678-333-8491 (10a to 10p est)
Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts
c/o Jim Kinney
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of BioMedical Informatics
36 Eagle Row, Suite 588
Atlanta, GA 30322
Due to Emory student activities at our regular venue and
time, the December 2011 ALE CENTRAL Meeting
has been MOVED to the ALE NW venue:
SPSU Campus, Atrium “J” Bldg. rm J110,
7:30pm on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH.
(directions link and parking notes below)
Activities will include:
An ALE GPG/PGP Keysigning Party
followed immediately by our
2011 Solstice Season Social
Our December ALE NW Meeting and ALE Central meetings are being
combined as a PGP/GPG Keysigning Party (7:30pm to ~9:15pm) followed
by an ALE Solstice Season Social at a nearby eatery (starting by 9:30pm,
location to be announced).
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 David Tomaschik’s March 2011 presesntation on the topic.
Video of this presentation is available for download or streaming under
the file name “ale-20110317-gpg-tomaschik.mp4” at these URL’s:
http://arxion.net/ale/ and http://jimkinney.us/downloads/
A torrent is also available at
The video file is ~443MB as h.264 encode in an mp4 wrapper.
For those who wishing to 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 identitiies.
Internationally recognized I.T. cryptography and security expert
Michael Warfield will present the GPG/PGP introduction and will
direct the key signing process.
COMPREHENSIVE DETAILS FOR PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION
IN THE GPG/PGP KEY SIGNING PARTY ARE AVAILABLE AT:
The documentation includes links to step by step GPG How To’s
and other helpful information on public key encryption, including:
Southern Polytechnic State University
Room J110 of the Atrium (J) building
Campus map and a link to directions please see
Parking in non reserved spaces in the P60 deck is best.
building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance east
of the parking deck.
The feature presentation for our ALE Central Meeting at
7:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 17th, 2011 will be:
A Pioneering Introduction to Puppet
with Matt Urbanski
— Puppet is a configuration management tool written in ruby that
allows a sysadmin to wield their influence and expertise over far
more machines than one could without it. It uses a simple but
powerful DSL which I would like to introduce to everyone who is
not familiar with it, and open a dialogue about how our role as
admins is changing with the scalability problems we are faced with.
– Matt Urbanski is a functional programmer turned sysadmin. His last
awesome job was in high frequency trading, administrating a super
low latency MAN and optimizing trading algorithms. He also worked for
an advertising firm in Europe administrating hundreds of cloud based
apache instances for serving ads where they were needed, when they
were paid for, using puppet.
– Matt is currently working for a medtech/bioinformatics firm, selling
data to oncologists and the pharma industry. He is also involved in
a new professional group focusing on agile system administration
tools and techniques:
Our ALE Central meetings are usually held at Emory
Law School in the Gambrel Hall lecture room 1C.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at