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LUGOD election season has begun!
Posted 2014-10-24 13:05:00
LUGOD is a 501(c)7 non-profit with four elected officer positions. We hold elections once a year, and nominations are now being accepted. Learn more in this post to 'vox-announce'.

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LUGOD Installfests coming again soon
Posted 2014-10-10 11:00:00
Our last Installfest workshop was held back in January of last year, and we've been looking for someone to help coordinate. Case Talbot (who recently spoke at LUGOD about the "Go" programming language) has offered to coordinate them, and we may be able to meet at the engineering offices of Smashwords (where both Case and LUGOD co-founder Bill Kendrick both work), in downtown Davis. More details soon!

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Discounts to "Velocity" in NY; come to tonight's "Photography" talk
Posted 2014-08-18 17:40:00
O'Reilly has provided us with a discount code for their "Velocity" conference in New York, NY next month. Come to tonight's meeting to find out more!

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July, August and September: Security, Photography and Programming for Kids
Posted 2014-07-04 00:30:00
We're pleased to announce that our next three meetings are booked with guest speakers! This month, on July 21st, come learn about "defensive computing" — how to protect yourself against malware, rogue hotspots, click tracking, and more. On August 18th, discover how Linux can be used in the world of professional photography. And on September 15th, meet Scratch, a programming language designed for children ages 8 to 16. Check out our upcoming meetings page to learn more!

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"Google Go: Not Just For Googlers, also for Gophers!" at June LUGOD
Posted 2014-05-31 21:50:00
At LUGOD in June, we'll learn about the "Go" programming language, originally created at Google as an alternative to C++ and Java, which also has a growing following of Ruby and Python users. 7pm at the public library on Monday, June 16th. Also join the event at Facebook and help spread the word!

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"How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love SDL" at May LUGOD
Posted 2014-05-03 18:00:00
This month at LUGOD, we'll learn about porting a commercial PlayStation Vita & PS3 game to libSDL, the open source cross-platform multimedia library (created by UC Davis alum Sam Lantinga, who spoke at LUGOD back in 1999!). There's also a flyer available; please print and post it! Also join the Facebook event.

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Google Glass at LUGOD's April meeting
Posted 2014-03-18 02:00:00
Next month -- on Monday, April 21st -- we welcome LUGOD's own Wes Hardaker, who will be discussing and demonstrating the "Google Glass" wearable computer.

Update: Here's a flyer for the Google Glass talk. Please print and post!

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LUGOD March events, and more
Posted 2014-03-01 11:15:00
LUGOD's next social gathering is this Tuesday, March 4th, at 7pm at Crepeville restaurant in downtown Davis, and our next general meeting will be on Monday, March 17th, 7pm at the public library; the topic will be "Liferay Portal 6.2". We've also scoured the websites of other local user groups and added their events to our calendar. Enjoy!

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Volunteers sought for LUG booth at SCALE
Posted 2014-01-18 00:30:00
SCALE 12x, the 12th annual Southern California Linux Expo, takes place Feb. 21-23 in Los Angeles. There will be a Linux Users Group booth there, and volunteers are needed! If you're going to be there, and can help out (and help represent LUGOD here in northern California), please contact jim at well dot com.

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Watch LUGOD on DCTV's "In the Studio"
Posted 2014-01-17 14:30:00
Earlier this week, LUGOD's co-founder and president, Bill Kendrick, together with our new vice president, John Reed, our past vice president and long-term member (and SacLUG founder) Brian Lavender, and long-term member Eric Engelhard, were interviewed by Darrick Servis (who some may remember coming to LUGOD in 2007 to speak about radio automation software used at KDRT radio) on DCTV's "In The Studio".

You can watch the episode on YouTube, or catch it on cable channel 15 in Davis on:
  • Friday Jan. 17, 7pm
  • Sunday Jan. 19, 10am and 7pm
  • Tuesday Jan. 21, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30pm
  • Friday, Jan. 24, 10:30am and 7:30pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 26, 10:30am and 7:30pm

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LUGOD's 15th birthday this month!
Posted 2014-01-08 11:50:00
LUGOD turns 15 years old this month! We'll be celebrating with free pizza, cake and give-away prizes at our monthly meeting, which will be held at the Veterans' Memorial Center in Davis. Help spread the word by printing and posting a flyer for this event!

LUGOD has also been invited to be on DCTV's "In The Studio". Members of LUGOD will be there (and on the air) on Tuesday, January 14th between 7 and 8pm. If you'd like to join us on-air, please email Bill Kendrick to coordinate!

(Update Jan. 13) LUGOD will also be on Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology Hour on KDVS 90.3FM in Davis this Wednesday (between 5-6pm).

