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This is our main meeting.  This meeting usually takes the form of 1 or usually more presentations.  We try to keep a good balance of novice and advanced subjects so that nobody will be overwhelmed of bored.  Just show up, and we hope you learn something.

If you would like some examples of what to expect at this meeting, check out some of the videos that have been made of our presentations.

Topics:
Various topics ranging form beginner's to advanced, user to administrator.
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM
Where: Desert Breeze Substation: 251 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

What to expect:

  • 6:30 - mingling/networking and last minute setup
  • 7:00 - Formal meeting starts with announcements and other PLUG business
  • 7:15 - Presentation(s)
  • 9:00 - Clean up and CAT (Chat About Technology) at a local restaurant. (We sit around and talk about Linux and other geeky stuff over food) We usually meet up at BJ;s in the Chandler fashion center mall located at:
    3155 W.Chandler Blvd.
    Chandler, AZ  85226 (Map to BJ's)

We'll have 3 presentations at this month's meeting, starting off which what we hope to be an infrastructure series, and what is more basic to our infrastructure than the power itself, so Barbara Cenalmor of SRP will be telling us about the nitty gritty of how SRP makes sure that you have all the power you need at the moment you need it.  Then der.hans will tell us about better protecting ourselves on the web with uMatrix.  Last, but not least Aaron Jones will show us how to better manage our digital fingerprints and to live safer in this world filled with social media .

Barbara Cenalmor: SRP Resource Planning
 

Description: 
It’s really easy to take electricity for granted.  You hit the ON button, and the computers instantly turn on.  However, there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes to get that electricity to you, the main user. 

To keep up with the demand and makes sure everybody can turn on their computers, lights and appliances, utilities use resource plans. 

This presentation explains what resource plans are, why they are important and needed, what resource options are available to utilities, what the trade-offs are between different resources and what considerations are taken into account in the resource strategy.

Biography:
Barbara has 15+ years of experience working for regulatory agencies around Arizona in Air Quality issues. A few years ago she started working at Salt River Project (SRP), working to ensure that the company and its power plants were in compliance with all air quality regulations, and that the company's goals focused on reducing emissions. To get a better insight on how a large utility plans for future generation and more customers, she slightly changed careers and went to work for SRP's Resource Planning group where she participates in siting or acquiring new generation (all types).
In her spare time Barbara likes to hang out with her family, listen to her husband ramble about all Linux things (most of which she doesn't understand), reading, and traveling.


der.hans: uMatrix for web browser protection

Description:
uMatrix is a webextension security and privacy add on for Firefox.

Via a simple interface uMatrix allows personal rules for website cookies, JavaScript, CSS, pictures and video.

uMatrix uses and maintains per site allowlists and blocklists. For example, you can allow cookies, JavaScript, CSS and images for www.example.com and only CSS and images from cdb.example.com while blocking everything from spies.exampleduplicate.com.

Attendees will know what the web components are that uMatrix controls, how to use the uMatrix GUI interface and save rules.

Biography:
der.hans is a Free Software community veteran, presenter and author. He is the founder of the Free Software Stammtisch, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG).

As a technology and entrepreneurial veteran, roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LibrePlanet, LFNW) and many local groups.


Aaron Jones: Social Media Safety


Description:
How to manage your digital foot print to enhance security while also bringing awareness to some of the issues that social media can exacerbate.

About Aaron:
Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.
der.hans: Regular Expressions-A guided tour

Description:
Example driven introduction to regular expressions. The talk uses plain English to explain regular expression concepts, syntax and language. Common tools such as grep, sed and awk will provide conduits for demonstrating regular expressions.

Many of our favorite system administration tools use regular expressions for text matching. While using plain English to describe regular expressions the example driven introduction will explain regular expression concepts, syntax and language. Examples will include common tools such as grep, sed and awk.

About der.hans:
der.hans is a Free Software community veteran, presenter and author. He is the founder of the Free Software Stammtisch, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG).

As a technology and entrepreneurial veteran, roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.

