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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)
This month we will get an introduction to the command line from Ryan Hermens.  This would be a good meeting to bring friends and family that have an interest in Linux.

Ryan Hermens: Command Line Tools Seminar

Description:
This seminar will be an interactive presentation on core command lines tools. It is aimed at the beginner to help users make the jump from GUI tools to using the power of the command line. Examples of some of the subjects covered include package managers, linux permissions, users and groups, navigating the file system, creating and editing files, background and foreground job management, linux signals, and more. To get the most out of this seminar, please come with a laptop with Linux already installed.

Biography:
Ryan has 7 years of experience doing devops work, ranging from full stack development to cybersecurity operations. He has worked for Microchip, Intel, and Charles Schwab. Currently, he works with Truveris acting as lead security engineer. He holds degrees in both Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude.

This month der.hans will present "ActivityPub: Decentralized Social Networking" for us.

Description:
ActivityPub is a decentralized social networking protocol for allowing various services to interact.
For instance, a long form blog engine can use an external microblogging service for comments.
ActivityPub is based on the ActivityStream 2.0 data format. It provides client to server APIs and server to server APIs for server to server federating.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Why decentralized social networking is useful
  • The history of ActivityPub
  • The history of decentralized social networking
  • Overview of some activities available through ActivityPub
  • List of services implementing ActivityPub
  • Now what?

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, Tübix) and many local groups. 

We'll be having 2 presentations this month from Ed Nicholson and der.hans.

Ed Nicholson - Technical Debts and Digital Assets


Description
Exploring the analogy of debt and real world financial obligations, as
a context for a software's or system's life cycle.
Debt and Software are both fundamentally types of Intangible Assets.
This talk is an exploration of how the much older asset class, Debt,
may be usefully applied in understanding the relative newcomers,
Software and Systems.

About Ed:
I support 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.



der.hans - Introduction to /etc/alterntives

Description:
/etc/alternatives allows choosing among many programs to provide a certain functionality.
For instance, editor can point the locally preferred text editor. alternatives will also make sure man-pages also match.
Attendees will learn:
  • What is /etc/alternatives
  • Why is /etc/alternatives
  • How to configure /etc/alternatives
  • How to use helper scripts
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, Tübix) and many local groups.
We'll have 2 presentations at this month's meeting, both from der.hans. Federated Microblogging with Mastodon & uMatrix for webbrowser protection 

der.hans: uMatrix for webbrowser 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.

der.hans: Federated Microblogging with Mastodon

Description:
Mastodon is a decentralized, open source social network. It implements ActivityPub for compatibility with other federated services such as Plume blog engine, PixelFed picture sharing service and PeerTube video sharing service.
Mastodon has per message privacy controls. Each message can be fully public, unlisted, private of direct.
Mastodon also gives you multiple options to block content, accounts or even complete domains.
Since Mastodon is federated there are many servers. Choose the independently-operated service that meets your needs. Like email, you aren't limited to just members of that particular service. You can even install your own instance.
Mastodon posts are limited to 500 characters and intentionally do not have rich text. It's for microblogging :).

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.

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.
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