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ALE Central Meeting Nov 20, 2014 7:30pm

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First Steps with Two Factor Authentication

Your password is not, and will never again be, good enough. Whether you are using services from Google or other providers, increasingly, you are being asked to provide another level to authentication, which is good for all of us. But, as a home user or beginning Systems Administrator, how do you get started with some of these technologies yourself?

This presentation will cover a few soft token tools (Duo Security, Google Authenticator), as well as the recent iterations of Yubikeys.

Brian MacLeod is a Systems Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, supporting research on high performance computing resources with the Partnership for Advanced Computing Environment (PACE) team.

ALE-Central Meeting, Thurs., Oct 16, 7:30pm

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TOPIC – Systemd: Love it, hate it, it’s here!
When: 7:30p Oct 16, 2014
Where: Ask JimK – directions on left are not correct. Suggest looking through email archives.
UPDATE: See link on left for directions to ALE Central Meetings.

A general discussion of systemd with no real focus other than to dispel myths and introduce the system to those who have had it forced upon them. Q&A will be taken, of course, if there is time.

There’s not a lot to say: for most people, it’s completely under the hood. For the rest, we’ll talk a bit about all that can be done with it:
> udev
> systemd journal
> D-Bus, KD-Bus, PolicyKit
> Multi-seat
> Easy service prototyping and development
> Virtual machines as system services
> And more!

BIO – Michael B. Trausch is an independent consultant and developer performing all manner of IT services using free software, including network systems administration and programming (in many different and often disliked languages). He works from home (when everything is going well…) and devotes much of his time to parenting his kids Ben and Amelia. He is an advocate for free software, public education, and freedom in general, accepting the responsibilities that
come with it. He is also obsessed with typography and Unicode, and
drinks way too much coffee.

ALE-CENTRAL MTG. — 7:30pm Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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The featured presentation at ur ALE Central meeting for
7:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 20th, 2014 will now, thanks
to snow and ice days, be the new debut for:

A Hands-on Introduction to the Linux Command Line

presented by Jim Kinney



Anyone can use Linux systems with a mouse, but the real elegance and power
is at the command line. This presentation is designed to ease the transition from
mouse monkey marvel to command line commando with a HANDS-ON, follow the
examples session that will mix a bit of fun with the fundamentals; all you’ll need
to play along is your laptop. We will be providing copies of the Fedora 20 / i386
live DVD to offer a consistent environment, so advance testing of your system
with a recent Fedora Live DVD is recommended. Alternative Linux OS distros will
work as well, but some parts of the class may be rather different, especially for
Debian derivatives. No networking will be required and the venue has power plugs
at the seats so charged up batteries can be optional.

Special Venue Details:

We have arranged to host this meeting in the E208 lecture hall of the
Mathematics And Science Center building on the Emory campus,
400 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, 30322. A PDF of directions with detailed
maps can is available for viewing and download here:


Jim Kinney was introduced to Linux in 1993. It became a major distraction in his
pursuit of a Masters degree of Physics at GSU in 1997. However, it helped with his
first job at the Emory department of Physics in 1997 where he put students in front
of Linux machines and built a loosely coupled cluster of those student machines at
the same time NASA was building the first Beowulf clusters. After Emory, Jim ran
headlong to the darkside of Linux systems and IT support, design and administration.
Jim founded and ran a consulting firm for 10 years and has worked at places such
as Cox Communications, IBM, GaTech Research Institute and Google. Currently, Jim
is back at Emory running HPC systems for research needs. In his spare time Jim is a
perpetual student of metalworking, beer production and taste testing, martial arts
and general physical world hacking. At one point, Jim actually tried to make a policy
difference in education and ran for DeKalb County school board. He lives with wife
(MS Geology), son (GT engineer wannabe), 5 cats and an old black lab who won’t
chase the cats.