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What are your favorite memories from LUGOD?
Posted 2013-12-28 13:40:00
As 2013 comes to an end, and our 15th anniversary meeting draws near, we'd like to hear about your favorite memories from your time in the club! Please post a note in this thread on our 'vox' mailing list, or just send it along to pr@lugod.org. Thanks and happy new year!

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Flyer for December's "OLPC and Sugar" meeting
Posted 2013-11-30 01:05:00
Please consider printing and posting the flyer we've made for December's "One Laptop Per Child" presentation. As usual, you can find it on our flyers page. Thank you in advance!

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Meeting etiquette
Posted 2013-11-30 00:30:00
Please take a moment to read some notes on meeting etiquette posted to our 'vox' mailing list.

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John Reed elected vice president
Posted 2013-11-29 23:40:00
With all candidates running unopposed (Brian Lavender was nominated for sys, but declined), LUGOD's officer elections concluded at this month's meeting. Bill Kendrick remains root (president), John Reed joins us as sys (vice president), and Andrew Roach remains typescript (secretary) and /dev/null (treasurer).

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November and December meeting topics announced
Posted 2013-11-09 12:50:00
We're pleased to announce that speakers have been confirmed for our next two meetings.

This month (Nov. 18) (at Explorit) we welcome LUGOD member Micah Cowan back to Davis, to speak about his Plines project, a framework for building Unix shell applications (which he's using to create Niwt, a wget alternative).

And next month (Dec. 16) (back at the public library), Professor Sameer Verma from San Francisco State University will bring us up to date with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.

(Also, don't forget to send your nominations for our four elected officer positions to our secretary before November's meeting! You may nominate yourself.)

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gogoNET LIVE! 4 conference on IPv6 next week in San Jose
Posted 2013-11-08 11:05:00
LUGOD members have also been invited to gogoNET LIVE! 4, a conference on IPv6 and the Internet of Things in San Jose next week, November 12-14. LUGOD members can get 40% off using the discount code "sigv6". Can't make it? You can also purchase a virtual pass to stream the conference online.

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Startup Weekend, part of Global Startup Battle, in Davis this month
Posted 2013-11-05 10:20:00
Our friends at Sacramento Hackerlab have invited us to Davis Startup Weekend (one of 100 cities participating in a Global Startup Battle), which takes place November 15-17 in downtown Davis. LUGOD members can get 50% off with the discount code "communitypartner".

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Officer nominations begin at this month's meeting
Posted 2013-10-13 16:45:00
Per our bylaws, nominations for our club's elected officers open at this month's meeting!

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Printrbot 3D printer talk this month!
Posted 2013-10-09 11:50:00
Join us on October 21st to learn about 3D printing with the kit-based "Printrbot Simple", presented by folks from the Davis Makerspace (they'll talk a bit about DMS, too!)

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Invitation to IT Summit's San Francisco IT Conference
Posted 2013-10-09 11:45:00
The IT Summit - The Ultimate IT Conference Series The IT Summit is pleased to welcome LUGOD as a sponsor of The IT Summit's San Francisco IT Conference (November 6, 2013)

Since 2004 The IT Summit had been the premier producer of regionally focused IT conferences for executives from the government, education, and corporate sectors. While many IT conferences limit their focus strictly to IT personnel, The IT Summit recognizes that IT decisions affect the entire business, and that decisions made outside the IT department often have a direct impact on IT. This holistic view of IT can enhance operations by helping IT personnel to better understand how their work is perceived within the company, enables executives to better understand how their decisions impact the ability of their IT departments to serve the business or agency directly, and in turn allow the business or agency to better serve their customers and clients. The result is a broader information base from which executives can make more informed decisions.

The IT Summit is pleased that Linux Users Group of Davis has chosen to be a sponsor of The IT Summit's San Francisco IT Conference (November 6, 2013). Be sure to register now for the San Francisco IT Conference.

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Davis Makerspace opened
Posted 2013-09-19 10:30:00
As mentioned at this week's meeting, Davis Makerspace opened a few months ago in downtown Davis! Congratulations to them! (See also: the DavisWiki page on DMS.)

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Atari slides from the "Vintage Computers and Linux" roundtable
Posted 2013-08-19 22:30:00
Slides from Bill Kendrick's "Atari 8-bit computers and Linux" portion of tonight's roundtable talk are available (1.9MB PDF). Enjoy!

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"Vintage Computers and Linux" Roundtable on Monday; Call for presenters!
Posted 2013-08-14 22:10:00
At next Monday's LUGOD meeting we'll be hosting a roundtable on vintage computing with Linux. If you use Linux to emulate your favorite classic computer or video game system, or use Linux to support real hardware, please share your experiences! (You're even welcome to bring in a device to demonstrate!) Please e-mail Bill Kendrick at pr@lugod.org if you'd like to participate.

