Meetings and Presentation

Monthly Meetings

Second Saturdays

MDLUG meets monthly at 12:00 pm to around 3:00 pm on the Second Saturday. Each meeting usually begins with MDLUG business and/or an open discussion. The formal presentation starts at 1:00 pm. After the meeting, some of us usually go to a local restaurant.

We are now meeting at the Caroline Kennedy Library in Dearborn Heights. Take any of the small streets within a block or two NorthWest of Telegraph and Ford and look for the group of buildings. The library is at the NorthWest corner of George and Fenton.

Parking is available on the West side of the building. There are several meeting rooms, so ask at the front desk if you cannot find us.

Caroline Kennedy Library
24590 George St.
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
(313) 791-3800
Map: http://tinyurl.com/pw86zfp


Next Meeting

Sept 9, 2017

Connecting Computers by Radio

Joe Miller (KJ8O) and Brian Johnston (W8TFI) are licensed amateur radio operators who will demonstrate digital radio modes useful to connect computer to computer over distances (multi-mile) well beyond normal wifi. They will explain how to get started, where to get software for unlicensed operation, and how to get local help from the American Radio Relay League to earn a radio operator license. Bring your FRS radio, laptop with sound card, and audio cables.

We will have plenty of time for discussion on all things open source. If you have questions about Linux, bring your questions (and perhaps your computer) to this meeting!


Presentation Notes and Handouts.

Downloads available in the links below

This is where you will find a listing of upcoming presentation and event information, and minutes from previous meetings. We are always interested in new presenters. If you have a topic and there is an opening that works for you, please send an email to the Board.

2017 Meeting Presentations and Minutes

Month Presentation
January Election Results:
  • President - Dr. Bob Meier
  • Vice President - Gib Nichols
  • Treasurer - Bill Lingner
  • Secretary - Carl Miller
Official Business: The elections were held in accordance with the bylaws. Bill gave the treasurer's report, saying that the $67 in the treasury was paid to Carl to reimburse website fees including domain name registration. Currently there is no money in the treasury, no income, and no expenses. Dr. Bob reported that he has scheduled the room for us at the library for the next 6 months.

Presentation: Carl gave a demonstration of the Kali Linux distribution as a penetration testing tool. Using the Damn Vulnerable Web App (DVWA) as a target, we were able to get the administrator password for the application, run several commands remotely, and read the contents of the entire mysql database.

Discussion: We talked about several topics, including future presentations. Since an interest was expressed in learning about HTML and the web, Carl will have a short session at the beginning of future meetings about developing webpages.

February
Presentation: Dr. Bob presented some humorous dialogs from staff trying to support non-technical people. Also Carl led a discussion about html, languages, xml, css, and html5 in the series about website development.

March
Presentation: Gibson Nichols provided a hands-on exploration of the Raspberry PI, which is a small inexpensive computer that can be used for a wide variety of solutions. We did a walk-thru of a project to build a file server.

April
Presentation: Victor Ibegbu, Assistant Director for Information Systems of the Detroit Public Library, will talk about how their web server caters to a wider variety of users than most servers and do so within a very limited budget. Victor will explain how accurate updates managed, how availability is maintained, and how the server is protected from attacks.

May Presentation: We discussed dual monitor configuration in Linux. Rich brought in his system and we discovered that the problems he experienced were from his video card. After swapping it out everything worked as expected. We also had plenty of time to discuss projects we have been working on.

June Presentation: Dr. Meier described considerations and procedures to setup a raspberry pi without monitor, mouse, or keyboard. Especially useful for standalone servers, kiosks, and embedded hardware applications. He showed how to modify Raspbian image, for first time boot support of ssh with preset network configuration.

July
Presentation: none. Summer Break.

August
Presentation: none. Summer Break.

September
Presentation: Joe Miller (KJ8O) and Brian Johnston (W8TFI) are licensed amateur radio operators who will demonstrate digital radio modes useful to connect computer to computer over distances (multi-mile) well beyond normal wifi. They will explain how to get started, where to get software for unlicensed operation, and how to get local help from the American Radio Relay League to earn a radio operator license. Bring your FRS radio, laptop with sound card, and audio cables.

