[ANN] CityCampCHA January 8th-9th

From: Sean Brewer 
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All,

Open Chattanooga is hosting CityCampCHA at the downtown branch of the
Chattanooga Public Library on its 4th Floor January 8th-9th. The event is
meant to act as a bridge between citizens and local government to
brainstorm on issues. The theme will be: "Building a safer city." The event
is free.

Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing for Code for America,
will be keynoting.

More information can be found here: https://citycampcha.com/

If I've already convinced you that this will be the best event ever and
want tickets now, you can get those here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/citycampcha-tickets-14582112491

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From: Sean Brewer 
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Special hack night: James McNutt and Jake Brown will show us how how to
build a mesh network, which they will also be demonstrating at MozFest in
London later this week!

During periods of civil unrest like the Arab Spring, civilians organized
and spoke openly on social media, and subsequently the involved governments
sought to limit access to the internet. In a typical model with an ISP,
this is as easy as cutting a cord. Mesh networking doesn't allow for this
because it's never reliant on a single point of access, it heals itself if
a point in the mesh goes down, access to local resources on the mesh always
remains open, it=E2=80=99s open source and freely available, and accessible=
 by
anyone with WiFi.

We'll use off-the-shelf hardware to build a mesh network isolated from the
internet. Curious to see how it works, applications of it, or maybe test an
idea you have? Come on by!

There will be food!

The event will be this Tuesday (October 21st) on the 4th Floor of the
Chattanooga Public Library downtown at 5:30pm.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/302582936612674/

or just show up.

Hardware donations for library

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
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I'm working on a project to get some Linux machines set up for the
Rossville Public Library with some programming tools and possibly open
source media editing. I was wondering if anyone on the list might have
some hardware they would be interested in donating or if anyone knows
of a project that helps to get hardware with open source software into
places like libraries. Also, I'm considering a crowdfunding campaign,
what would you recommend for something like that? I appreciate any
suggestions or contributions, thanks.

Sincerely,
Robert A. Kelly III
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Extending Chromebook use after cracked screens happen

From: Phil Shapiro 
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These days twenty percent of all laptops sold are Chromebooks. http://tinyurl.com/lg5t6bk 


Quite a number of these end up with cracked screens just because that kind of thing happens sometime. 


Most folks might throw away their Chromebook with a cracked screen. It sure isn't worth paying money to get it fixed. 


But wait, could you donate your cracked screen Chromebook to the public library so they could resuscitate it in some way as a "Chromebox" desktop for some family that needs a computer? 


Why, yes. I'm so glad you asked. 


This little $15 HDMI-to-VGA adapter might be all that's needed. Donated 17-inch LCD monitors are quite plentifully available for free these days. Even a nice CRT monitor could be put to use. 


http://tinyurl.com/keerczy 


I don't know if the Chatt library is the right place to try such an initiative. They're already doing a ton of great things. There might be some other organizations in town interested in bridging the digital divide that could take this on. 


What would be amusing is to get a story written about such an initiative on Slashdot -- and then folks from around the country would start sending Chromebooks with broken screens to Chatt. Give me your poor, your tired, your cracked screen Chromebooks yearning to breathe free. 


It's not what resources you have access to that matters. It's what resourcefulness you have access to that matters. 


phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Web developer at Huntsville public library loves Inkscape

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi chugalug community, 

This web developer at the public library in Huntsville loves Inkscape. (He follows Inkscape 
on Twitter.) 


https://twitter.com/webdev

If anyone in Chugalug wants a cheap Chromebook

From: Phil Shapiro 
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This previous Vista laptop is being sold cheap by someone in Chattanooga. It can boot Chromium OS from USB flash drive, 
or you can install Chromium onto the hard drive, too. (You would need to supply the hard drive.) 


See http://tinyurl.com/lsbhfnv 


See http://nickfarmer.me/chromium-on-the-dell-inspiron-1545/ 


and http://nickfarmer.me/installing-chromium/ 


My prediction is that this laptop will sell between $50 to $70. The reserve price (the lowest price the seller 
will accept) is probably $50. Free shipping (since it's being sold in Chatt). 


If you're interested in bidding on this, please let me know so that we don't have Chugalug members 
bidding against each other. I'll put interested bidders in touch with each other so they can figure out 
who wants to be the one to snag this. Hmmm, this might even be a group purchase in Chugalug -- 
with occasional loans to the Chatt Public Library to showcase how older laptops can be turned into Chromebooks. 


Mmmm, Core2Duo Chromebook. You could get a speeding ticket with this thing. 


phil 


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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Developer Event this Weekend

From: David White 
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This email was just sent to the Chattanooga Developer Lunch Meetup group,
and I was planning on sending a similar version to you guys before I event
got that email just a few minutes ago.

So instead of reinventing the wheel, I'll just plagiarize from that email.
I may or may not be able to make it (likely not):

Code Across, which looks like a really cool developer event is taking place
this weekend at the Chattanooga Public Library. Come out and meet with
other developers that are interested in using technology to make
Chattanooga a better place to live.

