[sf-lug] Meeting notes for Virtual Meeting of Sunday June 6, 2021 and the future..

tom r lopes tomrlopes at gmail.com
Sat Jul 3 14:46:16 PDT 2021

I called Cafe Enchante today and they will be open tomorrow.

I'll see if I'm up for the trip tomorrow morning.


On Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 10:22 AM Bobbie Sellers <
bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com> wrote:

> Hi LUGers,
>      Well the meeting was very well attended though several people
> came in late and we see people leaving early for other activities.
> I got there a bit before 11 AM then had problems with micro-
> phone sensitivity, and with the audio setting but I finally realized
> that my Audio was not turned on for Firefox which I found through
> the Volume Control in my System tray on KDE desktop panel.
>      Michael Paoli was present doing his update and later
> engaged in conversation with Rick Moen and I believe
> with Wayne and Aaron C. in regard to moving the
> SF-LUG mailing list to another server.
>      This apparentty involved adding new URL(s) to
> Google and waiting for them to propagate through
> the Internet.
>      And RC channels Rick discussed briefly.
>      Ken was an early arrival. Until he left about
> 1220 he had things to say about the topics.
>      Toni L and Victor seeems to have something
> to say about LibreOffice.
>      The downfall of FreeNode, the less intrusive
> and distributed Social platforn was outlined.
> Some profit taker thought to monetize the
> system to the dismay of the creators and the
> eventual dimunition of FreeNode's influence.
>      Sorry for the lateness of these notes.
>      We need to replace me as Distribution Librarian and as
> Convenor of the meetings.   I hope some one is interested.
> One man inquired after the last time I posted this.
>      The reason for the lateness and the need to replace
> me is that i am past my warranty and running out of
> energy to take care of the Library and/or convening
> the meetings.  I can barely do my shopping any more.
>      Since the one member inquired I responded and
> will copy over the matters discussed.
> >
> > What is involved in "Distribution Librarian"?
> > <Not that I wish to take it on.  I don't live in SF and can't promise
> > to show up every month>
> >
> > But I'm wondering, do you carry a shoebox full of flash drives?
> >
> >     I have been lugging a few boxes but not shoe boxes to meetings
> > with the later
> > versions of what I was foolish enough to think would be of interest. I
> > also carry
> > DVDs , CDs and business card sized CD to the meeting, but whoever takes
> >  over the job does not have to what I have been doing,
> >
> >     But I also maintain an archive of distribution on a Terabyte 2.5
> > inch hard disk
> > in a portable version.  I currently use that hard disk for other things
> > as well but if someone takes over the chore of downloading and doing
> > check
> > sums on the downloads I will donate that portable USB connected hard
> > disk to the LUG and the new Librarian will be stuck with those chores
> > and with keeping it up-to-date.
> >
> >     It would be best if the new Librarian also had a R/W DVD drive in
> > the case of older hardware which may have a CD/DVD-ROm drive.
> >
> >     I expect that along with the Portable Disk Drive I will add most of
> > the Flash Drives I have been using up until 2020.  And most of the
> > blank optical media as well as specific written media for the problem
> > cases where a system will need a special program to boot from
> > CD/DVD-ROM or even USB.  Aaron C. donated these to the program.
> >
>      If I have to I will provide a working computer for the Librarian
> to use.  I would rather donate the Dell Latitude 6520 to a needy
> person but...   How about my blackduck® software squeaky toy in
> addition to the media and disk drive.
> >
> >> I haven't tried Ventoy but it really sounds like a good way to do
> >> this.  You could put all
> >> the iso on one large capacity flash drive or (more reliable) portable
> >> ssd.
> >> Alternately there are drive enclosures with firmware that can load
> >> iso like:
> >>
> https://www.amazon.com/Iodd-Iodd2531-Black-Virtual-Enclosures/dp/B00TDJ4BJU
> >> <
> https://www.amazon.com/Iodd-Iodd2531-Black-Virtual-Enclosures/dp/B00TDJ4BJU>
> >>
> >>
> >     That is a cool piece of kit as I believe you young folks would say.
> >     But there is room at the beginning of the portable drive to
> > install a program that would  enable choosing which iso file to boot.
> > Aaron C. also supplied this file and I don't know if he has ever
> > run it from hard drive.
> >     However I now try out these files in VirtualBox which tells you as
> > well which are not suited for such a use or function.
>    Now for the person who takes on the task of Convenor I will add the
> little figure of
> TUX and the table sign.
>      The next meeting is scheduled to happen on July the 4th and
> some have suggested that it be virtual only which is fine with me
> but we are failing to exploit the flexibilty of jitsi meetings when we
> could have them any Day of the Month or week.  We also seem
> to be quite rigid  in our adherence to a schedule that insists that
> real meetings need to be held only on the 1st Sunday.
>      It seems to me that when a meeting is scheduled for a national
> holiday such as the Fourth of July that we should be flexible enough
> to move it to the 2nd Sunday.
>      So I will be at <https://meet.jit.si/sf-lug.org> on the Fourth of
> July
> from 11 AM to 1 PM unless no other people without a life show up in
> which case I will leave by 12:15
>      Enjoy Flag Day, Juneteenth, Father's Day and the Summer Solstice.
> Canadians can enjoy the Indigenous People's day.
>      Bobbie Sellers -“Nearly any fool can use a GNU/Linux computer.
> Many do.” After all here I am...
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