Past BLUG Events

(virtual)BLUG meeting 5/7: Michael Gan – The Pinebook Pro

05/07/2020 at 07:00 PM

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Michael Gan on the Pinebook Pro notebook.

Michael’s Presentation:
Michael Gan, the Interim Executive Director of Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAGNW, or TAG) will present on the current status of development of the Pine64 Pinebook Pro and TAG’s planned educational usage. The Pinebook Pro continues to gain interest as a capable, low-cost ($200) laptop using the Rockchip RK3399 System-on-Chip (SOC) also utilized by the Pine64 RockPro64 and recently announced HardRock64 single board computers (SBC).

Online meeting!
While we continue to social distance, we’ll meet online using the free open source videoconferencing system, Jitsi. Meet us at 7pm at https://meet.jit.si/BLUG-May-2020 .

BLUG meeting 3/5: Welcome back to the Bellingham Makerspace

03/05/2020 at 07:00 PM

Meeting Includes…
BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a reintroduction to the Bellingham Makerspace by Mary Elliott.

Mary’s Presentation:
Mary Elliott, the Executive Director of Bellingham Makerspace, will re-introduce the Bellingham Makerspace in its new home with its new programs. As supporters of the Bellingham Makerspace, this is a unique opportunity for BLUG members to reorient themselves before the grand re-opening.

Hands-on Help Time
We’ll be skipping hands-on help time this session, since we’re out of our normal surroundings. Please reach out on the blug-list if you need assistance!

We will be meeting at the Bellingham Makerspace for this special event:

1 Bellis Fair Parkway #618
Bellingham, WA 98225
(inside Bellis Fair Mall, next to Dick’s Sporting Goods)
https://bellinghammakerspace.org/

A note about Coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you have a fever, cough (or really any symptoms) or have recently traveled abroad or have had contact with someone who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus… please stay home.

 

BLUG meeting 2/6: Garth Johnson – remote development w/ rPi & VSC

02/06/2020 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Garth Johnson on “remotely developing on the Raspberry Pi with Visual Studio Code and Linux.”

Garth’s Presentation:
A general tour through the experience of creating applications that access the GPIO, and processing of the Pi, while still sitting comfortably behind your more capable and familiar desktop.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

BLUG Meeting 11/7: Joshua Drake – Postgres 12

11/07/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Joshua Drake on Postgres 12

Joshua D. Drake co-authored the original Oreilly book, “Practical PostgreSQL”, is a Founder/Director and former President of United States PostgreSQL (http://www.postgresql.us/) and an Infrastructure and Full Stack expert, with well over 20 years of successful experience in Open Source.

Joshua’s Presentation:
Josh will share what’s new with the recently released PostgreSQL 12. We will discuss new features to the version as well as migration considerations and backwards incompatibility.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

BLUG Meeting 10/3 – systemd deep dives: timers & journalctl

10/03/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by James Mason on systemd timers.

James Mason: systemd timers
James dives deeply into systemd timers (think cron by systemd): the advantages of systemd timers; setting system & user timers with various configurations. Time permitting (pun intended), we’ll get into using journalctl to find needles in log haystacks.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

BLUG Meeting 9/5 – systemd deep dives: systemd-nspawn

09/05/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by John Blanford on systemd-nspawn.

John Blanford: systemd-nspawn
John dive deeply into systemd-nspawn (think chroot for systemd), and how systemd uses cgroups and name spaces.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

Archives  and Digital Preservation

08/01/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by Richard Pearce-Moses: “Archives  and Digital Preservation.”

Richard’s Presentation:
Preserving recorded information is fairly straightforward, given that paper typically lasts decades if stored in a reasonable environment. Even less stable media, like color or nitrate film will last decades if stored at low temperatures.

Digital information, by contrast, may not last much more than decade if no action is taken to protect them from technological obsolescence and unstable media. Archivists still find records on floppy disks or tape, but may not have the drives to read them. Records may be in proprietary formats that require software no longer readily available or which doesn’t run on contemporary operating systems. Data may become corrupt due to failing storage media and signal degradation (bit flip).

The program will describe the kinds of records that archivists want to preserve, some of the risks that may prevent the records from being accessible in the future, and the Open Archival Information Systems reference model. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and present specific scenarios as discuss approaches to preserve those resources.

About Richard:
Richard Pearce-Moses was a practicing archivist for more than thirty years. As Deputy Director for Digital Government Information at the Arizona State Library and Archives, he led efforts to help the agency understand and address the evolving problems of electronic records. While there, he led a research project to explore how to automate the arrangement, description, preservation, and use of born digital records. In 2010, he was tapped to create a Master of Archival Studies program at Clayton State University, just south of Atlanta, Georgia. He retired in 2015 and moved as far from the heat and humidity as he could. Since arriving in Bellingham, he has taught graduate courses in archives at Western Washington.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

BLUG Meeting 6/6 – Lightning talks (and other short presentations)

06/06/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a series of short presentations.

Lightning Talks (and other short presentations)
Have something to share? Bring it, slides, your laptop, or whatever you need to present it in 5 – 15 mins.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

BLUG Meeting 5/2 – May Meeting *CANCELLED*

05/02/2019 at 07:00 PM
The BLUG content committee has unanimously voted (both members!) to cancel this Thursday’s scheduled meeting, on account of being full from LinuxFest Northwest.
If you were planning to do a lightning talk, keep it in your pocket. If you need another nerd out event, Bellingham.Codes does have an event this Thursday:
https://www.meetup.com/bellinghamcodes/events/258768043/
See you all next month!

BLUG Meeting 4/4 – John Blanford & Kevin Burkeland: LFNW Preview

04/04/2019 at 06:30 PM

Meeting Includes…
“Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm til 7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a short preview of LinuxFest Northwest 2019 by John Blanford & Kevin Burkeland.

Hands-on Help Time
Starting at 6:30pm, 1/2 hour prior to the regular 7pm start time, BLUG offers hands-on help for anyone with a Linux issue. Bring your computer and let the BLUG folks give you a hand.

BTC Room CC201, on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center building. Remember this meeting is open to the public, tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

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