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for 7:30pm on Thurs., January 16, 2014

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The discussion topic for the ALE Central Meeting at 7:30pm
on Thursday, Jan. 16th will be:

It’s been 20 years!?!??! Who’s flying this barge?
moderated by Jim Kinnery

SYNOPSIS: This will be a very informal discussion of ALE past
to future with likely much bleary-eyed reminiscing of the
“the good old days” (the Atlanta Linux Showcase is bound to
be mentioned fondly) and a rousing discussion of where do
we go from here now that Linux won (Microsoft released code
that runs on Android – the Office 365 app for Android devices
[- HA!]). Come join a bit of a victory dance and bring ideas of
where you want to see yourself and ALE over the next year.

We will meet in the Emory Psychology And Interdisciplinary Sciences
(PAIS) building, where we will be guests of the CCI / BMI Lab.
The venue is on the west side of the Emory campus, just off of
Oxford Road at 36 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322.
the map and directions PDF at the link below for essential details
on parking and finding our meeting room inside the PAIS building:

ALE-NW & ALE CENTRAL: GPG Keysigning Party & Solstice Social: Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013

Filed at 10:08 am under by Ruscetta

NOTE: For December this year we’ll be combining our
ALE CENTRAL meeting with our ALE-NW meeting (at their
usual time and place) with a GPG/PGP Key Signing party.
Then we’ll hope you’ll join us for the after party with a little
solstice season socializing at the Marietta Diner.

ALE GPG/PGP Keysigning Party
7:30pm to ~9:15pm
SPSU Campus, Atrium “J” Bldg. rm J-202,
on Thursday, December 12th.
Organized, introduced and presented by Jeremy Bouse,
with an intro covering some typical daily use cases along
with explanation of the web of trust and why we do
the keysigning events themselves,

(directions link and parking notes below)

— For those who participate, the key signing party serves to confirm
the identity of other PGP Key users by connecting them to a “key ring”
and including them in the “web of trust” needed to validate their keys,
signatures and identities in the wider world.

— Our ardent GPG enthusiast, keymaster Jeremy “Clortho” Bouse, will
present a brief GPG/PGP introduction and direct the key signing process
using the Hash Based Method as described in
Fully detailed “How To” files with shell command line examples and background
information on the process can be found at these links:


— Participation in the key signing requires advanced preparations,
including generating and verifying any new keys you want to have
signed. The official ALE Key Signing Event has been registered on
the Biglumber Key Server:

…and ALL keys that participants want to have signed must be registered
at the official Biglumber Keyring:


— The deadline for uploading your key to the Keyring is midnight,
(12:00am) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (In other words, any
time _before_ Wednesday, December 11).

— The final step will be to download and print out Jeremy’s FINAL key ring
text file available on THURSDAY, 2013.12.12 (the day of the signing party).
The link for that is http://undergrid.net/ale13/ksp-ale13.txt
This link will also be announced with reminders to download on the ALE
mailing list. After downloading, fill in the checksum information for all
of the keys you have registered in the ring so you can easily confirm their

A reminder that fully detailed “How To” pages with command line examples
and background information on the process are found at these links:
If you still have questions or need clarifications AFTER reviewing all of
the instructions above, you can email Jeremy via jbouse[AT]debian.org.

— For those unfamiliar with PGP or interested in learning more about the
GnuPG implentation of PGP cryptography and the value of protecting your
privacy and your identity with PGP signatures, we suggest you review our
video of David Tomaschik’s March 2011 presesntation on the topic,
“Protecting Privacy, Identity & Systems with GnuPG”
This is available for download or streaming under the file name
“ale-20110317-gpg-tomaschik.mp4″ at this URL:
The video file is ~443MB as h.264 encode in an mp4 wrapper.

Southern Polytechnic State University
Room J-202 of the Atrium (J) building

For a campus map and a link to directions please see
AFTER 7:00pm there is Free Parking in non reserved
spaces of the P60 deck. Parking there before 7:00pm
may get you ticketed, booted or towed.
Building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance
directly east of the P60 parking deck.

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