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[SLUG] November SLUG Monthly Meeting
- To: "SLUG Announcements" <announce@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [SLUG] November SLUG Monthly Meeting
- From: "Sridhar Dhanapalan" <president@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 23:37:16 +1100
- Reply-to: sridhar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
== Call for Speakers ==
We need speakers for our next meetings on Friday 30 January and
beyond. Please let the Committee (committee@xxxxxxxxxxx) know if you
can help out.
We especially welcome those who are speaking at OSDC or linux.conf.au.
== Special Notes ==
The November meeting marks the final SLUG meeting for the year. To
mark the occasion, this meeting will feature one additional Bonus
Talk. See below for more information.
Our annual Christmas party will be in December. Details are forthcoming.
== November SLUG Monthly Meeting ==
You can read the full version of this announcement on the Web at
18.30 - 20.45, Friday, 28 November, 2008
We start at 18:30 but we ask that people arrive 15 minutes early so we
can all get into the building and start on time. Please do not arrive
before 18:00, as it may hinder business activities for our host!
Appropriate signage and directions will be posted on the building.
Atlassian, 173-185 Sussex Street, Sydney
(corner of Sussex and Market Street)
Entry is via the rear on Slip Street. There are stairs going down along
the outside of building from Sussex St to near the entrance. A map of
the area and directions can be found here.
= Talks =
** General Talk **
Mary Gardiner: Precious precious data, keeping it safe the sane way
Your data is vulnerable to loss in all kinds of ways, from earthquakes
and invasions on down. Home users are most vulnerable to data loss
through user error, software failure and media failure. This talk will
outline good backup practices for Linux home users who are concerned
with keeping their email, homework, code, novel drafts and photos safe
for the long term. I will review various tools and approaches for
keeping your data safe from all three of user error, software failure
and media failure.
** Bonus Talk **
Robert Thorsby: Christmas Cards from the Geek
It's almost time to snail mail Christmas cards to those we love and
those who we think will forget to send us one. Your average nerd would
trawl stationers and newsagents to purchase exactly the right card for
each recipient, but what would a geek do?
This is a short, sardonic, look at how one aspiring geek bashed
together a script to print out Christmas cards on the office printer.
** In-Depth Talk **
John Ferlito: Bootstrapping your application for just $3 a day and
beyond - Amazon EC2, S3, SQS
In the past deploying a scalable web application could be a daunting
task. Not only requiring the provisioning or leasing of servers in a
data centre but worrying about hardware failures and the ongoing issue
of constantly provisioning more physical servers to scale your
application as it grew.
With the advent of Cloud or Utility Computing many of these issues
have disappeared, while some have been replaced with others. An
application can now be deployed to the cloud within a day and new
instances turned on within seconds or dynamically to meet demand.
This presentation will aim to cover off the providers in the Cloud
Computing ecosystem. The advantages and disadvantages of various
providers and the concept as a whole will be discussed.
Focus will then move more specifically on Amazon AWS and its
components. A quick demonstration will be given on the ease of
deploying new applications into an EC2 environment and hosting data
out of S3. Topics covered will include:
* Amazon AWS Services
o Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2)
o Simple Storage Service (S3)
o Simple Queuing System (SQL)
o Simple DB (SDB)
* Deploying an Application
o Creating AMI's
o Deploying Instances
* Amazon APIs
* Limitations of the model
* Scaling the service dynamically
This talk has been prepared for OSDC 2008, which is being held in
Sydney in December.
** SLUGlets **
General discussion and Q&A about Linux, free software and open source.
= Meeting Schedule =
See here for an explanation of the segments.
* 18:15: Open Doors
* 18.30: Announcements, News, Introductions
* 18:45: General Talk
* 19:30: Bonus Talk
* 19:45: Intermission
* 20:00: Split into two groups for:
o In-Depth Talk
* 20:45: Dinner
Dinner is at Golden Harbour Restaurant, in Chinatown. We will be having
the $24 Banquet, but we will be collecting $25 per head for ease of
accounting and to cover a tip. We will be taking numbers during the
break to confirm the reservation size. If you have any particular
dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian), or if you would prefer to order
separately, let us know beforehand. Dinner is a great way to socialise
and learn in a relaxed atmosphere :)
We hope to see you there!
Bring choice back to your computer.