[kwlug-announce] Meeting Monday, 7pm: Short talks

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Fri Jul 4 17:19:59 EDT 2014

(If you are surprised to get this message despite CASL, read below..)

Surprise! Canada Day fell on a Tuesday this year, so we are holding
our monthly KWLUG meeting this Monday, not next.

Surprise! The topics for this month have changed, because the
originally-scheduled presenter is out of town. Instead we have a
collection of shorter presentations intended to educate and delight
(and sometimes provoke): 

- Khalid Baheyeldin wanted to get over-the-air free high-definition
  television on his TV. Easy, right? In this presentation you will
  learn about the shiny toys required and how to set them up.

- Paul Nijjar (Hey. That's me. Uh oh.) wanted to record KWLUG
  presentations and publish them as podcasts. Easy, right? Find out
  during this presentation.

- Tim Laurence knows of at least 10 reasons Linux sucks, and he would
  like to share them with you. Tim's other hobbies probably include poking
  sticks inside wasp nests and commenting on online newspaper

- Brian Bentley (and Bob Jonkman if he can get to KW from Toronto
  during rush hour, so probably just Brian Bentley) will share their
  missionary efforts to transform members of the Bits and Bytes
  computer club into Linux users (zealots?).

This series of presentations will start at 7pm. 

Surprise! I mentioned the magic word "KWLUG podcast", and it turns out
that this is a thing that exists. There is no video podcast available
(yet?) but if you would like to listen to audio of our meeting
presentations, you can subscribe to the KWLUG podcast here:

Surprise! September is coming up quickly, and with it comes Software
Freedom Day (http://softwarefreedomday.org) . It looks like we are
going to put together another celebration this year (which is maybe
not a surprise?) but by starting relatively early we hope to do a lot
of outreach to demographics who do not already participate in these
things (which may be a surprise) and make the event more relevant to a
2014 audience (which may also be a surprise, but shouldn't be). We
could really use your help! If you would like to get involved (in
outreach, in giving a presentation, in volunteering during the day, or
something else) please send me an email and I will get you on our
SUPER-SECRET sfd-planning mailing list.

Surprise! I said the phrase "mailing list", which might bring to mind
the brand new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (http://fightspam.gc.ca/)
which will eventually mean that nobody in Canada will ever get spam.
Hooray! For some of you, that might bring up questions of why you are
getting this message at all, and why we did not send out the usual
"please click this tracking link to resubscribe to our newsletter"
message all the businesses have been flooding us with. After some
discussion on our kwlug-disc mailing list (in the thread starting
) it appears that our messages do not fall under the category of
commercial electronic messages. In addition, most (all?) people on the
list have given explicit consent to be on it, either verbally, by
signing up for announcements on our KWLUG signup sheets, or
subscribing themselves.

Having said that, we do not want anybody to be on this list
involuntarily, and the unsubscribe mechanisms provided by GNU mailman
are awkward (especially if you cannot remember the email address you
used to get on the list). So if you are sick and tired of getting
these emails (or just don't want to get them any more) then you can
email me and I will get you off the KWLUG lists pronto.

I think that is all the surprises for this month. Our meeting location
is no surprise: 

St John's Kitchen
97 Victoria Street North
(corner of Victoria and Weber)

More meeting location information is available at http://kwlug.org/sjk

The meeting starts at 7pm, and the building should open around 6:30pm.
Setup helpers would be greatly appreciated, particularly this month.

- Paul


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