News from the Chairman

  1. At this year’s Jobs BoF we will be reviewing resumes. Bring resumes for review by tech industry veterans at the SCaLE 17x jobs BoF.

    Friday night at 19:00 we will have tech engineering managers and recruiters on hand in Ballroom C. Resume reviews will run for an hour with informal career networking continuing for at least another hour in Ballroom C.

    We will also again have the popular SCaLE jobs board posted all weekend by the entrance between Ballroom B and Ballroom C. The jobs board is a great place to place ads for openings at your company and to find openings for job-seekers.

    If you are an engineering manager or recruiter wanting to volunteer to help with the resume reviews, please contact us.

    Email - jobsBoF (at)

    IRC - LuftHans or jillr on Freenode, usually in #PLUGaz and #LOPSA

    Twitter - @jillrouleau

    TODO: Bring your resume and questions for review by tech industry veterans.

    When: Friday, March 8th @ 19:00

    Where: Ballroom C at SCaLE 17x in Pasadena

    Hope to see you there!

    Your SCaLE jobs BoF team,

    Garick, Jill, Matti and hans

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    We have two topics for February’s PLUG meeting. Brian will cover "An introduction to the Hugin Panorama Stitcher" and Phil will cover "Krita basics, drawing assistants and G’Mic".

    The meeting is Thursday, February 14th at 19:00 at the Desert Breeze substation. RSVP via GetTogether.

    An introduction to the Hugin Panorama Stitcher
    Hugin is a powerful program to combining multiple overlapping images into panoramas. It is easy to use, but needs quality input images to work correctly. This presentation will give an intro to using Hugin as well as advice on how to take high quality input images with minimal paralax distortion so that your panoramas will always turn out perfect.
    This presentation will also cover masking out unwanted items in your panorama, using hugin to create HDR images, rerendering individual images into architectural projections.
    Krita basics, drawing assistants and G’Mic
    Krita is an amazing drawing/painting program. This talk will cover the basics of Krita, including layers, selections and more. It will also dive into some of the amazing drawing assistants that come with Krita, and really help out folks, like myself, that are artistically impaired.
    Additionally, Krita comes with a set of powerful filters and tools known as G’mic (Greyc’s Magic for Image Computing) that is also available in many other programs (GIMP, Inkscape) and we will cover several of them during this talk.

    Stammtisch will be following Tuesday on the 19th.

    The Thursday after the east valley meeting Aaron will cover "Introduction To Assembly Language - Reverse Engineering Software" for PLUG’s monthly security meeting on the 21st.

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    SCaLE accepted my Device and Personal Privacy Technology Roundup talk for the Security track on Sunday, March 10th at 13:30 in room 106.

    I was in room 101 the last few years, so it’ll be nice to stretch my horizons and try a new place :). Ha, I’ve actually been in room 101 every year since we moved to Pasadena ( checked old schedules ).

    The security track looks nice this year.

    Sunday, Eric Brown will be covering Your Suite of Open Source Security Linters at 11:30 before my talk.

    Mandy Walls will be covering Adding Security to your Workflow with InSpec at 13:00 after my talk.

    Looks like both of them are new speakers for SCaLE. That’s one of the nice things about SCaLE, there’s opportunity for new speakers every year.

    If our talks don’t look interesting, the are 11 other tracks on Sunday to choose from, plus the hallway track. The expo hall will be open for part of the day that day, but usually closes mid-afternoon as everyone needs time to break down and pack everything out.

    The security track also runs Saturday in room 106. I’m personally looking forward to Michal Hrusecky’s Making secure routers with opensource firmware talk at the end of the day. I want to learn more about Turris Omnia, an open hardware router designed to run OpenWRT.

    I read about CZ.NIC’s Turris Omnia project in a copy of LinuxPro Magazine on a flight to speak at LibrePlanet last year. I had picked up the magazine at SCaLE just before LibrePlanet. Had some good conversations about the project at LibrePlanet.

    I wanted to visit CZ.NIC while in Prague over the Summer, but was too amazed with the city to think about a geekspedition while there. I did get to speak at Tübix before heading to Prague, so it wasn’t a completely geek free trip.

    Speaking of speaking before, I will also be speaking as part of UbuCon again this year. My talk is Software Management for Debian and Ubuntu on Thursday at 11:30.

    Looking forward to a great SCaLE, some great talks and lots of fantastic people.

    QR Code To My SCaLE Speaker Page

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  4. This year PLUG members are providing 1/3 of the talks for the SCaLE 17x LibreGraphics track!

    The LibreGraphics track runs all day Friday the 8th of March.

    Brian’s An introduction to the Hugin Panorama Stitcher talk will be at 13:00 in Ballroom C.

    Phil’s Krita basics, drawing assistants and G’Mic will be two talks later at 15:30 in the same room.

    Other LibreGraphics talks include Photography Workflow with FOSS using Linux, how the Krita project operates, Inside the Journey to Thelio and Video Game Production with Open Source Tools. In other words, it’s a really strong track this year.

    PLUG member Ted will be speaking as part of UbuCon on Friday as well. He’s speaking about Snapping Modern Desktop Apps: Inkscape at 11:30.

    I will also be speaking as part of UbuCon. My talk is Software Management for Debian and Ubuntu Thursday at 11:30.

    The Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions start Friday night. Once again, Jill and I will be two of the sponsors for the Job and Career-Search Tips and Best Practices at 19:00.

    SCaLE 17x is from Thursday March 7th through Sunday March 10th in Pasadena, California.

    PLUG is the Phoenix Linux Users Group, but we could transform to the Pasadena Linux Users Group one weekend a year as many of travel to Southern California to attend SCaLE.

    SCaLE 17x is shaping up to be a great conference. Hope to see you in Pasadena the second weekend of March.

  5. PLUG's end of year party was last night. We had a good turnout. Congratulations to our new parents who weren't in attendance. Take care of the family, we'll be here :).

    We had some good food as well. That included another delicious reminder that Spanish tortilla is different than Mexican tortilla. We also had a great orange cake. Baked good go over well for some reason. Other items included: ham ( very moist out of a crockpot ), chicken, casserole, cucumber salad, chips and salsa ( we are in Phoenix ), hummus, cupcakes, cookies and donuts.

    We didn't have our traditional cheesecake as my grandma died earlier this year. I did get multiple comments that the cheesecake will be missed. She would be happy to know her cheesecake is still loved. Thanks to all her fans!

    There were lots of conversations, which is the point of the end of year event. We had kids playing with each other ( and likely eating too many donuts ).

    I personally enjoyed catching up with some friends who haven't been out in a few months. End of semester makes it easier on students and instructors. I also got some job leads and follow up.

    We have an Installfest this Saturday at UAT from 10:00 to 16:00.

    Our last meeting of the year is Stammtisch this Tuesday night.

    Boulders on Southern
    1010 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204
    Hours: 19:00 - 22:00+

    There is no security meeting this month. The security meetings will start again on the third Thurday of January.

    Have a great end of year and slip into the new year!

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