Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Today is Document Freedom Day!

From their web site:
Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for document liberation. It will be a day of grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Open Document Formats and Open Standards in general.

Go to to learn more. If you've ever had trouble opening a text document or spreadsheet or anything else because you created it in an older version of software (Word/Excel/WordPerfect/Lotus/Powerpoint etc), you understand the need for document freedom.

So, go to to learn more about a FREE (as in, you don't have to pay for at AND all the freedoms from the LGPL.

If you're STILL not clear on what all this "Document Freedom" stuff is about, there' still time to stop by the HLUG Linux Workshop (6-9pm tonight at HAL-PC) OR to call in to Technology Bytes tonight from 8-10pm on KPFT FM 90.1

You know you want to. :-) Documents want to be FREE!!

Quick Reminder: Wednesday Night Tech!

Linux Workshop at HAL-PC tonight. 6-9pm. Technology Bytes on KPFT 8-10pm.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

4th Saturday HLUG: MORE Command Line Power of the Ancient Wizards!!

This afternoon we'll be continuing the CLI goodness that was started 2 weeks ago. Do you want MORE? Get it? More? It's a CLI command...


Ok, I'll MV on. Gonna end this post now. Keep it short. Sometimes LESS is MORE.

See you today at HAL-PC from 2-4pm.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday Night Tech Boogie!

Short post.

Tonight you should do two things:
1. Go to HAL-PC for the HLUG Linux Workshop to get all your Linux needs met. It's from 6-9pm, just like every other Wednesday. While you're there, talk to Rick about becoming a HAL-PC member.

2. Tune in to Technology Bytes on KPFT 90.1 FM from 8-10pm to get any other computer questions answered. Feel free to hop into their IRC channel to join the show within the show!

That is all!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day: Did you know he also loved Technology?

You should already know what Wednesday night in Houston means: HLUG's Linux Workshop at HAL-PC! 6-9pm. Get ALL your burning Linux questions answered! (and they DO burn, don't they?!?)

HAL-PC is here. If you have trouble getting into the building, call the main number at 713.993.3300.

ALSO! Don't forget to tune in to Technology Bytes, on KPFT 90.1 FM or over 'teh internets' tonight from 8-10 to get all your OTHER computing questions answered.

Don't drink too much green beer!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

2nd Saturday HLUG: Command Line Power of the Ancient Wizards!!

Today the discussion will focus around the CLI (Command Line Interface) of Linux. It's going to be all about Shell Scripting. For those not aware, the command line (the thing that looks like a DOS prompt? No pictures, just text commands you have to type in) in Linux is called Bash (short for Bourne Again Shell), which is an improvement on the original Unix Shell. I'm not sure how much history Ron will go into today.

In any event, gaining True *nix Wizardry begins with a basic understanding of Shell scripting. There's a tremendous amount of flexibility, power and convenience that can be found at the CLI. Ron will start to unveil those mysteries today! It's like your first year at Hogwarts, or the Jedi Academy. Or something.

Another note, the rumor is the NEXT Saturday HLUG meeting (two weeks from today; 4th Saturday) will be for paid HAL-PC members only and may or may not include DOOR PRIZES. That's something HAL-PC SIGS have been famous for over the years. I've got a copy of Office 2003 Pro floating around, among other things, that I got as a HAL door prize. More details on that as they become available.

Expecto Patronum!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sorry for the March 10th blast!

I was editing/updating some things here and a lot of those posts got reposted en mass to the blog. Sorry about that.

BUT, it does give you a chance to catch up on what you may have missed! :-)
*points at silver lining*

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2 views of last Saturday's Samba SIG

What'd you miss last Saturday?

Rick Archbald says:
W/o Rob't spotswood (sick), the Samba SIG didn't make much progress on
the mail server project. We did convince ourselves that KirraMail
doesn't install easily & isn't worth fighting w/ for having a 2nd mail
server on the network. We also discovered that the last release of
VMware 2.0 is useless. If we knew that either VBox or VMware would
save the complete state, including RAM, of a VM (this may be a
"stupid" question), then we could run Kirra in a VM, & have it have
some continuity.

Ron Lyle offers this view:
We built a vmware KerraMail mail server just to see if we could set up a mail server. The samba SIG went well and I found thanks to Rick, some Google special searches under UNIX (google/linux, google/gov, and google/bsd) We learned that vmware doesn't do snapshots and virtual box does.

They'll be back at it on the 3rd Saturday of the month. That's the 19th for those scoring at home.

HLUG Linux Workshop: It's already started!!

It's Wednesday night, so you should know the drill by now. Get thee to HAL-PC and partake of the Linux Workshop goodness! Get help with thine own vexing Linux questions! Assist others with issues that, verily, cause them to be vexed.

Basically, we're trying to avoid and eliminate all things "vexing". 6-9pm. Dinner/socializing afterwards, to be announced at the Workshop.

ALSO! Do NOT forget about Technology Bytes. 8-10pm on KPFT or live streamed over the internet(s), if you're not in the Houston area. Speaking of Technology Bytes, if you didn't attend their last Geek Gathering, here's what you missed. The lovely woman in the first picture is Victoria Leigh, model/photographer/makeup artist. The smiling man next to her is her husband. He works for Ubuntu, dealing with bugs. See what Linux can do for you? I'm just saying. Don't blame me, it's not like I didn't tell you! The Geek Gathering's are the first Friday of every month at The Coffeegroundz.

That is all.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Samba: TODAY from 2-4!!

The quest to build an ISP-grade mail server continues! Stop by HAL-PC to join in on the fun and learning! Tech up!!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What IS the HLUG Linux Workshop?

I'm glad you asked! The Wednesday Night Workshop (WNW...not to be confused with Neverwinter Nights...NWN) is where people with questions about, trouble with or interest in Linux get together to work it all out! Bring your computer/keyboard/mouse and we'll supply the monitor/power/network connection (wired and WiFi) and get things taken care of!

Trying to install Linux? We can help! Got Linux installed, but can't get a piece of hardware working? We can help! Need to get a certain piece of software installed or configured on your Linux install? We can help! Want to dump your other OS and replace it with Linux? We can help!

Wednesday nights, 6-9pm at HAL-PC Global HQ!! Followed by dinner...somewhere.

ALSO! Be sure to tune in to Technology Bytes Radio, ALSO Wednesday night from 8-10pm. And don't miss the Geek Gathering, this Friday at The Coffeegroundz!