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MUUG Monthly Meetings for 2020-21


Please note our current meeting location: In light of the current concerns over COVID-19 and the risk of infection, and current directives from the University of Winnipeg, MUUG meetings will take place online (typically using Jitsi) until further notice. Meeting link will be provided on the home page, prior to meeting start time.

September 8, 2020: AWS Quickstart

For the new user, the multitude of AWS services and configurations can be daunting. Wyatt Zacharias showed how to start an AWS account from scratch, including how to properly set up your user credentials, and how to get a VM up and running for the first time.

RTFM: fd(1) - a simple, fast, user-friendly alternative to find(1)

Most Linux users are all too familiar with the find command and its frustrating syntax. This month, Brad Vokey showed us an alternative to the find command, called fd.

Some of the features of fd: convenient syntax: fd PATTERN instead of find -iname '*PATTERN*', colourized terminal output, it's fast!, uses smart case by default, ignores hidden directories and files by default, ignores patterns from your .gitignore by default, uses proper PCRE, and the command name is 50% shorter than find. :-)

October 13, 2020: OpenBSD Traffic Shaping and Firewall Setup

Alberto Abrao showed how to set up an OpenBSD box as a router, with a basic firewall, DHCP server etc., and as a bridging firewall, where it behaves like a transparent barrier. Alberto touched on subjects such as the reasons for doing so, the motivation for the choices made, the hardware needed, OS installation and basic configuration. Then, he gave an overview of both scenarios aforementioned, and how to accomplish them.

November 10, 2020: mkbgpmap

Adam Thompson presented on the mkbgpmap utility. This tool creates a map showing the BGP relationships between Manitoba ASNs. Adam was the original author of this tool, and released it into the public domain in 2019. You can find mkbgpmap at https://github.com/mbnog/mkbgpmap.

December 8, 2020: RTFM: cal(1), Extended Round-Table and Show-and-Tell

We have a tradition of making the December meeting more of an informal, social gathering. This year, because we're meeting online, we've had to let go of some of the traditional aspects of this year-end meeting (like food), but we'll try to keep some.

Show us your favourite gadget! As part of an extended round-table discussion, we'll try to keep the gadget show-and-tell. (This year, you don't have to haul it to the meeting site, but it will have to be small enough to show on your webcam!) If you have a cool device, something unusual, whether brand new or ready for the museum, there will be an opportunity to show it off.

RTFM: cal(1) - A Histori-cal Look at Calendar Reform

As part of the September 2016 meeting, we looked at cal(1), and its ilk (ncal and gcal), mostly from a utilitarian point of view. This time, we'll look at some of the historical development of this command, as well as some strange quirks of calendar reform. Why was the year 2000 a leap year, but 1900 wasn't? (At least for most of the world.) Why was 1700 a leap year in many Protestant countries, but not in Roman Catholic ones? What was going on in 1752 for England and her colonies? Gilbert Detillieux will answer these questions, as we delve into the politics and religion involved in calendar reform.

This will once again be an online meeting. Stay tuned to our muug.ca home page for the official URL, which will be made available a few minutes before the meeting starts. (Reload the page if you don't see the link, or if there are issues with connecting.)

Help promote this month's meeting, by putting this poster up on your workplace bulletin board, or linking to it on social media.

Winnipeg Harvest

We won't be able to collect food and cash donations this year, but please remember that the needs for some may be greater than usual. We encourage you to donate to Winnipeg Harvest, or your favourite local charity.

January 12, 2021: TBA

February 9, 2021: TBA

March 9, 2021: TBA

April 13, 2021: TBA

May 11, 2021: TBA

June 8, 2021: TBA

July 2021: No meeting this month

August 2021: No meeting this month

Please note our current meeting location: In light of the current concerns over COVID-19 and the risk of infection, and current directives from the University of Winnipeg, MUUG meetings will take place online (typically using Jitsi) until further notice. Meeting link will be provided on the home page, prior to meeting start time.

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