Archive of the regional
FOSS User Group in Natick, Massachusetts
by A. Richard Miller, Partner, Miller Microcomputer Services
visits since 110729; last updated 190606.

FOSS stands for Free, Open-Source Software.
See our upcoming FOSS meetings and past ones, and links to FOSS and Linux topics we've discussed - at a talk in 2009, then monthly since March 2011.

Click, to jump to the Draft Agenda for the upcoming FOSS User Group meeting.



FOSS Meeting Dates:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are 3-6PM (following a 2-3PM help session) on the first Thursday of most months (second Thursday in January, July and September), usually in Room 125 at the Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central Street (Rte.135), Natick MA.
Major Agenda Topics:
Future agendas are subject to change because, with FOSS, good news arrives on a daily basis.

Status re 2-3PM Help Session:
At our June 2017 meeting we were locked out of the prepared, empty meeting room until 2:45PM, apparently while two folks watched a video. August through January 2018, we've again had use of the room from 2PM although not on an official basis until 3PM. February 2018, we finally had the room again set up for our use at 2PM, and that is good!
July 20-21, 2019
Boston University, Boston MA
WordCamp Boston
By and for WordPress enthusiasts, hobbyists, and tinkerers, with lecture-style sessions, panels, and workshops about WordPress and the tech industry by speakers near and far.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (7:30-9PM)
MassBay Community College in Wellesley, 50 Oakland St., Wellesley Hills; Rm. 314?

Greater Boston Network Users Group
Dick Miller, Guest Speaker: "Linux for the Unconvinced"
Please bring some potluck food to share if you can. BNUG will provide the plates, glasses, utensils, and some food. Please aim for healthy food.
You will need to print a free parking permit. Download that and directions here.
December  5, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
November 7, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
October 3, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
September 12, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
August 1, 2019 FOSS User Group (TBA)
July 11, 2019
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125 or 218.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.

FOSS User Group (Draft Agenda; some of this and maybe more)
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s):
Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Report:
The FOSS News: Linux for STEM (and Answers With Joe, Neil Degrasse Tyson).
Hot Software:
How To Convert PDF To Text.
Patching Early Ubuntu 19.04 Shortfalls:
UNetbootin still Dick's favorite multi-partition Linux installer; now fixed (Use its 64-bit binary).
Hot Hardware: International Space Station welcomes free-flying, Ubuntu-powered Astrobee autonomous robots
- with Astrobee Robot Software (Android Linux) for guest add-ons
.
Hot Internet
:

Security and Privacy:

How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A
June 6, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s):
Ripper Ruler (new from MMS; won by Charlie Blaney).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Report: Room 125 became available about 2:45PM.
The FOSS News: With Microsoft cutting off support for Windows 7, the Linux desktop may finally get its day in the sun; The $34B Merger of Red Hat Linux with IBM; US-Chinese Export Restrictions, Huawei, and FOSS; Russian military moves closer to replacing Windows with Astra Linux; Microsoft Adds Linux Kernel to Windows; South Korea’s Government Will Show If Microsoft Loves Linux or Just Attacks It Very Viciously Like It Did in Munich; Apparent Staffing Problems at the (Microsoft-dominated) Linux Foundation; The Linux Foundation Fires All Staff and Editors at Linux.com. Future Uncertain; Donating funds to overseas FOSS organizations (via Software in the Public Interest).
Hot Software: Free Microsoft Office Alternatives;
Latest Firefox release is faster, blocks third-party cookies by default; Dick's final Separator Icons for Ubuntu/Unity's Launcher (put into /home/.local/share/icons and /home/.local/share/applications); manipulating Fotoxx gallery views, tabs and other image Metadata
(demo by Dick); How to Install Fonts in Ubuntu (demo by Jill).
Hot Internet
: NASA's "Spot The Station" Live Space Station Tracking Map
; "We believe the internet can be better," Mozilla to the International Grand Committee; Mozilla’s 2019 Internet Health Report
(It’s complicated); Millions Of Comments About The FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Were Fake (over a year old, but timely); Forest fires, sewers, and Net Neutrality.
Security and Privacy: The Privacy Project (New York Times); A Brief History of How Your Privacy Was Stolen; Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight; GNU/Linux in 2019 and GNU/Linux in 2009 Face Entirely Different Worlds (and Challenges); Microsoft issues second warning about patching BlueKeep; Windows 10 Apps Serving Malicious Ads Warning of Virus Infections; Microsoft Office 365 is #1 - for phishing and scamming; WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers; Facebook, Not Microsoft, Is the Main Threat to Open Source; Facebook's AI removed 1.5 3-BILLION bogus accounts (and Trump complained); EternalBlue, a stolen NSA tool, wreaks havoc; Intel Discloses Four New Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) Vulnerabilities; Facebook asked some users for their email passwords, and two third-party developers left the data from millions of Facebook users exposed; Fake Tech-Support Scams.
May 2, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125.
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (If newcomers are present by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Insignia NS-CSPBTHOL-R
Red Bluetooth Speaker (near-new, MMS to Pat Collins).
Help Session Status Report: The room was available at 2PM; excellent!
The FOSS News
:
Review our April 27th
demo at FSU's "Science On State Street"; Fedora Linux v.30 arrives; Red Hat Linux's new logo (a red hat :-).
Hot Software: The Linux Foundation Does Not Care About Desktop Linux; Early look at Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Dick's Separator Icons for Ubuntu/Unity's Launcher; How to Submit a Bug Report with Bugzilla; Slow progress fixing Thunderbird's "Empty Inbox" warning for "Empty Trash" (Mozilla > Ubuntu/Canonical > Bugzilla...).
Patching Early Ubuntu 19.04 Shortfalls:
Adding Unity loses "tap-to-Click" (reinstall it with sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics); Aptik GTK; Ubuntu Cleaner ("Install via .DEB"); Seamonkey Composer; Shootin' for UNetbootin fix (or an alternative USB-burner app that preserves second USB partitions).
New Fotoxx Demo: Combine>Image Difference (not last month's Combine>Stack/Split or /Slider)

Hot Hardware: Pico Projectors: This one didn't deliver (a $44 TouMei C800S), but they are coming.

Hot Internet: Find similar apps at AlternativeTo.net.
Security and Privacy: Hacker can turn off car engines, anywhere in the world.
FOSS Q&A:
Continuing e-mail issues (MIT, Comcast); Command-line installs in Ubuntu Terminal Window ([Alt-Ctrl-t], [Ctrl-Shft-c] and [Ctrl-Shft-v], sudo, man, apropos, exit).
Saturday, April 27, 2019 (11AM-3PM)
Framingham State University
Science On State Street
Our FOSS User Group in Natick joins 60 other exhibit tables. Help us introduce FOSS and Linux, or visit and learn. It's free.
April 4, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.
FOSS User Group
FOSS User Group (Draft Agenda; some of this and maybe more)
Raffle item(s): Logitech Attack 3 USB Joystick (MMS). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: We had to use lobby until 2:45PM.

The FOSS News
: Today's 300+ Barr-Obstruction Protests = Open-Source in Politics;
Help us demo on April 27th at FSU's "Science On State Street"
.
Hot Software: Wrong displays in Mozilla Thunderbird ("colour" etc. in en-us, and "Empty Inbox" in File>Empty Deleted); Pre-release puzzles with Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Instead of Facebook and Twitter, try Hubzilla (Dennis Payne) and Mastodon (Algot Runeman) - they talk together.
Fotoxx demo: European Space Agency uses Combine>Stack/Split Image
; now Fotoxx will, too.
Hot Hardware: Double-glitch in Lenovo Maintenance Manual; Best Upgrades for Old Computers ("Try Linux"!); Three-Speed Wireless Mouse ($10 at MMS).
Hot Internet
:
Wikisource; "The Machine Stops" (E.M. Forster's 1909 short story that predicted The Internet).
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
April 1, 2019 (8:30AM-12:30PM, plus lunch)
The Conference Center at Waltham MA
Getting Started with RISC-V
Free half-day event will showcase innovative RISC-V implementations with engaging presentations, demos and networking opportunities.
March 7, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, there or in Computer Room.

