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ALE-NW @ SPSU MTG. for Thurs., January 9, 7:30pm

Filed at 8:49 am under by JD P

ALE-NW Meeting

This ALE-NW@SPSU meeting is being held Thursday January 9th, 2014 at 7:30pm in room J-202 of the Atrium (J) building on the SPSU campus. This is an open meeting. Everyone is invited, students, non-students, old and young.

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Topic: ALE-NW – “Tell us what you want…” Organizational Meeting
Date: 1/9 @ 7:30p – 9:30p-ish
Where: SPSU J-202

This meeting is being held to set the meeting topics for the next four months at ALE-NW meetings. An ad hoc panel will be created to answer Linux questions from the crowd after the “Tell us what you want…” part is done.

Agenda:
* Switchboard – getting help from the group – 15 min
* Announcements
* Tell Us What You Want – about 30 min
* Panel and Linux Questions from the Crowd – til 9:30p.
** Directory and File permissions will be the default topic

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ALE-NW **usually** meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the SPSU campus. Please mark this on your calendar as a reoccurring meeting.

The group usually adjourns to the Marietta Diner after the formal meeting.
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For a campus map and a link to directions please see
or visit the ALE-NW webpage page at for information links from prior
meetings.

Learn more about GA-400 Linux Group: http://www.meetup.com/GA-400-Linux-Group/ They informally meet most Sundays to discuss Linux. Very newby friendly group.

Free parking after 7pm in non-reserved spaces in the SPSU P60 deck is best. If you park before that time, you may get a ticket, boot, or towed or toed. ;) Building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance east of the parking deck.
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ALE-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope you will join us! We generally meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, but always watch the ale.org email list for specifics. Sign up here: http://ale.org/?page_id=5 Also remember that topic suggestions and presentation offers for the meetings can be emailed to [ jdp (at) algoloma (dot) com] or [griggs (dot) andy (at) gmail (dot) com]

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
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7:30pm to ~9:15pm
SPSU Campus, Atrium “J” Bldg. rm J-202,
on Thursday, December 12th.
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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.

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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

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

ALE-NW @ SPSU MTG. for Thurs., Nov 14, 7:30pm

Filed at 6:46 am under by JD P

The monthly ALE-NW@SPSU meeting is being held Thursday November 14th, 2013 at 7:30pm in room J-202 of the Atrium (J) building on the SPSU campus. This is an open meeting. Everyone is invited, students, non-students, old and young.

NEW ROOM!

Title: Linux Server Security: A beginner’s guide
Presenter: Jonathon Meek
Date: 11/14 @ 7:30p – 9:30p-ish
Where: SPSU J-202

Abstract:
As we see more and more attacks against maintainers of data, it has prompted many people to move their data from the cloud to their own home server. However, this means learning the ins and outs of Linux server security. This talk is geared towards starting on the ground level and do the “low-hanging fruit” within Linux server security such as setup of services, using sudo & doing backups “The Right Way” along with the tools to complete the job.

Bio:
Jonathan Meek is an Application Developer Specialist with AT&T IT Operations. His work has been on developing software to recover un-provisioned network elements and helping design the next generation of provisioning workflow within the company. He was Research Scientist for Georgia Tech Research Institute for three years, doing work in the Quality Assurance Department of the Electronic Systems Lab. He holds a bachelors and a masters degree in computer science from Southern Polytechnic State University. He started working with Linux in 2006 at the suggestion of one of his professors. Previous to his work at Georgia Tech Research, he worked at King & Spalding LLP on the IT Support team. His hobbies include running, writing, movie trivia. He holds memberships with the National Eagle Scout Association and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

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ALE-NW meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the SPSU campus. Please mark this on your calendar as a reoccurring meeting.

In December, we will merge with ALE-Central for a Key Signing Party and Solstice Social. Be certain to mark your calendars!

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The group usually adjourns to the Marietta Diner after the meeting.
For a campus map and a link to directions please see
<http ://www.spsu.edu/visitspsu/campusmaps/index.htm>
or visit the ALE-NW webpage page at
<http://tomshiro.org/twiki/view/ALE/AleNwOrg> for information links from prior meetings.

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Learn more about GA-400 Linux Group: http://www.meetup.com/GA-400-Linux-Group/ We informally meet most Sundays to discuss Linux.

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Free parking after 7pm in non-reserved spaces in the P60 deck is best. If you park before that time, you may get a ticket, boot, or towed. Building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance east of the parking deck.

ALE-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope you will join us! We generally meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, but always watch the ale.org email list for specifics. Also remember that topic suggestions and presentation offers the meetings can be emailed to [ jdp (at) algoloma (dot) com] or [griggs (dot) andy (at) gmail (dot) com]

ALE-NW @ SPSU MTG. for THIS Thurs., Oct 10, 7:30pm

Filed at 11:37 am under by JD P

The monthly ALE-NW@SPSU meeting is being held Thursday Oct 10th, 2013 at 7:30pm in room J-211 of the Atrium (J) building on the SPSU campus. This is an open meeting. Everyone is invited, students, non-students, old and young.

Topic: Setting Up a Linux Server
Presenter: Andy Griggs
Date: 10/10 @ 7:30p – 9:30p-ish
Where: SPSU J-211

Abstract:
We will cover the installation of a server operating system on dedicated server hardware. There are many points to consider when setting up a server to provide services to clients: hardware compatibility, server specifications – meet the needs of your clients, configuration management, storage, virtualization, etc. The discussion will be limited to a single server installation using CentOS, foregoing any discussion about security or configuration management. Once the installation is complete, we will briefly touch on setting up a LAMP server and a database server.

Bio:
Andy has been a Linux enthusiast for over 10 years, first installing in 1998 to set up a NAT box to share a DSL connection.  After taking a five year break, picked back up in 2003 and have been using Linux exclusively since 2005.  Several work projects are Linux backed, including an Asterisk server for the internal phone system, a Solaris Jumpstart server hosted on a Debian install, and several network testing servers with Linux as the base OS.  Andy is also the organizer of the GA 400 Linux user group on meetup.com.

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ALE-NW meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the SPSU campus. Please mark this on your calendar as a reoccurring meeting.

In November, we have a presenter lined up to secure your server too. Be certain to mark your calendars!

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The group usually adjourns to the Marietta Diner after the meeting.
For a campus map and a link to directions please see
<http ://www.spsu.edu/visitspsu/campusmaps/index.htm>
or visit the ALE-NW webpage page at
<http://tomshiro.org/twiki/view/ALE/AleNwOrg> for information links from prior meetings.

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Learn more about GA-400 Linux Group: http://www.meetup.com/GA-400-Linux-Group/ We informally meet most Sundays to discuss Linux.

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Free parking after 7pm in non-reserved spaces in the P60 deck is best. If you park before that time, you may get a ticket, boot, or towed. Building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance east of the parking deck.

ALE-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope you will join us! We generally meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, but always watch the ale.org email list for specifics. Also remember that topic suggestions and presentation offers the meetings can be emailed to [ jdp (at) algoloma (dot) com] or [griggs (dot) andy (at) gmail (dot) com]

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