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January 8 Meeting: Improve your Editing Life with Vim

Topic: Improve your Editing Life with Vim
Presenter: Jack Hill
When: Thursday, 8th January 2015, 7pm (pizza from 6.45pm)
Where: NC State Engineering Building and Room TBA, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps

Synopsis:
I spend a large fraction of my time editing text, and am always on the lookout for things that will make the experience more enjoyable. In this talk, we will take a tour of the vim editor from how to use it and straight forward configuration options to arbitrary programming and scripting. While investigating these features, we will look at then through the lens of how they change your daily editing lives. There are, of course, other editors, and we will take a lightning tour of the other options.

Bio:
Jack is a GNU/Linux administrator at Duke University. His is also a member of the Steering Committee, and is passionate about Free software, storage, and Haskell. When not thinking about computers, he cares about Catholicism, trains, and ultimate (frisbee).

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Meeting 13 November: The State of Open Source Bookkeeping


Topic: The State of Open Source Bookkeeping
Presenter: Eric Leary
When: Thursday, 13th November 2014, 7pm (pizza from 6.45pm)
Where: NC State Engineering Building I Room 1007, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Sponsor:Apex Systems
Video: YouTube

Synopsis:
The domain of financial record keeping could greatly benefit from new open source projects that provide accounting software solutions for the small to medium enterprise. The current offerings don't fulfill contemporary requirements, are often buggy and moribund in the maintenance of the code base, or are intractable to implement without extensive commitment from third party developers.

Quickbooks Online and Xero accounting will be held up as representative targets from the commercial world that the open source community should pursue with competitive products and frameworks. The talk will delve into GnuCash and other open source offerings, showing their strengths and weaknesses in today's world.

Bio:
Eric is not an accountant, he is a bookkeeper. He has been using Quickbooks for over 17 years in a wide range of industries, but he is drawn to Python and Open Source for some strange reason. I think he would prefer to give it all up and go back to theater set design, but such is life.

Sponsor:

Apex Systems, an On Assignment company (NYSE: ASGN), provides organizations with scalable IT staffing solutions to address critical gaps in their current workforce and augment workforce management strategies. We specialize in providing IT professionals for contract, contract-to-hire, direct placement, and managed solutions to clients in Fortune 500, mid-market, and emerging companies. Our specialized technology and industry practice groups help us match the most talented and qualified technical professionals to great companies across the country. Apex was named to Inavero’s Best of StaffingTM Client lists in 2012 and 2013.

Apex and On Assignment combine to be the 2nd largest IT staffing and services firm in the U.S.

Visit www.apexsystemsinc.com to learn more about Apex. To view our current job openings and join our Talent Network, visit itcareers.apexsystemsinc.com.

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Meeting 9 October: Katello


Topic: Katello
Presenter: Brad Buckingham
When: Thursday, 9th October 2014, 7pm (pizza from 6.45pm)
Where: NC State Engineering Building II Room 1021, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Video: YouTube

Synopsis:
What is Katello and how can it help me?

Katello (http://katello.org/) is a systems lifecycle management plugin to Foreman (http://theforeman.org/), and the next-generation replacement for the very-popular Spacewalk (http://spacewalk.redhat.com/). Katello adds software and subscription management capabilities to Foreman, which itself offers configuration management and provisioning via Puppet.

Katello might be useful to you if:
- you are a novice to advanced system administrator
- you are managing 10 to 10,000+ hosts
- you want to control the content available to hosts based on rules you define
- you want to provision hosts using the content you are managing
- you want hosts to consume content that you are managing
- you would like to interact with the system using a web UI, CLI or REST API

This presentation will cover topics such as managing the lifecycle of content, provisioning systems with that content and enabling existing systems to consume content.

Bio:
Brad Buckingham is a Principal Software Enginner at Red Hat working on the Katello open source project, and previously on Spacewalk. He first began working on Linux around 1993 and since then has been developing applications to run on Linux and Unix across multiple domains (e.g data acquisition systems at NASA, telecommunications and for the enterprise).

Sponsor: Red Hat
Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.

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Meeting 11 September: Lightning Talks


Topic: Lightning Talks
When: Thursday, 11th September 2014, 7pm (pizza from 6.45pm)
Where: NC State Engineering Building I Room 1007, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Video: YouTube
Sponsor: Bandwidth.com

Overview
"A lightning talk is a very short presentation given at a conference or similar forum. Unlike other presentations, lightning talks last only a few minutes and several will usually be delivered in a single period by different speakers." - Wikipedia

Sign up
Lightning talks are fun to watch and even more fun to give. Everyone is passionate about something, and this is a great way to share that passion. It takes very little commitment to present something, making it a great way to test the waters before giving larger presentations. Submit your talk via the Sign Up Form

Speaker Preparation Workshop
TriLUG will be running an optional Lightning Talk prep session at Splat Space in Durham (331 W. Main St.) on Saturday, August 30th from 15:00-18:00 EDT so people can exchange ideas and work on their talks. People can go out to dinner afterwords if interested.

