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PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

1930 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (Maseeh College) students take advantage of PSU's proximity and access to technology-oriented companies in the metropolitan area.

Maseeh College works hard to create Scholarship and Internship programs for its undergraduate and graduate students.

Maseeh College has a rich history that has evolved over a 45-year period, paralleling the growth of the high-technology industry in Oregon. Consequently, Maseeh College has become the leading supplier of new employees for companies such as Intel Corporation and Tektronix, Inc.

Maseeh College's well-equipped research laboratories train students for the fast-changing technology and engineering marketplace. Maseeh College growth plans included improving educational and research facilities by building a new engineering building in 2006, part of the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology.

Future events happening here

  • Thursday
    Nov 6 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group

    PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track open source conference!

    Celebrating 20 years of hosting Portland's best open source and technology freedom speakers.

    This month's topic To Be Announced

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

    Website
  • Thursday
    Dec 4 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group

    PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track open source conference!

    Celebrating 20 years of hosting Portland's best open source and technology freedom speakers.

    This month's topic To Be Announced

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

    Website

Past events that happened here

  • Saturday
    Nov 5 2011
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Saturday
    Dec 3 2011
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Saturday
    Jan 7 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Saturday
    Feb 4 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Saturday
    Mar 3 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Saturday
    Apr 7 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Thursday
    May 3 2012
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: OpenBSD

    OpenBSD by Bryan Linton

    OpenBSD is a free *nix-like operating system that focuses on security, correctness and developer freedom. With only two remote holes in the default install in over 10 years, OpenBSD has a reputation of being one of the most secure operating systems in common use.

    This talk will present a basic overview of what OpenBSD is, and will heavily emphasize what its strengths are. It will also cover the various methods OpenBSD uses to remain secure.

    With OpenBSD 5.1 arriving May 1st, we will also discuss some of its new features and improvements.

    Many of us will go to the The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall at 1945 NW Quimby after the presentation.

    Website
  • Saturday
    May 5 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jun 7 2012
    PLUG: The Ganeti Virtualization Management System

    Lance Albertson of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab will give an introduction to the Ganeti Virtualization Management System.

    Ganeti is a robust cluster virtualization management software tool. It’s built on top of existing virtualization technologies such as Xen and KVM and other Open Source software. Its integration with various technologies such as DRBD and LVM results in a cheaper High Availability infrastructure and linear scaling.

    This hands-on tutorial will cover a basic overview of Ganeti, the step-by-step install & setup of a single-node and multi-node Ganeti cluster, operating the cluster, and some best practices of Ganeti. Finally, deploying and using a web-based management tool called Ganeti Web Manager.

    If you want to participate on the hands-on portion of the talk, feel free to clone his vagrant-ganeti repo on github (https://github.com/ramereth/vagrant-ganeti) prior to the meeting. We'll try and have the box images available on USB drives at the meeting but its always great to have everything setup prior to the meeting and not saturate the wifi.

    Lance is the Associate Director of Operations for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL) and a Gentoo Linux Developer. He joined the Gentoo Linux project in 2003 and have been involved in managing their infrastructure and maintaining about a dozen or so packages in portage. Lance directs all of the hosting and development activities that the OSL provides for the open source community including projects such as Kernel.org, Drupal, Apache Software Foundation, and many many more. Lance has been at the OSL since 2007.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jul 5 2012
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: systemd

    Portland Linux/Unix Group Meeting

    It's a little known secret that systemd is extremely capable of starting, controlling and regulating more than just system services, but can easily start an entire Desktop UI. Not many people have sat down and implemented and worked out the problems of starting an X service, a few UI components, the session bus and DBus services for normal users with the mechanisms that systemd provides.

    The benefits are obvious: Systemd provides excellent service monitoring and restarting capabilities, provides socket and DBus activation for relevant services, and overall improves desktop startup by allowing user services to start well before core services like Xorg or wayland start. In effect, we're saying goodbye to XDG autostart entirely, and getting back reliability and scalability.

    We converted several desktop environments including Tizen's Mobile UI, Xfce4, Enlightenment and more to systemd user sessions. We "pop the hood" and take a look at the implications for startup, what's possible to further improve on the session startup and where we can do better.

    Auke Kok is a software engineer at Intel's Open Source Technology Center, and has been attempting to make Linux boot faster since 2007. In 2008, he co-presented the "5-second boot" with Arjan van de Ven at the first LPC. Since then, Auke has worked on further improving the Linux Core OS start sequence, first for Moblin and later with MeeGo, where we made the first switch to systemd. Auke now works on Tizen, which will heavily integrate systemd in the Core OS.

