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MUUG Monthly Meetings for 2022-23


Please note our current meeting location: In light of the current concerns over COVID-19 and the risk of infection, and current directives from the University of Winnipeg, MUUG meetings will take place online (typically using BigBlueButton) until further notice. Meeting link will be provided on the home page, prior to meeting start time.

September 13, 2022: RTFM Duo

This month, we had a couple short RTFM-style presentations: First, Brad Vokey presented on bpytop/btop++. Next, Trevor Cordes (who normally prefers working quietly behind the scenes on coding or newsletter editing) presented on configuring rsyslog to suppress annoying log messages.

Bpytop - a Python port and continuation of bashtop(1)

This month Brad Vokey gave us a quick demonstration of byptop, as well as its new sibling, btop++. Bpytop is a colorful, efficient, responsive, terminal resource monitor that shows usage and stats for your processor, memory, disks, network and processes. Written in Python by the original author of bashtop, the author claims it is faster and much better supported. (Btop++ is essentially a rewrite in C++.) Add some bling to your original old top(1) command!

Fighting the PHPower with rsyslog

Help! The new PHP8 has made normal, everyday scripting practices an error on screen or in the logfiles. Fight the power and reclaim your PHP sanity using rsyslog and its filtering options. But beware, rsyslog itself is a minefield of inexplicableness. Trevor Cordes led us on a quick and easy path to victory over PHP, and any other daemon you may disagree with!

Trevor has made his presentation slides, as text files in a .tar.bz2 archive, available online.

Date change: October 18, 2022: Tracking Aircraft with an RTL-SDR and a RaspberryPi

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is a modern aircraft safety system that broadcasts an aircraft's identification and position data to other aircraft and ground stations. Using an off-the-shelf RTL-SDR receiver and a RaspberryPi, we can decode these messages to track aircraft in our vicinity. Wyatt showed how to install the dump1090 software used to decode the messages, and the different third-party aggregation sites that collect ADS-B information to provide real-time flight tracking around the world, notably FlightAware.com (with its PiAware software) and ADSBexchance.com.

November 8, 2022: MediaWiki Backups

Kevin McGregor presented one possible way to back up and restore a MediaWiki site using common Unix and Linux tools for local use or disaster recovery.

RTFM: micro(1)

Brad Vokey gave us a quick demo of micro. Micro is a terminal-based text editor that aims to be easy to use and intuitive, while also taking advantage of the full capabilities of modern terminals. As the name indicates, micro aims to be somewhat of a successor to the nano editor by being easy to install and use, but also aims to be enjoyable to use right from the start, with modern universal keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl-S, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-Z etc.).

AGM

Plus, this month's meeting was the MUUG annual general meeting, which included the election of the MUUG board of directors for the 2022-2023 year (by acclamation, again this year).

December 13, 2022: Round-Table, Lightning Talk, and Pot Luck

MUUG is happy to announce we are having an in-person pot-luck event!

We will continue the tradition of making the December meeting more of an informal, social gathering.

But please, stay home if you are sick.

We will also attempt to simulcast the live round-table and lightning talk over Big Blue Button for those that can't attend in person for any reason: https://muug.ca/meet

Bring your favourite gadget! Bring your latest gadget to talk about -- while everyone mingles, eats, and drinks.

This will be a pot-luck snack event. Members are encouraged to bring their own food to sample and share with others. Feel free to bring your own special drink as well -- just remember that we don't have a liquor license!

Lightning Talk: MUUG Online Lore & History

This month, our server committee will show off some quick LibreNMS stats and history of our latest MUUG Online 8.0 server, which is western Canada's largest and fastest open source software mirror.

Where to Find the Meeting:

This month we have moved to Skullspace, at 374 Donald St. We will be in room 200. Please note that this location is not mobility accessible. There are 3 flights of stairs and it is 1.5 stories up.

Also note that the Winnipeg Jets have a home game on December 13th so downtown street parking will be scarce. One of the best blocks for street parking is Notre Dame after Hargrave. There is also lots of commercial parking in the area including right behind the Skullspace building.

The 66 bus route has a southbound stop on the same block of Donald (useful for departure) in front of the Yellow Dog Tavern. For arrival by bus, it's quite reasonable to walk from stops on Graham and Portage or if taking the 66 get off at northbound Smith at Portage or northbound King at Notre Dame.

Doors will be open starting at 7:15 pm with the meeting starting at 7:30 pm. After 7:45 pm the doors may be locked so you will need to call the Skullspace number (204-480-4092) and we'll answer and come down to let you in.

Help promote this month's meeting, by putting this poster up on your workplace bulletin board, or linking to it on social media.

January 10, 2023: TBA

February 14, 2023: TBA

March 14, 2023: TBA

April 11, 2023: TBA

May 9, 2023: TBA

June 13, 2023: TBA

July 11, 2023: No meeting this month (BBQ TBA)

August 2022: No meeting this month

Please note our current meeting location: In light of the current concerns over COVID-19 and the risk of infection, and current directives from the University of Winnipeg, MUUG meetings will take place online (typically using BigBlueButton) until further notice. Meeting link will be provided on the home page, prior to meeting start time.

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