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Sacramento's HackerLab announces "Cereal Hack 3"
Posted 2013-07-12 10:25:00
HackerLab is holding another Cereal Hack, a weekend of competitve creative collaboration for coders, designers, biz devs, and hardware hackers.

The two-day long event will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th at HackerLab in Sacramento. Register at Eventbrite (HackerLab members get 50% off; LUGOD members get $10 off using a code -- see the post on our 'vox' mailing list).

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Slides from "Making Predictions Using Linux and R" talk
Posted 2013-03-22 17:00:00
The slides from this week's "Making Predictions Using Linux and R" talk (43KB PDF) are now available. Enjoy!

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Andrew Roach elected Treasurer
Posted 2013-03-22 16:55:00
Running unopposed in a special election (held since noone was nominated for the position during regular elections last fall), Andrew Roach was unanimously accepted as LUGOD's treasurer ("/dev/null") at this week's meeting. Congratulations and thanks!

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Flyer for February "SugarCRM" meeting
Posted 2013-02-10 23:45:00
Want to help spread the word about LUGOD, and our February meeting ("SugarCRM and Open Soruce")? Then please print and post a flyer! Thanks!

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Flyer for LUGOD's January meeting
Posted 2013-01-03 15:30:00
A basic flyer for our January anniversary meeting with Hacker Lab is now available. Many have been posted around businesses in downtown Davis, but we'd appreciate it if folks would post them elsewhere around town, and on the UC Davis campus, to help get the word out. Thanks!

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Hands-on Linux demo at the Davis Food Co-Op in January
Posted 2012-12-28 18:05:00
We've once again been invited to do a hands-on Linux demo at the Davis Food Co-Op as part of their "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise" series of events during January.

If you'd like to come test drive Linux, and learn more about it, and other open source software, as well as about our club, please drop by! (And of course, send or bring your friends, too!)

1pm-4pm on Sunday, January 13th at the Co-Op's demo counter (near the meat department).

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Seeking help with a flyer
Posted 2012-12-22 09:30:00
Bill Kendrick, who normally makes flyers for LUGOD meetings, admits he's not very artistic; at the best, his flyers are functional. So, we're looking for someone who can make a really nice flyer for our 14th anniversary meeting in January. If you can help, email Bill at pr@lugod.org. Thanks in advance!

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Slight topic change at tonight's meeting: JavaFX on Raspberry Pi
Posted 2012-12-17 14:30:00
Our guest speaker for tonight wrote in: "I am going to do a JavaFX Raspberry Pi talk/demo instead of WidgetFX. Should be equally (more) relevant since it is a Linux-based embedded platform, and still on JavaFX as a related topic."

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Details on "Hacker Lab" talk at January's anniversary meeting
Posted 2012-12-10 15:45:00
More details on our anniversary meeting presentation, on Sacramento's "Hacker Lab", have been posted. Also, O'Reilly has been kind enough to once again sponsor us by providing a collection of books to give away as door prizes!

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Flyer for "WidgetFX" talk
Posted 2012-12-06 10:10:00
A flyer is available for this month's WidgetFX talk. We've posted it a few places downtown, but we'd appreciate it if folks could help out by printing and posting it elsewhere, too! Thanks!

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Meeting update
Posted 2012-11-26 10:40:00
Our final meeting of 2012 will be on Monday, December 17th, at our common venue: the public library in Davis, with a talk on the "WidgetFX" platform. Our first meeting of 2013 will be our 14th anniversary meeting, Monday, January 21st at the Veterans' Memorial Center (right next to the public library), with a presentation by folks from HackerLab in Sacramento.

We're looking for speakers for February 2013 and beyond, so if you'd like to come speak or know a person, organization or company that would like to speak (or that you think we should ask), please see our Call for Speakers!

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Three officers elected; still seeking a treasurer
Posted 2012-11-20 11:20:00
Nominations for LUGOD's annual elections closed, and because only one member was nominated for each position, we simply held a call for objections at last night's meeting.

As there were no objections to the nominations made, Bill Kendrick remains president (root), Brian Lavender remains vice president (sys), and Andrew Roach remains secretary (typescript).

Our previous treasurer (/dev/null), Greg FitzGerald, has moved out of the area, and no other member was nominated. Therefore, we're still looking for someone to take over this position. If you'd like to nominate yourself, or another worthy member, please email typescript@lugod.org.

