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Posted by Cheeseness on 2013/12/20 3:28:57 (410 reads)

Update: Here's a video based on this talk!



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G'day all

And so we draw to the end of another year. Thanks to everybody who's been a part of the TasLUG community - it's been great to share and be a part of our growth over the past 12 months.

To close 2013, we'll be taking a look at how to use Blender to create a custom ball for the Free/Open Source Game Neverball.

2:00pm
Saturday 28th December
Royal Oak
Launceston


As usual, some of us will be meeting for lunch beforehand at 1:00pm.

Hope to see you there!

Google Maps Link

Example ball sources
Neverball Website
Blender Website

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Next Hobart meeting: 6:00pm January 16th (Topic TBC)
Following Launceston meeting: 2:00pm January 25th (Topic TBC)


Posted by craige on 2013/11/6 22:07:57 (461 reads)

Welcome to November! I trust you're all looking forward to our end of year dinner on December 12th but first, here's what's on this month:

When: Thursday, November 21st, 18:00 for an 18:30 start
Where: 69 Liverpool St, Hobart. (Map)
Agenda:
Agenda:

  • 18:00 - early mingle, chin wagging, etc
  • 18:30 - Question and
    answer session, lightening talks, news of note, new website discussion.
  • 19:00 - Josh Hesketh - Continuous integration testing against real datasets for Openstack

    OpenStack is one of the largest and most active projects around with over 92,245 commits made by 1,708 contributors representing 1,736,343 lines of code. It is deployed in countless data centers by hundreds of companies some of which run trunk version. One of the things OpenStack does very well is it ensures trunk always works. In this talk Joshua Hesketh will go over what it takes to submit a patch into the OpenStack environment and what effect that triggers. That is, how are tests launched, how do we ensure the high quality of code, how do we make sure OpenStack always runs and how do we manage the commits over 20 components that make up OpenStack. Specifically we will look at Turbo-Hipster, a new tool Josh has been working on to ensure Nova (the compute engine) performs database schema changes correctly against real production datasets and what effect this will have for upstream developers.
  • 20:00 - Meeting end. Many people go to the Brunswick for dinner.


Upcoming events:
November:
30th - Launceston meeting
December:
12th - Hobart Christmas Party

2014:
January:
16th - Hobart meeting - Your talk here?
25th - Launceston meeting
March:
14th-16th - CodeCon Tasmania 2014.


Posted by Cheeseness on 2013/11/5 9:12:15 (427 reads)

G'day all

This month, we'll be taking another look at the Definium Monotreme, a locally designed and developed embedded Linux system intended to communicate with Building Automation Systems and building energy Management Systems to provide supervisory control and centralised data collection and analysis.

2:00pm
Saturday 30th November
Royal Oak
Launceston


As usual, some of us will be meeting for lunch beforehand at 1:00pm.


Some site issues prevented us putting up an October meeting announcement. We had a good turnout for the October meeting in which we looked at D3, a Javascript visualisation library used by Cheeseness in his statistics pages and articles.


Hope to see you for the November meeting!!

Google Maps Link

Definium Website
D3 Website
Cheeseness' articles and Humble Bundle stats page

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Next Hobart meeting: 6:00pm September 21st (Continuous integration testing against real datasets for Openstack)
Following Launceston meeting: 2:00pm December 28th, pending venue availability (Using Blender to make a Neverball ball)


Posted by craige on 2013/10/5 21:26:36 (487 reads)

Welcome to October! I trust you've all recovered from Software Freedom Day and you're looking forward to our end of year dinner on December 12th. Here's what's on this month:

When: Thursday, October 17th, 18:00 for an 18:30 start
Where: 69 Liverpool St, Hobart. (Map)
Agenda:

  • 18:00 - early mingle, chin wagging, etc
  • 18:30 - Question and answer session, CodeCon, New Website discussions
  • 19:00 - Matthew Oakes - Grok.art: Software Development and Creativity
    Looking at the software development profession, there is a recognition that it is a young field which needs evolution to achieve the reliable success strategies enjoyed by other professions. Is it more like science, engineering or art? My study has been a combination of Fine Art and Information Systems and I see a pressing need to encourage the exploration and understanding of creativity in relation to systems. It is an intrinsic part of what we do whether you are a hobbyist, developer, sysadmin, tester, manager or client. However its a topic which generally brings looks of horror and quick subject changes, especially from managers of large projects. Ignoring creativity limits avoids opportunities limiting effectiveness of systems and change. In this talk I explore creativity, art, ideas and models in the hope that we can all become better at what we do.
  • 20:00 - Meeting end. Many people go to the Brunswick for dinner.


Upcoming events:
October:
26th - Launceston meeting
November:
21st - Josh Hesketh - Continuous integration testing against real datasets for Openstack
30th - Launceston meeting
December:
12th - Hobart Christmas Party

2014:
March:
14th-16th - CodeCon Tasmania 2014.


Posted by Cheeseness on 2013/9/23 22:32:55 (438 reads)

Big thanks to everybody who came along to our Hobart and Launceston Software Freedom Day events!

Attitude kicked off the morning in an interview with Chris Wisbey for ABC Statewide Mornings, talking about the history behind Software Freedom Day and some of the philosophies that the Free/Open Source Software movement is based on.

Our first trial of the Launceston Bowls Club as a venue for SFD Launceston was a success, with such attractions as a virtual graffiti wall and SuperTuxKart arcade cabinet brought by Garry, some lovely Gimp painting demonstration by Mim and the ever popular Oculus Rift being used to show off OpenHMD support in Neverball.

Hobart's return to Software Freedom Day was a success as well, with a crowd of Free Software enthusiasts and TasLUG regulars chatting and hacking on exciting projects. faulteh worked on Owncloud, ruagair worked on E17, tserong hacked on his Gumstix Overo board and I hear there was procedural jazz as well!



As always, it's the interested newcomers as much as the existing Free Software fans who make Software Freedom Day special, so welcome to all the new faces, and I hope you enjoyed sharing, learning and discovering as much as we did.

Don't forget that we have regular monthly TasLUG meetings in both Launceston (last Saturday of the month, with an upcoming talk on Audacity) and Hobart (third Thursday of the month with an upcoming talk on artistic meshing of programming and creativity - announcement post coming soon)!

Cheese

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Hobart photos courtesy of Tim via the Google+ event page.

Additional Launceston photos can be found here.

If anybody has any more photos, please feel free to share them!


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