GNU social presentation notes

Hi all: I've completed my presentation notes; if you have any questions, confusions, clarifications or requests for additional stuff let me know by about 3:00pm on Monday.

See you all Monday night! Bring your laptops, phones, and other web-enabled devices so you can join in the demonstration.


Continuing Adventures with Ubuntu and Apache

Continuing Adventures with Ubuntu and Apache.
In a previous blog post "Installing LAMP on Ubuntu 11.04 aka The Natty Narwhal" I documented my start with Ubuntu and the Apache webserver suite.

This blog post was updated a few times as the installation was updated.
Recently, I went through another update exercise and instead of updating the previous blog post, I elected to make another blog post.

I am sure that this is "old hat" to many on this list.
But this work is not "old hat" to me.
And I would suspect that I am not alone in this.

The Raspberry Pi revitalized my inner geek

As a single guy (AKA geek) just out of school, I tried to keep up on all the cool and upcoming tech. Over the past 15 years, I got married, had a kid, had several different roles at work and pursued a few different hobbies which steered me away from a lot of the fun I used to have with technology. I kept up enough to be proficient at work and to be the go-to tech guy of friends and family but I didn't have the drive or time to experiment as much.

Video editing using ffmpeg and ImageMagick

Sometimes, you want to edit multiple videos in a similar way. For that, I've found that the best way is to create a script that you can run consistently on those videos and get a consistent ouptut. For example, recordings from a conference or a day by day video log of your family vacation.

I have created some scripts using ffmpeg and ImageMagick for my some of my videos, saving me hours in the process.

The main advantages I've found are:

  • Consistency: I don't have to remember what I did to a video. It is all in the script

Linux Mint Isadora KDE i386 first impressions

This time I decided to install Linux Mint Isadora KDE version. This may sound unfair based my previous review of Mandriva as I've been using Linux Mint for several releases but this is the first time I will use the KDE version, though.

I promise I'll try to be as picky and as unbiased as I possibly can.

The first thing that surprised me is that, although for the Gnome version there is a Live CD which is just 674 MB and a Live DVD which is 763, There is only a DVD version for KDE a whopping 1.3 GB. Still better than other distributions which are 2 to 4 GB.

Web conferencing

All the tools and methods described on the previous posts work very well with a small number of people sharing a desktop or collaborating, given that access must be granted and computer addresses shared, they work well within a trusted group.

For situations where you need to collaborate with "untrusted" people or with a large number of people, the best option is to use web conferencing software.

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