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Nominations now being accepted for LUGOD officer positions
Posted 2012-10-17 10:15:00
As of this week's meeting, nominations are now open for LUGOD's elected officer positions: root (president), sys (vice president), typescript (secretary) and /dev/null (treasurer). If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else, for one or more position, please email your nomination to LUGOD's secretary at: typescript@lugod.org.

Nominations will be accepted until November 19th, and elections will being starting at November's meeting. (Note: It's been 6 years since we've had to vote — usually no more than one candidate gets chosen per position — but if we do, it will take place online between the November and December meetings.) See our Bylaws for more.

Note: We are in particular need of a new treasurer, as Greg has recently moved to southern California.

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The many ways to interact with LUGOD
Posted 2012-09-23 11:05:00
Along with real-life events like our monthly meetings and monthly social gatherings, you can keep up-to-date with LUGOD activites, and interact with other club members, in a variety of ways online:

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"Home CNC Machining with Linux" talk in October
Posted 2012-09-22 12:15:00
To new and returning UC Davis students: welcome (back) to Davis!

Join us at the next LUGOD meeting, Monday, October 15th at 7pm at the Yolo County public library (315 East 14th Street in Davis) for a presentation on Home CNC Machining with Linux!

Learn how you can engrave and route with computer-controlled mills and lathes, and even how to make printed circuit boards! This meeting will demonstrate actual machining, describe the electronics, and show how to install and use free open-source software under Linux. Attendees will get a chance to take home their own engraved/machined object!

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Basho speaking about Riak distributed NoSQL database in September
Posted 2012-09-03 13:15:00
Thanks to LUGOD member Eric R. for suggesting we invite Basho to come speak about their Riak database. One of their developers is actually from Davis, and has agreed to come speak at our September general meeting (Monday, Sept. 17).

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Speaker needed for September
Posted 2012-08-27 16:30:00
Our speaker for September has had to reschedule to December ("WidgetFX"), so we're looking for someone to come speak on Sept. 17th. Please see our call for speakers.

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Open Clip Art Library talk this month
Posted 2012-08-08 13:40:00
Join us on Monday, August 20th for a presentation on the Open Clip Art Library (and related projects), and the software and infrastructure that powers it.

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SUSE rescheduled for November
Posted 2012-07-18 14:00:00
Another engineer at SUSE has offered to come speak at LUGOD at our November meeting. Along with SUSE Linux for the Enterprise, he's also offered to talk about their "Open Build Server" (for creating RPM and DEB packages for various distros)! Further talk details will be fleshed out soon.

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July general meeting cancelled
Posted 2012-07-09 17:20:00
Our guest speaker from SUSE has to reschedule his talk at LUGOD due to a scheduling conflict. Since it's mid-summer, and it's short notice to find and announce a new speaker, we're skipping the meeting we had scheduled on July 16th. Our next event will be a social gathering on August 7th, and our next general meeting will be August 20th: "Open Clip Art Library."

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This month at LUGOD: Wikipedia!
Posted 2012-06-06 09:15:00
Developers from the Wikimedia foundation will be speaking at this month's LUGOD meeting, on Monday, June 18th. Come learn about the technology behind Wikipedia and related projects! And down the road in July: openSUSE; in August: Open Clip Art Library; September: WidgetFX; and October: Home CNC Machining with Linux!

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LUGOD's 2012 calendard is filling up!
Posted 2012-04-10 17:15:00
We've booked guest presenters for meetings through September (so far)! Of course, that doesn't mean we're not always looking for speakers. Want to talk? Have a topic idea? Know someone we should invite? Once again, drop Bill Kendrick a note via email: pr@lugod.org.

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Web-based IRC lets you talk to LUGOD members in your browser
Posted 2012-02-01 01:55:00
We just discovered that Freenode offers a web-based IRC interface. Go to http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#lugod to join LUGOD's IRC channel. There are literally thousands of other open source-related channels on Freenode, as well!

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Photos from our anniversary meeting / "Processing" presentation
Posted 2012-01-16 23:15:00
Enjoy some photos from our big celebration and "Processing" talk last night!

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Hands-on demo for Co-op "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise"
Posted 2012-01-14 15:15:00
Thanks to the Davis Food Co-Op for inviting us to be part of their "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise" series of events this month, and to Tim Riley, Brian Lavender, Sing, and Alex Mandel who joined me (Bill Kendrick) and my son in putting together today's demo, and answering questions. We had a great turnout, lots of interest in Monday's anniversary meeting, and at least one new Tux Paint fan.

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2012 call for speakers
Posted 2012-01-05 18:20:00
At long last, we've exhausted our long schedule of guest speaker presentations, so we're once again (always, in fact!) seeking speakers. If you, or someone you know, would like to speak, or you have a topic or speaker you'd like to suggest, please contact Bill Kendrick at pr@lugod.org.

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