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:15 Announcements 7:15 - 8:30 Presentation and Questions 9:00 - ... Beer

            The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall
            1945 NW Quimby
            Portland, Oregon
    

    Follow PLUG on Twitter: @pdxlinux

    Michael Dexter PLUG Volunteer

    See you there!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Aug 2 2012
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: OSCON Feedback and General Questions

    The Portland Linux/Unix Group will have an informal meeting to discuss OSCON experiences and general open source questions.

    We have several books to give away courtesy of O'Reilly Media!

    Many will break for the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

    Website
  • Saturday
    Aug 4 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Saturday
    Sep 1 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Thursday
    Sep 6 2012
    PLUG: The Joy of Logical Volumes

    The Joy of Logical Volumes

    Brian P. Martin will give a short introduction on getting started with the Linux Logical Volume Manager. A demonstration will follow, showing how to get up and running with LVM in three simple commands. Bring your laptop prepared with either an empty partition or an empty flash key and get on LVM yourself during the demo.

    Agenda:

    7:00 - 7:30 Announcements 7:30 - 8:30 Presentation and Questions 9:00 - ... Refreshments

    The Lucky Lab Northwest Beer Hall 1945 NW Quimby Portland, Oregon

    Follow PLUG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/pdxlinux

    Michael Dexter PLUG Volunteer

    See you there!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Oct 4 2012
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: UEFI Secure Boot and Open Source

    UEFI Secure Boot and Open Source. It's not a 'general war against computation' by Vincent Zimmer, Intel

    As 2012 platform firmware embraces UEFI 2.3.1 and ACPI5.0 support, the ability to interoperate with UEFI Secure Boot is imperative. This poses a unique challenge for open software that may not come pre-installed on the platform. With UEFI Secure Boot, though, infrastructure has been put in place to preserve openness, owner choice and control in addition to mitigating concerns of malware targeting the platform. This talk will provide a history of UEFI Secure Boot, an overview of the implementation, deployment practices, and details on the engagement with the open source community.

    Vincent Zimmer is a Principal Engineer with Intel Corporation. He has been working on various platform, networking, trusted computing and security technologies around EFI since 1999 and platform firmware since 1992. Vincent has spoken in various forums on this topic, co-authored 3 books, 10 papers, and several specifications in this area.

    Many will break for refreshments at the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting

    The Portland Linux/Unix Group (PLUG) is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to teaching and learning about Linux, Unix and related projects. There is no membership fee to join and we welcome people of all levels of experience. PLUG has met since 1994 and hosts monthly General and Advanced Topics presentations plus a hands-on support Clinic.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Oct 6 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Monday
    Oct 8 2012
    ChickTech Monthly Meeting

    Come join us for our monthly meeting! We'll be brainstorming the answers to a few questions... 1. How can we partner with other organizations in town to create events? (TAO and others) 2. How should ChickTech take advantage of all of the talented people who want to volunteer now that our workshop teams are mainly formed? Also, those in other states... 3. How should we strategically build our board of advisors/directors? 4. What will ChickTech: Career look like? What will best support women in tech/women who want to be in tech? We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Nov 1 2012
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: CUPS Unix Printing

    Daniel Hedlund will take us down the rabbit hole to explore how CUPS, and other pieces of the printing infrastructure used by most distros, works behind the scenes to ensure [print] really does, or in many cases doesn't, "print". Don't blow your queue! Come to the talk and learn how DBUS interacts with CUPS, what a PPD file actually does and how to debug why your printer turned into a black hole.

    Many will break for the Lucky Lab Beer Hall NW at:

    1945 NW Quimby

    See you there!

    Website
  • Saturday
    Nov 3 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Saturday
    Dec 1 2012
    Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

    We are an Oregon non-profit formed to help those interested in robots. Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

    We offer an active group of people building robots who are willing to help out anyone who also wants to learn about and build robots.

    Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, room 103 Engineering Building, Portland State University (SW 4th Ave & College St.).

    Website
  • Thursday
    Dec 6 2012
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Bootstrapping an open source project community

    Michael Dexter will talk about bootstrapping the bhyve hypervisor community: How to take a project from a collection of experimental code in a repository to a fledgling community.