FOSS User Group
"Backed up?" (cartoon by Steinfeld)
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Memorex External USB 8X DVD-R/W Drive (new, MMS to Charlie Blaney). Headset w/microphone (new, Algot Runeman to Jonathan Eddy). Wireless-2 add-on (2 new, Algot Runeman to Tom Swan and Jerry Feldman). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): MIT e-mail problem (Charlie Blaney and Jerry Feldman); AOL Bulkmail (Algot Runeman).
Help Session Status Report: The room was ready at 2PM.

The FOSS News
:
Help us demo on April 27th at FSU's "Science On State Street";
Linux for Autonomous Cars (Tesla uses Ubuntu Linux).
Hot Software: Introduction to Computers with Ubuntu Unity (on-line book by Algot Runeman); Early look at Ubuntu Linux 19.04 (Disco Dingo); Does a hardware (CPU) upgrade require a Linux reinstallation?
Hot Hardware: A Core i3 8GB RAM 480GB SSD notebook AND a backup drive, new for $339; Kickstarter, and little Linux "potato" boards; Understanding batteries and super batteries (NOVA).
Hot Internet
: A History of the World in 100 Objects
(
British Museum); Google IS watching you (MIT Technology Review)Facebook needs a new spy app.
Security and Privacy: Video DownloadHelper program sours; Car hacks by mechanics, not terrorists; Malware for Humans video; Home DNA-testing company works with FBI.
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A

February 7, 2019 (3-6PM*)
Natick Community-Senior Center, Room 125)
* 2-3PM: One-on-One Help, "there or in Computer Room".
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s): Bread and rolls for ALL (Charlie Blaney/Roche Bros.)
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: Computer room closed for tax prep; no room until 2:35PM.

The FOSS News
:
Periodic Table turns 150
.
Hot Software: Demo Desktop Wallpaper in Ubuntu Linux; The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix; Radio Free Everywhere! (Odio); UEFI tips.
Hot Hardware: Demo of Micro Drone Helicopter (Jerry Feldman, military helicopter pilot!); $99 Pinebook Laptop update (Algot Runeman) and upcoming Pinebook Pro and PinePhone; Linux Backup Types, Best Practices (BackInTime, Aptik)
Hot Internet
: The Internet Will Be The Death Of Us
; Screens And Kids.

How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox)
FOSS Q&A
: MIT Mail is blocking group messages to users while debugging a problem.
January 19, 2019 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Bldg. E-51, Rm. 315, Cambridge
Linux InstallFest and M.I.T. IoTFest
A periodic get-together where volunteers from our group help people with Linux installation and other hands-on issues.
January 16, 2019 (6:30-9PM)
MIT
Bldg. E-51, Rm. 315, Cambridge
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group presents:
"Linux Game Development", by our Dennis Payne

January 10, 2019
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
With sorrow, we report the passing of long-time member Andy Lashenske.

FOSS Introductory Slide Talk (later, will restore on-line video)
Raffle item(s): Cen-Tech 7-Function Multi-Tester
(MMS, new, to Bob Primak); Ballpoint Pen Toolset (MMS, new, to Tom Swan); Any desire for a nice 10.1" Gateway LT2022u netbook (2009, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD, WinXP Home)?

Help Session Status Report:
Room 125 available (and used) from 2:10PM.
The FOSS News
: Fotoxx 19.0 released
(brief demo of install)
; Five trends influencing Linux's growth; Making private GitHub repos free is the final straw, evil Microsoft!
Hot Software
: Add Unity to Ubuntu Linux
(corrected URL); Linux Game Development (our Dennis Payne at BLU.org, Jan. 16 at MIT).
Hot Hardware: Pinebook $99 netbook
(Algot Runeman); Asus Eee-PC, the little Linux netbook that could (and almost did!); Mars Cube One (MarCO) satellites take Linux to Mars; 3D-printed, Ubuntu CIMON (and IBM's Watson) joins astronauts on ISS.
Hot Internet
: Lenny, the telemarketing troll.

Security and Privacy
: TRACED Act filed against robocallers; 60M US Chip Credit Cards compromised in 2018; Virtual Payment Cards.
December 6, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Micro Drone Helicopter (MMS to Jerry Feldman); Vernier Caliper (MMS to Jonathan Eddy).
Extra Feature: Apple Munchie Pastries (Roche Bros., courtesy of Charlie Blaney).
Help Session Status Report: Room was unavailable until 2:45PM.
The FOSS News
: Microsoft became most valuable company in World, paid $7.5B for GitHub (and partnered w/Canonical, and IBM bought RedHat); "Linux sucks!" by Bryan Lunduke (50-min. video).
Hot Software
:
A brief history of text-based games and open source (Dennis Payne); Show early Adventure print-out (Jill Miller); NixNote2, Evernote for Linux.
Fotoxx Demo: 2, 3, Wallpaper, and Plug-Ins (Dick); Installing from Source Tar-ball (Bill Ricker).

Hot Hardware: Refurbished Lenovo M92P Mini-Tower (Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD) for $145, delivered.
Security and Privacy: "Deceived By Design", EU vs. Facebook, Google and Windows 10.
November 1, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk
(Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)

Raffle item(s): Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard, used, with a Dual PS/2-to-USB Adapter (MMS); Belkin F1DJ104P-B 4-Port PS/2 KVM Switch (Algot Runeman). Algot also gave out his 3D-printed Clip-on Laptop Webcam Security Covers. Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session Status Report: Room was unavailable until about 2:30PM.
The FOSS News: Linus Torvalds returns to work on Linux Kernel; Microsoft's failing Win10 October updates; Microsoft partnering with Canonical (Ubuntu Linux); Microsoft and IBM continue to bankroll patent suits; IBM buys Red Hat (Fedora Linux); Mark Shuttleworth on IBM/Red Hat; Quantum Computing finally "proved faster"; Psychologists warn that "persuasive design" hooks kids on display screens; "The Internet Will Be the Death of Us" (New York Times); How Facebook and WhatsApp threw Brazilian election (Avaaz).
Hot Software: Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) released, with Fan to simplify Container networking; 8 spooky Linux commands for Hallowe'en.
Hot Hardware: Teaching computers to listen; Android phones are 10.
Hot Internet: OneDrive-d easily connects your Linux computer to Microsoft's OneDrive free cloud storage (but...).
Security and Privacy: Canadian bitcoin company folds (with the bitcoins?); Understanding Bitcoin.
Demo (by Jill Miller): How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex.

Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex. Demo: Draft Fotoxx 19.0's (and Edwin Land's) improved Global Retinex.FOSS Q&A
October 6, 2018 (10AM-4:30PM)
Morse Institute Library
(Innovation Studio, on second floor)
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA
(Plenty of free parking in the town parking lot on South Ave., behind the library.)

BLU.org/NatickFOSS.org's FIRST Linux InstallFest in Natick
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, lunch! (It's FREE, with a free pizza lunch; a $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Click on the above link for details.

October 4, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Microsoft Natural MultiMedia Keyboard 1.0A (ergonomic, PS/2, used, with a PS/2-to-USB adapter; MMS to Jonathan Eddy). Computer Dolly (like new, similar to this one; MMS to John Thompson).
Help Session Status Report:
GOOD. Not Room 218, but cloudy so not overly bright for projector. It was set up promptly after a prior meeting ended at 2PM.
First Linux InstallFest in Natick, THIS SATURDAY! (See October 6th, above).

