rooms:
* Yes, anyone *can* do this - possibly - but
  those with a room in the same building as the servers
  have a Much better chance at it. (The servers
  will be in place Thursday, simply state at
  check in that you want to be in a room on the LAN.)
* No, a wired room doesn't cost any extra.
* The hotel has a limit of 4 people to a room,
  but we only run one wire per room.  This does NOT
  mean only one IP!  Depending on the hardware
  available, we'll probably supply either DHCP or
  a block of static IPs. Once the wire is run to
  your room, how you split it out is up to you -
  including *your* hub or *your* switch.
* PLEASE - no daisy-chaining of hubs!!

As implied, the hotel isn't pre-wired - We run
the wire. That said, it's understandable that the
earlier you let us know what room you're in, and
that you want it wired, the earlier we can cut
and run a cable for you.  Once you're checked in to
the hotel, simply stop by the registration desk and
sign up. Wiring is first come, first served.



Q10. Is @LANta.CON a 2600 event?

A10. The idea for @LANta.CON came from a few
members of se2600, mostly from Georgia, who
attended PhreakNIC, a Con hosted by Nashville
members of se2600, and asked: "Why don't we do
a Con something like PhreakNIC in Atlanta?"



Q11. Ok, so where in Atlanta is the Con
being held?

A11: We're working on it.



Q12. Do you have to be staying at the hotel
to attend the convention?

A12. Room reservations are not required for
convention attendance - walk-ins by people
without rooms are definitely welcome. However; we
strongly recommend people not from Atlanta, or
people bringing lots of equipment, to reserve
a room for the weekend. Both weekend and daily
passes are available and can be purchased in
advance (money orders only) or at the
door.



Q13. Are there age limits or requirements
for attending?

A13. Hotels in Georgia require an adult (over 18)
to sign for a hotel room, but there are no age
restrictions for actually attending the
convention. Although @LANta.CON is aimed at computer
enthusiasts, we welcome all ages of the general
public to attend. On the other hand, we will not
be providing any form of child daycare nor extra
child supervision, so some common sense is to be used.



Q14. What are the official con hours?

A14. Events will be scheduled from 5:00 PM,
Friday March 30th to 3:00 PM Sunday, April 1st.
The backbone of the network should be in place by
checkin (3:00 PM) Friday, and breakdown starts at
checkout (12:00 noon) Sunday, with the wind down
and closing events scheduled for early Sunday
afternoon.  LAN gaming will be continual
throughout the convention.  The majority of the
panels will be held Saturday, but we expect to
have offerings of panels Friday night and Sunday
morning as well. Other events will be scheduled
spanning the weekend.



Q15. What's it going to cost?

A15. We're trying to keep this moderately priced,
last years average room cost (2 double beds, 4 person
occupancy), including network and convention, was
about $59.00 for advanced registars Per Room a night
(plus the obligatory 14% hotel tax, courtesy of
the state of GA.) Passes to the Con, for those not
pre registered at the hotel, will be around
$20.00 for the weekend.

This is not a profit making exercise. We're
hoping to cover the costs of the convention with
sponsorship and stuff like t-shirt sales. If we
get lucky with sponsorship it may allow us to
lower the price.  If we get really lucky and have
a surplus it will be held over for next year's
event.



Q16. Passes? You mean Con badges?

A16. From March 3rd until March 24th, we're offering
$15 badges for everyone who pre-registers to stay at
the hotel, one per person, to a maximum of 4 per room.
For those not pre-registered at the hotel, badges can
be bought 'at the door' for $20.00 for the
duration of the Con, or $10.00 for a single day
pass.  For security reasons, no one will be admitted
to the Con rooms without a badge.



Q17. Ok, what's the catch on the hotel?
Will my computer be safe?

A17: No catch. We routinely bring
(considerable amounts of) our own equipment. We
will also have Staff members and many volunteers
located within the Con rooms at all times. As
many people will also be bringing their own
equipment,  we will be enforcing
"No badge == No pass to Con rooms" for extra
security for those who wish to log on in the Con
rooms instead of their hotel room.

Obligatory Disclaimer - repeated: Even though we
try to limit access to the Con rooms to those
with badges only, and we have someone at the door
monitoring equipment coming and going, we simply
cannot, so we will not, be responsible for every
piece of electronics at the Con. A reasonable
effort will be made as far as  equipment security
is concerned, but please note that liability for
any equipment brought to the Con is entirely
yours. Security devices such as locking cables are
highly recommended, especially for portable
high-value items such as laptops.



Q18. What about Sponsors?

A18. They're greatly appreciated and very
welcome! Anyone wishing to donate equipment,
bandwidth, money, etc., in return for access to a
technologically 'prime demographic' may contact
us via our "Contacts" page for further information.
Sponsors help cover the costs of the convention,
including the convention halls, all the extra
needed electrical connections, wire, and power,
and the various other sundry expenses such as network
cables, etc.  We've given our sponsors their own
webpage, and those who don't wish to remain
anonymous can have their logo and/or a
description posted.



Q19. I have a great idea/sponsor/want to
help, what should I do?

A19. For the moment, contact us here via the
Contacts page, or post it to the cons list at
se2600 (cons@se2600.org), subscription required.
We will get in touch with you.



Q20. Anything else I should know?

A20. Yes. We reserve the right to have any unruly
or unreasonable persons removed from the premises, so, we
ask you very kindly: Please, don't break the hotel.



Q21. Oh yeah - what should I bring?

A21. Suggestion and reminder of Stuff To Bring.



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