KWLUG Meeting: Monday, June 3, 2024, 7pm

Matrix, Pioreactor

Meeting Date

Hubert Chathi is a developer for Matrix, a real-time communications protocol that supports end-to-end encrypted decentralized communication. Hubert last told us about Matrix in 2019, and now he will tell about what is new and exciting in the Matrix world.

Cam Davidson-Pilon is the co-founder and CEO of Pioreactor, a local startup that creates low-cost and accessible bioreactors for culturing cells in 20mL vials. He will tell us about how the Pioreactor works from both a biological and hardware perspective, how his company uses Linux and Raspberry Pi devices, and how they design software tools for controlling multiple Pioreactors simultaneously.

In-Person Social: Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 7pm

Dinner at Crabby Joe's, Downtown Kitchener

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at Crabby Joe's in downtown Kitchener, starting at 7pm. Note that this restaurant meeting is on a Wednesday.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold hybrid meetings for technical topics.

The restaurant is located at 70 King St E in Kitchener, at the corner of King and Frederick St. Here is a map

Parking at City of Kitchener parking lots is free after 5pm. The nearest City parking lots are at 40 Ontario St S, or 5 Charles St E.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org 

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, May 6, 2024, 7pm

Intro to Linux, SQLPage

Meeting Date

Jason Paul will run through a five minute "Introduction to Linux" talk he is preparing. There will be plenty of time for feedback and discussion afterwards.

Anton Avramov and project founder Ophir Lojkine will discuss SQLPage, a web templating engine that allows you to safely define webpages using only SQL queries. Ophir will give us a prerecorded introduction to the software, and then Anton will go through some demonstrations and take questions.

Update: Ophir's introductory presentation can be viewed on Youtube: https://youtu.be/9NJgH_-zXjY

 

 

In-Person Social: Monday, April 15, 2024, 7pm

Dinner at the Duke of Wellington Waterloo

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at The Duke of Wellington Pub in Waterloo, starting at 7pm. Note that this restaurant meeting is on a Monday.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold hybrid meetings for technical topics.

The pub is located at 100 King St S, in Uptown Waterloo. Here is a map. There is parking at Waterloo Town Square or at the Uptown Waterloo Parkade, and easy mass transit access on the ION.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org 

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, April 1, 2024, 7pm

Tor Exit Nodes, Home Automation Sensors

Meeting Date

Ian Goldberg will discuss running exit nodes for Tor, the Onion Router, in a talk titled "Supporting Privacy and Freedom of Expression Worldwide (and Helping Your Research, Too!)". He writes:

People around the world live in jurisdictions where their Internet communications are monitored or censored.  Privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) are commonly used to enable free and open access to the Internet and online communications.  One popular such PET is Tor, used by millions of people every day.  The Tor Project, in cooperation with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is actively campaigning for universities to provide some of the infrastructure for the Tor network. (https://toruniversity.eff.org/)  At the University of Waterloo, we have been running a Tor exit relay for over a decade.  In this talk, we will discuss the benefits of running Tor relays at universities, as well as the challenges.

Tim Laurence will share some of his home automation secrets. He writes:

Tim is lazy. Be more like Tim by automating your home. Tim will present on some of the sensors and automations that support creating to make life a bit nicer around the house.

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In-Person Social: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Dinner at McCabe's Waterloo

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill in Waterloo, starting at 7pm. Note that this is the Waterloo location of McCabe's; the Kitchener location is out of business and apparently KWLUG members really want Irish pub food? This restaurant meetup is on a Monday.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold virtual meetings for technical topics.

The address is 44 King Street North, in Uptown Waterloo across the street from Waterloo Town Square. Here is a map. You can park at Waterloo Town Square or use paid parking in the giant parking garage next to the restaurant.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org 

In-Person Social: Monday, Feb 12, 2024

Dinner at McCabe's WATERLOO

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill in Waterloo, starting at 7pm. Note that this is the Waterloo location of McCabe's; the Kitchener location is out of business and apparently KWLUG members really want Irish pub food? This restaurant meetup is on a Monday.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold virtual meetings for technical topics.

The address is 44 King Street North, in Uptown Waterloo across the street from Waterloo Town Square. Here is a map. You can park at Waterloo Town Square or use paid parking in the giant parking garage next to the restaurant.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org .

 

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 7pm

gLabels, GNU Parallel Part 2

Meeting Date

John Driezen will demonstrate how he uses gLabels to design printouts for peel-off sticker sheets.

Ole Tange (Author of GNU Parallel) will join us from the Philippines. Bring your ideas for using GNU Parallel, and Ole will sprinkle some parallel command magic on them, breaking it down in detail. He writes:

Need some inspiration? Dive into the parallel universe by: 

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In-Person Social: Wednesday, Jan 17, 2024, 7pm

Dinner at The Coop Wicked Chicken

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at The Coop Wicked Chicken in Kitchener, starting at 7pm. Note that this dinner is on a Wednesday. Future restaurant meetups will alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold meetings for technical topics.

The address is 1 Queen St N, at the corner of King and Queen streets.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org .