The FOSS News: Solid goes public (see "Hot Internet", below); Chinese Chip Hack (see "Security and Privacy"); Microsoft open-sources early MS-DOS code.
Hot Software: Cosmic Cuttlefish is due Oct. 18th; Aptik remembers what a backup won't; Ubuntu Cleaner (replacement for Janitor in Ubuntu Tweak); Classic text game, Colossal Cave Adventure (A brief history of text-based games and open source; open-adventurexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxopen-adventure in Ubuntu Software Center); Master the Linux Command Line.
Game Demo: Developing Color Monster on the new Pocket Arcade (Dennis Payne).
Hot Hardware
: Chinese Chip Hack (see "Security and Privacy", below); Computer prices; TV Interference through 10/13 from Sun Blockage.
Hot Internet: Inventor of World-Wide Web plans to decentralize it (Solid - like LibreWeb, not the LibreOffice extension); California vs. White House re Net Neutrality; 6 RFCs for understanding how the internet works.
Security and Privacy
: Chinese Chip Hack
; Mutagen Astronomy vulnerability; Facebook was hacked - 3 things you should do after the breach.
FOSS Q&A
September 13, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group (Guest Leader: Algot Runeman; recorded by Bob Primak)
Help Session Status Report: GOOD. We were the preferred Room 218, and it was set up promptly after a prior meeting ended at 2PM.
Linux News: September 18 is "International Day Against DRM"; Microsoft is playing dirty again, notification warns users not to install Firefox or Chrome browsers, insisting that its Edge is more secure; More FOSS news at tuxmachines.org.
Hot Software
(Algot)
(
Writing):
Using a basic text editor and Markdown format in combination with the powerful format conversion tool, Pandoc, write a daily journal entry which can be read as a single annual web page online. (Folks like LibreOffice, say it's easy to use.)
(Games):
Demo FreeCell solitaire, part of AisleRiot (in Ubuntu Software). Attendees avoid "twitch-style"  games, and Algot recommended Pingus (in Synaptic Package Manager) as a nice challenge without the rush of games like Asteroids. Several people fondly recalled Adventure, the classic text game in Colossal Cave (colossal-cave-adventure in Synaptic Package Manager). Algot demoed
Everything Attacks, Dennis Payne's new online game in which the player tries to identify the western states of the US which are under attack by monsters (developed for his son's geography learning).
(Internet and social media): NextCloud
is an alternative to Google Services on a hosted server or your own. The Mastodon platform is a FOSS and "federated" alternative to Twitter and Facebook. It can be self-hosted for a group and connects to other similar servers as desired. Attendees like using our NatickFOSS mailing list to share news and keep connected.
(General Tips): Although the PDF format is open, Adobe Acrobat is proprietary and makes it hard to edit PDF files on Linux.
Inkscape, LibreOffice Draw and GIMP offer limited PDF editing, and the free version of MasterPDF is obsolete; use PDF-Shuffler (in Ubuntu Software). The preferred alternative to Google Search is DuckDuckGo. For language translation, try DeepL.
August 2, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Targus TLB001 Compact 15.4" Notebook Backpack (new; MMS to Tom Swan).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block.
Help Session Status Report: Room 125 was available from 2PM; set-up shortly after. Good!
Jerry helped Jonathan to install Ubuntu 18.04 dual-boot onto new Dell netbook.
The FOSS News: Forbes: 5 Reasons You Should Switch From Windows To Linux Right Now; How Linux Makes Your Life Easier; Open Source at 20; 3D-printed guns (Can downloading be a crime?).
Hot Software:
Ubuntu 18.04.1; Upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04; Debian/Ubuntu system updates with uCareSystem or Aptik (Bob Primak); Has anyone made custom Ubuntu .ISOs using Cubic?; Has anyone tried Unity 8 Desktop for Ubuntu 18.04?; UNetBootIn; Night Light vs. Redshift; Recoll full-text search tool; Textricator extracts text from .PDF files.
Fotoxx Demo: draft Inside-Out tool (Dick).

Hot Hardware:
New WiFi Routers with WPA3 malware protection in early 2019; NC-SC may surplus 6 notebook computers to NatickFOSS, to refurbish them with Ubuntu Linux.
Hot Internet
: Receive faxes without a fax machine; Photos from the past with Natsukashii; 'Guerrilla' Wikipedia editors combat conspiracy theories.
Security and Privacy: How many computers does the world need?; Stop your smart TV from tracking what you watch; 20 years to stop hackers?; Top voting machine vendor installed remote-access software on systems sold to States; Intel cooperates with Linux for future malware protection.
FOSS Q&A
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 335,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(New Parking Rule: MIT parking requires an MIT permit. Can use adjacent parking garage.
)
Driving there: Wadsworth St is open from Memorial Drive to Amherst St,
but is closed from Amherst St to Main St.

BLU.org's Monthly Meeting at MIT
Guest speaker A. Richard Miller (Miller Microcomputer Services; FOSS User Group of Natick): "Fotoxx Update: A Demo of the Newest Additions to Fotoxx, the Linux Editor and Collection Manager for Enormous Collections of Photos"
Also, Jerry Feldman: "Container Packages: Deploying Applications such as Fotoxx as Docker Containers or Appimage/Flatpack/Snap Packages"
July 12, 2018
(Room 218)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Antec USB Notebook Cooler (new; MMS; won by Tom Swan). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session Status Report: VERY GOOD. We were switched to Room 218 at Dick's request and, despite a 2:45PM scheduled set-up time, found the room ready for our volunteer help session at 2PM.
The FOSS News: Fotoxx 18.07 talk at MIT (Dick, 6:30PM Wednesday, July 18th); Net Neutrality makes comeback in California.
Computer History: "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace And Babbage" (a book by Sydney Padua. Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage invented computing in 1842!); Early network cybercrime in France (1834-36), François and Joseph Blanc vs. Claude Chappe and his brothers' optical telegraph ("Napoleon Towers").
Hot Software
:
Fotoxx 18.07 brings many changes (Dick will Smart Erase a sagging cable from a tunnel portal); To fix Ubuntu 18.04/Unity's dead touchpad "tap-to-click" (sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics, then restart); "Recent Folders" in Thunderbird Mail; alternativeto.net for crowd-sourced recommendations.

Hot Hardware: New Ubuntu 18.04 is now installed on the public Linux Computer in Natick Community-Senior Center, where Tom Swan can help.
Hot Internet: Sharing Your Wifi With Friends (and Strangers); EU votes down the Copyright Directive (until September); "Self Destroying Cookies" Firefox add-on (replaces "Self-Destructing Cookies"); Free, unhosted web sites at Itty.Bitty.site.
Security and Privacy: How AT&T hosts NSA and its domestic spying program; Improved WiFi Security with WPA3; Criminals Can Steal Your Phone Number.
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
Saturday, June 30, 2018 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(New Parking Rule: MIT parking requires an MIT permit. Can use adjacent parking garage.
)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 7, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
Raffle item(s)
MMS will raffle a Cognex SpyCam Avenger (new) and a Car Visor File (perfect for CDs, your Linux DVDs, and traffic tickets). F
rom Jonathan Eddy, new book on emerging technology, The Truth About Your Future, by Ric Edelman.
Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session Status Report: The room was available and set up at 2PM. Bravo!

The FOSS News: Siempo attacks smartphone syndrome (and Dilbert cartoon);
Microsoft patent trolls sue Linux companies - and buys GitHub; Developers moving to GitLab, SourceForge, etc.
Hot Software:
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Jerry Feldman; play video from 1:04:15); Why is Dick Miller running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS/Unity ?
; An Introduction to Gnome Maps.
Hot Hardware:
2.5 types of computer security slot (Kensington/K-Slot vs. Noble Slot vs. Mac); Microsoft's Project Natick for undersea data centers (why Natick?); Brazilian physicists discover MUCH faster data storage (using Europium Selenide and a light bulb!).
Hot Internet: Drone Sunset Panorama of Natick (Charlie Blaney/Russell Smith on NextdoorSherborn/Fotoxx); Live Maps of Bird Migration (Jill Miller); OLIVER makes maps using MassGIS data (demo by Jill Miller); Human Population Through Time (6.5-min.video); Watch Humans Destroy the Earth in 30 Years With Google Earth Time Lapse; Watch the Earth Quake (Weston Observatory); Quantum computing explained with a deck of cards (YouTube, 17-min. video).
Security and Privacy:
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook (Dick Miller's Fortune Cookies)!
Fotoxx demo: Brightness vs. Flatten Brightness Distribution, or "stretching 8-bit color depth to 10-bit" (DroneSunsetPanorama - 180530, Dick Miller).
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).

