Recent Meeting Details

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December Meeting: PDF data extraction & What do we use Linux for?

Date: December 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room B185

Note - Room Change This meeting is at the Woodroffe campus of Algonquin in Building B, room B-185 at 7:00pm

This month we will be having a talk on extracting data from PDFs and a community discussion on Linux and what we use it for coordinated by John.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

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Getting Usable Data from a collection of PDF Files

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Analysis of data from some monthly financial reports over a seven-year period was needed and the reports were only available as PDF. The structure of the PDF files permitted cutting and pasting the data into rough text that, with a few manual changes, could be fed through an automated process to get data that could be pasted into a spreadsheet. GNU Make was used to build an integrated process from a number of scripts that were easy to build and verify.


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Community Linux Use

Speaker: John C. Nash

A group chat on who uses Linux and what they use it for. The purp[ose is to build up a list of people who have expertise in various areas so that we have some go-to people for the community. You can ask to not be included in the listing. Moderated by John Nash.



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November Meeting: Tiny Clusters & Portable Toolkits

Date: November 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room B185

Note: the room can be a little difficult to find, based on experiences last month. The easiest way to find the room is to head towards the pedestrian overpass entrance on the second floor. When you have just about reached it, the door to B242 that is unlocked will be on the left. This is just past the vending machines.

Tonight we will have two presentations, one on raspberry pi clusters and the other on Portable toolkits.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk and possibly the BoF, there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

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Tiny Clusters

Speaker: Scott Murphy

This was originally going to be a talk on distributed computing and how it can make compute intensive tasks easier to complete and how to get some experience with a cluster environment using inexpensive commodity computers. It has turned into a discussion of experiences in getting the hardware to run, getting the system to work and getting a first program to run on multiple nodes.


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Portable Toolboxes

Speaker: John C. Nash

Having a toolkit to solve problems is a good thing. Normally when we think of toolkits, we think hardware. This presentation is about having a versatile USB stick with a variety of tools you can use to solve problems that are vexing you with your compute hardware.



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October Meeting: Ransomware

Date: October 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room B185

Tonight we will have one presentation with the possibility of a second one. Patrick Malcolm will be giving a talk on ransomware. Given the interest and questions from the last talk, we are only scheduling one presentation this time.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk and possibly the BoF, there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

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Ransomware: A Discussion

Speaker: Patrick Malcom

No details have been provided, however those who have heard Patrick talk will agree that no matter what, it will be an interesting presentation. You might want a notebook and some stimulants to keep up.



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September Meeting: Cancelled

Date: September 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: To be determined

I have not been able to obtain confirmation on the room for September as of today, so I’m cancelling the meeting.

If you still want to get together, we could still meet up at Chances R on Thursday. More of a social event than a regular meeting. I should have a proper set of rooms booked for October. Last year we had a similar problem, as Algonquin was not willing to allocate a room right at the beginning of the fall semester.

The topic was going to be ransomware with Patrick Malcolm, so if he is willing, we will have that in October.


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August Meeting: Overview of Intellectual Property Issues in Open-Source Software, ongoing projects update

Date: August 4, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room B185

We have had projector issues for the past couple of months, so we hope to have an extra projector available, just in case the room unit has not been fixed.

This month we will be having two presentations, intellectual property issues in open source and an update on some projects that have been discussed in the past..

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

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Overview of Intellectual Property Issues in Open-Source Software

Speaker: Adam Saunders

Adam will be giving an overview of intellectual property issues in open-source software.


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Project Update

Speaker: John C. Nash

John Nash will be giving an update talk on one of his many active projects. In John's own words, "Over the years I have had to deal with very large numbers of disparate files for teaching, research, administration, and personal activities. I have used a variety of tools, and developed a few of my own, in particular rmaiib (ReMove files from tree A If they are In tree B). In using different tools, it soon becomes clear that one needs a range of different approaches depending on the situation. Moreover, it is becoming more and more important to be able to automate the cleanup process to reduce not just the storage burden, but the costs of wading through unwanted material and deciding what is to be kept and what is to be discarded."

The presentation will attempt to review some tools and their pros and cons.



Past Meetings

2016 December Meeting PDF data extraction & What do we use Linux for?
2016 November Meeting Tiny Clusters & Portable Toolkits
2016 October Meeting Ransomware
2016 September Meeting Cancelled
2016 August Meeting Overview of Intellectual Property Issues in Open-Source Software, ongoing projects update
2016 July Meeting LITW 2016
2016 July Meeting Rescheduled: Block box testing and short dashing presentation
2016 June Meeting Block box testing and short dashing presentation
2016 May Meeting Presentation frustrations and Block box testing
2016 April Meeting AGM, IPv6 talk, Presentation issues and maybe more
2016 March Meeting (Updated) Scanning Woes, Pandoc bugs, Let's Encrypt
2016 February Meeting Libreoffice and more
2016 January Meeting Ansible talk
2015 December Meeting Distro Talk 2015
2015 November Meeting Malware Reverse Engineering
2015 October Meeting Short topics and open talk night
2015 August Meeting Using browsers securely
2015 LITW LITW 2015
2015 June Meeting From Latex to Epub, and in between
2015 May Meeting FIRST Robotics Competition
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