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Thursday
Oct 2, 2008
Entrepreneurial Series Open House
CubeSpace [ *sniff* out of business 12 June 2009]

CubeSpace's Entrepreneurial Series Morning Meetings are starting up again in October, and we want to introduce you to the participants! On October 2, from 9 to 10 a.m., we're hosting an Entrepreneurial Series Open House. Stop by, drink some coffee, and meet the cast of the Entrepreneurial program, as well as Kent Smith, our new SCORE counselor-in-residence. Kent will have office hours from noon to 5pm on Wednesdays from now on, and is a great resource for new entrepreneurs. We hope to see you there!

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Tuesday
Sep 22, 2009
Linux Fund 10th Anniversary Event
Club 915

Come celebrate Linux Fund's 10th anniversary with free drinks, food and entertainment during LinuxCon!

The venue is Club 915, just a few blocks from the Marriott where LinuxCon is taking place.

There will be awesome raffle and auction items from ThinkGeek, Qi Hardware, O'Reilly and No Starch Press.

Thank you SourceForge and iXsystems for making this event possible!

21 and over - bring photo ID!

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Monday
Aug 4, 2014
PDX Puppet User Group: "Standardized Debugging Environments"
Puppet

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month.

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

Agenda for August 4th

Charlie Sharpsteen, Open Source Support Engineer at Puppet Labs, will be talking about "Standardized Debugging Environments: Taking the Friction Out of Ticket Investigation".

In his talk, Charlie will cover the journey Puppet Labs has taken towards automating the setup of virtual sandboxes for exploration and ticket investigation.

  • 6:30 - 7:00: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
  • 7:00 - 7:45: "Standardized Debugging Environments: Taking the Friction Out of Ticket Investigation" - Charlie Sharpsteen
  • 7:45 - 8:10: Talk TBA or Breakout Sessions
  • 8:10 - 8:15: Plan next agenda

We're still looking for a second talk, so get in touch with kara @ puppetlabs.com if you're interested in talking (even briefly!) about how you're using Puppet. Also, let us know if you'd like to be on the schedule next month! You don't need to be an expert to speak - we love to hear about what folks are doing with Puppet.

If you have an idea for what you would like to see presented, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

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Thursday
Aug 14, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

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Sunday
Aug 17, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

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Monday
Sep 8, 2014
PDX Puppet User Group
Puppet

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month - except this month, since that's Labor Day! Instead, we're meeting Sept. 8th.

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

Agenda for September 8th

  • 6:00 - 6:30: Eat pizza / salads, talk to other Puppet users, take the IT Puppet personality quiz :)
  • 6:30 - 7:00 "Continuously Testing Infrastructure" - Gareth Rushgrove, Puppet Labs
  • 7:00 - 7:15 "The Life and Times of Puppet at Portland State University" - Elliot Schlegelmilch, PSU
  • 7:15 - 7:30 Spencer Krum demos a new experimental tool, "Puppet Analytics"
  • 7:30 - 8:00: Plan next agenda & chat

At this month's meeting, we'll have a fun addition from the folks on our User Experience team: Want to know more about your IT personality? Take our "Which Puppet are you" quiz debuting at this month's PUG.

We're still looking for a short third talk, so get in touch with kara @ puppetlabs.com if you're interested in talking (even briefly!) about how you're using Puppet. Also, let us know if you'd like to be on the schedule next month! You don't need to be an expert to speak - we love to hear about what folks are doing with Puppet.

If you have an idea for what you would like to see presented, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

Meat, veggie, gluten-free, and vegan pizza will be available. The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking inside the office, so bring your bikes in! Parking is available in the garage across the street.

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Sunday
Sep 21, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

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Monday
Oct 6, 2014
PDX Puppet User Group
Puppet

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month .

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

This month at the Portland Puppet User Group, Spencer Krum, Cloud Engineer at HP, will be premiering a new talk on different kinds of modules for different uses, titled "The Module Spectrum". Eric Zounes, a technical operations engineer at Puppet Labs, will talk about "Deploying and Managing Elasticsearch with Puppet." Should be an excellent meeting!

