November 2011 Meeting

Topic: VPN: Keep the Spies away!

PPTP (with a demo on DDWRT) along with OpenVPN, L2TP, and IPsec Presenter: Dan Buthusiem

Date: Thursday November 10, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

October 2011 Meeting

SGVLUG meeting 9/8 7-9pm

Command Line "Tips and Tricks"

Lan Dang spends the majority of her working hours monitoring and
troubleshooting data processing systems on Linux-based computer clusters. She
has accumulated a number of tips and tricks to deal with the command line. Her arsenal includes: GNU screen, awk, sed, shell scripting, remote ssh command
execution, bash command history, and a variety of system utilities. This talk
will cover useful one-liners and the small set of useful commands that will
get you started using these tools or using them in new ways. Whether you're a
newbie or a command line guru, you'll probably pick up something useful for
the next time you're at the command line.

Date: Thursday October 13, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

September 2011 Meeting

SGVLUG meeting 9/8 7-9pm

Topic: Disaster Recovery and Backups in the era of the cloud Presentation and

Please bring your questions, opinions, and solutions for discussion!

Date: Thursday September 8, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

August 2011 Meeting

Monthly Meeting.

Topic: Virtualmin / Webmin + Brief review Defcon/Blackhat:

Take your Drupal sites to the next level with the free, open-source Webmin
control panel and its powerful Virtualmin plug-in. Add as many features as you want, including unlimited domains, mail accounts, Subversion repositories,
mailing lists, and more with a point-and-click web interface.

Webmin and Virtualmin are similar to cPanel and WHM, respectively, and can
manage dozens or even hundreds of domains. They are the perfect tools for
creating test and development sites, hosting client websites or even managing
a full-blown online infrastructure for running a business.

Did we forget to mention, Webmin and Virtualmin are free* and open-source?
Compared to site licensing costs of cPanel, WHM, Plesk and other proprietary
control panels, Webmin and Virtualmin cost only as much as a basic
$10-20/month VPS account.

Bio: ----- Christefano is CEO and Co-founder of Exaltation of Larks, where
Virtualmin has been a key ingredient for rapid website deployment. He is a
sysadmin for LA Drupal and the DrupalCamp LA website (which uses Virtualmin)
and has been on the and webmaster teams since
2008. Exaltation of Larks, which provides Drupal consulting, development and

Date: Thursday August 11, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

July 2011 Meeting

Monthly meeting.

APRS is a amateur radio network where small packets of data such as position
reports, messages or telemetry are transmitted to other radio operators and
eventually propagated to the Internet.

The proliferation of small, low power and easily hackable ARM devices opens up many possibilities for setting up unobtrusive computing solutions. Amateur
radio operator and long time Linux user James McDuffie (K6JLM) explores using
the Seagate GoFlex Net along with surplus amateur radio equipment to build a
APRS digipeater for helping to relay packets both over RF and to the Internet.

Date: Thursday July 14, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 107 Downs Lab

June 2011 Meeting

The Caltech team participating in the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Solar
Decathlon will present their project, for which they are using various
open-source technology.

"The Solar Decathlon is a U.S. Department of Energy Sponsored competition
which challenges teams of college and graduate students from around the world
to design and build solar-powered, net-zero houses. Inside the SCI-Arc/Caltech entry, code named CHIP, a sophisticated home automation system monitors every
watt of electricity consumed and visually communicates the information to
homeowners. It also plays a central role in optimizing the behavior of the
house at all times, such as by controlling operation of the active thermal
mass, shutting down appliances or lights that are no longer used, and of
course giving the homeowners an instant understanding into how their own
behaviors affects their energy use and in turn their energy bill."

Date: Thursday June 9, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 107 Downs Lab