    BHyVe is a legacy-free type 2 Hypervisor for FreeBSD and its derivatives such as PC-BSD and NanoBSD

    General discussion to follow

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jan 3 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Linux in Schools project: Past, Present, and Future

    Eric Harrison has over 15 years experience with Linux in primary and secondary education environments (Kindergarten through High School). Topics will include designing, building, and maintaining your own Linux distributions (K12LTSP & Edubuntu), infrastructure (clustering, virtualization, web filtering, etc), large scale Asterisk telephony deployments, IPv6, and more.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jan 27 2013
    ChickTech: High School - Tech Show

    ChickTech is proud to showcase the results of our first annual ChickTech: High School event! Our 100 high school participants will have worked hard all weekend to create an awesome project in one of our seven workshops. Stop by and see what they've created! Most won't be a finished project; they have another 10 hours in our shorter followup events throughout 2013 to finish, but we think you'll be amazed by their creativity and progress, especially since most of our participants have never been exposed to programming or hardware before.

    Cheer them on and encourage them to keep making progress! We look forward to seeing you there.

    Learn more about ChickTech: High School on our website: www.chicktech.org.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Feb 7 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Open Source Medical Informatics

    Historically, implementation of electronic health records in medical offices have been problematic. Specifically, poor implementation of these products is the leading cause of failure of acceptance of EHRs in these offices. Implementation of EHRs in the small physician office remains poorly documented and this contributes to this failure rate. To address this need, OEMR (The OpenEMR Non-Profit) developed an internship experience with the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University to develop a road map for converting a small physician's office that is still using paper records to OpenEMR, an open source electronic health record, while using open source tools to implement and document the transformation. Documentation was made public on the OEMR wiki (at http://www.oemr.org/wiki/Going_From_Paper_to_Electronic) as a template for future implementations. This presentation is an overview of the documentation completed for the wiki. There are many paths to implementation, but the destination is meaningful use of the OpenEMR system.

    Special Thanks: PLUG regular Keith Lofstrom was instrumental to the success of this project, not to mention Dr. Sam Bowen, MD in North Carolina and PLUG speaker Tony McCormick.

    Diane Petersen is an emerging clinical informaticist, drawing from her formal education in clinical informatics and her extensive experience as a clinical pharmacist in a variety of settings. Having completed an internship leading and documenting the implementation of OpenEMR, an open source ambulatory electronic health record and practice management software application, Diane is in her last term of the Masters of Biomedical Informatics program at Oregon Health and Science University. She plans to apply her background and knowledge contributing to the improvement of managing healthcare data, and ultimately the improvement of patient care and outcomes.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

    Website
  • Thursday
    Mar 7 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Mike Rogoway from the Oregonian

    We are honored to have Oregonian technical columnist Mike Rogoway talk about Oregon's high tech and open source scenes.

    You can post your questions to Mike in advance on the PLUG mailing list to give him an opportunity to research his answers! (http://lists.pdxlinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug)

    Mike Rogoway has been covering technology in the Portland area since 1998, at The Oregonian since 2004. He's tracked the Silicon Forest's startup renaissance and its roots in open source software, and the rise of software and open source within Intel. He's profiled Linus Torvalds, Ward Cunningham, and Intel software chief Renee James.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

    Website
  • Thursday
    Apr 4 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Mozilla Socorro Open Source crash reporting tool

    Mozilla Socorro: an Open Source crash reporting system evolves.

    Socorro collects and analyzes three million crash reports a day employing PostgreSQL, HBase, Hadoop, and ElasticSearch glued together with Python. Socorro's data analysis drives the stability and development priorities of Firefox. Five years ago, Socorro was a system that ran on three machines and was tended by just one person. In 2013, it has evolved to become a distributed system running on 120 machines and serving hundreds of terabytes of data. Meanwhile, companies all over the world are adopting Socorro for crash reporting. This talk, an update of one given several years ago, will track the evolution of Socorro and its future in the upcoming world of FirefoxOS.

    K Lars Lohn is the Herd Patriarch of the Mozilla WebTools Group. As the author and curator of the Mozilla Socorro Crash Reporting System, Lars has driven its evolution. Formerly with the OSUOSL, Lars telecommutes for Mozilla from a farm near Corvallis. While preferring Python, PostgreSQL and Harleys, Lars is versed in C++, MySQL and Subarus.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

    Website
  • Thursday
    May 2 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Confronting Depression

    What is up with Linux guys buying MacBook Pros? This is depressing-- how can you put a penguin sticker next to your Apple logo?

