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May 14 Meeting: How to Give a Tech Talk


Topic: How to Give a Tech Talk
Presenters: Brian Gerard, Daniel Farrell, Jason Hibbets, Sandi Metz, Chris Collins
When: Thursday, 14th May, 7pm (pizza from 6.45pm)
Where: NC State Engineering Building 2 Room 1021, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Video: Youtube

Synopsis:
Giving a tech talk can seem daunting. Come get some tips and tricks from folks who have done it before.

This presentation will be a panel discussion about how to give a technical presentation. Panelists Brian Gerard, Daniel Farrell, Jason Hibbets, Sandi Metz, and Chris Collins will join us to talk about how they prepare to give a presentation, what to do and avoid during a presentation, how they handle questions from the crowd, and other aspects of presenting.

Bios:

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.

Daniel Farrell is a Software Engineer on Red Hat’s SDN Team, where he contributes to upstream OpenDaylight and OPNFV. He has been involved in SDN’s development since it emerged from Stanford, including early OpenFlow and OpenStack work. He’s now an active committer on OpenDaylight’s Integration Team.

Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, project manager, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer.

Sandi Metz, author of "Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby", believes in simple code and straightforward explanations. She prefers working software, practical solutions and lengthy bicycle trips (not necessarily in that order) and consults and teaches and speaks on all
things OOP.

Chris Collins began working for Duke in 2006, and became a systems administrator with the Duke Office of Information Technology's Linux team in 2008. As a technical lead and tech enthusiast, he teaches introductory and intermediate courses and workshops to a wide variety of audiences around campus, and regularly gives presentations highlighting new projects and technologies.

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Meeting 12 March: Performance Analysis


Topic: Performance Analysis
Presenter: Jeremy Eder
When: Thursday, 12th March 2015, 7pm - 9pm (6:45pm for pizza)
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: http://people.redhat.com/jeder/201503-trilug.pdf

Synopsis:
Jeremy will provide an overview of how the Performance Engineering group at Red Hat approaches performance analysis, show specific examples of testing methods that produced interesting results, and show how they are able to performance-tune infrastructure in the field using tools like tuned.

You will leave with a new appreciation for how many knobs and levers are available in the Linux kernel, and understanding how a practical approach to performance tuning can have a big impact on every-day deployments.

Bio:
Jeremy Eder is a Principal Software Engineer and Network Performance Lead at Red Hat Inc, where he specializes in measurement and analysis of kernel-related performance metrics, and using that analysis to guide performance-tuning of real-world infrastructure.

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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 2 Room 1021, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Slides: Jack's Slides PDF or git repo. Full Screen Capture (OGV) of the presentation.
Video: YouTube

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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