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December 8 meeting: Open Source Showcase and Holiday Social

Topic: Open Source Showcase and Holiday Social
Presenter: You!
When: Thursday, December 8, 7pm
Where: SplatSpace, 331 W. Main St., Durham, NC
Map: http://splatspace.org/location/
Permalink: http://trilug.org/2011-12-08/showcase

Back by popular demand, our holiday meeting will be at SplatSpace (our local hackerspace) in Durham, NC.

We will provide space to anyone who wants to showcase open source projects they find interesting. It can be software, hardware, or data -- just as long as it's free (as in speech). Think of it as a science fair or show-and-tell for open source enthusiasts.

We will also open up the kitchen area for anyone who wants to bring snacks, desserts, and drinks to share with everyone else. These items do not have to be open source, but you definitely get extra geek cred if there is a creative-commons licensed recipe sitting next to the food you bring. It also makes it easier for folks like me, who try and avoid gluten, to know what's safe to eat.

The doors open at 7pm and you can wander from table to table, to see the neat things people are showcasing. If you are presenting something, be sure to let us know which things you want to see. We will try to coordinate breaks for people so that even the presenters get a chance to see the things that interest them.

If you'd like to showcase something or bring some food to share, please add an entry to the wiki page: http://trilug.org/wiki/Meeting:2011_December_8

PLEASE NOTE: To make things a little harder for spammers, you have to enter a username and password to access the wiki. The username is "TRI" and the password is "LUG".

You may also add things to the wiki page that you simply wish someone would demonstrate. That said, please consider running that table yourself. It's completely OK to show up with 20 copies of a live CD that you've been meaning to try out and to invite others to sit down and tinker on it with you. The important parts of this meeting are sharing your interests with others and socializing. Please let us know ASAP that you intend to present something, so that we can reserve a table and chair for you.

Alan Porter, one of our fantastic steering committee members, has volunteered to demo an Arduino system, "that measures and records environmental stats for our hermit crab's cage. It's like a Star Trek tricorder for crustaceans. The hardware and development tools are all open source - so share and enjoy!"

I've heard rumors that someone is bringing egg nog, but I'm not sure how much. What are you bringing? Go add it to the wiki now :)

Looking forward to seeing all of you at SplatSpace on December 8!

Kind regards,
Justis Peters

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November 10 meeting - Nagios and Cacti

Topic: Nagios and Cacti
Presenter: Dylan Lusk
When: Thursday, November 10, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html

No network is complete without an effective monitoring solution, and who doesn't love a good graph or two?

Come to TriLUG's November meeting to learn the ins and outs of network and service monitoring. Fellow TriLUG member Dylan Lusk will introduce Nagios and Cacti, two premier projects in the world of FOSS monitoring tools.

Dylan will go into the details of setting up a host system to monitor the health of your network. He will then show how to setup and integrate devices and services into the monitoring.

About Nagios and Cacti:

Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes.

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality.

About Dylan:

Dylan Lusk is currently a network engineer and system administrator for a regional telecommunications provider. Over the years he has honed his expertise in a variety of networking-related positions, including stints at a Charlotte datacenter/ISP and a major credit card company. His extensive experience with open source network monitoring stretches back to the days when Nagios was called NetSaint (circa 2000). Over those years, he has successfully monitored everything from blade servers in the lab to climate sensors in enterprise-grade network deployments.

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October 13 meeting - FabLab

Topic: FabLab
Presenter: Drew Nelson
When: Thursday, October 13th, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html
Permalink: http://trilug.org/2011-10-13/fablab

Drew will take us through the challenges and rewards of using Open Source software at FabLab.

Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.

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August 11 meeting - Technically Speaking...

When: Thursday, August 11th, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html

One of the coolest parts about TriLUG is how the members share their
projects with the rest of the group. Most of the TriLUG meeting presentations
over the last year have been given by members, not by outside guests.
But, geeks that we are, many of us are more comfortable in front of a laptop
(or a green screen terminal) than we are in front of a crowd.
We feel that the guy up front must have a knack for speaking, or maybe
he had a class on it. What does it take to be a good speaker?

Alan Hoffler was teaching technical courses at SAS, and teaching other
trainers how to teach, when he realized that his true passion was teaching
communication skills. This month, Alan will show us that giving a good
technical presentation is not that hard to do. In fact, it's something that
any of us can do.

We are very excited about having this crash course in technical presentation
skills, because we rely on our members for many of our programs. And
many of us are asked to give technical presentations at work as well.

About the speaker:
Alan D. Hoffler
Trainer, Speaker, Consultant, Coach

Raised around America's Space Program, Alan Hoffler has earned
degrees in aerospace engineering and applied mathematics and never
bothered to pursue a living in either field. At some point in his 20 years
of training technical corporate audiences, instructing in the college
classroom, teaching public high school, and speaking nationally to pilots
about flying safety he became passionate about helping others
communicate more effectively. He believes that communication has the
power to change a person, an organization, a community, and the world.
When he’s not speaking or training, he stays active serving in the local
chapter of his professional organization, supporting activities and
instructing in his local church, and enjoying the privileges of his
commercial pilot’s license. His blog identifies solutions to common
communication foibles and highlights his analytical eye and desire to
improve himself as well as his clients. His most challenging training
endeavor is also his most enjoyable – raising two children – and is the
basis of a forthcoming book on fatherhood.

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July 14 meeting - AirPrint and mDNS

When: Thursday, July 14th, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus
Map: http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html

Zero configuration networking allows machines on a network to publish their capabilities for others to use, without requiring an administrator to specifically list those services in a directory.

TriLUG member Jym Williams-Zavada will be taking a look at two zeroconf services, AirPrint and mDNS. Both of these technologies were introduced by Apple, and now they are gaining support on other platforms as well.

AirPrint allows you to publish the presence of a printer, and then allow devices to print to it. The quintessential use case is printing from an iPhone or iPad.

Similarly, mDNS publishes the presence of other services on a network. Perhaps you have a public shared drive where you store your music.

Jym will show us how to configure both of these services on a Linux machine.

Jym Williams-Zavada has been a member of TriLUG since he moved to NC from Syracuse, where he was active in SyrLUG. He served on the TriLUG steering committee last year. Jym currently works as a system administrator at Shodor in Durham.

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