    In the wake of tragic national and local losses in the open source community to depression, Yshai Boussi of Portland Family Counseling will discuss all aspects of depression including signs and symptoms, origins, solutions and treatments, how to help others if you're concerned that they may be depressed. Yshai has family in the tech community and insights into why we may have a different relationship with depression than most communities.

    Yshai has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2003. Over the years, he has worked with many different types of individuals, couples, adolescents and families. He has seen how depression affects individuals but also friends and family as well. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor operating a private practice with his wife called Portland Family Counseling. Our practice is in NW Portland. http://portlandfamilycounseling.com

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jun 6 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting: Hacking on the Beagle Bone Black

    Hacking on the new Beagle Bone Black

    Description:

    Russell recently spent some time working on porting a house-monitoring system from the Beagle Bone (an $89 embedded, ARM-based, I/O rich device running linux http://beagleboard.org/) to the new Beagle Bone Black, a $45 device which is faster, includes video and 2G of onboard flash. The sensors required a one-wire bus, one of which the original Beagle Bone had configured out of the box. The Beagle Bone Black had none. This talk is a description of what it took to get one-wire (specifically w1-gpio) going with his own custom "cape" (a daughter-board for the Beagle Bone).

    Biography:

    Russell Senior has been a GNU/Linux user for over 20 years, since the 0.99plN days, using it both recreationally and professionally as a research programmer/scientific data analyst. Since 2005, Russell has become involved as a principal volunteer with the Personal Telco Project (https://personaltelco.net), during which he has worked on embedded systems, primarily network routers. He contributes to the development and improvement of the OpenWrt project. In the last couple years, he has worked on monitoring systems involving Arduino and, since last year, the Beagle Bone and has learned a bit about the Angstrom distribution of linux for embedded devices.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jul 4 2013
    PLUG: MOVED TO JULY 11TH

    This month's 1st Thursday Portland Linux/Unix group meeting is moved to July 11th at the same time and place.

    Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jul 11 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Physical Security and Surveillance

    Steve Pasco will be discussing many aspects of physical security and the realities of our emerging surveillance culture.

    Steve is a seasoned Telecommunications and security professional, with more than 27 years experience, capable of managing and maintaining operational oversight of global, enterprise wide facilities and security command and control centers. Proficient in establishing policies, procedures, standards, and personnel training programs. A Telecommunications security expert in CALEA and J-STD-25 protocols. Expert in Security Systems, Access Control, Alarm Monitoring Video Surveillance, Asset Monitoring, Tracking and Protection. Operational experience in running 24/7 Command Control and Communications system with emphasis on Intelligence (C3I).

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting

    Website
  • Thursday
    Aug 1 2013
    Portland Perl Mongers/PLUG – The Perl Renaissance - Venue Change!

    note: date one week earlier than usual meeting and now at PSU rather than Free Geek!

    The Portland Perl Mongers and Portland Linux/Unix Group are pleased to welcome world-renowned Perl trainer and developer Paul Fenwick

    The Perl Renaissance is in full swing. Object frameworks and syntax have been undated, web frameworks are easy and powerful, and modules are easy to manage and install. We will cover:

    • Overhauling Perl’s Object Oriented framework with Moose.
    • Using MooseX::Method::Signatures for beautiful classes.
    • Building web applications using Dancer
    • Not worrying about web servers by using Plack.
    • Critiquing your code with Perl::Critic
    • Write amazing regexps with named captures.
    • Install new modules quickly and easily with cpanminus
    • Manage Perl installations easily with perlbrew
    • A whole swag of new features with perl 5.10–5.16
    • Much, much more!

    About Paul

    Adventuretarian. Enjoys Perl, social hacking, mycology, scuba diving, coffee, cycling, FOSS, meeting new people, and talking like a pirate. World famous in NZ.

    This meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

    Website
  • Portland Linux/Unix Group: The Perl Renaissance

    The Portland Perl Mongers and Portland Linux/Unix Group are pleased to welcome world-renowned Perl trainer and developer Paul Fenwick

    The Perl Renaissance is in full swing. Object frameworks and syntax have been undated, web frameworks are easy and powerful, and modules are easy to manage and install. We will cover:

    • Overhauling Perl’s Object Oriented framework with Moose.
    • Using MooseX::Method::Signatures for beautiful classes.
    • Building web applications using Dancer
    • Not worrying about web servers by using Plack.
    • Critiquing your code with Perl::Critic
    • Write amazing regexps with named captures.
    • Install new modules quickly and easily with cpanminus
    • Manage Perl installations easily with perlbrew
    • A whole swag of new features with perl 5.10–5.16
    • Much, much more!

