March 2009 Meeting

Learn and Discuss Linux security and forensics issues.

From the computer novice to the computer expert, we hope to make this meeting
useful for everyone. Novices, please be prepared to take notes and follow up
with references. Experts, please bring us your favorite Linux computer
references/tips, as we plan to have a very active discussion.

Bio: Matti has been working in the computer industry since the 1980s and has
been responsible for IT infrastructure and mission critical operations for
nearly two decades, and has attended more conferences on IT
operations/security than he can remember.

Date: Thursday March 12, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

February 2009 Meeting

In a talk called "Mapping Wireless Access Points," Peter J. Sprenger will talk about making a small toughbook into a Linux car navigation system. He also
enabled GPS integration to enhance wireless access point findings by combining GPS information with a Google map overlay and Kismet data dumps to map out
existing wireless access points.

Sprenger has used Linux for the past 13 years. Currently running LFS as main
desktop system, with a FreeBSD shell server and Slackware Media PC. He is
leads a Cal Poly team for CCDC (Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition),
concentrating in network defense. Special attention to security research and
Information Warfare studies with experience in several different continents
performing missions occasionally oriented in that direction.

Date: Thursday February 12, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

December 2008 Meeting

In a talk called "How to Crack WEP and WPA Using Debian GNU/Linux," Jeff
Henbest, the president of Cal Poly SWIFT of California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona, will explain the easy of cracking WEP and WPA using tools
available on linux. Information: .

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

November 2008 Meeting

"Shakin' It up at Caltech" Rae Yip and Shang-Lin will give an overview of the
open-source software in use at the Caltech Seismology Lab.

Date: Thursday November 13, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

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. (

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 and fosters a global EC2 Ubuntu
community at

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