October 2008 Meeting

Eric Hammond will be leading an Amazon EC2 Beginners Workshop. EC2 is Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud that provides virtual Linux computers rented by the
hour. (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2)

This workshop will provide a brief overview/intro to EC2 followed by a
step-by-step walkthrough to creating an Amazon EC2 account and starting your
first EC2 instance (server) running Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or CentOS (others
may also be available).

Bring a laptop and a credit card with the ability to charge up to $0.25 in EC2 service fees.

Eric is a veteran EC2 user, maintains a popular series of Ubuntu and Debian
machine images for EC2 at http://alestic.com and fosters a global EC2 Ubuntu
community at http://groups.google.com/group/ec2ubuntu.

Date: Thursday October 9, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


September 2008 Meeting

Michael Proctor-Smith will give an update on MythTV (the Mythical Convergence
Box), the open-source alternative to TiVo or Windows Media Center. More than
just a digital VCR, which provides basic "time shifting" capability, Digital
Video Recorders change the way people watch television by providing the
ability to pause live TV, instantly replay interesting scenes, and skip
commercials. With an up-to-date TV schedule, the DVR can automatically record
shows based on user preferences.

Michael will talk about his strange MythTV setup and a small portion of
MythTV's features including Recording HDTV, streaming to a Cell Phone and
using an AppleTV as a MythTV Front-end.

Michael Runs The San Gabriel Valley Linux(R) Users Group (At least he has been told that by others). He spends an unhealthy amount of his time watching
MythTV and plotting how he can never be without access to MythTV.

Date: Thursday September 11, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


August 2008 Meeting

Ubuntu is the said to be the biggest thing in desktop Linux at the moment, but Neal and Nathan are here to cut through the hype and show you how Ubuntu can
simplify your life and make your computer more fun and simple to use for
everyday tasks. They will discuss various aspects of Ubuntu, from the basics
of everyday system maintenance to how to customize your system. They will also cover the differences that make Ubuntu unique from Debian and other distros;
and the differences and benefits of the various flavors that make up the
Ubuntu family.

Nathan Haines is a computer consultant and instructor who enjoys programming
in Python and is a member of the California Ubuntu LoCo team. Neal Bussett is
an Electrical Engineer and leader of the California Ubuntu LoCo team. Both are Ubuntu Members and advocates of Free software.

Date: Thursday August 14, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


July 2008 Meeting

In a presentation called "Geotagging with Linux and Free Software," Tom
Emerson will describe geotagging, the process of adding geographical
information to images, which can later be searched. Emerson will show how he
has geotagged photos from his recent vacation and can search for them using
various search engines, including Google Earth.

Date: Thursday July 10, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


June 2008 Meeting

Date: Thursday June 12, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107


May 2008 Meeting

Wilfred Nilsen will present the BarracudaDrive, a secure Web application server for the Linksys NSLU2 (Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives) using the
Unslung Linux firmware replacement. Using an external USB Flash memory for
storing the database files, it should be possible to create an application
server that is virtually maintenance free.

Wilfred will be here to give a demo of the NSLU2 running BarracudaDrive,
including the many practical features of BarracudaDrive and how some users use
BarracudaDrive for many non traditional Web server tasks.

For more information on the BarracudaDrive for Linksys NSLU2

http://barracudadrive.net/blog/2008/03/BarracudaDrive-for-Linksys-NSLU2.

About the presenter:

With over 15 years experience as a software engineer, Wilfred Nilsen is a part
owner of Real Time Logic which provides software tools for embedded software
engineers. He has been working on the Barracuda Embedded Application Server
since 2001.

http://www.sgvlug.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97&Itemid=27. Date: Thursday May 8, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107