    About Paul

    Adventuretarian. Enjoys Perl, social hacking, mycology, scuba diving, coffee, cycling, FOSS, meeting new people, and talking like a pirate. World famous in NZ.

    As usual, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

    Website
  • Saturday
    Aug 10 2013
    Portland TECH Talk

    On August 10th from 2-5 PM, the Nanites will be hosting a TECH Talk event at the Engineering Auditorium of Portland State’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. Free and open to all, the event will be a student-driven technology conference: students will learn from professionals and present to each other. It will be an amazing opportunity for the young STEM community to see the amazing work their colleagues do, and to show off their own work to others. Speakers will feature Dr. Lois Delcambre of Portland State University, and Dr. Melanie Mitchell, also from Portland State, who will be speaking about artificial intelligence.

    If you are interested in presenting, please RSVP here.

    For more details, email nanites4092@gmail.com

    Website
  • Thursday
    Oct 3 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: FreeNAS Plugins

    FreeNAS is an open source Network Attached Storage system powered by FreeBSD that features the ZFS filesystem.

    Michael Dexter will demonstrate the FreeNAS 9.1.1 Plugins architecture using the Plex Media Server and various virtual machines.

    For more information: http://freenas.org

    Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

    See you there!

    Website
  • Saturday
    Oct 26 2013
    PSU-TAO Cleanweb Hack (updated)

    If you haven't already signed up for the Hack tomorrow at PSU, we hope some details included here will entice you. To prepare our participants for a fun and productive day, below are details and resources for the Hack.

    Goals: To generate ideas are innovative to solving environmental and sustainability, social equity issues through utilization of software and mobile apps. Don’t forget to have some fun.

    Idea Generation: To start, you should ask the following questions: 1) What issues you and your team would like to tackle? (ie. carbon emissions reduction by buildings or vehicles, solar potential identifier, change of personal habits, e-waste tracking, etc.) 2) What do other similar applications exist on the market? Sometimes, building on existing apps can resolve a more refined product. 3) What is the marketability? Is it scalable?

    The best project ideas are one that you are passionate about, and have some components of competition and linkage to social media.

    Finding Data: While you are brainstorming ideas, you should also consider data availability as well. It is not the end of the world if you don’t have data sets or APIs to mock up a prototype. Simply build your own datasets, even if just a few that are enough for you to test out your product.

    See the Cleanweb Hack resource guide for APIs, data sets, sample projects and project ideas. (http://tinyurl.com/m7a744e)

    Judging Criteria: At the end of day, your prototype will be scored on these criteria: 1) Impact on resource and sustainability issues 2) Design and usability of prototype 3) Feasibility and marketability 4) Good use of datasets and APIs

    Prizes: 1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $250

    Bragging right is priceless.

    Our judges are looking forward to your innovations!

    Winston Saunders, Director of Data Center Security Initiatives at Intel Chris Harder, Division Manager at the Portland Development Commission (PDC) Skip Newberry, President at the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

    Questions? Ask us on Twitter (@cleanwebPDX), Facebook or via email cleanwebpdx@gmail.com

    There will be food, drink and good companies. Come out to have some fun!


    What is Cleanweb? Cleanweb is a meme, a movement, a market that individuals/organizations are leveraging information technologies to address the world's critical resource challenges. This web of technologies can optimize how we use resources across the way we live, work, and play. It creates the biggest impact and economic opportunity of our time.

    Website
  • Friday
    Nov 1 2013
    ACM Tech Talk: Student Success in Finding a Career

    Ever wondered what makes a student successful in landing that career after university life ends? Ever wanted to find that competitive edge that makes you stand out from the crowd? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, this tech talk is for you.

    Frank Goovaerts is the Interim Director of Student Success at Portland State University at MCECS, and will be giving a tech talk on how to get that extra edge and what services he offers to help students transition from college to career.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Nov 7 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Samba 4

    Brian Martin will talk about his early experiences with Samba 4

    Samba provides open-source support for the Microsoft file sharing protocol. Version 4 of Samba was released late last year. It represented years of work and a major, some would say massive upgrade to Samba to include the ability to be a fully functional Active Directory server. Given the large scale changes, many people have been avoiding production Samba 4 use while waiting for the bugs to be worked out. Brian Martin has now started migrating production environments to Samba 4 and will discuss his early experiences.

