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  • Nov 2013 meeting notes

    Posted on November 4th, 2013 T.K. No comments

    We have been having very good turnouts for the meetings. All the chairs in the conference room are full. Today, we talked about various topics. Tim Cash started the talk with some questions in regards to building a new machine. He had some questions about monitors and DVI on a 24 inch. Dave D. mentioned that DVI has a max of 1900×1200 on 24 inch monitors. He also recommended ATI(AMD) Infinity cards. There was talk about filesystems, using duck duck go as a search engine, and rainbow tables for password encryption.

  • Meeting Notes: August 5 2013

    Posted on August 6th, 2013 T.K. No comments

    Dick Seabrook from AACC came and talked about Linux and programming classes available at AACC. Recently he came out of retirement and has been putting together some very challenging introductory to advance Linux classes. He is teaching CSI 135 in the fall semester. Take csi 135 online if you want to develop shell programming skills but don’t have much time to take classes during the day.

  • meeting notes: March 4th 2013 at 7PM.

    Posted on February 18th, 2013 T.K. No comments

    We had an open meeting. About 8 people showed up for the meeting. We had a bunch of new people during this meeting.

    We discussed using the Linux command line. We helped a user with an Ubuntu install. We also discussed Linux news sources.

  • meeting notes: Feb 4th 2013 at 7PM.

    Posted on July 17th, 2012 T.K. No comments

    Richard Cruz gave a presentation on AMD’s | SEAMICRO “SECRET SAUCE” TO EFFICIENCY. During this presentation, he will showed some really cool new hardware. SeaMicro is a AMD owned company that provides tiny modular servers which are helping making server datacenters more efficient.


  • Jan 2011 Meeting Notes

    Posted on January 18th, 2011 T.K. No comments

    We had a small group of 6-8 people this evening.

    Items of Interest:
    Brad was getting 25Mb Business Class Fiber from Verizon.
    He said it took 30 calls to setup the order.

    Talked about how Linux and Ubuntu are doing things differently. There seems to be a desire to make Linux more friendly to the masses. As a result, controls under the hood seem to be getting covered up by developers. Although this is helping new Linux users, hiding the controls is frustrating older Linux users. At the 27th Chaos Communication Congress in Europe, a sysadmin, Wolfgang Draxinger attempted to complain about missing documentation and his frustration with the current state of where Linux is going. We think that his goal was to show how Linux is becoming evil with it’s heavy dependence on multimedia. More specifically, Pulse audio, gdm, gs-streamer, and phonon are not very well documented. However, the developer of these applications had strategically placed himself in the audience and made is presentation a little award. Although there was a dialog between developer and users, the air of superiority from this one developer is exemplified in this youtube video.

    In the meeting, there was further talk of how to make Ubuntu like and feel like the old versions of Linux. More specifically, to get the virtual terminals now you need Console-kit. Console-kit is an application that keeps track who is logged in. Virtual-Terminal switching is being turned off in many newer distos. It needs to be explicitly turned on to use it now.

    Brad talked more about puppet. Puppet allows you to run the same command on multiple machines. For example, if you need a jpg on a specific machine in a server farm, you run the puppet master command on your designated controller and the command gets executed on all the machines in the group. Puppet is saving Brad and his company a lot development time.

    Dave D. mentioned that he purchased some Indy Games from humble indie bundle. The humble bundle generated $1M for charity.
    Linux Games
    Indy game ( humble
    Amnesia the dark decent.
    Dragon Age.
    Infocom Games.
    Oregon Trail

    Brad has been using Suse Studio. To develop turnkey openvpn applications his customers can download.

    We also discussed on-line gaming. Recently a person purchased a virtual space station for $600K. The previous owner purchased the virtual space station for $200K.
    Pictures of the virtual space station can be found here.

    There was also a question about how to wipe disks and Brad posted a solution for this on the list serve.