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The Spokane Linux User’s Group has been meeting for over 10 years, discussing technology, Linux troubles, and advice. All are welcome to join us for festive Linux discussion over food and beer at Shari’s Restaurant, from the grizzled Unix long-beard to the timid newbie. There are no dues or registration – just drop by!
Meeting Times
Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 PM. They generally run 1½ to 2 hours long.
Find us at Shari’s Restaurant, in the Spokane Valley, on N. Sullivan just south of Valleyway. 320 N Sullivan Rd. Spokane Valley, WA 99037   MAP

September 23, 2015

discussion topics: Handbrake and ripping Blu-rays, Ting mobile phone service, (where someone recently started a new Spokane Linux Users Group), Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet and other ways to be productive on the go, apg – automated password generator (see also: pwgen), Stagefright Andriod security problem, and the Ashley Madison hack.

keeping stuff safe dept.: MD5 versus SHA256 – MD5 should no longer be used for anything secure.
plausibly deniable encryption (
Steve Gibson’s SQRL secure log-in system (Secure Quick Reliable Login
A highly secure, comprehensive, easy-to-use replacement for usernames, passwords, reminders, one-time-code authenticators . . . and everything else. With SQRL you either tap, snap, or click a login page’s QR code and YOU are securely logged in. The SQRL system revolutionizes web site login and authentication. It eliminates many problems inherent in traditional login techniques.) Read more about it here:

chromecasthow to: stream content to a remote TV. Chromecast ($35), HDMI to Networking adaptor, Raspberry Pi ($42), and DLNA were mentioned as possible solutions.

members are tuning in to: Linux Action Show : (Steve Gibson of GRC Research does a weekly show about security issues here)
Alien Quadrilogy (the movies), Kill Bill 1 and 2,  Gray Zone Comics, The 13th Floor, The Game, Stargate TV series, xkcd comics, Cosmos TV series (both Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson versions).

get creative with: GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, and MyPaint (MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it). Recommended graphics tablet: Wacom (plug-and-play with Linux).

introduce young children to writing code: with Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.


Cloud Computing Design Patterns

Cloud Computing Design Patterns (The Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl) 1st Edition
by Thomas Erl (Author), Robert Cope (Author), Amin Naserpour (Author)

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Phil Wilkins, Enterprise Integration Architect, Specsavers
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July 15, 2015

pPBS3-14489717regThis off-topic meeting included some fun discussions about: The Piano Guys: Batman Evolution

What is Flaming, and why should people who communicate online be aware of it:
miscommunication caused by the lack of social cues available in face-to-face communication

From the interesting shows dept.: PBS: First Peoples,   NOVA: Ancient Computer — Ancient Greek computer is 2,000 years old
(watchable online)   Solving the problem of longitude —   Antarctica: A Year on Ice
2014 ‧ Drama/Short Film ‧ 1h 32m   (available on Netflix streaming)


DevOps: A Software Architect’s Perspective

The First Complete Guide to DevOps for Software Architects

DevOps promises to accelerate the release of new software features and improve monitoring of systems in production, but its crucial implications for software architects and architecture are often ignored.

In DevOps: A Software Architect’s Perspective, three leading architects address these issues head-on. The authors review decisions software architects must make in order to achieve DevOps’ goals and clarify how other DevOps participants are likely to impact the architect’s work. They also provide the organizational, technical, and operational context needed to deploy DevOps more efficiently, and review DevOps’ impact on each development phase. The authors address cross-cutting concerns that link multiple functions, offering practical insights into compliance, performance, reliability, repeatability, and security. Continue reading DevOps: A Software Architect’s Perspective

May 20, 2015

genius-tabletdiscussions: Members talked about Spokane Linux Fest — and we’re looking forward to the next one. Mining Bitcoins, Virtualbox, and Ubuntu’s native support of Genuis tablets.

recommended program: NOVA: Rise of the Hackers.

April 2015

Our members recommend: Use ‘sudoedit‘ instead of ‘sudo‘ to edit config files.
Set up Bash to record all commands into a log file because History can disappear a bunch of different ways. Handy to be able to log everything you do.
Segment on 60-minutes about online tracking:
Browser add-ons recommended: Ghostery, NoScript, and AdBlock Plus
Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system.

Tip of the day: persuade everyone to do hard-core backups of everything — ‘crypto-lock’ viruses are getting very bad. These viruses have been seen to mutate in real-time in response to online forums talking about them.

March 18, 2015

our members recommend: In the Beginning was the Command Line, by Neal Stephenson, 1999:

the Debian Administrator’s Handbook:

on the new venue front: Ben visits the new David’s Pizza location in the Arena / Flour Mill area (803 N Post Street). It looks like a great place for pizza, but holding a meeting here could be a challenge: Our much-used round table is placed up in a loft area that has no wall space for presentations. Music / noise levels may interfere. An unfinished south section remains to be investigated for future private parties. It’s great to see David’s Pizza open again … and everyone should visit for some of Spokane’s best pizza. Nice photos of the new space:

possible presentations dept: There are no planned presentations for April, but rumors are circulating about weather stations and email servers / spam protection.


February 18, 2015

Discussion Topics:

220px-Hedy_Lamarr-publicityHedy Lamarr and her contributions to spread spectrum and frequency hopping communications.

GitLab: a replacement for GitHub that you can host on your own server and has more features.

Plex Media Server and the importance of naming your movies correctly.


Richard and Grant will be representing us at: LinuxFest 2015 at SFCC on Saturday May 9th from 9am to 4pm. More info at

Possible presentations for March: weather stations and using Simple Scan. Hope to see you in March.


The Official Ubuntu Book, Eighth Edition

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Jan 21, 2015

Richard presented some Bash scripting examples he uses for Vagrant-managed virtual machines; for setting up SSH sessions, monitoring the connections, and shutting down all connections when any one port breaks.

Thought of the day from Larry Wall: “The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.”