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

Filed at 5:59 pm under by Ruscetta


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


PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL EMORY VENUE DETAILS BELOW!

Synopsis:

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:
ALE AT EMORY MASC MAP & DIRECTIONS

Bio:

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

Filed at 1:16 pm under by Ruscetta

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.

NOTE that Our Emory Campus LOCATION HAS CHANGED!
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.
PLEASE SEE / DOWNLOAD / PRINT / READ
the map and directions PDF at the link below for essential details
on parking and finding our meeting room inside the PAIS building:
ALE AT EMORY PAIS MAP & DIRECTIONS

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)

Synopsis:
– 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
http://cryptnet.net/fdp/crypto/keysigning_party/en/keysigning_party.html
Fully detailed “How To” files with shell command line examples and background
information on the process can be found at these links:

http://ale.org/static_pages/keysign_party_131212.html
http://ale.org//static_pages/gpgstepbystep-131212.html

– 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:

http://biglumber.com/x/web?ev=46341
…and ALL keys that participants want to have signed must be registered
at the official Biglumber Keyring:

http://biglumber.com/x/web?keyring=9655

– 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
authenticity.

A reminder that fully detailed “How To” pages with command line examples
and background information on the process are found at these links:
http://ale.org/static_pages/keysign_party_131212.html
http://ale.org//static_pages/gpgstepbystep-131212.html
If you still have questions or need clarifications AFTER reviewing all of
the instructions above, you can email Jeremy via jbouse[AT]debian.org.

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ADDITIONAL PGP / GPG INFORMATION ON VIDEO:
– 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:
http://arxion.net/ale/
The video file is ~443MB as h.264 encode in an mp4 wrapper.

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

For a campus map and a link to directions please see
http://www.spsu.edu/visitspsu/campusmaps/index.htm
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.

ALE CENTRAL MTG. — 7:30pm Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Filed at 11:17 am under by Ruscetta


I’m thrilled to announce that our ALE Central meeting for
7:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 will be following our
traditional format and will be held at our long running
Room 1C venue at Emory Law School’s Gambrel Hall.
(but please see note below)**

Our Featured Presentation will be

Using OpenVPN in a Monitored World

presented by Brian MacLeod

Synopsis:
– If there’s one thing the government folks can’t stand, it
is lots of work for little reward. Most of us will never be
interesting targets, and while many would say we’re safe
because of that, it doesn’t hurt to help protect yourself in
whatever way you can.
– I hope to prepare anyone looking to add a little secure
networking with advice on deploying OpenVPN in ways
that help make it harder for your information stream to be
captured and sifted or otherwise subjected to unwarranted
and malicious access.

Bio:
– 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.

============================
The meeting will be held at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:20pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at
http://ale.org/?page_id=2

===
**An important note that this will very likely be the last
time we will be able to host an ALE Central Meeting or
special event at this venue. Emory Law School’s newest
facilities management has decided to end the good will
policy of support for the wider local community and will
now be restricting facility use to Law School activities
exclusively.

Emory Law School, through the ongoing support and
involvement of ALE member Ben Chapman in their IT
department, has been generously providing ALE with
unused classroom space for meetings and special
events for more than ten years. We have been
exceptionally fortunate in receiving this long running
support for our organization and deeply appreciate
everyone at Emory Law School who has helped with
these arrangements over the years.
===

As always, the announcement information is also
available on our web site:

ALE CENTAL MTG. for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at 7:30pm

Filed at 7:06 am under by Ruscetta

Our ALE Central meeting for Thursday, Sept. 19 at
7:30pm will be:

A CASUAL GATHERING
over food and drink at
MELTON’S APP & TAP

Synopsis:
- For this casual meeting conversation topics involving Linux and crunchy
Open Source goodness will be welcome. We may also have some planning
discussions for a Fall Install Fest and deliberations on activity suggestions
for our regular meetings.

A Note of Apology:
- Seems I’ve been absent from the office a little too much this year and
I’m having trouble getting back in sync with my routines and commitments.
With apologies, I wasn’t planning enough ahead to arrange a formal venue
or speaker for this month’s ALE Central meeting. I am, however, promising
to do better for next month.
— Aaron Ruscetta, ALE Events Coordinator (etc)

see http://meltonsappandtap.com/ for directions and menu info, etc.

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