System Administrator Appreciation Day 2007

2007's System Administrator Appreciation Day is here. I had planned on taking our sysadm to lunch. As often happens to system administrators, he got hit by some issues and isn't getting lunch today :(.

As a recovering system administrator (currently working as a developer), I understand the interrupt driven environment. I also want to help our environment be less interrupt driven :).

Give your local System Administrators a membership to LOPSA and nominate them for sysadmin of the year if they're doing a great job.

PLUG site moved and revamped

PLUG recently moved its web site to new hardware. With the change we also moved to Drupal from Joomla!.

With the change we've been getting more participation in maintaining the web site, which it great. Some of that is due to us doing a better job of getting people access to make updates. Some is we seem to have more people familiar with Drupal.

Once again Kevin is updating the user map to work with the new environment. As usual, he's also adding features.

NASA talk for PLUG

Noel Gorelick of the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University will be discussing ASU's participation in the robotic exploration of the planet Mars, and how linux plays a part in that work.

Noel did a great job with his last presentation for PLUG. Lots of really cool pictures of Mars and stories behind what was going on. He was also a great presenter as well as having really, really cool materials. This might be the last chance to catch the talk as Noel is leaving the Mars Space Flight Facility at ASU to work for Google.

Wednesday, 2007May23, starting at 19:00.

Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics

east side Treffen

Getting together with a bunch of friends at the Cyprus Pita Grill in Tempe today.

We're meeting at 16:00.

920 E. University Dr.
480 966 1996

Free Software Stammtisch

What is the purpose of the Stammtisch?
Jobs Nights
Stammtisch Locations

About the Free Software Stammtisch

The Free Software Stammtisch is a social environment for GNU, Linux, *BSD and Free Software enthusiasts. We start arriving at 19:00 and hang out until at least 22:00, with several of us often there until closing time.

The Stammtisch in the east valley now meets in Mesa. There is also a Free Software Stammtisch in Prescott.

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Stammtisch

A Stammtisch is the table at which regular customers meet. In Germany, it's common for groups of friends or people with common interest to get together on a regular basis. English terms that might encompass similar activities would be special interest group and bridge club. Stammtisch often gets directly translated as "regulars' table".

In Germany there are many, many Stammtische. Some are groups of friends that have been meeting since they were kids and some are people with a common interest such as a Motorrad Stammtisch ( motorcyle enthusiasts meeting ).

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Great White South

Ice that survives the summer in the warmer southern climes? Yes. For now, but maybe not in 20 years.

Die Zugspitze is melting. Yup, an inland glacier.

The article notes that Germany might be helping speed the destruction of the glacier by being the world's 6th largest producer of greenhouse gasses. Wikipedia lists Germany as the 3rd or 4th largest world economy. Maybe that's an indication that Germany is producing well, but reducing its impact on the environment.

Free Parking?

Need free parking for your horse?

Southwest Valley?

Recently attendance to PLUG meetings has been growing. We're back up to 30 to 40 people at the east side meeting. Having a lot of good presentations has helped there. Not only have we been getting good Free Software presentations ( including JJ's great, spontaneous presentation about his homemade wireless router ), but we've been getting some excellent presentations that aren't directly about Free Software.

We had two presentations on NASA projects ( thanks Noel and Mike! ), plus an excellent presentation on resume writing ( thanks Don! ). Mike even talked with us afterwards about his experiences on the MythBusters.

Freewill: awesome show

Freewill once again put on a great show! They had a good turnout and the audience was primed for the concert.

Good Company Pictures was there working on part of their multi-part documentary, "Tribute: The Next Best Thing".

They're also covering Police and Queen tribute bands. Some other bands as well, but I guess they haven't finished negotiating the rights to use the music.

Along with the great music, Freewill had lots of props. As always they had stuff like the dryer on the stage. This time they also had Permanent Waves girl, the Moving Pictures movers, a skeleton dancer for Roll the Bones and a Presto bunny.

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