On Monday, I (Barry Peddycord III the Great) will be presenting a brief introduction to programming for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I will introduce the hardware and step the audience through the development of Pong. It should be great fun! As always, we meet on Monday night at 19:00, and we'll be in EB1 1007.
Because the semester is almost over, we're going to go ahead and open up the slate for officer nominations. As you probably know, we have four positions:
If you'd like to nominate yourself, either come to the meeting in person or send your intent to run to the LUG Mailing List!
Last month was a bit of a slow month for technical sessions, but we're making up for it in March, with two guest speakers presenting innovative projects:
On March 11, Drew Hicks from Dr. Tiffany Barnes' research lab will present Bots, a game designed to teach kids programming skills. In the game, players write programs that control robots, with the goal of solving puzzles in the virtual world.
On March 25, Paul McLanahan from Mozilla will present Firefox OS, Mozilla's open Web-based operating system for mobile phones.
Both of these meetings will be held in Engineering Building I 1007, at 19:00. As usual, we'll go out for dinner afterwards. We hope to see you there!
Hai Lugz! Next monday, we'll be meeting in Hunt Library 4411 (next to the 3D printers) for another round of lightning talks! For those of you unfamiliar with the tradition, Lightning talks are 7-minute long mini talks on whatever YOU want to talk about. We've started a list of potential talks on the Wiki Page, so if you've got something cooking, add yours before the meeting comes to pass!
It's taken us a little while, but it looks like we've finally got our web site looking like home. While a few pieces of functionality are missing, like an integrated calendar, I think I can say without hesitation that this new website is going to be a place we can stick with long into the future.
This new website marks the beginning of a new age for the LUG. When we were founded, we did a lot more work specifically with Linux, but lately, we've grown to become more of a community of developers and makers that are related to Linux in spirit. We could call ourselves a Linux/Open Source/Developer Group, but LOSDG is a weird acronym.
In our newly minted About Us page, I think I hit on some of the key points about what this group has become. Our group is about the development of a strongly knit community of developers that seek to learn new things from each other and share what we love with our guests. This site exemplifies that: the site is the coordinated outward appearance of the diverse people who make it up. On the front page, you see this news article right next to the Twitter posts of our members.
You don't have to be a Linux User to be a member of our group. You don't even have to know how to program. As long as you're interested in doing cool things with technology, we're interested in having you and we hope you'll be just as interested in being with us.
It's been a good year, and we look forward to starting the next one off with a bang. Hope to see you all at a meeting some time!