Agenda for October 6th:

  • 6:00 - 6:30: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users

  • 6:30 - 7:10: "Deploying and Managing Elasticsearch with Puppet" - Eric Zounes

  • 7:10 - 7:55: "The Module Spectrum" - Spencer Krum

  • 7:55 - 8:15: Chat and Plan next agenda

Get in touch with kara @ puppetlabs.com if you're interested in talking (even briefly!) about how you're using Puppet. Also, let us know if you'd like to be on the schedule next month! You don't need to be an expert to speak - we love to hear about what folks are doing with Puppet.

If you have an idea for what you would like to see presented, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

Meat, veggie, gluten-free, and vegan pizza will be available. The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking inside the office, so bring your bikes in! Parking is available in the garage across the street.

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Sunday
Oct 19, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Sunday
Dec 21, 2014
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Sunday
Jan 18, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek Conference Room

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Sunday
Feb 15, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Sunday
Mar 15, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Thursday
Mar 19, 2015
HDI PNW Chapter Meeting In Seattle
The Bellevue Palace Boardroom

This will be our first 2015 PNW Chapter Meeting. Lunch will be served and our first topic of the year will be on Knowledge Management, however, Using it to Empower your Teams to Succeed!

Please join us, or let us know if you are interested in hosting a meeting for the Portland area. You can find information at www.hdiseattle.com, or contact me directly.

Tony North VP of Programs Help Desk Institute - Pacific NorthWest 206.919.2459 [email protected]

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Sunday
Apr 19, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Sunday
May 17, 2015
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

Website
Tuesday
Jun 9, 2015
Counterpoint: Don't Write The Docs
New Relic

The WTD NA conference is coming in May, so it's a good time to start planning for post-conference Meetups. We'll meet again on Tuesday June 9, when Diana Potter, the Senior Director of Customer Success at Customer.io tells us when to say: "Don't Write The Docs".

When I started working as a Technical Writer, our local VP told me that to do my job well, I'd spend significant time testing and pushing for changes to our software. To me, that sounds like the essence of Diana's talk.

Diana manages Customer.io's support/docs team. As such, I expect that her talk will interest Documentarians, Support Engineers, and Knowledge Base Creators. Here is the abstract of her talk:


Writing user facing documentation gives you a unique perspective on software. How does something work? Will the software explode when I push this button? Okay, now how do you explain that explosion to a user, in a way that makes sense and captures their attention?

What do you do, though, when that unique perspective illustrates areas of confusion? Why document something that's confusing? Fix the confusion!

Write the docs that make sense for the user and advocate for product changes on behalf of the "user" too.

How do you decide when it makes sense to document, and when it makes sense to dig in your heels and push for an internal change to the product? How can you use documentation to push for change? Come learn what I've learned, the processes I've put in place, and learn the following chant: "does this doc make sense?"

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Monday
Feb 13
Robot Operating System (ROS) Development - Overview Intel’s RealSense Depth Sensors
Axiom Electronics

Dave Shinsel will provide an overview of available depth sensors, and a deep-dive on Intel’s RealSense depth sensors, including a new sensor that adds visual SLAM capability. He will discuss how these sensors work in conjunction with Computer Vision technologies for various robotics applications, including object avoidance, person interaction, object recognition and localization, and SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping). Further the talk will cover how to access these capabilities via their ROS wrappers.

Dave Shinsel is the Lead Robotics Architect in Intel’s Perceptual Computing Group. He has an extensive background in all levels of robotics, with particular focus on vision and sensing technologies. Prior to this role, Dave was the Director of the Intel® RealSense SDK, created and led the Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers, and led development of the graphics drivers for the Apple MacBook* Air. In his “spare time,” Dave has been building robots for fifteen years. He has received a "Backyard Genius Award" from Popular Mechanics magazine, won a number of robot competitions, and competed on TV in the Syfy Channel’s Robot Combat League, where he and his daughter (also an engineer at Intel) won the $100,000 grand prize with their 7 foot, 9 inches tall, fighting robot, "Crash." Dave is well known in the Maker community for his sophisticated 4 foot tall humanoid robot, Loki.

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