May 3, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!CD
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk
(Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s)
: Discuss our April (Kensington) raffle item. SoundYou Voyage portable Stereo Speaker (new; from MMS to Tom Swan). Black GNU cap (from Algot Runeman to Dick Miller). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session Status Report: No room for help session; Room 125 was not available until 2:40PM.

The FOSS News: Review FOSS at SOSS (April 21st at Framingham State University); Free and Open Education Resources.
How to install the new Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a.k.a. Bionic Beaver (and/or other Linux OSes) to multi-boot alongside your computer's prior OS. (Dick Miller).
Hot Software: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for big and small, Upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04; Unity GUI, other enhancements; Dual-Boot Windows with Linux on your PC.
Hot Hardware: Working around Intel Hardware Flaws; Side Channel Attacks on Modern Hardware; Building a More Secure World with the RISC-V ISA; Western Digital to build 1 billion RISC-V chips; Debian GNU/Linux OS now supported on 64-bit RISC-V hardware.

Security and Privacy: Dilbert cartoon(s); Kensington vs. Noble security slot (and video); Security flaw put power plants at risk; New Microsoft Win10 S took 3 hours to hack; How to Clear Bash History on Linux.
FOSS Q&A: Malware vs. Virus, etc.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (10AM-3PM)
Framingham State University
100 State Street, Framingham MA
"Science On State Street"
An extravaganza of FSU student, faculty, and industry-led exhibits and hands-on experiences for the whole family! Plus, our own NatickFOSS.org demo table, a keynote speaker from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, exhibits from Southwick’s Zoo and Earth Ltd., several engaging presentations from the STEM Stage, and of course, lots of free shows in the University’s amazing HD Planetarium.
Free Parking. Food available for purchase.
April 5, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk
(Beginners, arrive by 3PM.)
Raffle item(s)
: Cable Combination Lock (this style; new, from MMS to Jonathan Eddy) for notebook computers.
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
Help Session:
Room was occupied until 2:30PM.
FOSS at SOSS: Plan for FOSS table at "Science On State Street", Saturday April 21st at Framingham State University (Algot Runeman).
The FOSS News:
NatickFOSSDiscuss (Algot Runeman and Jerry Feldman); Mozilla Turns Twenty; Free video codecs (the last MPEG-2 patent expired); Free and Open Educational Resources; Marketing your FOSS project; Quantum computing explained with a deck of cards (YouTube, 17-min. video).
Demo:
Use UNetBootIn with http://cdimage.ubuntu.com to burn a Linux .iso file to a bootable thumb drive for testing (Dick Miller).
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux and Bash as a Windows program; LibreOffice 6 review; LibreOffice 6.1 arrives in August; GnuCash 3.0 released; A new Firefox for Augmented and Virtual Reality; Best FOSS Business Apps; Understanding Linux filesystems; Why OpenStreetMap is in serious trouble.
Hot Hardware: Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage; Turn your old Moto G2 "Titan" phone into an Ubuntu phone.
Hot Internet: Dilbert on Digital Addiction
.
Security and Privacy: The data Facebook and Google have on you; Facebook (87M) and Panera (37M) confirm data thefts; embassies slurp data and so do local police; Russian bots attack US elections; Republicans, Big Biz attack Net Neutrality (22 Atty-Gens and Mozilla sue); Irate woman attacks Google's YouTube campus over filtering, suppression and blocked income; Trolls attack truth; Facebook Container add-on for Firefox; Secure your Android phone; Tutanota (encrypted, open-source e-mail service); Veil (private browsing semantics without browser-side assistance); Baculus (a resiliant, self-contained, friendly internet buoy); Project Lantern (rebuilding communities).
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
FOSS Q&A
March 1, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s)
: Book, "Learning Unix for OS X" (MMS). Two more "Paperback Pals" (ThumbThings, 3D-printed by Algot Runeman). Do YOU have good items to pass on?
Help Session: Was in same room, but no room set-up until 2:45PM.
Linux InstallFest in Natick: Review: was a success. Repeat? Yes, after next one at MIT in May. (Jerry Feldman).
FOSS at SOSS: Plan for FOSS table at "Science On State Street" (Saturday April 21st at Framingham State University).
The FOSS News:
NEW TODAY, NatickFOSSDiscuss (Algot Runeman and Jerry Feldman).
Hot Software: Linux needs to target the average user; Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver ("Wayland doesn't share nicely, and its crashes are catastrophic"); Ubuntu 17.04 is obsolete (so, to 17.10? Or, 16.04 LTS or Bionic Beaver LTS?); Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax; Canonical's Unity 8 Desktop Revived by UBports with Support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS; 8 Methods To Find/Check Your Linux Distribution Name And Version (lsb_release -a); MMS reports Impress 6.0 bug (Fails to Save in text-edit mode!); Demo of message-filtering options in Mozilla Thunderbird.
Hot Hardware: 480GB SSD for $100 at Newegg.com (w/Promo Code EMCPSPE82); 5 Reasons to Switch to Flash Storage; 5 Ways to Make Your Laptop Battery Last Longer; Knitting Printers (with links to others) and Tinker (Jill Miller).
Hot Internet: Best Web Browsers; Mozilla Re-files Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality; Dumb down your smartphone (and your Web browser).
Security and Privacy: Unexpected Consequences of Alexa (Bizarro cartoon); Malware articles ignore ClamAV; ​Bogus Linux vulnerability gets publicity; Canonical Wants to Collect Some Data from Ubuntu Users to Improve New Releases ("Wants to slurp", says The Register); Facebook Messenger Malware; Pirates Crack Microsoft’s UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated; Top FBI, CIA, and NSA officials all agree: Stay away from Huawei phones; Intel didn't tell government agencies about Meltdown and Spectre flaws; LinuxBoot can replace proprietary firmware.
How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox): Self-abuse blackmail "from Korea" (Jill Miller).
FOSS Q&A
Saturday, February 10, 2018 (10AM-4:30PM)
Innovation Studio, on 2nd Floor of
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA


First-ever Linux InstallFest in Natick!
It's FREE; learn about FREE, OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE and add some to your computer.
Co-sponsored by the Natick Morse Institute Library, FOSS User Group of Natick (NatickFOSS.org), and Boston Linux & Unix User Group (BLU.org).
Free pizza lunch, too, if you bring your computer for a Linux installation
(which can be alongside of your current Windows or Mac OS).
If you bring an empty USB thumb drive (4GB or larger), we'll also write you a Linux Live USB to use memory-only and to install later.
- See, print and post this event poster!
- Sign up online; space is limited!
February 1, 2018
(Room 125)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): "vi and Vim Editors" book; computer and electronics cables (MMS); Two more "Paperback Pals" (ThumbThings, 3D-printed by Algot Runeman); NatickFOSS business cards, labels and 3-D-printed key fobs donated by Algot Runeman).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Reverse example: Wife moved TO Linux when a non-fallback Windows 10 update killed her USB (dead Mouse and more). (Jerry Feldman)
Help Session: Were not given Room 218, DID get 2PM setup in Room 125.

