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November 14 Meeting: Cryptography and GPG


Topic: Cryptography and GPG
Presenter: Sean Alexandre
When: Thursday, 14th November 2013, 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: Hangout OnAir (during the meeting) YouTube
Slides: gpg-presentation

Abstract:

Cryptography has been in the news a lot lately. We'll start with a quick overview of some of the major recent headlines, specifically about the NSA's attempts to circumvent and break encryption and what experts are recommending to stay as secure as possible online. This will be followed with a high-level overview of cryptography. We'll look at where it's been made easy to use, and were it's not so easy. Then we will dig into the details of using GPG from the command line, to encrypt documents and to verify software packages.

Bio:

Sean Alexandre is a Senior Software Developer at SAS Institute, where he's been working on different front-end applications for the past 12 years. Lately his interests have been on Linux and free software, with a focus on distributed systems and defensive security.

Keysigning and Infrastructure Workshop
There will be a Keysigning and Infrastructure Workshop on Saturday 16 Nov 2013 if you want to sign keys.

Sponsor:

MetLife Global Technology & Operations (GTO) is committed to delivering innovative solutions and infrastructure that help enable MetLife to deliver a world-class customer experience. We focus our global talent and resources on working to exceed customer expectations, while also trying to anticipate their needs. We're working to leapfrog the industry, in a dynamic work environment that fosters creativity, growth and collaboration.

With our new Global Technology hub now under construction in Cary and our team ramping up in the Research Triangle area, MetLife is recruiting world-class technology talent, and is actively hiring a diverse, global and highly skilled workforce.

For more information about MetLife's Global Technology & Operations (GTO) and to learn about open positions that are currently available, visit us online at http://metlifegto.com/

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October 10 Meeting: Choosing a secondary DNS server, now with data!

Topic: Choosing a secondary DNS server, now with data!
Presenter: Aaron Joyner
When: Thursday, 10th October 2013, 7pm (pizza from 6.45pm)
Where: NC State Engineering Building II Room 1025, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Video:

YouTube

Abstract:
Are you responsible for a DNS domain, perhaps professionally, or a "vanity" domain for your personal email?  Have you given much thought to the DNS resolvers for that domain?  Every domain requires at least one DNS server, and everyone has probably heard that they should have a geographically disparate secondary server to hedge against catastrophic outages (network, building, etc).  Assuming you don’t have the luxury of a globally distributed set of datacenters, where should your secondary DNS server be hosted?  This talk will present one man's quest to answer that question, along with the data used to visualize and understand the available options.  There will also be a brief discussion of how that data was collected, and open source code (in Go, http://golang.org) to do it yourself.

Bio:
Aaron S. Joyner is a Sr. Systems Engineer in the Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) group at Google. He has been working as a SysAdmin for more than 15 years at companies such as Global Knowledge, Intrex.net, and MWG Biotech. When living in Raleigh, he was actively involved with the Triangle Linux Users Group, serving on the steering committee as SysAdmin in 2004-2005, and giving talks on DNS for NC*SA and TriLUG. Since joining Google in 2005, he has helped to maintain their internal DNS infrastructure and been primarily responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting Google's serial console systems.  For the past ~4 years, he has been leading a team of SREs responsible for supporting production authentication and machine management systems.

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About Peak 10 Inc.
Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored cloud computing, data center and other information technology (IT) infrastructure solutions and managed services, primarily for mid-market businesses. Customer-centric, responsive and cost-effective, Peak 10 solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers' changing business needs, enabling them to increase agility, lower costs, improve performance and focus internal resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 holds the Cisco® Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation. Peak 10 is SSAE 16 audited and helps companies meet the requirements of various regulatory compliance acts such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA). For more information, visit www.peak10.com.

NCSU Host:
A big thanks to the Office of Information Technology and NCSU for making the room available during Fall Break.

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September 12 Meeting: Open Source: the Nanotechnology of the Cloud


Topic: Open Source: the Nanotechnology of the Cloud
Presenter: Michael Tiemann
When: Thursday, 12th September 2013, 7pm
Where: NC State Engineering Building III Room 2207, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Video:

YouTube
Slides:
PDF

Michael Tiemann started the world's first open source software company, thereby placing the topic of open source into the field of economics.

Ignored for several years, open source has helped to rewrite the rules of economics, and has become an important subject among Nobel laureates. After reviewing 20+ years of Nobel Prize lectures in economics, Tiemann has synthesized a new perspective on the economics of cloud computing and the continued role that open source will play in the development of this new paradigm.

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August 8 Meeting: Patents and Linux in Context

Topic: Patents and Linux in Context
Presenter: Keith Bergelt
When: Thursday, 8th August 2013, 7pm
Where: NC State Engineering Building II Room 1025, Centennial Campus
Parking: The parking decks and Oval Drive street parking are free after 5pm
Map: Google Maps
Video:

YouTube

Keith will talk about intellectual property as a reality that shapes the context for open source software, particularly when overlaid against trends in technologies such as mobile and cloud computing, provide the history of Open Invention Network and its licensee community, and discuss Linux Defenders and other opportunities for community members to contribute proactively for the benefit of open source software.

Keith Bergelt is the chief executive officer of Open Invention Network® (OIN), the collaborative enterprise that enables innovation in open source and an increasingly vibrant ecosystem around Linux. In this capacity he is directly responsible for enabling, influencing and defending the integrity of the Linux ecosystem. Central to the achievement of his goals is the acquisition and transfer of patent rights designed to permit members of the Linux ecosystem to operate free of the threat of assertion and litigation from those whose business models are antithetical to innovation and global economic growth in information technology and computing.

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July 11 meeting: Lightning Talks

Topic: Lightning Talks
Presenter: TriLUG Community
When: Thursday, 11th July 2013, 7pm
Where: NEW LOCATION! Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NC State Engineering Building II Room 1021, Centennial Campus (just across the street from Red Hat)
Parking: The parking decks are free after 5pm, and street parking on Oval Drive.
Map: Google Maps
Video: YouTube
RSVP:
EventBrite (You don't actually need to bring a ticket to attend. Getting one just helps us prepare for refreshments so nobody goes without pizza!)

We'll be putting the July meeting in the hands of the TriLUG community by holding a series of Lightning Talks. Lightning talks are short talks of about 5-15 minutes long that give the audience a taste of a topic rather than going into the great detail associated with formal presentations. If you've been working on a cool project lately or learned something cool about technology, you are qualified to present something!

If you have an idea for a talk, please pitch it on the TriLUG mailing list and the community will help you cultivate it into a presentation you can be proud of. Prepend your subject line with "LT:" to make it easy to find (ie subject = "LT: Using Inkscape"). The Steering Committee will then collate a list of the topics and speakers from the mailing list posts. There isn't a set theme yet, but we expect a theme will emerge from the discussions in the next couple of weeks.

  • Cracking Password Hashes (Slides) - Scott Miller
  • Booting Linux on EFI using rEFInd - Matthew Frazier
  • Electric Cars and Open Source Cars (Slides) - Jeremy Davis
  • Network testing with iperf (Slides) - Bill Farrow
  • Networking Tools (Slides) - William Chandler
  • Flashback - a better way to backup -Alan Porter
  • Open Source Ecological Solutions - Moustapha Barry
  • Ceph storage platform (Slides) - Jack Hill

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