    Bio: Brian Martin is the chief consultant for Martin Consulting Services, Inc. Martin Consulting has provided system administration services in Unix, Linux and Windows systems in the Portland metro area and across the country since 1996. Brian is a frequent attendee at PLUG. His past presentations include VMWare, production grade scripting, disaster recovery experiences, Linux containers, and logical volume management.

    Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

    See you there!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Dec 5 2013
    Portland Linux/Unix Group

    Portland's 12-month, three-track open source conference

    The Portland Linux/Unix Group meets three times a month:

    First Thursday General Meeting at PSU Third Tuesday Advanced Topics Meeting at Free Geek Third Sunday Clinic at Free Geek

    We try announce our speakers two weeks in advance but some times it is last minute. They're usually conference-quality none the less.

    Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

    See you there!

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  • Thursday
    Jan 2 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Advanced OpenSSH

    Carlos Aguayo will talk about about Advanced OpenSSH:

    • Basic Usage, on Various Platforms
    • Authentication Methods
    • Keys and Agents
    • Client configuration overview
    • Server configuration overview
    • Tunnels and port forwarding
    • Remote X Windows

    Carlos Aguayo is a veteran of the Silicon Valley's startup boom that produced both the Internet and the open-source movements as we know them today. He spent the 90's at companies like Sun Microsystems, Infoseek, General Magic, and Marimba, and was a major contributor at Hobnob, a mobile wireless networking venture. With a background in computer science and engineering, he has focused on corporate and datacenter infrastructure, networking and scalability. He is presently working as a systems engineer at XO Communications in Beaverton, and when not wrangling virtual machines, sings barbershop with the Bridge Town Sound.

    Many attendees will break for a social hour after the First Thursday meeting at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

    See you there!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Feb 6 2014
    PLUG: Public Speaking is the Greatest Skill You Can Possess

    The Portland Linux/Unix Group: Portland's monthly, three-track tech conference, celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring!

    • Who: Brian Rohan and Michael Dexter
    • What: Public Speaking is the Greatest Skill You Can Possess
    • Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
    • When: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 7pm
    • Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
    • Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    Brian and Michael are back to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about speaking at an open source from PLUG (hint hint) to OSCON.

    Brian has years as an experienced Distinguished Toastmaster (beer available at the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting) and Michael has just submitted his paper for the upcoming AsiaBSDCon conference on a topic he had previously known nothing about.

    Why should you give a talk?

    • You are guaranteed to have a unique topic, experience and perspective
    • Audiences are far kinder than you expect (only pros get boo'd!)
    • Visuals are always optional and are flexible in format
    • No one was born a public speaker, it's simply a learned skill
    • There are great resources out there to help you
    • Most things that go wrong have nothing to do with you (Tsunamis!)
    • Live demos are... risky, but useful
    • The LFNW and other CFP's close shortly (hint hint)

    Highlight from our Advanced Topics talk: (paraphrased) "My mom got more value out of learning to community with Toastmasters than two years of a (VERY impressive school) scholarship."

    YOU may change careers a dozen times in your life and need a new skill set for each job but will ALWAYS need to express yourself and communicate on behalf of yourself and your team. Let PLUG be that first step in what could be worth more than a (VERY impressive school) scholarship!

    Brian says:

    In 2007 I made the switch from being a machinist to a real estate agent, shortly thereafter I was invited to investigate a Toastmasters club, in order to become a better communicator. Through 5 years and over 40 speeches in Toastmasters I reached the highest level of Distinguished Toastmaster. Simply stepping out of my comfort zone has given me the opportunity introduce dignitaries, and MC fund-raising events for worthwhile causes (notably a record breaking Clark County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner auction). Currently I am a recognized top 2% leader in AdvoCare International, helping others achieve their physical and financial goals.

    I enjoy using Linux on a personal level for the freedom that it represents.

    "You never get rid of public speaking butterflies, you just get them to fly in formation: ~Marv Serhan

    Michael says:

    Never in a 1,000 years will I speak in public yet I find myself doing it several times a month in Portland and at conferences around the world. I guarantee I'm no Brian Rohan but I fill rooms and get applause. The secret is finding the right room and just doing it. I will talk about the absolute worst that can happen (rarely what you think it would be), the open source conference community and how to get from submitting a proposal to stepping down from the stage.

