Recent Meeting Details

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March Meeting: DTMF Generator on Rotary Phone & OS Agnostic Computing

Date: March 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin (Woodroffe) P213a

This month we will be having a talk on on making a rotary phone useful in a tone driven world and a discussion on os-agnostic computing.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

Rotary Phone

DTMF generation on a rotary phone

Speaker: Scott Murphy

This talk is based on a recent desire to put an old rotary phone in my guest room. This is part of a larger project, but first the phone.

Some simple electronics for those interested and an ATTINY45 chip to be the dialer.


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OS Agnostic Computing

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Many of us have strong preferences for particular operating systems. However, much of the work we do does not require any particular operating system, and some of us have to work with more than one operating system, or with several systems at once. This short presentation will cover cross-platform portability for data and applications. It will be followed by a discussion about what should be covered in a more detailed second presentation about OS-agnostic computing.



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February Meeting: Deep Neural Networks & GalliumOS on a Chromebook

Date: February 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin (Woodroffe) P213a

Note - Room Change We will be meeting in Building P, room P-213a at 7:00pm

This month we will be having a talk on on deep neural networks and a lightning talk on GalliumOS on a chromebook.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

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Deep Neural Networks

Speaker: Isaac Tamblyn

In this presentation, Isaac will discuss recent work in group group focused on using deep neural networks to solve problems in physics. He will discuss some of the hardware and software choices they had to make to build our solution, and show results on the performance of their models.


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GalliumOS on a Chromebook

Speaker: Jean-Francois Messier

JF will be giving a "Lightning Talk" on the install of Linux (Gallium 2)on his ChromeBook



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January Meeting: Speech Synthesis & Linux on the Surface

Date: January 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Location: Dymon Storage Boardroom, 110 Didsbury Road

Note - Room Change We will be meeting at Dymon Storage in Kanata, at 7:00pm

This month we will be having a talk on speech synthesis and running ubuntu on the Microsoft Surfacepossible an additional topic if someone volunteers.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

Speech Synthesis with Festival Lite

Speaker: Scott Murphy

What is a speech synthesizer, some history, what would I use one for, and have they improved since "War Games?"


Linux on a MS Surface

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Interested in playing with a Surface? Perhaps you do not need to run Windows after all. Ian will go over using Ubuntu on a MS Surface device.



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December Meeting: PDF data extraction & What do we use Linux for?

Date: December 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room B185

Note - Room Change This meeting is at the Woodroffe campus of Algonquin in Building B, room B-185 at 7:00pm

This month we will be having a talk on extracting data from PDFs and a community discussion on Linux and what we use it for coordinated by John.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

PDF extraction

Getting Usable Data from a collection of PDF Files

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Analysis of data from some monthly financial reports over a seven-year period was needed and the reports were only available as PDF. The structure of the PDF files permitted cutting and pasting the data into rough text that, with a few manual changes, could be fed through an automated process to get data that could be pasted into a spreadsheet. GNU Make was used to build an integrated process from a number of scripts that were easy to build and verify.


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Community Linux Use

Speaker: John C. Nash

A group chat on who uses Linux and what they use it for. The purp[ose is to build up a list of people who have expertise in various areas so that we have some go-to people for the community. You can ask to not be included in the listing. Moderated by John Nash.



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November Meeting: Tiny Clusters & Portable Toolkits

Date: November 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room B185

Note: the room can be a little difficult to find, based on experiences last month. The easiest way to find the room is to head towards the pedestrian overpass entrance on the second floor. When you have just about reached it, the door to B242 that is unlocked will be on the left. This is just past the vending machines.

Tonight we will have two presentations, one on raspberry pi clusters and the other on Portable toolkits.

Pre-meeting:

There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk and possibly the BoF, there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

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Tiny Clusters

Speaker: Scott Murphy

This was originally going to be a talk on distributed computing and how it can make compute intensive tasks easier to complete and how to get some experience with a cluster environment using inexpensive commodity computers. It has turned into a discussion of experiences in getting the hardware to run, getting the system to work and getting a first program to run on multiple nodes.


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Portable Toolboxes

Speaker: John C. Nash

Having a toolkit to solve problems is a good thing. Normally when we think of toolkits, we think hardware. This presentation is about having a versatile USB stick with a variety of tools you can use to solve problems that are vexing you with your compute hardware.



Past Meetings

2017 March Meeting DTMF Generator on Rotary Phone & OS Agnostic Computing
2017 February Meeting Deep Neural Networks & GalliumOS on a Chromebook
2017 January Meeting Speech Synthesis & Linux on the Surface
2016 December Meeting PDF data extraction & What do we use Linux for?
2016 November Meeting Tiny Clusters & Portable Toolkits
2016 October Meeting Ransomware
2016 September Meeting Cancelled
2016 August Meeting Overview of Intellectual Property Issues in Open-Source Software, ongoing projects update
2016 July Meeting LITW 2016
2016 July Meeting Rescheduled: Block box testing and short dashing presentation
2016 June Meeting Block box testing and short dashing presentation
2016 May Meeting Presentation frustrations and Block box testing
2016 April Meeting AGM, IPv6 talk, Presentation issues and maybe more
2016 March Meeting (Updated) Scanning Woes, Pandoc bugs, Let's Encrypt
2016 February Meeting Libreoffice and more
2016 January Meeting Ansible talk
2015 December Meeting Distro Talk 2015
2015 November Meeting Malware Reverse Engineering
2015 October Meeting Short topics and open talk night
2015 August Meeting Using browsers securely
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