Paul L. Snyder on 7 Jul 2012 06:48:11 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] July and August speakers needed!

Thanks, Sam.  So, how would it be if I put you down for a system
monitoring talk at Central for August 8?  Let me know if you feel like
taking Bhaskar up on a ride from the train station to the West meeting

Anyone else have an idea for next week's North or the following meeting's


On Thu, 05 Jul 2012, Mike wrote:

> +1 for the system monitoring talks at PLUG Central
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> I've said this before but I'm willing to present.  Here's a quote of topics
> I've said I can present on in the past.  I do know that there's a few
> people who expressed particular interest in hearing more about Gimp,
> Icinga, and SELinux.  As well as some of the simpler topics.  As of right
> now I'm only participating in PLUG central at USP.
> As far as meeting topics go I can cover a variety of topics.  I can't do
> > the month of June as I have a night class on Wednesdays but I'll be off for
> > the summer.  So I should be good after June to present at PLUG.  Topics in
> > which I can present include...
> >
> >    - *Data Storage Practices:* RAID with mdadm; mirroring drives using
> >    rsync (recommended options); Large Volume Management to create one drive
> >    from many other drives; interrogating the S.M.A.R.T. controller on hard
> >    drives in order to possibly predict a drive failure or diagnose potential
> >    problems currently experienced.  I could also talk about ways to use them
> >    together.  I can even cover how I personally utilize the techniques for my
> >    own personal data integrity.
> >    - *System Monitoring Part 1:* How to effectively set up Icinga (Nagios
> >    fork) and write plugins so you're informed of the information you may
> >    desire most.
> >    - *System Monitoring Part 2:* How to historically monitor system
> >    performance.  This is most useful for looking at performance trends.  I can
> >    cover either munin or PNP4Nagios.  I can also discuss how to integrate them
> >    with Icinga so that you only need one interface to interact with them
> >    both. or
> >    - *Apache Virtual hosts:* Good practices for setting up Apache virtual
> >    hosts with Large Installation System Administration in mind.
> >    - *JBoss Administration* (can be a multi-part in depth presentation):
> >    I'll dive into JBoss AS 7 and show you the power which sets RedHat JBoss
> >    above the rest.  There's a lot I can cover here so I'll try to decide on
> >    topics which would be most useful during a presentation.  I'll even give
> >    you a short comparison of JBoss EAP 6 which is the enterprise equivalent of
> >    JBoss AS 7. or
> >
> >    - *Basic SELinux Administration*: Troubleshooting applications against
> >    SELinux and getting your apps running along size SELinux enforcement.  I'm
> >    still relatively new to SELinux but I think I can bring some
> >    troubleshooting techniques to the table which you may find useful.
> >
> >    - *GIMP Presentation*: I can discuss graphic editing with the GNU
> >    Image Manipulation Program.  In this discussion I can give an overview of
> >    most of the tools and dialogs as well as their usage.  I can discuss
> >    certain graphics concepts and best practices.  Topics and concepts can
> >    include: Channels, Layers, Masks and Selection, Recommended plugins and
> >    some basic usage, Recommended sources for brushes and patterns, organizing
> >    the interface, cut out a web template for designing a page and creating
> >    image maps, or possibly others.  Features and changes in the new GIMP 2.8
> >    since GIMP 2.6 and older if you have previous experience with it.  I can
> >    discuss exciting future developments of GIMP which will be planned.
> >    - *Bash Introduction*: Navigating the filesystem through a terminal.
> >    A discussion behind the logic of bash, using one liners, and stringing
> >    together utilities to accomplish a goal.  Topics can include: What
> >    Configuration scripts are used and how, environment variables and parameter
> >    expansion, introduction to a common set of utilities which will likely be
> >    most useful when solving problems, writing scripts, regular
> >    expressions/patterns, whatever else I think of if this presentation is
> >    chosen.  This is a relatively broad topic as you're only limited by your
> >    imagination when it comes to using the system utilities and bash logic.
> >    - *vim Introduction*: I've been using vim for a couple of years now
> >    and have picked up some useful tips and tricks along the way.  I can give
> >    an overview of the command modes, useful shortcuts for quick navigation and
> >    editing, window and tab management/navigation, command execution from
> >    within vim, how to effectively use the help documentation, user
> >    customizations on the fly and persistent customizations, anything else I
> >    can think of while presenting (maybe touch briefly on vim plugins?).

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