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  • Sunday
    Mar 2 2014
    ChickTech Mentor Training

    ChickTech is looking for mentors for ChickTech:High School – 2014. Our ideal mentors are women and men in high tech (undergraduates, graduates, or industry) who have some background in computer science, engineering, design or related fields who are interested in partnering with a high school girl as she explores technology. Interested? Sign up on our website then join us at PSU for training from 1:00 - 4:00, followed by the Tech Show until 5:30. For questions or more information, send an e-mail to info@chicktech.org.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Mar 6 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: pfSense

    The Portland Linux/Unix Group

    pfSense by Jeff Carmichael and Brian Rohan

    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    pfSense offers an open source solution to replace commercial routers, firewalls, security, proxys, dns/dhcp/nat and more. It can be a single solution for most all network resources for a soho, and has been used successfully in small to medium sized businesses. When you are ready to replace your moon infected linksys router, pfSense offers a mature, flexible and capable solution.

    Many attendees will break for a social hour after the First Thursday meeting at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

    See you there!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Apr 3 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group 20th Anniversary: Ask Linus
    Date: March 24th, 1994
    Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.help
    Subject: Linux Users Group!!!
    
    There is a Linux users group forming in Portland Oregon, 
    if you are interested, email me at: ... our first meeting 
    date has not been set, but will be in April sometime.
    Have Fun,
    Sean
    

    The Portland Linux/Unix Group is turning 20!

    We are celebrating with a Q&A session with the person who inspired this group of Linux and Unix users to come together and meet monthly for two decades: Linus Torvalds

    Seating is limited and you can RSVP at: http://plug.eventbrite.com

    We cannot guarantee a place for everyone and priority will be given to those who RSVP. You can try to watch the live stream from the lobby.

    Live stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/ IRC: #pdxlinux on irc.geekshed.net

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting. Rideshares available.

    Website
  • Thursday
    May 1 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Federated Wiki

    Who: Ward Cunningham

    What: Federated Wiki

    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

    When: Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 7pm

    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    UNIX introduced the notion of software tools, small programs assembled together as pipelines. Almost as innovative what its notion of a workbench, a place where work in progress could be shared by passing references, file paths, among collaborators.

    I draw huge inspiration from these contributions, both of which happened within my professional lifetime. In this talk I will describe analogous structures in Federated Wiki, a project that hopes to host the doing of things as well as the talk about doing things.

    Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jun 5 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Security and OpenSSH

    Who: Steve Dum

    What: Security and OpenSSH

    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

    When: Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 7pm

    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    We will look at the security provided by OpenSSH and how the environment it is used in affects it's security. When can SSH security improve network security and when can't it.

    This presentation assumes you have a basic understanding of SSH and how it is setup. Those topics will be reviewed very rapidly as we dig deeper into the security aspects of SSH. The discussion concentrates on SSH authentication using asymetric or public key encryption.

    SSH is widely used to provide convenient and secure access to multiple machines on a local network, and to tunnel into remote networks to access machines on those networks that aren't directly visible to your local machine. We will analyze various use scenario's of SSH in these two usage scenario's and also the advantages and disadvantages of using an agent to facilitate SSH connections. For each of these scenario's, we will discuss the privacy aspects of one's passphrase and private keys, how secure the transmitted data is, and the ability of others to 'borrow' your credentials.

    You should walk away from this presentation with a better understanding of what actions you need to take to maximize your privacy, while reaping the benefits of using SSH.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jul 3 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Lowest Common Denomiator Coding with vi and sh

    Who: Michael Dexter

    What: Lowest Common Denominator Coding with vi and sh

    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

    When: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 7pm

    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    There are countless available text editors, programming languages and Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) but few are guaranteed to be present on any given system. On POSIX Unix systems, the vi(1) text editor and sh(1) shell are required by the POSIX (opengroup.org) standard and might be the only development tools at your disposal. While some developers may consider these tools equivalent to a doughnut spare tire that should not be used over 50MPH, others embrace them and have used them for decades. Some would also argue that you should learn the rules before you break them in order to appreciate higher-level languages.

    This talk will be a crash course in vi(1) and sh(1) with examples from a 2500 line virtualization management project that uses a number of scripting techniques.

    Michael provides independent Unix support and organizes PLUG.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Aug 7 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: An Open Hardware Case Study: The AK-47

    Who: Beth 'pidge' Flanagan

    What: Open Sourcing the Modern Battle Rifle: Legal and technical implications in home building the semi-automatic AK-47

    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

    When: Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 7pm

    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    A look at the technical and legal issues surrounding home construction of firearms, focusing on semi-automatic AK-47 style rifles.

