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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)
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 :).

If you can't bring food, please still show up.

The meeting is in out regular location at The Desert Breeze Substation.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Also join us at our Linux/Free Software Stammtisch on the following Tuesday (Dec 17th) at 7pm. If you're looking for help with your resume; at next month's Stammtisch we will have a resume review night starting at 6pm.

The PLUG Security Meeting that would normally occur the week after the Holiday Party is canceled due to it happening too close to Christmas, but join us in January for a fresh new security meeting.

Sebastian Tuchband: How B.A.T.M.A.N. Advanced Networking!

Description:
B.A.T.M.A.N. advanced is a decentralized mesh networking protocol that has existed with the Linux kernel for a while, now.
The presentation is on what is being done with it in reality, the ups, downs, and usage demos.

About Sebastian:
A systems engineer that has been working with Linux to create decentralized mesh networks for the city of Phoenix with the Arizona Blockchain Initiative.

Sebastian Tuchband: Hiding From the Internet

Description:
An updated version of my Hiding From the Internet presentation to fit the changes to privacy, today.
It will include an explanation for where data brokers obtain data, how to prevent non-government officials from easily obtaining PII, and some tools to use to maintain privacy.

We'll have 2 presentations this month:

Austin Godber: Stream Processing with Python and Kafka

Description:
A quick intro to Kafka, a distributed log system, and how to interact with it using Python.


der.hans: GNU date, an extended tour

Description:
GNU date, the pocket multi-tool for time manipulation.
It slices. It dices.
It travels all of time.
It's epochical.

Attendees will learn about:

* date and time formatting
* date and time manipulation
* creating random dates
* time zones
* fun with flags
* the beginning of time
* why to cashout in early January 2038

Biography:
der.hans is a Free Software, technology and entrepreneurial veteran.

He's chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG), BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), and founder of the Free Software Stammtisch and Stammtisch Job Nights.

Currently, he's a Customer Data Engineer at Object Rocket. Most likely anything he says publicly was not approved by $dayjob.

https://floss.social/@FLOX_advocate
https://mastodon.social/@lufthans

Gavin Klondike: Machine Learning for Security Analysts

Description:
Today, over a quarter of security products for detection have some form of machine learning built in. However, “machine learning” is nothing more than a mysterious buzzword for many security analysts. In order to properly deploy and manage these products, analysts will need to understand how the machine learning components operate to ensure they are working efficiently. In this talk, we will dive head first into building and training our own machine learning models using the 7-step machine learning process.

Biography:
Gavin is a senior consultant and researcher who has a passion for network security, both attack and defense. Through that passion, he runs NetSec Explained; a blog and YouTube channel which covers intermediate and advanced level network security topics, in an easy to understand way. His work has given him the opportunity to be published in industry magazines and speak at conferences such as Defcon and CactusCon. Currently, he is researching into ways to address the cybersecurity skills gap, by utilizing machine learning to augment the capabilities of current security analysts.

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Upcoming Events

Free Software Stammtisch
Tue Jan 21 @ 7:00PM
PLUG East Meeting
Thu Feb 13 @ 7:00PM
Installfest
Sat Feb 15 @10:00AM
Free Software Stammtisch
Tue Feb 18 @ 7:00PM

AzLoCo Events

Tempe Ubuntu Hour
Thu Jan 23 @ 7:00PM
Canceled Linux Installfest/Workshop
Sat Feb 01 @10:00AM
AZLOCO Team Meeting
Sun Feb 02 @ 9:00PM
Tempe Ubuntu Hour
Thu Feb 06 @ 7:00PM
Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour
Thu Feb 13 @ 6:00PM

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