He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LibrePlanet, LFNW) and many local groups.
It's December and time for our annual end of year pot luck.

Bring friends and family.

It's a pot luck, so bring some food or drinks to share if you can. It's a holiday party, meaning we'll likely have tons of snacks and deserts. This presents an opportunity to bring a main course, salad or veggie side dish. Or, cupcakes or pie if you prefer :).

We still meet at Desert Breeze.

Since we're eating for the party, we will not go out to a restaurant afterwards.

No alcohol.

As always, we're on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Desert Breeze Substation
251 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226
We have 2 presentations this month:
Ed Nicholson will bring us "onBoarding for 4 free resources: Archive.org, MusicBrainz, OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia" and Stephen Partington will tell us about his adventures with LVM cache with "LVM Cache Round 2, now with some real use"

Ed Nicholson: onBoarding for 4 free resources: Archive.org, MusicBrainz, OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia


Description:
This presentation is 4 mini-presentations, each about you getting set up to contribute to free public digital assets.

onBoarding Archive.org - Get your library card to over 306 Billion web pages and have a place to host your own digital artifacts. And then, there is the WayBackMachine.

onBoarding MusicBrainz - Join the Open Misic Encyclopedia, the free and open source for music information and identification. Add your knowledge to MusicBrainz and have MusicBrainz annotate, update, and correct your music collection's meta data.

onBoarding OpenStreetMap - A map of the world, and you can make it a map of your world. join OSM and start mapping your roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, etc... developer? want to use OSM data? visit Mapbox.com for access and tools and community.

onBoarding Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, if you sign up for a log-in! Have something you want to follow? Doing research? Company or Organization data sheet? Sign up and get it into Wikipedia.

About Ed:
I have been involved with Free Software and how people, organizations and populations use, create and experience information. I enjoy The Prescott National Forest as my "office" and The Valley of The Sun as a home away from home. Personal systems run either Fedora, Project Atomic, Android or OpenBSD.


Stephen Partington: LVM Cache Round 2, now with some real use.

Description:
Having Presented the LVMcache in using an SSD to speed up your system, single disk, or array some time ago, this will be a follow up with the real time experience and use of LVMcache and its application in day to day use.

About Stephen:
20+ years of Technology, Almost as many of that with at least some level of supporting or using Linux desktops and servers. Into gaming, Technology, Mobile devices, Linux, Photography and Maybe soon Blacksmithing.

We'll have 2 presentations at our Thursday meeting.  Joseph Sinclair will present Modern C++ on Linux and ​Ed Nicholson will present Project Atomic and Immutable Linux


Joseph Sinclair: Modern C++ on Linux

Description:
C++ today is very different from what it was just a few years ago. The revitalized and fast-moving (for ISO) standards process as well as major changes both to the language core and the standard library have produced almost a new language.
This presentation is a practitioner's perspective on the state of C++ development on Linux platforms today, the recent standards improvements, how "good" C++ idiom today looks almost nothing like "good" C++ from 15 year ago, and perhaps a bit about all the ways C++ code is done badly.
No slides, but some live code samples are possible.

Biography:
Joseph Sinclair is a software engineer, long-time linux user, and general all-around tech head. He occasionally wonders what it would be like to dream in binary, and sometimes remembers that most people don't actually know what a convolution code is or why 8b10b encoding is important.

Ed Nicholson: Project Atomic and Immutable Linux

Description:
This presentation is about the changes to a system's life cycle as an Immutable Linux such as Fedora-Atomic.

Immutability of a system has been an objective for some time, and with good reason. The shift in deployments to containers has made this a critical feature for the stability and manageability of the large number of systems that support the services we have today. We will look at how this has resulted in some very basic changes to a typical systems life cycle and how easy it is for you to have your own container ready servers.

Biography:
Ed has been involved with Free Software and how people, organizations and populations use, create and experience information. Ed enjoys The Prescott National Forest as his "office" and The Valley of The Sun as a home away from home. His personal systems run either Fedora, Project Atomic, Android or OpenBSD.

 

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