November RRLug Meeting: 11/08/12

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Nov 082012

Just a reminder to everyone that we will have our November LUG meeting (tonight)  at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 8th at Rasmussen College (rm 403).  Currently, the agenda is as follows:


  • TEDxRockford – Sam Williams was invited to attend the first, hopefully annual TEDxRockford conference. He came away with many cool ideas and he wanted to share his experience.
  • Enlightenment – We all strive for enlightenment, particularly in our current political season, but Sam Williams wants to bring enlightening news of  a different sort. It seems that a very long running development cycle for the Enlightenment window manager is coming to a close and release is at hand. Here comes some historic perspective and an exposure to some awesome technology.
  • Using and Configuring SSH (pt 1) – Sam Williams is going to look at several things that make ssh particularly ideal for secure communication. Tonight we will look at configuring both the client and server side of an awesome and very useful set of commands.

Hope you all can come out and catch up.

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October RRLug Meeting Minutes 10/11/12

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Nov 072012

The October meeting went really well. We had 11 people attending! We had lots of good general purpose questions being asked. Tonight we had two presentations:

  • SQLite ( – Gary Melvin  has been busy interfacing  his Arduinos to  all kinds of temperature sensors like  the LM34. Gary  gave a great presentation on how he uses SQLite to store his measured data-points and then demonstrated exactly how easy it is to use simple SQL instructions to start using the acquired date for making intelligent decisions. Thanks Gary….
  • Raspberry Pi – Sam Williams discussed the Raspberry Pi and Linux. Sam demonstrated  two different versions of Linux for the Raspberry Pi. He showed us how easy it is to get a media center up and running with the RaspBMC ( version of Linux. Also gave some ideas on how to tune these devices for performance. Sam  then demonstrated how easy it is to set up a general purpose system using the Raspbian distribution( .

There were lots of cool things demonstrated this evening. Everyone had a really great time.

 Posted by at 5:52 pm