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Posted by craige on 2013/12/30 17:30:00 (331 reads)

As 2013 staggers to a close and we look forward to a brand new year, it's worth taking a moment to reflect upon the contributors to our community throughout the year. There's a list of this years talks and speakers below but first I'd like to provide some special mentions:

PyconAU
For the second year in a row, Chris Neugebauer and Josh Hesketh ran a highly successful PyconAu conference.
Linux Australia
Josh Hesketh was elected as president of Linux Australia
Python Software Foundation
Chris was elected to the Python Software Foundation
Statewide Meetup
Josh Bush organised the annual Statewide meetup which was held in Ross, with a number of talks and TasLUG folk showing off their work (recap)
Software Freedom Day
Both Hobart and Launceston (recap) held Software Freedom Day events

For the Hobart meetings, Scott Bragg introduced a quiz based upon the Linux Professional Institute exams and a news highlights segment that added depth to out meetings.

Thanks to everyone who participated in any shape or form this year - you all made it the great year it was.

2013 Hobart Talks:
January - Scott Bragg - Raspberry Pi Recipes (details)
February - Tim Serong - WTF is OpenStack (details)
March - Scott Bragg / Michael Cordover / Julius Roberts / Peter Lawler / - OS Wars, a series of short talks high lighting OpenBSD, Windows 7, OSX, Plan 9, Open Indiana. (details)
April - Chris Neugebauer - An Introduction to Python (details)
May - Scott Bragg - I Like Your Old Window Manager Better Than Your New One (details)
June - Julius Roberts - Why Ansible? Simplicity. Distributed (details)
July - Own Cloud Round Table - discussion on self-host cloud services and with OwnCloud (details)
August - Scott Bragg - Coding the KickSat: Using GNURadio for a crowd funded satellite (details)
September - Hacking for Freedom - TasLUG Sprint discussing and perhaps even making a start on contributing to a Free Software project of our choosing (details)
October - Matthew Oakes - Grok.art: Software Development and Creativity (details)
November - Josh Hesketh - Continuous integration testing against real datasets for Openstack (details)
December - End of Year Dinner - we headed to Hejos to see out the year.

2013 Launceston Talks:
January - Bob Mesibov gave an introduction to what he called, "CoPa Scripting"; the simple, yet powerful art of manipulating paste buffer contents before pasting to perform additional tasks such as creating a new file based on copied text, or removing hyphens and carriage returns from line-wrapped words (details)
February - Mike Cruseshowed off some of the locally designed and developed hardware and embedded software energy management/monitoring platforms developed by Definium Technologies, a recent recipient of support from the Federal Government's Clean Technologies Innovation Fund. (details)
March - Cheeseness gave a talk on cross-platform support in the "Humble Bundle" promotions. (details)
April - Attitude gave an introduction to the Free/Open Source point of sale suite uniCenta oPOS. (details)
May - Attitude gave a talk looking at comparisons of Linux Desktop Environments in a talk titled Objectively Choosing A Desktop Manager. (details)
June - Cheeseness gave a talk on what it takes to get an Oculus Rift head mounted display dev-kit behaving on Linux (details)
July - Attitude will be give an introduction to OpenGL, a cross platform, cross language API for rendering 2D and 3D graphics. (details)
August - Cheeseness gave a talk on using Blender's built in game engine to make a simple game, and also touched on the first person puzzle game Dance, which was made in Blender for the 7 Day FPS Challenge (details)
September - Cheeseness gave an introduction to the open source audio editor Audacity. (details)
October - Cheeseness gave a talk on D3, a Javascript visualisation library (details)
November - Mike Cruse showed off 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 (details)
December - Cheeseness demonstrated how to use Blender to create a custom ball for the Free/Open Source Game Neverball (details)


Posted by Cheeseness on 2013/12/20 3:28:57 (417 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 (477 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 (434 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 (497 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.


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