    Home gun building brings interesting legal and technical challenges needed to keep someone both safe and on the right side of the law. This requires an individual to be both an amateur metalsmith as well as knowing the ins and outs of firearms and international patent law. This talk will discuss the building of the semi-automatic AK47 rifle from a technical perspective, from demilling parts kits to the construction of a fully functional semi-automatic weapon.

    We will also discuss the origins of the AK design, the history of it’s variants and its current patent status as a public domain firearm design, delving into Soviet and Russian Federation patent law as well as US firearms law.

    Bio:

    Beth 'pidge' Flanagan is an embedded linux geek who works at Intel's Open Source Technology Center on the Yocto Project.

    Beth also gave a keynote at OSCON 2014, "Yes, Your Refrigerator Is Trying To Kill You..."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd8dXzAL-W8

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Sep 4 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Private Encrypted Communications: The Blackphone

    Who: Louis Kowolowski
    What: Private Encrypted Communications: The Blackphone
    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
    When: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7pm
    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    This talk is an overview of private encrypted communications, focusing on software from Silent Circle, LLC and hardware from SGP, the makers of Blackphone. If the network cooperates, there will be demos of both the voice and text services.

    Louis Kowolowski is a 16 year veteran in the fields of UNIX, networking, and security. He is the Technical Operations Manager of Silent Circle, a communications company headquartered Geneva, CH, providing simple yet secure encrypted voice, video, text and file transfer. He has a passion for automation and scalable internet architectures and when not working, enjoys amateur photography and traveling with his wife.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Sep 6 2014
    PostgreSQL Day

    Saturday, September 6th, is PostgreSQL Day, co-hosted by the Portland Postgres Users Group (PDXPUG) and Portland State University. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required (link below)

    Place: Portland State University, Engineering Building, Room EB 102, 1930 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201.

    Registration: Space is limited, please RSVP!

    RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portland-postgresql-users-group-pdxpug-day-2014-tickets-11916561757

    Food: Light snacks & beverages provided. Breakfast and lunch is on your own; food carts are nearby.

    Presentations: Organizers are looking for presenters for PostgreSQL Day. Talks should be about 45 minutes in length, and about any of the following topics:

    PostgreSQL administration and performance Case studies of interesting uses of PostgreSQL and PostGIS Interesting applications built on PostGIS or PostgreSQL Database and/or geographic application development Database-related DevOps SQL and stored procedure programming New Postgres/PostGIS features and hacking Postgres/PostGIS

    Organizers will also be taking lightning talks of 5 minutes each, on similar topics. Email your talk proposal to Mark Wong at markwkm -at- postgresql.org.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Sep 13 2014
    CAT BarCamp

    CAT BarCamp is:

    An Unconference

    An informal conference whose agenda is directed by its attendees

    Has Sessions

    The sessions at a Bar Camp are as unpredictable as the Oregon weather. They can be on various topics, from technology-oriented dev ops to non technology oriented ‘How to make the BEST grilled cheese EVER!’.

    Open to Everyone

    CAT BarCamp is not only for PSU students! Anyone who has an interest in being involved may attend.

    Unscheduled

    Bar camps are unscheduled which means that the topics for sessions are not pre-determined. The timeslots for the sessions however are. Everyone gets a chance to pick a timeslot in which to speak in throughout the unconference.

    Has no Charge to Attend

    In the spirit of the Open Source Community Bar Camps are free of charge. All we ask is that you register so that our planners have an idea of how many attendees to expect.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Oct 2 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group: Diversity in Open Source: What We Can Do

    Who: Jennifer Davidson
    What: Diversity in Open Source: What We Can Do
    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
    When: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7pm
    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    If you're involved in tech and/or open source, you know the community suffers from a lack of diversity. The big question is: Why? Even more powerful is: What can each of us do to build a community that is welcoming of contributors from all backgrounds? Jennifer Davidson will shed light on these issues and discuss what ChickTech is doing locally in Portland. Expect actionable steps we can take as a community to increase diversity in tech.

    Jennifer Davidson is a User Experience Researcher and Designer at Intel. She received a PhD in Computer Science with an emphasis in Human-Computer Interaction from Oregon State University in June 2014. She is the Interim Board President for ChickTech (http://chicktech.org). Her passions include studying open source communities, designing software that works for humans, and doing outreach to build women in tech communities. Jennifer has given talks at OSCON, Open Source Bridge, Open Source Systems, Code n' Splode, and many academic conferences.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

    Rideshares Available

    See you there!

    Michael Dexter
    PLUG Volunteer

    Website