From the event description:

"CodeAcross 2014 is a weekend of events taking place in cities around the
world. There will be events hosted simultaneously in dozens of cities all
across the globe during the weekend of February 21-23, 2014. Coinciding
with International Open Data Day , the goal of
CodeAcross is to activate the Code for America network and inspire
residents everywhere to get actively involved in their community.

Chattanooga's CodeAcross event will be focused on beginning to build
solutions to some of our City's most pressing transit, housing, and public
safety challenges.  You helped us identify the challenges we need to tackle
at our kickoff event in December - now come help us build the solutions!

Technologists, educators, designers, planners, and thinkers of all kinds
are needed to team up with our Code for America Fellows and Brigade members
to start turning your ideas into accessible, useful tools.  Join us to
build the tools that will build a better Chattanooga."

Eventbrite link with more information:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/codeacross-chattanooga-2014-tickets-10486059085

-- 
David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
http://developcents.com
423-693-4234

Vancouver Public Library rated number one in the world

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Naturally, my main focus in moving Chatt library into the international spotlight would be its strong 
embrace of open source. 


phil 





----- Original Message -----

From: "Phil Shapiro"  
To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"  
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:47:34 PM 
Subject: [Chugalug] Vancouver Public Library rated number one in the world 



Hi chugalug community, 

Here's some interesting news to think about. 


http://tinyurl.com/l6xp5bg 


Chatt's library has such strong leadership that it's conceivable that the Chatt library could 
rise to be number one in the world -- especially with the way it has formed partnerships with 
groups around town. 


I don't know all the indicia they use to measure "best library in the world," but I do know the Chatt library is firing on all cylinders these days. 


If you're interested in ideas for moving the Chatt library in that direction, kindly contact me 
off-list -- and we can continue a small group conversation off list and involve Chatt library staff 
as their time permits. 


Yes, it's admittedly a "squishy" concept to be rated number one library in the world. 
But it truly is an attainable goal for Chatt -- and would spotlight the city in a great way if 
that were to happen. 


phil 



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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 



A powerful video about the function of public libraries

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi Chugalug members, 


This new TED video speaks to some of the themes that makes the Chatt library right in the forefront of 
what libraries are moving towards across the nation. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa6ERdxyYdo&feature=youtu.be 


In just a short amount of time, the Chattanooga Public Library has turned itself around and is heading on 
a path towards being much more than a book place. (Although books remain a vital part of what libraries are about -- 
and ought to remain a vital part of what libraries are about.) 


And yes, open source is a part of the vision for any thinking public library -- because open source is all about 
possibilities and all about inclusion. 


phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Forward thinking public library

From: Phil Shapiro 
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There's a public library that's doing some wonderful things teaching programming to youth, including robotics, 
working in collaboration with a bunch of different groups. 



See the inspiring Vimeo video at 


http://vimeo.com/72946517 


It would be so cool if the Chattanooga Public Library were able to do something like that some day. 


phil 


Wait.... 


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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


New book - Zero to Maker

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi chugaluggers, 


We need copies of this new book in the Chattanooga Public Library. 


http://tinyurl.com/mckkxxe 


If someone with a Chatt library card can request it, that would be great. 


Here is what you can make the request. 

http://chattlibrary.org/content/patron-request-purchase-library-materials 


If anyone here reviews the book on Amazon.com -- kindly let me know. Your book review can be text or video. 


See for example http://tinyurl.com/kvht6d4 


The pixel dimensions of that video are 320 x 240. File size 88 MB (must be less than 100 MB). Duration 
about 6 minutes. 


If we had several Chatt reviewers of this book, that would be even better. It's fine in your book review to say, 
"Here in Chattanooga, ...." 



phil 


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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


"A librarian's guide to boosting the maker movement"

From: Phil Shapiro 
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In case this might be of interest. 


"A librarian's guide to boosting the maker movement" http://tinyurl.com/odzkzbx by @ philshapiro 


Does anyone happen to know if there's anyone at the Chattanooga Public Library 
interested in the maker movement? It's a long shot, but maybe... (heh) 


Check out how I worked in a mention of LUG email lists into this blog post. 
I'm pretty much equating the maker movement with the open source software/hardware movement -- 
which in truth it is. 


phil 


Kindly share the above link with any school librarians you know. If you don't know 
the librarian at your kid's school, please introduce yourself to them. Librarian's are the CPU's 
of the human infosphere. It pays to know and be friends with librarians. 
-- 

Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html 
http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro 
http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

YouTube opens livestreaming to accounts with 100 or more subscribers

From: Phil Shapiro 
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A few days ago YouTube announced they're changing their rules for free livestreaming on YouTube, lowering the number of subscribers 
from 1,000 to 100. 


see http://tinyurl.com/omdntdc 


I confirmed with Christine at Telestream that the Wirecast for YouTube software will be free for anyone who enables 
livestreaming on their YouTube account, even with just 100 YouTube subscribers. 


Wirecast for YouTube turns your Mac or Windows computer into a small television production studio -- with camera switching. 


See my recent MAKE magazine blog post at http://tinyurl.com/kdpzwr9 


YouTube livestreaming is particularly relevant to Chatt, with its EPB fiber network. 


