[Wolves] Lightning Talks

Adam Sweet adamsweet at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 10:16:00 UTC 2020

Thanks Dave, I'd be interested in that.

FWIW, if anyone wanted to join the conf but was going to have to miss
out because of the condition I placed where you must offer a talk to be
able to join, then please just join anyway. I realise at least for this
one that it was a bit short notice to prepare something, not everybody
will be able to offer a talk every time and I'd rather have you attend
than not.

When we do this in future though, I think monthly, that should be
sufficient time to come up with a talk title and be able to talk for
5-15 mins on something.


On 08/06/2020 22:05, David Jackson via Wolves wrote:
> I like the idea of these different talks, and I can take on the task of
> "the basics of electronics", pointing more to the field of digital and
> logic rather than radio, I am sure there are some from the radio club
> have way more experience of that part of electronics than me. However as
> I have only ever joined your meeting once before I would appreciate the
> chance to listen to other peoples talk this Wednesday with a view to
> doing my talk on a future meeting. Just to give me a chance to see how
> these go, and get to know everyone a little better before I jump in the
> deep end.
> Dave (Deejay)
> On 05/06/2020 16:18, Adam Sweet via Wolves wrote:
>> So, here are some things I could talk about:
>> * The command line for beginners
>> * Network monitoring with Nagios
>> * SNMP and how to monitor your network with it
>> * Diet and exercise for geeks
>> * Taking care of your back when you sit down all day
>> * How to grow chillies (and other vegetables)
>> * Setting up a website with Linux
>> * Network file sharing with Linux (NFS, Samba and SSH)
>> * Guitar basics
>> * The basics of cooking good food well
>> * Introduction to OpenBSD
>> * The FreeBSD and OpenBSD pf firewall
>> Some things I'd like to hear others talk about:
>> * Containers (LXC, Docker, podman etc)
>> * Kubernetes, what and why
>> * ESP32 (firmware, language runtimes and power saving)
>> * HomeAssistant
>> * Python programming, maybe C, C++ and Java too
>> * Introductions to other distros e.g. (Open)SUSE, Elementary OS
>> * Basics of electronics
>> So, go ahead. Feel free to post a list of things you could demo or talk
>> about and let me know which of the above you'd like to hear about.
>> Only rule here is you should offer more than you request...
>> Ad
>> On 05/06/2020 15:37, Adam Sweet wrote:
>>> On Weds we discussed the idea of holding regular lightning talk
>>> evenings, perhaps once a fortnight or once a month as a prelude to
>>> holding longer format talks in future.
>>> By lightning talks we mean 5-15 minute introductions to a topic that you
>>> know something about and can explain to others. Ideally, that would be
>>> something geeky or to do with technology but it doesn't have to be, it
>>> could be some other area you know about like music, cooking or gardening
>>> since we're a diverse group and have lots of interests. Perhaps
>>> something along the lines of:
>>> * Your preferred Linux distro
>>> * A particular software application that you know that others might be
>>> interested in
>>> * What you do in your line of work (sysadmin or dev tools, the language
>>> or IDE you use, what technologies you use)
>>> * Hardware (PC, server, embedded, Arduino, ESP32/ESP8266, radio)
>>> * Radio stuff
>>> * A particular musical instrument you play and how to get started
>>> * Gardening or some other hobby you might have
>>> Obviously, being a 5-15 min talk it doesn't need to be a deep dive, just
>>> an intro and answering some questions.
>>> We're an interesting bunch and we have a lot of expertise in different
>>> areas of technology and a lot of interests outside of technology so I'm
>>> sure each of us can come up with something.
>>> So, for this coming Wednesday's virtual meeting, I'd like everyone to
>>> think of something they could talk about for 5-15 mins on and we'll
>>> choose enough to fill maybe an hour.
>>> Don't be worried about talking about stuff you think everyone will
>>> already know, or won't want to know, or getting something wrong, or
>>> being heckled, we're all in the same boat and most of us have known each
>>> other a long time.
>>> I think we'd all like more LUG content, talks and presentations in
>>> particular, but nobody actually wants to give them, so we all have to be
>>> prepared to contribute and this is a low barrier to entry.
>>> So, that's the price of admission for the next virtual meeting. If you
>>> want to join the conf, then be prepared to talk about something. Do a
>>> bit of prep so you know what you're going to say, maybe prepare some
>>> slides or do a screen share to show stuff. If we have more than an
>>> hour's worth, then maybe you won't have to do yours until the next time,
>>> but at least you'll have to volunteered and we'll have something in the
>>> bank for next time.
>>> I'm going to post a follow-up containing a list of things I could talk
>>> about and a list of things I'd like to hear others talk about.
>>> Ad

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