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Telnet

I'll start this series with the simplest and oldest command.

Remember, it is not safe to expose telnet to the internet.

To install on the server (Debian/Ubuntu)
sudo aptitude install telnetd

To start/stop under Debian
Under Debian, the telnet daemon is started by inetd when the port is accessed. This is controlled by the inetd.conf file. If the telnet line is commented out, telnet will not start, otherwise it will start.

kwlug logo, with text, posted.

 

Was looking for a kwlug logo but didn't find any with text - so cut out the logo and words from mud.jpg (from the tar download available on the resources page: /node/404 ). Here is the result(s).

 

K-W Lug Logo (with words) - /sites/kwlug.org/files/2009-12-15 kwlug logo (with words).jpg

 

Introduction to remote collaboration tutorials

Phew! It's been a week since the KWLUG meeting where I talked about remote collaboration.

Believe or not, I hadn't had a moment, until now, to make good on my promise to post the tutorials on-line.

First I was on Project Management training in Toronto from Monday to Wednesday, then, Thursday and Friday preparing for an implementation at work that kept me at home in front of the computer all Saturday and Sunday.

Ubuntu LoCo

The local Ubuntu group Ralph Janke initiated is here: https://edge.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-waterloo-region.

Remote Collaboration: A successful presentation

It seems that the time was well spent preparing this presentation. I had an awesome and engaged audience that kept with me through out the presentation, even while we were trying to sort the technical limitations of the physical space.

Unfortunately it seems that the webcast wasn't as successful due to the limited bandwidth at the meeting location. Next time I'll use plan B.

If you logged in remotely, please let me know how was your experience. was the sound good? was the screen choppy? What would you like to see for next time?

GNU Screen Slides (Karmic Party)

I will never admit to going to a Linux launch party. No siree. But if I had gone to a hackerspace party and been coerced into presenting something, I might have made some slides like these.

The zip file contains slide sources and configuration snippets. I am puttting them here because I don't want to make an account on the Kwartzlab wiki.

Karmic Koala and sound on the HP DV6105us

I attended the Karmic Koala release party at the kwartzlab and had the opportunity to upgrade my laptop from the local repository.

Everything went well except for the sound on the laptop. Thankfully the alphas, betas and RC periods are for people to find these issues and provide workarounds :D.

My card is identified by lspci as

00:10.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP51 High Definition Audio (rev a2)

The problems were:
- Sound didn't work
- Sound made a crackling sound.

Showing your OpenOffice Impress presentations online

I've been using Impress for some time to create presentations but I used to upload them as odp files when I wanted to share them with the world (in case the world came to see them).

That is, until I "discovered" that exporting them to flash was a piece of cake.

  1. Open your presentation in Impress
  2. From the main menu select "File | Export"
  3. On the Export window select "Macromedia Flash (SWF)"

After that all that's left is

Upload the presentation to a website or file sharing site and reference it from a web page using the following HTML code:

Software Freedom Day

Yesterday I was fortunate to participate in the Software Freedom Day organized by the working centre in Kitchener.

There I had the opportunity to give three presentations.

I'm posting them here in case anyone is interested in looking at them, modifying or using them at other events.

What are we celebrating
In this presentation I walked through some of the current rights and freedoms regarding digital content. The ones we currently have and give for granted as well as some of the existing artificial barriers to enjoy those rights.

Submission to copyright consultation

The deadline to make a submission to the Canadian Copyright consultations is September 13.
Richard pointed out a guide with astroturfing instructions: http://faircopy.ca/participate/.

This is the main consultation site: http://copyright.econsultation.ca/

This is my uninformed, blathering submission. It is less well-informed than an article published in the Waterloo Record. If I can make a submission, so can you!

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