Linux InstallFest in Natick on Sat., Feb. 10th: To help or to get help, register now! (Jerry Feldman).
FOSS at SOSS!
Framingham State University has invited us to run a FOSS table at "Science On State Street" on Saturday April 21st. We have volunteers and will do it.
The FOSS News:
Natick FOSS Forum (Algot Runeman); Open Education vs. Standardization; Microsoft bullies LG; historic Stallman newsclips.
Hot Software: Want to run GalliumOS Linux on a Chromebook? (Bob Primak); Patches for Meltdown and Sceptre improve, BUT... Intel promises new CPUs; Relieving a bad bind, Canonical DOES keep Unity/Xorg option for Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 ("sudo apt install unity-session", re-boot, and log in)! (Dick Miller).
Demo: Meet Fotoxx 18.01
, see its new Gradient, Flatten and Retinex tools using 2017Mar21 photo of bridge. (Dick Miller)
Hot Hardware
: Refreshing old computers with Linux
; HDMI Cable Adapters Ring Kit; low-cost 35-mm Slide Scanners (Algot just got a $100 one, Blooms and Millers evaluated Lexington Library's $220 one, and MMS has a $48 one w/stack-feeder on order. Stay tuned!)

Hot Internet: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (We discuss English vs. Esperanto, etc.).
Security and Privacy: Keylogger attacking WordPress sites; govt.-sponsored Black Caracal group targets mobile phones, also infects Win/Mac/Linux with undetectable CrossRAT malware; "Jackpotting" empties ATMs; Oracle POS Flaw affects 300,000 payment systems; "Murder By Car" (multiple Dilbert installments); How much can NSA spy on Americans?
FOSS Q&A.
January 11, 2018
(Room 218, our new preference)
FOSS User Group
FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.
Raffle item(s): All-purpose
(almost) pen (new, MMS); ThumbThing (3D-printed by Algot Runeman)
Help Session: Status report.
The FOSS News: Meltdown and Spectre
(see below); Canonical ends support for Ubuntu Linux 17.04; Linux InstallFest in Natick on Sat., Feb. 10th (Jerry Feldman);
White House dumps Drupal - for WordPress (which just raised $250M).
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux 17.10 re-spin
(early look at "Artful Dot One"; can now download release version of Ubuntu 17.10.1); Ubuntu Unity to continue?; Mozilla Firefox 57.0.4 is faster AND safer; Mastodon, an open-source alternative to Twitter (Will someone test?)
Hot Hardware: Here come the first always-connected w/phone, 64-bit, 8-core ARM netbooks (PEPCs)!
Hot Internet: FCC rescinded Net Neutrality, States to resist; "The Origins of the Open Internet and Net Neutrality"; Got a favorite Web site to share?
Security and Privacy: Meltdown and Spectre exploit 20-year-old flaws in nearly ALL CPUs including smart phones (Why, How, What to do? BLU.org talk on 1/17).
Demo: Ubuntu 17.10 (Dick Miller)
FOSS Q&A:
Ubuntu on Chrome Book? (Robert Primak will report back.) Internet speed test? (Charley Blaney; Dick installed Speedtest-CLI & demoed.)
December 7, 2017
(This month, we meet in Room 218.)
FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Aduro DVC300 DashCam (new, MMS; takes up to 32GB microUSB card).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): When LibreOffice won't format MS-Word files neatly.
Help Session: We prefer Rm. 218, will request it for future use. T
he room was occupied until 2:30PM by another group.
The FOSS News: Linux InstallFest in Natick on Sat., Feb. 10th (Jerry Feldman); "The Unix Cult" (from 1986).
Show&Tell: Wolverine F2D Super Plus Film to Digital Converter (Gloria Bloom)
Talk/demo: Encryption for Beginners (
Jerry Feldman) (How to use public key cryptography - OpenPGP - to easily encrypt or sign email messages. Public and private keys. Why you publish your public key in a keyserver. Use of Mailvelope and how to create your key and upload. Encryption with Thunderbird and with Evolution.)
Hot Software:
Mozilla Firefox 57 IS faster; KStars; Simon Tatham's Portable (SGT) Puzzle Collection (games for the brain).
Talk/demo: Programming (and playing with) the Tiny Arcane video game kit. (Dennis Payne)
Talk: 40th Anniversary of the Radio Shack TRS-80 - and Miller Microcomputer Services (Dick Miller)
Hot Hardware: 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SSD, $130 at Micro Center through Friday.
Demo: ClamTK anti-virus (Jill Miller)
Security and Privacy: Dilbert's message
; Argyle Sweater's message; Wall of Lava Lamps keeps you protected from hackers (Jill Miller).

FOSS Q&A.
November 2, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): JetBlue Headphone, (new, MMS).
Why I Hesitate To Try): Resizing a .pdf image in LibreOffice Writer. Which app/distro to choose?
Help Session: Status Report (Dick); Future of NatickFOSS Forum (Algot Runeman and vols will report back).
The FOSS News: MMS talks with Canonical, avoids upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10.
Hot Hardware: 4K TV sale repeats. When DO local stores match prices?
; Example: Buy a Panasonic ES-RT47-S shaver for $80 $40 $30.
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux 17.10 issues and options
(MMS advises to wait for 18.04 LTS); Mozilla Firefox 57 to drop most add-ons?; Other Web browser options include Pale Moon and Brave
; Use only ONE of No-Script, uBlock Origin (recommended) or other Firefox add-ons for blocking.
Hot Internet:
Forbidden Bookshelf; Starts With A Bang! (w/5 NASA photos that changed the world).
Security and Privacy: Unsettling Number of Unpatched Server Apps Still Online; New data confirms far greater Russian interference in 2016 U.S. Election; Mozilla debates new Dutch-gov't. risk to Internet security; How to ID random junk mail (more trouble from Dick's Junk Mailbox).
Demo: Change Upgrade prompt in Ubuntu 17.04
to "For long-term support versions". (Jill)
Demo: Filtering Cookies in Firefox (after Self-Destructing Cookies).
Saturday, October 7, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(New Parking Rule: No MIT permit, no MIT parking! Can use adjacent parking garage.
)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
October 5, 2017 FOSS User Group
Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting!
Beginners, arrive by 3PM for the introductory slide talk.

Raffle item(s): Bearse black nylon canvas shoulder bag (MMS); 2 coupons for free Micro Center 16GB flash drives (Stan Robinson).
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.): Solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block. Anyone?
The FOSS News: BLU.org's Linux InstallFest 9-5 this Saturday at MIT; Massive Computer Fails (see "Security and Privacy" section; 80% Of All Net Neutrality Comments Were Sent By Bots; "The Coming Software Apocalypse"; Microsoft drops products and continues to blackmail Linux; Did Linux market share just DOUBLE?
Hot Hardware: Intro to UHD/4K TV; A Linux-compatible 50" 4K TV w/upscaling and HDR for $350 (Hisense 50DU6070); Avoid buying soldered-RAM computers!
Hot Software: Ubuntu Linux 17.10 release date is Oct. 19th; Simple Screen Recorder; WYSIWYG Programming
(Bret Victor's 2012 "Inventing on Principle" talk).

Hot Internet: Optical Illusion.
Security and Privacy: Massive Computer Fails include Equifax, Yahoo (now, ALL 3-Billion accounts!); also, HP's ArcSight cyber-defense software?