October
Presentation: To be determined.

November
Presentation: To be determined.

December
Presentation: To be determined.

2016 Meeting Presentations and Minutes

Month Presentation
January Election Results:
  • President - Gib Nichols
  • Vice President - Carl Miller
  • Treasurer - Bill Lingner
  • Secretary - Steve Barnosky
Presentation: Jacob Wood showed the Ardunio Robot which he built and programmed. He talked about the various sensors and gave a live demo of the robot moving across a table and sensing obstactles.

Discussion: We talked about several topics, including robots, quadcopters, CNC, 3D printers and 3D scanners.

February
Presentation: Gib brought in a computer to test the installation of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry. We had a very interactive session as we discussed the latest version of Ubuntu, the upcoming Penguicon, and possible topics for future meetings.

March
Presentation: Dr. Bob presented an introduction to compiling on Linux. It covered the basics for beginners and included some history and trivia for all levels.

April
Presentation: Pat gave a quick introduction to VirtualBox including some of the more advanced features. David gave a full presentation on OpenShift and how to better manage Docker containers.

May
Presentation: We had several topics for discussion, including the use of projectors and planning for future topics for presentations.

June
Presentation: Carl created a simple website to store and retreive data from a database. This "LAMP" website demo included a brief mention of Linux, a quick session on Apache, an introduction to MySQL, and various web pages using PHP.

July
Presentation: Dr. Robert Meier installed an *HTTPS* static website on a bare linux box.

August
Presentation: None

September
Presentation: Tony Bemus explained what an IT security professional has to look at and how to keep networks safe. He demonstrated some hacks with Kali Linux and what countermeasures to prevent the attack.

October
Presentation: The MDLUG meeting was held at the Conclave Science Fiction Convention. There were presentations and demoes about the Raspberry PIs, Arduinos, Copters and other cool devices.

November
Presentation: We held an open discussion about MDLUG, our current meeting place, proposed new meeting locations and funding for non-free locations. Among other topics, we talked about Certificate Authorities and how certificates are used by servers and clients.

December
Presentation: Dr. Bob talked about certificates, chains of trust, and the Let's Encrypt service.

We also took nomintations for officers and discussed their roles.

2014 Meeting Presentations and Minutes

Month Presentation
January Elections - Postponed till February 2014
Presentation:
February Elections -
  • President - Gib Nichols
  • Vice President - Carl Miller
  • Treasurer - Tony Bemus

Presentation:
March Presentation:
April Presentation: Kevin O'Brien - Libra Office Calc - http://www.zwilnik.com/
May Presentation: Home Networking with WiFi
June Presentation: video and music creation and editing using open source software
July Presentation: General Discussion
August Presentation Setting up Raspberry PI for headless VNC workstation
September Tech Tip:
Presentation: David Wood of Red Hat to talk about system tunning. The talk will be about how to tune a system for different workloads such as a VM or database server. It will go into the basics of CPU scheduler, disk elevator and other disk related options, network tuning, and memory adjustments such as swappiness and shared memory. There will also be data from real servers where tuning was used to help diagnose an issue.
Presentation Slides: system_tuning.pdf
October Presentation:
Tony Bemus will show how everyone from hobbiests to corporations can run their own cloud services using OwnCloud. OwnCloud is a free and open source project that allows you to do file syncing from both mobile and desktop, Document collaboration, file sharing, and 16 other features. Join Tony as he demonstrates how to setup your very own OwnCloud service!
November Tech Tip
Presentation:
December Tech Tip
Presentation

2013 Meeting Presentations and Minutes

Month Presentation
January Elections - Postponed till February 2013
Presentation: David Wood about DNS and setting up a DNS forwarding server.
February Tech Tip:
Presentation:
March Presentation: Raspberry Pi
April Presentation: David Wood - script for virtual machines that run in ram disk.
May Tech Tip
Presentation:
June Presentation - General Discussion: managing your website with a CMS
July Tech Tip
Presentation:
August Presentation - Michael Lucas DNSSEC... https://www.michaelwlucas.com/nonfiction/dnssec-mastery
September Tech Tip:
Presentation:
October Presentation: Pat Baker's Opt Out of Survlence
November Tech Tip
Presentation: Tony Bemus GPG/GNUPG, the Setup and real world use!
December Presentation - Tony Bemus - Impress.js how to

