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Houston RUG sets dates for conference

The only HP 3000 conference scheduled for 2006 has now released specific dates in November, as well as a location not quite inside Houston. The Greater Houston Regional Users Group (GHRUG) is employing the "Greater" part of its name, choosing a venue on Clear Lake, southeast of the city, as the site of this year's November 10-12 conference.

The conference will be held over a weekend, Friday through Sunday. But the Clear Lake venue — the University of Houston at Clear Lake — is only a mile from the Johnson Space Center, NASA's ground-tracking and training base for its space missions. Galveston, with a great beach along its seawall on the Gulf of Mexico, is only about a half-hour drive down I-45, too. Attendees will likely need a car, since the University is at least a $40 cab ride from Houston's Intercontinental Airport. The University is much closer to the Hobby Airport in-town, where low-cost carrier Southwest flies.

November provides good weather for the southeast Texas area, too — with much less risk of hurricanes than those September conference dates for the 2006 HP Technology Forum, also being held in the Houston area. And last year's record Nov. 10 high in Galveston was 84 degrees.

GHRUG was developing details on the conference as of last week, but the price for the event "will be kept very low, as is the cost for exhibitors," said GHRUG conference organizer Denys Beauchemin.

"The initial announcement brought forth a deluge of responses to yours truly," he added, "and so we are moving forward!"

Attendees can visit for information about the location of the conference, and the GHRUG site for ongoing details. There's an all-purpose registration form for GHRUG conferences at the site, too. For comments, questions or suggestions, contact Beauchemin by e-mail.