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FOSS for everyday life – Thursday 21st June 2018

Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the OSSG meetup on 21st of June. We hope to reschedule our speakers later in the year. Apologies for the inconvenience, but remember that OSHCamp is still taking place this month.

Here for the record are the details of talks we hope to hold at a future time.

Deploying GPG to non-technical users

Introducing the use of cryptography in to day to day workflow can be overwhelming for new user, not helped by concepts which can be difficult to grasp, especially for non-technical users. This talk will cover a small scale deployment of GPG which is currently in progress for a team of 30 members and how the use of GPG was implemented within an organisation.

Sevan Janiyan is founder of Venture 37, which provides system administration & consultancy services. As a fan of operating systems and computers with different CPU architectures, in his spare time he maintains builds of open source software on a variety of systems featuring PowerPC, SPARC and armv7l CPUs.

Hammerspoon: Staggeringly powerful macOS desktop automation

Hammerspoon exposes many parts of macOS to the simple scripting language Lua. Its goal is to make the most powerful and flexible tool for serious power users to automate and customise as many things as possible. In this talk we’ll look at the history of automation on Apple computers, how Hammerspoon works, and some of the excellent things it can help you do. Of course, it’s Open Source, so you can also jump in and help make it even better!

Chris Jones has been creating, using, and advocating for Open Source software, since the mid-1990s. He’s spent the last 12 years of his professional life working on/with Open Source – the first half at Canonical (creators of Ubuntu) and since then working on OpenStack at HP and Red Hat.

After 13 years of zealously running only Linux on his desktops/laptops, he has spent the last 8 years recovering as a macOS user, but has nevertheless retained his passion for contributing to Open Source.


Shrimping (hand-built Arduino) workshop – London 19/04/2018

The Shrimp is a small Arduino compatible computer built on a breadboard.

In this 1.5 hour workshop you will learn how to build and program a
Shrimp, with two projects.

Project 1: Flashing LED. This project is to get you started. You will
build the shrimp, and get it to flash a small LED. You will then learn
how to program the shrimp to change how the LED flashes.

Project 2: Persistence of vision. You will add a line of LEDs to your
shrimp, and program it to flash them at very high speed, so when waved
in the air it spells out a message.

At the end of the workshop you can take your shrimp home with you.

This workshop is suitable for anyone over the age of 7. For children
7-11, it is very much about following instructions to build a
computer. For older children (our record is 92), you will start to
understand how a computer works and want to explore how much it can be
modified.

Pre-requisites: BCS Open Source SG will supply the Shrimping kits.
You’ll need to bring a laptop with the free Arduino IDE installed.

Speaker Biographies:
Dr Jeremy Bennett is Chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. He is also Chief Executive of Embecosm who provide open source compiler development services. A former academic he is author of the standard textbook “Introduction to Compiling Techniques” (McGraw-Hill 1990, 1995, 2003).

Registration link: https://ossg190418.eventbrite.co.uk

Agenda:
18:00 – Registration, including tea, coffee and networking
18:30 – Workshop start
20:00 – Workshop end
Networking: Continues after the workshop in the Coal Hoal Pub on The Strand

Will catering be provided?
Refreshments are provided, though no food is being provided.

Closing date for bookings is Thursday 19 April 2018 at 08:30 am. No more bookings will be taken after this date.
For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.