2012 Meeting Presentations and Minutes

Month Presentation
January Elections - If you would like to make a nomination for officers please email to the main list. Please refer to our bylaws (sections IV, VI, and VII) for eligibility.
Presentation: Michael Mol will be demonistrating IPV6.
February Tech Tip: Mat Enders about SSHFS!
Presentation: Pat about "The Cloud" and Cloud Systems!
March Tech Tip
Presentation:
April Tech Tip:
Presentation:Squeezebox by Craig Maloney
May Tech Tip
Presentation:
June Tech Tip
Presentation
July Tech Tip
Presentation: Mark Stanislav - Core Linux Security: 0-Day Isn't Everything
August Tech Tip
Presentation
September Tech Tip:
Presentation:
October Short presentation: Tony Bemus and LPI?
Presentation: Kevin O'Brien and Open Office
November Tech Tip
Presentation
December Tech Tip
Presentation

2011 Meeting Presentations and Minutes

Month Presentation
January Elections - If you would like to make a nomination for officers please email to the main list. Please refer to our bylaws (sections IV, VI, and VII) for eligibility.
February Tech Tip - Command Line Basics - Mat Enders
Presentation
March Tech Tip
Discuss the plans for Penguicon 2011 ( http://www.penguicon.org )
April Tech Tip: Commandline Tips and Tricks - Mat Enders
Presentation: Command line image manipulation using imagemagic. Short scripts to make editing multiple photos easy! - Mary Tolmich and Tony Bemus
May Tech Tip
Presentation: Multiple-server hot site backups + quick restoration on the cheap using Amazon's EC2 - Mark Stanislav - http://www.uncompiled.com
June Tech Tip
Presentation
July Tech Tip
Presentation: How to Survive an Audit - Gib Nichols
August Tech Tip
Presentation
September Tech Tip: Swappiness - Tony Bemus
Presentation: A short Linux History - Tony Bemus
October Tech Tip
Presentation: Carl Miller - email and email clients
November Tech Tip
Presentation
December Tech Tip
Presentation: Kevin O'Brien's Hardware Discovery Commands

2010 Meeting Presentations and Minutes

Month Presentation Minutes
January Open Format N/A
February Election
Don't rm, shred instead - Matt Enders
Minutes
March Tech Tip - Find Files Modified Between two dates - Matt Enders
Presentations: Rsync - Mary Tomich, Webmin - Matt Enders
Minutes
April Tech Tip - Find Files Access during a programs execution - Matt Enders
Short Presentation - Web HTTrack webinterface - Mary Tolmich and Gib Nichols
Presentation - Linux MCE - Tony Bemus
N/A
May Tech Tip - Find Files created during installation - Matt Enders
Short Presentation - Grub 2 - Mary Tolmich
Presentation -
N/A
June Tech Tip - List open files - Matt Enders
Presentation -
N/A
July Tech Tip - md5sum password - Matt Enders
Presentation - Unmeeting - Gib Nichols
Minutes
August Tech Tip - Reset Forgotten Root Password - Matt Enders
Presentation - Setting up your home LAMP (Linux Apache MySql Php) Server (web server) - Tony Bemus
Minutes
September Tech Tip - Reset Terminal - Matt Enders
Presentation - Virtual Box - Pat
Minutes
October Tech Tip - Running Complex Commands With sudo - Matt Enders
Presentation - Secure SMTP Server Configuration - Robbin
N/A
November Tech Tip - Xmessage Popup - Matt Enders
Presentation -
N/A
December Tech Tip - How to use sshfs - Matt Enders
Presentation - Introduction to Linux - Kevin O'Brien
N/A


Archived Meeting notes and Presention info

Notes and downloads from before Janurary 2010

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Archived Presention Info

Presentation Notes and downloads from before Janurary 2010

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