Demo: Simple Screen Recorder (Jill)
Demo: Mirror your Linux computer on TV, adding a screen-resolution mode-line with xrandr and cvt  (Dick)

FOSS Q&A.
Monday, September 18, 2017 (7-9PM)
Sanctuary of St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick
(Use the main entrance stairway, or the side ramp.)
Dick Miller presents: "The Future Of Labor"
A free Occupy Natick event, with light refreshments and an open discussion to follow.
- Automation has greatly reduced the amount people need to work.
- Why do we translate that good news into unemployment problems?
- How might we do better? ("The Miller Three-Day Work Week", and more.)
- How did America accomplish past labor adjustments?
- How to get there from here?
September 14, 2017 FOSS User Group
2-3PM Help Session: While two women watched a video in Room 125, we met awkwardly in the Computer Room. Thankfully, we were able to use Room 125 beginning 2:30PM.
Raffle item(s): Small "Polaroid" carrying bag, "Don't Spy On Me" bumper sticker, Linux  magazines.
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.).
Upcoming Talk: "The Future Of Labor", by Dick Miller (7PM Monday, Sept. 18 at St. Paul's Church, Natick).
The FOSS News: 5 myths about Linux; 5 Myths Busted: Using open source in higher education; U.S. Supreme Court Curtails Patent Case "Forum Shopping"; Microsoft-Connected Patent Troll Finjan is Now Threatening and Also Suing Firms From Europe.
Hot Hardware: Programming and playing with the TinyScreen Video Game Kit. (Dennis Payne); 50" Hisense 4K HDR TV for $350 at Best Buy.
Hot Software: Demo using UNetBootIn to create a bootable Ubuntu Linux Live USB flash drive. (Dick)
Hot Internet: World-Wide Weather Images (Ventusky!). Also, Windy.com.
Security and Privacy: Equifax credit records spilled, affecting half of all U.S. adults - who to blame, what to do? BlackBerry no longer the most secure Android; Windows 10's Built-In Linux Shell Could Be Abused to Hide Malware.
FOSS Q&A.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (6:30-8:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 E. Central Street, Natick MA
Maker Fest (Dave Bartos, Supervisor of Reference Services)
6:30-8:30PM: Our FOSS User Group is in the 1st-floor Morse Room!
FOSS volunteers can set up 6PM; CU there! We will demo Linux (and FOSS downloads), Fotoxx, game design, spreadsheet for knitting design. Other?
August 3, 2017 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: Get and give help.
Once again, we were able to meet in Room 125. Thanks!
3PM: FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.
Raffle item(s)
:
New book on emerging technology, The Truth About Your Future, by Ric Edelman
Maker Fest, Aug. 16th at Natick's Morse Institute Library
: From 6-8PM, t
he FOSS User Group will demo in the 1st-floor Morse Room. We get ideas and volunteers.
Help Session
: Status Report.
Demo: How to ID random junk mail
. (Dick and his Junk Mailbox)
Demo
: Download 67,000 Historic Maps in high resolution.
The FOSS News: Facebook AI chatbots start speaking their own language; T
he Dream Life of Driverless Cars; Microsoft Edge can't print numbers (.pdf prints '1,2,3,4' as '1,1,4,4'); Windows 10 update disrupts printer and more; Microsoft Windows 10 Store offers (abbreviated) Ubuntu Linux; One Step Closer to a Closed Internet; Sharing America's code; In Ghostscript lawsuit, Federal court rules that an open-source license is an enforceable contract; Revisionism About Microsoft Software Patent Deals Implicates GNU/Linux; Patents Microsoft may be infringing.
Hot Hardware:
Nice Dell 11.6" netbook on sale, $300 at Office Depot; Can you live without the new Amazon Echo Show?
Hot Software: Thunderbird add-on, Provider for Google Calendar
(and more); Wire, a secure open-source Chat Application for Linux. (The prior items are not reviews; they are invitations for members to review them.)  Mozilla sponsors Rust programming language; Why Microsoft will add (some) Linux to (some) Windows 10; Ubuntu 18.04 will switch from Unity to Gnome Desktop and solicits your input re Default Apps; Ubuntu 17.04 review by Ars Technica; 15 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus"; Intro to Linux free, self-paced course and The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide.
Security and Privacy: Def Con hackers
showed how easily voting machines can be hacked; Microsoft's Windows warning: Hackers hijacked software updater with in-memory malwareInvisible dots from the printer reveal whistleblowers; Hijacking flaw in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought; Keylogger found in Audio Driver of HP Laptops; Clever new scam misuses OAuth; ClamAV antivirus for Linux (20x speed-up by skipping PUA and files over 20MB).
FOSS Q&A.

July 13, 2017 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: (During our 2-3PM Help Session, our usual room had another group in it - despite my unanswered clarification message! We did what we could in the noisy cafeteria, then in the awkward lobby. Try again next month.)
3PM: FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.
Raffle item(s)
: New book on emerging technology, The Truth About Your Future, by Ric Edelman; older but mint Linux Today magazine.
Demo: Ken Arnold's classic BSD/Unix Fortune app - in Linux (fortune-mod) and xcowsay.
Demo:
Track the night sky with Stellarium (in Ubuntu, can install from Ubuntu Software).
Demo
: Fotoxx Clone Image tool using 2014Jul24 photo of Lake Cochituate sunset. (Dick)

FOSS Q&A.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 1, 2017 FOSS User Group
(We were locked out of our empty room - without notice - during 2-3PM help session! Sorry; try again next month.)
Raffle item(s)kworld UB435-Q USB ATSC TV Stick (mint, Win7-vintage; MMS); 4 3D-printed Green Penguins (Algot Runeman)
The FOSS News: Linux InstallFest at MIT this Saturday - but none for Natick?

Hot Software:
Free up some space with Ubuntu Cleaner (a rewrite of the Janitor portion of the obsolete Ubuntu Tweak); Will Crowther's seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab.
Security and Privacy: "Wana Decrypt0r Ransomware Using NSA Exploit Leaked by Shadow Brokers Is on a Rampage" (the biggest ever for Windows, no threat for Linux); Wana Decrypt0r Ransomware Outbreak Temporarily Stopped By "Accidental Hero"; How to remove the .WNCRY virus.
Demo
: Red Hat's Fedora Linux. (Jerry Feldman)

Demo: Fotoxx Twist tool, full-screen Z-key, magnifier X-key, folder-sync X-key using Red Chair photo. (Dick)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 325,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org: FOTOXX Update, by Dick Miller of Miller Microcomputer Services
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group invites Dick back to learn what Fotoxx, his favorite photo editor and manager, has added since January 2015.
Fotoxx Overview: Fotoxx is a free, open-source Linux application for editing photos and managing a large image collection. The goal of Fotoxx is to meet the needs of serious photographers while remaining fast and easy to use. Fotoxx is standards compliant and does nothing to compromise use of other photo apps. Fotoxx has a rich set of editing, repair, and special effects functions. Image adjustments are displayed instantly in a full-size image, allowing interactive optimization. Fotoxx has a rich set of functions to organize and index a large image collection so that finding desired images is easy and fast.
Advanced Reading (optional): http://www.kornelix.net/fotoxx.html
Coming Soon: 1.5-hour video of Dick's Fotoxx presentation.
May 4, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle item(s): Two new Belly Packs (again, MMS); Printed-Circuit-Board Repair Vise (John Green); 3D-printed Pharoah's Knot-and-Balls Puzzle (Algot Runeman); Chocolate-Chip Cookies (for all, Charlie Blaney), 3D-printed Natick FOSS Keychain Fobs (for all, Algot Runeman).
The FOSS News
: New Ubuntu 17.04 available on thumb drives (MMS, $12); State of the Commons/Creative Commons 2016.
Hot Hardware: SSD Drives: How Long Do They Last?; 3D Printing and OpenSCAD (Algot Runeman)
Hot Software: Linux desktop operating system: A beginner's guide; Top Ubuntu Editing Apps: Image, Audio, Video; The Ubuntu Story; Tech Billionaires Are Asking Scientists For Help To Break Humans Out of Computer Simulation; VLC Media Player.
Security and Privacy
: D.C. Circuit Court: Ethiopia is Free to Spy on Americans in Their Own Homes; App Flaw Creates Backdoors in Millions of Smartphones; Android devices w/Broadcom chip can be fatally hacked by malicious Wi-Fi networks; Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored; Keyless Cars Are Hackable;
Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students Using School-Issued Devices and Cloud Apps; Google Chromebooks Are Still Spying on Students.
Demo
: Fractal Videos with Fraqtive.
XKCD Graph: "Photo Library Management" (TODAY's XKCD, thanks to Bill Ricker)
FOSS Q&A: Bring a friend to our monthly FOSS meeting! Beginners, arrive by 3PM for the introductory slide talk. Informal from 2PM.