List of Talks



  1. Fedora.next [5 min]
    - by John Dulaney http://jdulaney.wordpress.com

    Explain Fedora.next, the working groups, and products.
    http://fedoraproject.org/

  2. How to host your own dropbox/gcal/gcontacts! [10 min]
    - by Sebastian http://gnube.hcoop.net/wiki

    Using Owncloud and a Beaglebone Black you can create your own dropbox/google calendar/google contacts with as much space as you want! I'm creating a guide so anyone else can also do it. The basics are mostly there and I'd love some help!
    The talk would be a brief description of the project, a demonstration of my personal owncloud (and the speed of transfer), and a call for help.

  3. LilyPond - Music Typesetting on Linux [5 min]
    - by Scott Miller (stmiller in #trilug") https://scottlinux.com

    LilyPond is a free (GPLv3) music engraving or typesetting app. LilyPond is somewhat similar to LaTeX but for music. This talk will give a quick overview as well as demonstration of working with LilyPond on Linux which I have used for professional purposes.
    http://lilypond.org/

  4. Sketching computer network diagrams on a computer [5 min]
    - by Stanley Karunditu http://veegeex.io

    As a network engineer discussing a network as always means getting out a piece of paper and drawing the network. Would be nice to sketch a network diagram and quickly save it for later on a computer. So i can make it pretty on visio later. VeegeeX(vgx) is my open source attempt at this problem.
    http://veegeex.io

  5. Stupid pinging web app again [10 min]
    - by William Chandler http://0x0f.io

    Stupid pinging web app i showed off last year. revamping it

  6. Open Source Status Updates [5 min]
    - by Lenore Ramm http://eronel.blogspot.com

    Status.net, OStatus and Pump.io

  7. Introduction to FIO [5 min]
    - by Dwain Sims
    Introduction to FIO - The Flexible I/O Tester
    Owner - Jens Axboe

    fio is the Swiss Army Knife of I/O Test and Benchmarking tools. It supports many different I/O engines, and can work with complete block devices or files. It runs on Linux, Windows, and various UNIX flavors.

    This lighting talk will be a brief introduction to fio and how it works.
    http://freecode.com/projects/fio

  8. Password Management with KeePassX [5 min]
    - by Michael Hrivnak
    KeePassX is an open source password manager. I'll show how to manage all of your passwords in one app and have convenient access to them from your desktop machines and mobile devices.
    http://www.keepassx.org/
  9. RTL-SDR [5 min]
    - by Kevin Otte
    Wherein I tempt the Fates of the Live Demo and show off a $25 USB device that lets us see and hear the myriad of radio signals floating around us.
    http://sdr.osmocom.org/trac/wiki/rtl-sdr
  10. Skyping - unlimited U.S. Calls @ a very good rate [5 min]
    - by Mike Rulison
    I stumbeld upon Skype as a way to avoid mobile phone charges on a cheap/expensive mobile phone --- as long as I am at a wifi source.
    http://www.skype.com/en/
  11. LaTeX War Crimes [5 min]
    - by ik http://iank.org/

    http://blog.iank.org/programmatically-generated-latex-sieve-of-eratosthenes.html


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Meeting 14 August: Bash Shell


Topic: Bash Shell
Presenter: Brian Gerard
When: Thursday, 14th August 2014, 7pm (pizza from 6.45pm)
Where: NC State Engineering Building II Room 1021, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Video: YouTube
Slides: PDF and code on GitHub

Synopis:
As Linux users, we spend a lot of our time on the command line, in the shell. And the most popular shell in Linux-land is bash, GNU's Bourne-Again shell. Many users never move beyond the simple execution of a few well-known commands, but there is a lot more that can be done if you learn how.

In this talk, we will go over some less-frequently-used options to some well-known commands and show how they can be put together into more powerful command line constructs. From there, we will explore some of the more useful built-in features of bash and demonstrate how they can be assembled into new commands.

The goal is to give the audience a glimpse into the real power of bash, along with some guidance on how to incorporate some of that power into their own environments and daily workflows.

Bio:
Brian Gerard has been working with various *nixes, and Linux specifically, since the mid-'90s, as a Systems Administrator, a Software Engineer, and an end user. After eight years developing abuse defenses for Yahoo! and training their engineers, he now uses his expertise doing deployment automation and security work for WebAssign.

Whatever the role, throughout his career he has found the shell to be an invaluable tool; first using csh, eventually moving to tcsh, and finally (after a friend made it his personal mission to get him to switch), bash. His startup files are the stuff of legend, he has more aliases than your average mafioso, and his prompt decorations have been known to bring tears of joy to the eyes of even the most jaded of sysadmins.

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