Mastering Bash with the Akron Women in Tech

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I gave a talk last night called Mastering bash: one-liners to shell scripts at the Akron Women in Tech.

Getting Started with Python

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I gave a brief introduction to Python at our local Linux Enthusiasts group last night.


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I had the opportunity to present at NOTACON in Cleveland this weekend. The talk was about how to use OpenAFS to build a private data storage cloud. The crowd was great. They has some awesome and on the mark questions in the 25 minute Q&A session.

NOTACON was a fantastic event, with a variety of interesting talks and activities. Sadly, it seems this will be the last NOTACON, as the paid attendance and room bookings has been too low to sustain the con.

Ohio LinuxFest 2010 - it’s a wrap

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Well, we had a superb turnout for this year’s Ohio LinuxFest. Once again I helped work the registration desk with Phil Farris and a slew of other eager volunteers. We processed over a 1000 check-ins by late Saturday afternoon without any major malfunctions. There was a steady stream of people all day Friday and Saturday and everybody seemed to be having a great time. Sadly, I was not able to stay for the LinuxFest after-party this year. I’m sure it will be a heck of a party.

Ohio LinuxFest 2010 - September 10-12, 2010

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The next Ohio LinuxFest is less than a month away. Where does the time go? Maddog will be back for for this event, which is great news. We have a great line up of speakers and an entire track dedicated to open-source software for the medical industry. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Columbus. Be sure to register today.


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The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Rest in peace,
Ed Frank
August 24, 1966 - December 8, 2009

Ohio LinuxFest 2009

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The OhioLinuxFest will be held on September 25th to the 27th 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.

This year’s theme is “40 years of UNIX” - keynote speakers are Doug McIlroy, the man who invented UNIX pipes, and Shawn Powers, Associate Editor of Linux Journal. It’s not just a look back; there are presentations on Drupal, Ruby on Rails, using Python for system administration, Samba, web application security, and many more subjects likely to be useful to you in running your Linode.

As noted, basic registration (aka the Enthusiast package) is free, and gets you into the Early Penguins’ Track talks and pre-party on Friday as well as the main event and after party on Saturday. Springing for the $65 Supporter package also gets you the cool t-shirt and lunch on Saturday. If that isn’t enough, you can opt for the $350 Professional package adding OLFU training where you can pick an LPI cram session or courses on disaster recovery, LDAP, spam filtering, and more. Any novices you bring along may be interested in the $250 Quick Start package which gets them a computer pre-installed with Ubuntu and instruction in getting started with Linux.

The schedule of events will help you sort out all your options. You can sign up for the free Enthusiast package initially and later upgrade to one of the others (deadline is noon, Friday September 18). You’ll also want to book your hotel room ASAP before they sell out.

Sunday offers the Diversity in Open Source workshop and the opportunity to take the LPI or BSDA certification tests.

There’s a lot going on, but you are free to pick and choose the days and subjects based on your availability and interest. As far as I am able I will answer questions on scheduling and options in this thread, or for a definitive answer you can reach the organizers.

See you in Columbus.

Registration is Open for Ohio LinuxFest 2009

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The Ohio LinuxFest will be held on the weekend of September 25, 2009 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Registration is now open for attendees. Once again, a Supporter and Professional level registration packages are available to help support the event.

OLPC Laptop Arrived

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OLPC is running the get one/give one program again this year, and this time I didn’t want to miss out. I ordered the xo laptop at Amazon and it arrived one day later (even with standard shipping). So far, I have been very pleased with the device. The main reason I purchased the xo is I wanted a very portable machine with a sunlight viewable screen. I spend much of my time in ssh, so I dont need a powerful machine. Of course the main drawback of the xo is the keyboard, which is about completely unusable to my fat fingers. Fortunately, external usb keyboards work fine, and so I’m using a spare keyboard for the time being. I will look into buying a small but usable keyboard.

Geek joke of the day

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An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second orders half a beer. The third, a quarter of a beer. The bartender says “You’re all idiots”, and pours two beers.