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#hackUTOS June 2010

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Ceiling Cat announces:

#hackUTOS is is happening tomorrow, Friday June 4th, at CoffeeConnection!

Here's how it works. #hackUTOS is a gathering of the hacking inclined. There is a main project (ConMan) that is being hacked on for the purpose of volunteering for Utah Open Source Conference 2010. More details on ConMan in a minute.

If you are looking to generally gather with geeks then this is the premier event in June for your geekiness! We will be gathering at CoffeeConnection who has great caffeinated beverages for sale (as well as food) and we will be getting our Geek on.

Want to get your geek on, but can't make it in person... we are going to be on IRC too! Find us on Freenode at #hackUTOS

If you are not interested in hacking on ConMan, we still encourage you to come on down! We want all geeks to come by and share in the glory of #hackUTOS. That means you can even bring your own project. Think of #hackUTOS as a Jelly or CoWork (for 1 night). Come share your project and your ideas, find people, network, and generally have a good time.

Now some details on ConMan!

ConMan is the Conference Management software used by UTOS for the UTOS Conference. It is written in Python, using the Django framework. It is hosted at GitHub and it is open to the public. If you don't hack python do not turn and run just yet. We are in need of things besides python coding. We need folks who are willing to conceptualize, we need graphic designers to help make the app look pretty, we need people to help with bug reporting, and more. If you are reading this blog post you are more than qualified to come help us tomorrow (and at any other #hackUTOS event).

Alright... I am tired of typing, and Ceiling cat is starting to freak me out... see you at #hackUTOS

SLLUG Daytime and Vim

Vim LogoI would like to give a big thanks to all the folks who attended today's Salt Lake Linux User Group Daytime Special Interest Group (SLLUG Daytime SIG). We had a great time covering the basics of vi(m) and I think everyone walked away knowing something new.

I created my slides using Google Docs, so you can see them too!

I want to thank Joe Brockmeier, and Linux.com for the source material and here is a list of places you can find equally great (actually better) presentations and tutorials on vi(m):

Also to learn more about vi(m) read up on these:

There are thousands of other articles on vi(m) around the net, so if this doesn't give you your fix, search Google.

Ignite SLC 4 -- Be There!

Ignite is an experience that everyone should have, at least once.

What is Ignite?

Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis, some of O'Reilly's best, dreamed up an event where people could share their ideas over beer, and sent word out through their network.

The even is described best as:

Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It's a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city.  And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world.

Is it a bunch of nerds?

No! Normal everyday people have been known, and are encouraged, to attend the event. There is no basis for the information share at the event. At Ignite SLC 3 we had topics ranging from food co-ops, open source technology, surfing vs. snowboarding, politics, and even beards!

The format is fast paced and keep things exciting, in most cases you can even bring kids (probably best if they are 13+) update: The State Room is a 21+ club, sorry kids!

What about Zombies?

Glad you asked! Zombies are a growing concern for many, and maybe you were wondering if the Zombie Apocolypse will have an impact on your dating regiment? Guess what, there is an Ignite presentation for that!

Jason Vance will be presenting "15 things to remember when dating in a post Apocalyptic Zombie Environment" -- I personally am looking forward to this presentation!

Is it all about zombies?

Don't appreciate zombies? That is ok, it will only be for 5 minutes and then you can move on to other great topics including:

  • Deb Henry - Does Widening Roads Cause Congestion?
  • Kellen McAffee - How to tell your friends that you've seen a sasquatch.
  • DJ Waldow - Dude

and one that look particularly awesome:

  • Matthias Shapiro and Jason Alderman - Mobile App Dev RAP BATTLE

because geeks and rap go hand-in-hand!


As with most of the awesome things in this world there is NO COST!! My list of awesome things includes, but is not limited to:

  • Linux
  • Free Money
  • Firefox
  • Free Toys
  • Pidgin
  • Free Time
  • Irssi
  • Free Tibet!

I hope to see you all there!