General Meeting

Meeting: Cricket

When
2007/11/06 - 7:00pm
2007/11/06 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Don Forbes; System Administrator at Sonic.net
Details

Don will talk about cricket.

Cricket is a high performance, extremely flexible system for monitoring trends in time-series data. In other words: it makes lots of pretty graphs that make it easier to understand what’s been going on with your servers and/or network. It’s really good at getting data via SNMP, but if you can get some number out of something automatically you can get cricket to graph it.

Here’s an example graph; Sonoma State’s primary internet connection traffic over the past year:

Can you tell which week’s classes were in session?


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General Meeting

When
2007/11/06 - 7:00pm
2007/11/06 - 9:00pm

Speaker

TBD
Details

TBD


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Meeting: PowerDNS

When
2007/01/03 - 6:00pm
2007/01/03 - 8:15pm

Speaker

August Schwer
Details

The PowerDNS Nameserver is a modern, advanced and high performance authoritative-only nameserver. It is written from scratch and conforms to all relevant DNS standards documents. Furthermore, PowerDNS interfaces with almost any database.

In this talk August will discuss how PowerDNS can serve your Name Serving needs, some of its advantages and disadvantages, how it can play well with other Name Servers and how you can migrate to it.

August is the Senior System Administrator at Sonic.net; more information about him can be found at his personal website: www.schwer.us .

Note: The time has been adjusted slightly for this meeting to accomodate the Sebastopol fireworks.


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Social Hour

When
2007/07/03 - 6:00pm
2007/07/03 - 7:00pm

Speaker

Details

Eat pizza, that kind of thing…


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Meeting: Drupal

When
2007/06/05 - 7:00pm
2007/06/05 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Steven Peck
Details

Still working on the details, but here’s a bit of info:

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. AKA, an “open source content management system.” Tens of thousands of people and organizations have used Drupal to power web sites, including SoCoSA.org. It works on a variety of platforms including Unix and Windows.

Steven is the Drupal project’s Documentation Team Lead, one of the leaders of the Drupal Association, a user of Drupal since 2003, and a fellow System Administrator.

Steven will cover such topics as:

  • What Drupal is and why you might want to use it.
  • Setting up a Drupal site
  • Administration
  • Upgrading
  • installing modules
  • Picking the right modules so that upgrading or migrating are easy
  • theming your drupal site
  • letting your users create and edit content

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Meeting: Networking & Security; Cobia

When
2007/05/01 - 7:00pm
2007/05/01 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Martin McKeay
Details

Come learn from security expert Martin McKeay about the new convergence paradigm for networking and security. Cobia™ is a Unified Network Platform™ that delivers critical network and security functions through open, flexible software. Cobia operates on off-the-shelf hardware and takes advantage of the latest in virtualization capabilities. Learn about the growing Cobia community of users and open source contributors, and how your network can benefit from Cobia.

StillSecure will be providing free pizza and beverages.

Martin McKeay is a well known security industry expert, speaker, blogger and podcaster. He is a regular contributor to Computerworld, and he recently launched the security channel for PodTech. Mr. McKeay has 15 years of IT experience, including over 7 years of experience in network security. He holds both CISSP and GIAC-GSNA certifications. Martin can be contacted at mmckeay@stillsecure.com.


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Meeting: Sysadmins as Guardians of Privacy

When
2007/04/03 - 7:00pm
2007/04/03 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Danny O'Brien, Activism Co-ordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Details

Accusations that the NSA has access to 20Tb of commercial phone data. Mooted plans by the Attorney General to introduce compulsory data retention. Meanwhile, Google has all your email, that online quiz site knows your political opinions, and MySpace knows what your children like for lunch. Danny O'Brien takes a whistle-stop tour of our privacy laws, the current status of surveillance, and how the best chance of protecting privacy in a digital age might just lie in the BOFH.

Danny O'Brien is activism co-ordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He also writes the "Life Hacks" column for MAKE magazine, and continues to edit Need To Know, Britain's most sarcastic geek newsletter since 1997. He has written and presented science and travel shows for the BBC, and performed a solo show about the Net in the London's West End.


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Social Hour

When
2007/04/03 - 6:00pm
2007/04/03 - 7:00pm

Speaker

Details

Eat pizza, that kind of thing…


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Social Hour

When
2007/03/06 - 6:00pm
2007/03/06 - 7:00pm

Speaker

Details

Eat pizza, that kind of thing…


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Meeting: Ruby on Rails

When
2007/03/06 - 7:00pm
2007/03/06 - 9:00pm

Speaker

Rob Orsini, author of the Rails Cookbook
Details

Rob will give a 1 hour overview of Rails including server setup, admin issues and templating.

What is Ruby on Rails? "Rails is a full-stack framework for developing database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Control pattern." What that means, basically, is that it lets programmers write applications without needing to worry too much about the boring details. Alternately, it's a a new, very popular way to create dynamic websites quickly and easily. Even if you're not a programmer you'll eventually want to deploy some cool new Rails application, and maybe even customize it a little for your site's needs.


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