The public library should probably be thinking about offering one or more workshops on how to use 
Wirecast for YouTube (free) and/or the higher end Wirecast programs. The Chatt community should find some 
youth with the free time to explore this stuff who can help teach such a workshop. 


phil 


If you don't have a YouTube account yet, you should create one. Doing so strengthens your community, even if you 
don't publish any of your own videos. Your regular Gmail login lets you create a YouTube account in like two minutes, 
best as I recall. 



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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Like open source, play is vital

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi chugalug community, 


I wear two main hats in my life -- I'm an open source advocate and I'm a play advocate. We need more play in this world because play is what makes life worth living. 


Along these lines, I was intrigued to stumble across this play products company located right in Chatt. 


https://twitter.com/playcorenews 

If you have a Twitter account, you might want to follow these folks or subscribe to their newsletter 
at http://www.playcore.com/newsletter-signup.html 


Interestingly, the most forward thinking public libraries in the country are also getting into play -- because play and creativity are best of friends - and expanded creativity ain't such a bad thing in a knowledge economy. 


Check out this public library in the Denver area that has refocused itself around play. 


https://twitter.com/ilovemyanythink 


As we build a better world centered around open source, let's not forget to bake play 
right into the center of this new world. 


phil 
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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Libraries start loaning out ukuleles

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Several of my Linux friends play ukulele, so I was thrilled to hear that the Liverpool Public Library (near Syracuse, New York) 
has started loaning out ukuleles. 


See http://lpl.org/about-the-library/news-releases/2335-ukulele-kits 


I've been meaning to buy myself a ukulele, but I'd sure love to sign one out from the library first. 
Maybe even compare two different models. 

phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Digital Public Library of America is live

From: Mike Robinson 
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Wow.  A truly historical moment, and we read about it right here, and =
the 4th floor of -our- library.

Congratulations.


On Apr 19, 2013, at 6:46 AM, chugalug-request@chugalug.org wrote:

> [Chugalug] Digital Public Library of America is live

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Technical Director
Sundial Services International, LLC
(615) 268-3829










Intro to Python class at the library

From: Nate Hill 
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Some great news from the 4th Floor that might be of interest to
chugaluggers.

**

*
*

*We are now partnering with Engage 3D  to offer an
introductory Python class. Python is a computer programming language
heralded for both its accessibility to novices and its power and
flexibility.*

**

Our goal is to offer a course that introduces the power of computing, both
its capabilities and its limitations, so that you feel comfortable reading
and writing code. If you have ever wondered how computer programs are
written or have some projects that you think computer programming could
help with, come join in and learn with us!

An eight-week session beginning April 15 is enrolling now.

Your instructors will be from Engage 3D, the folks at Maker Day who brought
in all the cool fun educational activities like the 3D scanning station and
their 3D video conferencing project. If you spent any time in the
Tinkercadlab, the computer dissection table, or at the origami
station, you probably
met someone from Engage 3D.

This free class will be great but space is limited so please register
through the Chattanooga Public Library=92s online
calendar.


**

What: Community Py -- Introduction to the Python programming language

Where: 4th Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library

When: Mondays from 6pm-7pm beginning April 15 through June 3

Cost: Free

*Registration*: This class is limited to 24 people and pre-registration is
required.*
*Details:  You are welcome to bring your own laptop but there are also
workstations available.

--=20
Nate Hill
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http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net

Register for the Appfest!

From: Nate Hill 
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Hi all,

Just making another call for registration for this important upcoming
event, the Digital Public Library of America Appfest on Nov 8-9 on The 4th
Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library.

This Digital Public Library of America event is more than just a single
hackathon, the DPLA is a soon-to-be national agency (April 2013) trying to
determine what its own workflow will look like.  Because I've been working
with the DPLA planning team for the past couple of years, I was able to
pull this event to Chattanooga.  This whole thing is much bigger than
Chattanooga, but our community is well positioned to drive and shape it.

Here's a nice piece Dan Cohen wrote about the current state of things on
his blog here:
http://www.dancohen.org/2012/10/16/the-digital-public-library-of-america-coming-together/

And seriously, you have to REGISTER!
http://dp.la/get-involved/events/appfest/

REGISTER!

Cheers,

Nate

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Book review - Super Scratch Programming Adventure!

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi chugalug community, 

Kindly share this book review with people you know who'd be interested in it. 

http://opensource.com/education/12/10/scratch-programming-language-kids 


Maybe Nate can buy one or more copies for the Chattanooga public library system. 


phil 


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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


DPLA Appfest at the Chattanooga Public Library

From: Nate Hill 
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List members may be interested in attending this Digital Public Library of
America hackathon event that we are very excited to be hosting on The 4th
Floor at the Chattanooga Public Library.

http://dp.la/get-involved/events/appfest/

"The opportunity will be there to engage with non-book content as well -
lots of data describing photos, manuscripts, oral histories, newspapers and
other cultural heritage content will be available from our Service Hubs for
creative app development.  Fields providing date, geographic information
and more can be used to create tools for access to this treasure trove of
content!"

-- 
Nate Hill
nathanielhill@gmail.com
http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net