Fred Stluka on 24 Jan 2013 12:31:29 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] No speaker volunteers for West, and tomorrow is MLK, Jr. Day...


On 1/24/13 9:37 AM, Rich Freeman wrote:
We actually have had a bunch of suggestions...
What I haven't heard much of is expression of interest...
... I'd like feedback on what people WANT to HEAR talks on.

I agree.

I've seen lots of offers to give talks in recent months,
especially along the lines of novice talks, MythTV talks, and
and short lightning talks.  I haven't seen much interest being
expressed in the talks, and no one seems to step up and pick
one to make it actually happen.  We seem to be coasting
along with good intentions, but few results.

I suggest everyone start submitting their suggestions for
talks they'd like to see, which will inspire more speakers to
volunteer.  Personally, I could give a talk every month and
never run out of interesting stuff to present, but I don't
bother because people don't seem interested.  I've even
posted outlines of entire talks and seen zero response.

Personally, I'd like to hear about:
- Advanced Linux command line tricks
- Linux hardware gadgets (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, CuBox, etc.)
- Screen/session sharing tools (, WebEx, GotoMeeting,
   etc. -- GNU screen was a great talk)
- Sys admin tools (Puppet, Chef, yum, apt, etc.)
- Monitoring tools (Nagios, etc.)
- VCS (Version control) tools (Git, Mercurial, SVN, etc.) and
   VCS sites (GitHub, BitBucket, SourceForge, etc.)
- E-mail in a sea of spam (how to write effective e-mails,
   how to filter spam, how to avoid being filtered, etc.)
- Android
- Managing a virtual data center (Lee Marzke)
- Virtualization/hypervisors (Xen, VMWare, VirtualBox, etc.)
- Emulators (Wine, CrossOver, etc.)
- Mixed Windows/Linux/Mac environments (Samba, etc.)
- Linux/Android tablets

I could easily talk about:
- Some of the above topics
- Cloud Computing
- Security tools (logwatch, fail2ban, tripwire)
- Automated backups via rsync
- Advanced piping and redirection
- Advanced aliases

If someone wants to take the trouble to comb through the PLUG
archives, there are a ton of recently offered talks, many of which
were +1'd, but the talks never actually happened.  Might be
interesting to just search for all archived messages containing
"+1" and "talk".  Or just read all of the messages with a day or
two of 18 Nov 2012 19:41:56.

Also, if anyone's interested, feel free to look through my Tips
There's a lot of material there that I could speak about at a
moment's notice.    Or get ideas from my links page:
where many of the rows might be good topics.

Fred Stluka -- --
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On 1/24/13 9:37 AM, Rich Freeman wrote:
On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM, Eric H. Johnson
<>  wrote:
Alrighty...since no one stepped up to volunteer
I have to echo some of what Eric said.  We actually have had a bunch
of suggestions for topics that could be presented (though not too many
presenters - I doubt everybody wants to have Eric and I alternate
every other meeting).

What I haven't heard much of is expression of interest in actually
hearing about these topics.  I'm sure many of us could prepare talks,
but if nobody actually wants to listen to them there isn't much of a
point in doing so.

I'd like feedback on what people WANT to HEAR talks on.  Otherwise I
fear we'll just end up doing general discussion at our meetings,
assuming we even hold them.  That's the main thing holding me back
from perparing any topics - that and the fact that I think I'm still
the last to present at North (and that was last summer I think).  I
don't mind presenting more than once a year, but the group would
benefit from more variety.

We could just have general discussion (perhaps shortening the meeting
when this is the case and retiring earlier to dine/etc).  I think the
question is what we all want to get out of the meetings.  I don't mind
general discussion, but it seems like many turn out for the talks as
the general discussion turnout has not been terrific.  If you're in it
for the talks, then please act in self-interest and let us know what
talks you'd like to hear...

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