April 6, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: Two new belly packs.
Raffle item(s)

FOSS InstallFest: Plan a first day in Natick (Algot Runeman, with Jerry Feldman)

The FOSS News: Android Linux beats Windows as most popular OS for Internet. Microsoft's Patent Extortion Against Linux Now Targets Watches With Linux on Them. The Linux Foundation: Not a Friend of Desktop Linux, the GPL, or Openness.
Hot Hardware: Dell Inspiron 11-3168 2-in-1 Netbook for $300 at Staples and OfficeMax. The FOSS User Group's Ubuntu Linux Desktop is up to date (but at limited times through April 15th).
Hot Software: Ubuntu 17.04 release date is April 13th - with default 2GB-max. swap file.
Security and Privacy: Red Star OS (North Korean operating system) is a surveillance state's tour de force. Companies start implanting microchips into workers' bodies. With WikiLeaks Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How Vulnerable Is Your Smartphone? Trump signs law allowing ISPs to sell your browsing history. Internet Security is Getting Worse. The Little Black Book Of Scams (Australia).
Demo: Install dual-boot Ubuntu Linux on your computer from a bootable Ubuntu thumb drive. (Dick)
Demo: System Load Indicator has a secret scroll-wheel Digital %-Usage Window. (Jill)
Demo: Scroll through multiple Firefox tabs. (Jill)

Demo: Firefox searching with DuckDuckGo vs. Cliqz add-on (Dick)
Demo: Gantt View Extension add-on for Thunderbird/Lightning Calendar. (Dick)
Demo: Set LibreOffice Writer to make your style of 3-level numbered lists. (Jill)
Demo: Fotoxx 17.04 new tools: Alien Colors, Twist,
Stack/Paint Hide & Show, and new default Album. (Dick)
Saturday, March 18, 2017 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
March 2, 2017 FOSS User Group
Our FOSS User Group is 6 years old TODAY - and almost didn't happen!
Raffle Item demo: A new, black Microsoft/HP Conference backpack.
FOSS InstallFest day in Natick: Algot Runeman will lead project, has volunteers list. New member Jerry Feldman, of Boston Linux & Unix User Group, will share BLU.org's 20 years of experience. (Visit their Linux InstallFest, on March 18th!)
Raffle Item.
FOSS News: Trump's FCC pick quickly targets Net Neutrality rules.
Hot Hardware: Dell Inspiron 11-3168 2-in-1 Netbook for $300 at Micro Center sale. Apple will fight 'Right to Repair' legislation.
Security/Privacy: Drone steals data using HD-activity LED. Beware fake tech-support scammers. How to turn off smart-TV snooping.
Trendy Trivia: "Big Bang Theory's" Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt (on Feb. 23rd TV show).
Demo: Download your desired Ubuntu .iso file (from ubuntu.com or cdimages.ubuntu.com). (Dick)
Demo: Use UNetBootIn to burn a bootable Ubuntu Linux thumb drive. To participate, bring a clean USB thumb drive, 8GB or larger, formatted FAT32/msdos.
Fotoxx previews: Stack/Paint Hide & Show, and Twist. (Dick)
FOSS Q&A

February 2, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: 3 O'Reilly "Maker Press" books. 2017 International Space Station wall calendar. (MMS) Ubuntu hats & mouse pads, Linux books and magazines. (Algot Runeman)
Why I Hesitate To Try
(5-10 min.; solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block): TurboTax in Linux?
FOSS InstallFest day in Natick:
We need a volunteer project leader.
Raffle Items.
A Visit to The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California
(Dick and Fotoxx)
The FOSS News: Oracle lays off more than 1,000 employees;
SPARC, and its Unix-based Solaris operating system, appear to be done in by Linux. Microsoft claims Windows 7 "is no longer able to keep up", then recants. Trump names net neutrality critic for next FCC chairman.
Hot Software
: Bigger, better LibreOffice 5.3 adds "MUFFIN" and the cloud. "Top FOSS Software" (article by OSS Blog). Smart cars? Or, software for smart cars? Both with Linux.
Zsync makes large Linux-development downloads instantaneous (but takes longer to process).
Hot Hardware: Build-your-own $242 Olimex Linux netbook kit.
Cold Hardware: Why the dead Dell Linux computer in the Computer Room?
Security/Privacy: "If you want privacy you need to run Linux" (Computerworld). "Internet Health Report" (Mozilla, 2017). "Can You Hear Me?" Scam
?; Don't answer unknown numbers!
Demo Geany's Column-mode editing (rectangular selections)
using [Ctrl+Shift] (or [Alt+Shift] in Windows) to instantly update an obsoleted Fotoxx .Album file. (Dick)
Demo Artha
, the off-line thesaurus (follow-up): [Alt-Ctrl+W]; it uses WordNet. (Jill)
Demo Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine
and more. (Dick)

FOSS Q&A
January 12, 2017 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: bags, books, blank CDs/labels, a wireless router and more! (Algot Runeman)
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.; solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block): Anyone?
Raffle Items.
Hot Hardware
: Apple MacBook Pro models get a Touch Bar, lose
parts replaceability. Some DVD writers can write "permanent" M-Discs. Dick's netbook got sat upon; see the inside view of what happened next. $20 Cheerson CX-10 nanodrone (buy, fly). Don't fly drones at weddings!
Hot Software: Artha, the off-line thesaurus ([Alt-Ctrl+W]; it uses WordNet). Greenhouse (add-on for Chrome, Firefox or Safari, using data from OpenSecrets.org) tells which groups donated to which politicians.
Proposed: Our group would like an occasional FOSS InstallFest day in Natick (not just at MIT), and several Linux-savvy members are interested in making it happen.
Demo Fotoxx (follow-up): Overlay images (DSC04036.v01.JPG and "Alaska*"). Blur the background (Jill Miller demos Areas and Repair>Blur).

Demo Fractal Art: Xaos and Mandelbulber. Both are in Ubuntu Software.
The FOSS News: Internet Archive (The Wayback Machine) turns 20, gifts us with new tools.

Security/Privacy
: Don't Believe the Lies; Microsoft Hates Linux and Merely Uses E.E.E. Tactics Against It, Including .NET Promotion.  Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots. San Francisco's MUNI hacked on Black Friday. FBI Hacked into 8,000 Computers in 120 Countries Using A Single Warrant. Security Researchers Turn Headphones Into Microphones. Adobe Voco mimics anyone in 20 minutes.
FOSS Q&A
November 29th through December 14th, 2016
201 Mulberry Street (Manhattan), New York City NY

The Glass Room - Looking Into Your Online Life
A special exhibit with many free 1-hour presentations. Co-hosted by Mozilla.org.
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
December 1st, 2016 FOSS User Group
Raffle Items demo: book "Fix Your Own LAN"; old/mint Linux Pro Magazine.
Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.; solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block):
How to clean out extra Linux kernels? For Ubuntu, Janitor and Ubuntu Tweak are no longer supported; can use uCareSystem Core 3, instead.
Or, can delete all but newest 3 using Synaptic Package Manager: Reload, search on "kernel", click on "S"; forward to "linux..." in green (installed) sequence and right-click and Mark For Removal each installed "linux-xx-(numbers) file which does NOT end with one of the highest three numbers; click Apply. (You backed up first, right?)
Can't Get There From Here Dept.: RCN.com blocks millermicro.com's email "spam" from all *@rcn.com, tells MMS that Powweb.com (our MMS mail provider) must discuss. Powweb says that's weird, RCN must contact THEM. Digital dyslexia!
How-to: Get Started with Ubuntu's Unity Desktop.
Demo: New Google Street View feature lets you travel back in time.
Hot Hardware: Video drones (DJI Phantom 3 Standard, and more). Tiny robots explore historic shipwrecks.
See the guts of a Hard Drive (Algot Runeman)
Black Friday/Cyber Monday wins: $5 LED Pocket Flashlights.
The FOSS News
: The Glass Room (to Dec. 14th in NYC, and online). Office Depot "found" malware on new Windows computers. Microsoft "Loves Linux", joins The Linux Foundation. The Linux Hardware Guide. 25 years of Linux in 5 minutes.
Raffle Items.
Demo Geany (text editing with an IDE): Column mode editing (rectangular selections) using [Ctrl+Shift] ([Alt+Shift] in Windows). Easily install Geany using Ubuntu Software (Jill Miller).
Demo
Fotoxx: Help documentation of three Fotoxx sections (Photo Editing, Image Management/Metadata, and Slide Show). New Fotoxx demo video. New first-time/one-time speed-up options. Demo new Unwarp Close-up ("big-nose") tool.
Demo of the new Wayland
display server on Fedora 25 Linux (Dennis Payne)
FOSS Q&A:
Q: Can LibreOffice record operations, as does Microsoft Office?
A: Of course; in its Help, see "Record Macros".

