Spring 2008 "Free Software" classes

Mesa Community College is offering several "Free Software" classes starting in January. Please signup soon to make sure you get a seat and to make sure the classes aren't canceled due to lack of participation.

Swiss tell German to take German classes

Even Germans and Austrians must take German classes to become Swiss citizens.

Medieval FDA and 500 year old bratwust recipe

An amateur historian found a nearly 600 year old bratwurst recipe. Apparently the 1432 guidelines indicate quality requirements and fines if they aren't met. Wonder if the medieval testing meant everyone on the inspection committee got a free bratwurst.

germanic culture in US-AZ

German is the third most common native language in Arizona. Unsurprisingly there are also a great number of germanic events and organizations in the state.

Some are long established events such as the Tempe-Stammtisch that has been meeting every Friday for over 35 years. Some are new traditions such as AC4GC's annual authentic from the germanic community Phoenix Oktoberfest.

Software Freedom Day

A big round of thanks to Dennis for organizing the Phoenix event for Software Freedom Day 07. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped him organize and run the event and those who did recon on possible event locations.

Dennis has posted a short wrapup with pictures.

Hopefully PLUG will follow Software Freedom Day up with a picnic in October.

illegal sharing petty offense in Germany

German prosecuters have said that attempts to get personal data about customers from ISPs won't fly. They called the illegal sharing a minor offense because it could not be shown that they have dramatic effect. They also said that criminal investigations should not be launched in order to support civil lawsuits. Furthermore, German law actually provides for some privacy for individuals.

Read more from heise online.

Free Software CPA?

I'm needing an accountant for an organization or two and for my personal books. Are there any accountants who'll work with Free Software?

I asked on the PLUG discuss after dismal results searching for accountant and Free Software.

At last I figured out to search for CPA and Free Software. Still nothing great. I tried searching for CPA and various Free Software applications such as GnuCash, LedgerSMB, webERP and SQL-Ledger.

That led to a few results. I don't know if US CPAs can practice in any state in the US.

pushing Mercedes

On the way home tonight the car in front of us slammed on it's breaks and then dived to the right lane. At that point I got to see why as I continued slowing and also moved right to avoid the Daimler stopped in the middle of the road with the hazards blinking.

After going by and me commenting that the driver shouldn't leave the vehicle in the middle of the road Sonya suggested it might be someone incapable of pushing the vehicle to the side.

new faces

Last week's interesting presentation on screen brought in several new people. We also had several new people show up at last month's west side meeting.

It's up to us to make PLUG interesting enough for them to come back.

Thanks to Colin for his presentation. Thanks also to Dierk and Joe for their impromptu mini-presentations.


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