Past Meetings

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, August 11 2014, 7pm

Date: 
Monday, 11 August 2014
Presentation Topic

OpenWrt

Khalid Baheyeldin will show us how he uses the OpenWrt router distribution to track bandwidth use in his home. He will show us what tools are available to inspect his network's traffic, how he customized those tools to report usage per device, and how he keeps history by hour, day and month.

Presented
Emcee: 
acant

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, July 7 2014, 7pm

NOTE: the High Availability talk has been put on hiatus again. Our apologies for this.

Date: 
Monday, 7 July 2014
Presentation Topic

Short talks

This month's meeting will consist of some short, informal talks:

- Khalid Baheyeldin will discuss his adventures in getting free HD TV using an antenna.
- Tim Laurence will share "10 reasons Linux sucks!"
- Brian Bentley and Bob Jonkman will share their adventures in evangelizing Linux to the Bits and Bytes Computer Club
- Paul Nijjar will talk about the process of putting together the KWLUG podcast.

Presented
Emcee: 
acant

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, June 2, 2014, 7pm

Date: 
Monday, 2 June 2014
Presentation Topic

AppArmor

Tim Laurence will tell us about AppArmor. He writes:

AppArmor promises to provide easy to use application security.

What does it do? How do you bend it to your will? Why should you care?

Tim thinks AppArmor is pretty neat. He will explain what is all about and show just how easy it can be to use.

Update: here are the slides and demofiles from Tim's talk: 2014-06-AppArmorTalk.tgz

Presented
Emcee: 
acant

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, May 5 2014, 7pm

Date: 
Monday, 5 May 2014
Presentation Topic

GNUCash, ledger

Just in time to miss tax season, this month's meeting will feature two presentations on free-software accounting systems:

- John Kerr and/or Brent Clements will present GnuCash, a graphical double-entry bookkeeping system.

- For those who find GUIs too intimidating, Chris Frey will present ledger, a commandline accounting system that processes text files of your earnings and expenses.

Update: Chris has made his sample ledger file available: 2014-05-demo-ldg.txt (you can rename this to 2014-05-demo.ldg to make it a proper Ledger file).

Presented

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, April 7 2014, 7pm

Date: 
Monday, 7 April 2014
Presentation Topic

OpenSCAD

OpenSCAD is a script-driven, free software 3D CAD modeller that is widely used in the maker and 3D-printing community. Marius Kintel (who happens to be the lead developer of the project) will tell us about OpenSCAD and demonstrate its use.

Presented
Emcee: 
acant

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, March 3 2014, 7pm

It's March! It's March! February has somehow ended! Against all odds, March has somehow arrived! This calls for a celebration: namely our longstanding KWLUG tradition of having a March meeting -- in March, even. Our festivities will include two presentations, at least one of which will be beginner-friendly. John Kerr will tell us about the economics of free software, including how it affects consumers and taxpayers.

Date: 
Monday, 3 March 2014
Presentation Topic

The Economics of Free Software, FirefoxOS

This meeting will be beginner-friendly.

John Eddie Kerr will tell us how free software affects consumers and taxpayers.

Andrew Cant will tell us about FirefoxOS, the Mozilla Foundation's attempt to break into the mobile computing operating system space.

Presented

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Feb 3 2014

Date: 
Monday, 3 February 2014
Presentation Topic

Samba 4

Lori Paniak will tell us about Samba, the venerable open-source interoperability suite with Windows systems. He will show us some of the features included in the latest version of Samba, including its ability to serve as a domain controller.

Presented
Emcee: 
acant

KWLUG Meeting CANCELLED: Monday, January 6 2014

UPDATE: Because of the blizzard warning tonight, the scheduled presentation on high-availability clusters will be rescheduled, as will the official meeting. Unofficially it appears that some people will be present, so you can come in for an informal meeting if you wish.

Date: 
Monday, 6 January 2014
Emcee: 
acant

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, December 2, 2013, 7pm

I know, I know: sending an email is just like sending a postcard. Like postcards, emails describe happy times and quick notes intended to provoke envy. Like postcards, emails contain joyful pictures of cultural fnord landmarks. Like postcards, emails should always be signed. Since I did not sign this meeting announcement, how do you know that I wrote it? Can you actually be sure that I am sitting on a sunny Nova Scotian beach sipping fruity beverages? Maybe this is all a sham. Maybe some nefarious organization intercepted this meeting announcement and inserted unwholesome messages?

Date: 
Monday, 2 December 2013
Presentation Topic

Encrypting Email with GnuGPG, Thunderbird and Enigmail

Bob Jonkman will walk us through the steps of encrypting our own email. In addition he is organizing a formal keysigning party, so that you can increase the trust around your own GPG keys.

Presented
Emcee: 
acant

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Nov 4 2013, 7pm

Date: 
Monday, 4 November 2013
Presentation Topic

The XBMC Home Entertainment System; Why You Should Care About Security and Privacy

Charles McColm will tell us about his XBMC home theatre system. He writes: "At home we use XBMC to
play ripped media, Internet content, content from other devices (iPad and Android phone) as well as streaming audio and video to those devices (centralized media collection)." In this presentation he will show us how he set up this functionality.

Sarah Harvey will talk to us about the importance of security and privacy. Here is an abstract from a similar talk she gave for the Computer Science Club at the University of Waterloo:

Recent media coverage has brought to light the presence of various government agencies' surveillance programs, along with the possible interference of governments in the establishment and development of standards and software. This brings to question of just how much we need to be concerned about the security and privacy of our information.

Update: Sarah has made her slides available in PDF, PPTX formats.

In this talk we will discuss what all this means in technological and social contexts, examine the status quo, and consider the long-standing implications. This talk assumes no background knowledge of security or privacy, nor any specific technical background.

Presented
Emcee: 
acant
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