Parking at City of Kitchener parking lots is free after 5pm. The nearest City parking lots are at 40 Ontario St S, or 5 Charles St E.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, January 8, 2024, 7pm

Origin Stories, GNU Parallel Tutorial

Meeting Date

Continuing our successful Origin Stories presentations from last January, a fresh batch of KWLUG members will share their stories about how they first got involved with Linux and where it got them in life. 

Andrew Sullivan Cant will lead us through a tutorial on GNU Parallel, based upon the four videos in this Youtube playlist. This presentation will be useful on its own, but is possibly the introduction to a more advanced GNU Parallel presentation to be held later.

In-Person Social: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Dinner at McCabe's Kitchener

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill in Kitchener, starting at 7pm. Note that this dinner is on a Wednesday. Future restaurant meetups will alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold virtual meetings for technical topics.

The address is 352 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, near King and Francis streets.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org .

Parking at City of Kitchener parking lots is free after 5pm. The nearest City parking lot is at 28 Water Street South.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Dec 4, 2023, 7pm

Inkscape, Logseq

Meeting Date

Charles McColm will lead a tutorial on vector-drawing program Inkscape, showing how it can be used for flyers, logos and more.

Colin_ will demonstrate the unique features of Logseq, an offline-first, privacy-focused open-source knowledge base. He will show how to use the integrated todo items and flashcards to track progress, manage sprawling projects, and boost memory retention, and how its research capabilities have helped turn him into a productivity superhero.

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In-Person Social: Monday, November 13, 2023, 7pm

Dinner at The Coop Wicked Chicken

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at The Coop Wicked Chicken in Kitchener, starting at 7pm. Note that this dinner is on a Monday. Future restaurant meetups will alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold meetings for technical topics.

The address is 1 Queen St N, at the corner of King and Queen streets.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org .

Parking at City of Kitchener parking lots is free after 5pm. The nearest City parking lots are at 40 Ontario St S, or 5 Charles St E.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Nov 6, 2023, 7pm

Machine Learning for Observability, mitmproxy Deep Dive

Meeting Date

Note: The location for this meeting will be hybrid, at the UW location.

Andrew Maguire from NetData will discuss "10 practical machine learning use cases in observability!" He writes: 

I will walk through 10 practical, clearly motivated and formulated use cases for ML in observability. What is the problem, what are the inputs and what are the outputs. The main overarching theme is that of “ML as UX”  being an approach that actually can be very useful for us once we cut through all the buzz and hype from our marketing friends. These use cases give us “humans in the loop” more tools that sometimes might help us solve our problem quicker and less painfully. Let’s go beyond dashboards and begin to look at useful, mature, practical and realistic ways we can make ML less sexy and more boring - just another tool we can leverage to get on with our day quicker.

John Steel will continue his Cools Tools presentation on mitmproxy with a deeper dive into HTTP and how mitmproxy interacts with it.

In-Person Social: Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Dinner at McCabe's Kitchener

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill in Kitchener, starting at 7pm. Note that this dinner is on a Wednesday. Future restaurant meetups will alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold virtual meetings for technical topics.

The address is 352 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, near King and Francis streets.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org .

Parking at City of Kitchener parking lots is free after 5pm. The nearest City parking lot is at 28 Water Street South.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Oct 2, 2023, 7pm

PrivacySafe, Game Wave Emulation

Meeting Date

We will hold this meeting online, and at the University of Waterloo location.

Mikalai Birukou will offer an interactive demo of the latest version of PrivacySafe, his privacy-protecting web platform. Audience members a will be invited to follow along by downloading the PrivacySafe clients on their own computers and interacting with the features. Low- or zero-touch clients are available for MacOS, Linux, and Windows.

Nathan G will tell us about his efforts to emulate the Game Wave Family Entertainment System, a Canadian-designed video game console. 

In-Person Social: Monday, September 18, 2023, 7pm

Dinner at The Coop Wicked Chicken

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at The Coop Wicked Chicken in Kitchener, starting at 7pm. Note that this dinner is on a Monday. Future restaurant meetups will alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold meetings for technical topics.

The address is 1 Queen St N, at the corner of King and Queen streets.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org .

Parking at City of Kitchener parking lots is free after 5pm. The nearest City parking lots are at 40 Ontario St S, or 5 Charles St E.

KWLUG Meeting: Monday, Sept 11 2023, 7pm

Cool Tools

Meeting Date

Update, Sept 7: We will be holding this meeting in a hybrid format, online and at the Dana Porter library

John Driezen will demonstrate some features of  Double Commander, including how  to rename multiple files. John Steel will demonstrate the fuzzy finder fzf, and the SSL snooper mitmproxy. Andrew Cant will show us Foreman, a Ruby gem that makes it easy to launch projects with multiple processes. Nathan and Nick will tell us about xargs.

Mikalai will present PrivacySafe next month.

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In-Person Social: Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Dinner at McCabe's Kitchener

Meeting Date

We are continuing the dinner meetup tradition at McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill in Kitchener, starting at 7pm. Note that this dinner is on a Wednesday. Future restaurant meetups will alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a supplementary informal meeting; we will still hold virtual meetings for technical topics.

The address is 352 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, near King and Francis streets.

You can probably just show up, but the organizers would find it helpful if you RSVPed to dinner@kwlug.org .

Parking at City of Kitchener parking lots is free after 5pm. The nearest City parking lot is at 28 Water Street South.