Recent Meeting Details

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June Meeting: From Latex to Epub, and in between

Date: June 4, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rosemount Branch, Ottawa Public Library

We will be having a short talk on regular expressions by Ian Gorman, followed by the main talk by John updating a prior talk on electronic publishing

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 17:30 to 18:30 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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Static site generators

Speaker: Scott Murphy

Remember when a web site was just a series of HTML files? Quick to load, relatively easy to manage and no databases to worry about? That world is still here, although in a much different format. Rather than write HTML, you can use a different markup language and still get impressive content. This is a short overview of static site generators, why you might want to use one and a quick example of one of them.


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From Latex to Epub, and in between.

Speaker: John C. Nash

John Nash updates a talk he gave a couple of years ago with more recent experiences in improving workflow for writing books that are eventually distributed in epub form.

Questions, comments, and shared experiences welcome. The speaker will give a bit of background to some of the formats and tools he uses.



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May Meeting: FIRST Robotics Competition

Date: May 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rosemount Branch, Ottawa Public Library

We will be having a short talk on regular expressions by Ian Gorman, followed by the main talk on the FIRST Robotics Competition and the local team, the Ashbury College Coltenoids' use of open source software.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 17:30 to 18:30 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.

Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions 101

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Regular expressions allow you to find words (or other strings) particular kind instead of requiring you to look for individual words.

Instead of looking for "Tom", "Dick" and "Harry", you can look for all the words that start with a capital letter and where all the other letters are lowercase. Or all the strings in a program that are 'legal' C identifiers.

You don't need a book for this (although a good one is available) - you can do a lot with a few simple tricks. If you know those tricks, you can pick up the other tricks when you need them.


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FIRST Robotics Competition

Speaker: Aaron Wilcox

Aaron will be talking about the FIRST Robotics Competition and the Ashbury College Coltenoids' use of open-source software for this competition.



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April Meeting: AGM and mutt presentation

Date: April 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rosemount Branch, Ottawa Public Library

This is our AGM and election of board members. At this point, we have enough candidates for an election, however we still have to go through the announcement of the slate to the membership and accept any nominations from the floor. Further details follow.

Following the AGM, we will have a short talk on hard drive recovery from Scott followed by the main presentation on mutt from Richard by Roland.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 17:30 to 18:30 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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Annual General Meeting

Speaker: various

This is our AGM and election of board members.

We will have our election of officers at the meeting. As of this point, we have the following people on the slate:

  • Ian Gorman
  • Kelly Kendrick
  • Scott Murphy
  • John Nash
  • Aaron Wilcox

We could use an additional candidate, however five is a comfortable number. Based on the current rules regarding the board, four is the minimum, six is the maximum. We prefer to have more than the minimum in case of circumstances requiring an existing member to step down.

In addition, according to the bylaws of the non-profit corporation, we require at least 20 people to be present, either in person or via proxy. We will have a sign-up sheet for the election and will require all present to sign in order to prove the election was held in compliance with the bylaws.

Proxies can be registered by sending an email to the board email address (board dash members at oclug.on.ca) prior to 17:00 on Wednesday, April 1st so that we have a record prior to the election.


Hard Disk Drive

Recent experience with HDD recovery

Speaker: Scott Murphy

In this short talk, Scott will discuss some things that have changed in HDD technology over the years. Of interest to anyone who might want to recover data from a recent vintage drive that no longer operates


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The mutt email client

Speaker: Richard Guy Briggs

Richard will be giving an introductory talk on the mutt email client. This is of interest to anyone who wants a basic understanding of what can be accomplished with a feature rich command line email client. Anyone who thinks a GUI is required for email should attend.



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March Meeting: The GNU EMACS Editor

Date: March 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rosemount Branch, Ottawa Public Library

This month we will have a short mystery talk from Ian Gorman followed by the main presentation on emacs by Roland.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 17:30 to 18:30 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.

Mystery talk

Mystery Topic

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Join Ian Gorman who will be giving a short (15m) talk. Come for the intrigue, stay for the information.


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Emacs

Speaker: Roland Renaud

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more.

Roland has been using Emacs for over 20 years for software development, sysadmin, reading and sending email, documentation, etc...

The talk will give an overview of GNU Emacs from basic editing to advanced features and customization.



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February Meeting: Short Topics and BoF

Date: February 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rosemount Branch, Ottawa Public Library

This month we will be having a couple of short topic items, kind of like a lightning talk night, followed by an open BoF session. Feel free to post potential topics to the mailing list which you can find on the OCLUG website main page.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 17:30 to 18:30 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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What is Tarsnap?

Speaker: Scott Murphy

Tarsnap is a secure online backup service for BSD, Linux, OS X, Minix, OpenIndiana, Cygwin, and probably many other UNIX-like operating systems. The Tarsnap client code provides a flexible and powerful command-line interface which can be used directly or via shell scripts. Scott will be giving a short talk on the tool and why you might want to use it.


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Introduction to Calibre

Speaker: Ian Gorman

calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. Ian will be giving a short discussion on the tool and some usage cases.


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Open BoF

Speaker: various

No special topic, just group discussion(s).



Past Meetings

2015 June Meeting From Latex to Epub, and in between
2015 May Meeting FIRST Robotics Competition
2015 April Meeting AGM and mutt presentation
2015 March Meeting The GNU EMACS Editor
2015 February Meeting Short Topics and BoF
2015 January Meeting Recent interesting legal news regarding open-source software
2014 December Meeting Vim Talk
2014 November Meeting BoF Session
2014 October Meeting Intro to Arduino
2014 September Meeting Open Topics and Swap Meet
2014 August Meeting A Short Introduction the Ecere SDK
2014 LITW Linux In The Wild 2014
2014 June Meeting BBQ, Beer, BOFs
2014 May Meeting Experiences with Modern Document Production
2014 April Meeting AGM and EEC Memory Talk
2014 March Meeting OO+R, systemd, UEFI installations and GPG key signing for interested persons
2014 February Meeting OpenOffice and R, GPG update
2014 January Meeting Open Discussion on UEFI
2013 December Meeting Regular expressions, asterPibx followup, presentation software, and BOFs
2013 November Meeting Virtualization Intro and Device Trees
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