November 3rd, 2016 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo (Done with something others can use?): 3 Linux magazines (1 with old Ubuntu Live CD), and classic "Special Edition: Using Star Office" textbook.
Demo:
We revisit last month's burn an Ubuntu Live USB drive.
Demo: Re-partition a computer, and install the new Ubuntu Linux 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) from a bootable Linux thumb drive.
Demo Artha, the Off-line Thesaurus ([Alt-Ctrl+W]; it uses WordNet and is in Ubuntu Software).
Hot Hardware: New MMS/Ubuntu Live USB thumb drive.
Security/Privacy: Massive Oct. 21 IoT DDoS attacks (using Mirai botnet) commandeered old security webcams and more. (Need to reset default passwords!) Windows security hole "to be patched next week." Linux Plumbers Conference attacked yesterday. What about the Nov. 8th U.S. Presidential election? Also see the DVD, "Hacking Democracy".
Monday, October 17, 2016 (7-9PM)
Sherrill Hall, St. Paul's Church, 39 East Central Street (parking-lot entrance), Natick

Occupy Natick Free Movie Night:
Hacking Democracy, the truth about America's digital voting systems.

October 6th, 2016 FOSS User Group:
Raffle Item demo: Mint copy of Ubuntu User magazine #07 (with Ubuntu Live DVD).
Hot Hardware
: Possible solar satellite interference Oct. 4-12. HP's new printer ink self-destruct sequence. Two of the biggest data-miners of all time want to monitor your home activities with Amazon Echo Dot 2 and Google Home.
The FOSS News
: Ubuntu 16.04 in latest Windows 10 Redstone 2 build (and Windows adopts other Linux features, such as Multiple Workspaces/Ubuntu Switcher/[Super-S] keys or Launcher icon). Ubuntu Tweak no longer maintained, MMS switches to uCareSystem Core v3.0. You can test three new Firefox experimental features.
Security/Privacy
: AI can recognize your face even if you're pixelated. U.S. 911 Emergency Phone System can be hacked through TDoS attack. Android malware is spreading. Cortana, the spy in Windows 10. Yahoo confirms massive data breach, 500 million users impacted. U.S. 'Secret' Clearance Unit hires firm linked to 2014 hacks. Kill security questions or answer them with lies.
Announcement:
Free screening of Hacking Democracy (digital voting systems) by Occupy Natick (7PM Monday, October 17th).
Why I Hesitate To Try (What's your FOSS stumbling block?): Running Turbo Tax in Ubuntu.
Is Canonical Ltd. making Ubuntu too commercial? (Charlie Blaney)
Canonical offers $7.29 (plus S/H?) Ubuntu Live 8GB USB 2.0; MMS offers $10 Ubuntu Live 16GB USB 3.0 w/drive-activity LED. (In November, Ubuntu 16.10.)
Demo (by Jill Miller): How MMS verifies SHA256SUM checksums in Ubuntu:
$ cd /home/dick/Downloads/Keep-Distros/Current

$ sha256sum -c SHA256SUMS 2>&1 | grep OK

Demo: Use UNetBootIn to burn a bootable Ubuntu Linux thumb drive. To participate, bring a clean USB thumb drive, 8GB or larger, formatted FAT32/msdos.
September 8th, 2016
(Natick FOSS celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Linux - AND of the Internet!)

FOSS User Group
Raffle item: New book, Repetitive Strain Injury; A Computer User's Guide.
Personal anecdote (5-10 min.): Charlie Blaney, "You start with the kids." (Grantham, New Hampshire offers kids free Linux notebook computers with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.)
Hot Hardware: Hard drives speed up and shrink (1980-11MB-CorvusHD, 5.25"HD, 3.5"HD, 2.5"HD, 2.5"SSD,  M.3SSD, M.2SSD).
The FOSS News: Ubuntu 16.10 due on Oct. 20th; On 25th Anniv. of Linux (Aug. 25th), Linus Torvalds credits Free Software Foundation's GPL (Richard Stallman, 1989) for (GNU/)Linux's success; Torvalds at LinuxCon Part II: Fragmentation and the GPL; Linux took over the Web, now, it's taking over the World; Linux's world domination is coming along nicely; The largest collaborative development project in the history of computing (3-min. video); Starting with Linux in the early days; Why do Hackers love Beards? (the start of Unix); Taking open source beyond the data center (Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO); 5th Anniv. of Microsoft embracing Linux "cancer" to sell Windows servers; Microsoft open-sources PowerShell, brings it to Linux and OS X; Microsoft's new business model for Windows 10: Pay to play; Firefox ends Hello beta Sept. 13th, still supports WebRTC (try Talky?).
Security/Privacy: EFF: With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy; Windows 10 Anniversary Update Knocks Out Webcams; NSA Hacking Tools Leaked; 100 million Volkswagen vehicles can be unlocked wirelessly by hacker thieves; Computer program replicates your handwriting.
Demo Lightbeam for Firefox: See who's tracking you on-line, and take precautions!
Saturday, August 20th, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
August 4th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: SOUNDBRICK+ Bluetooth Speaker by Urge Basics; Cigarette-Lighter Adapter (2 sockets plus 2 USB ports); Windows XP Hacks book.
Hot Hardware: Favorite Dell Inspiron i3000-10099 (3157) 11.6" 2-in-1 netbook replaced by poor i3168-3272 (but MMS has stocked a few); good Dell i3552-3240 15.6" notebook at Staples for $230; permanent lithium-ion batteries (but what manufacturer will make them?); a fix for wimpy wi-fi (HP-Realtek - use the other connector!).
The FOSS News: Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) End of Life reached on July 28, 2016; LibreOffice 5.2 released yesterday;
installing Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (released Aug. 2nd) still messes up dual-boot Linux.
(New Feature) Why I Hesitate To Try (5-10 min.; solicit suggestions re your FOSS stumbling block): Importing Quicken data into GNUCash? Importing old WordPerfect data into LibreOffice? (Charlie Blaney).
Security/Privacy: Adobe Flash gets flushed; Russians hack DNC database (and U.S. voting machines?).
Ubuntu on a stick (update): Bootable to run in RAM, install when ready (MMS).
Demo Fotoxx: The search for standard Sepia; photoedit a Flower, a Model-T Ford, and a Frog.
BASH shell Demo (Left over from Super Pi Day.
We missed Four-Squared Day, too!): Use bc to calculate pi to n places. Describe Unix/Linux terminal window, shell, man bc; Win10 Anniversary Edition also now includes a BASH shell! (Jill Miller)
July 14th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: Broderbund's Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (Use its CD with PlayOnLinux or FreeDOS?)
Hot Hardware: Wireless backup drives; Insignia "BRICK" Bluetooth Speaker
no better than "THOL" one; Warranty Stickers are illegal; $25 TILE Bluetooth tracker (Algot Runeman); $49 PocketCHIP computer (Dennis Payne); Under-$10 cooling pads (Dick Miller, Victor Anderson).
The FOSS News: Win10 Free Upgrade by July 29thdo you want it?; Microsoft updates Skype for Linux; coexisting with Linux; not returning Microsoft's "Love of Linux"; the Windows Zealot.
Security/Privacy: Pok�mon Go raises questions; A Security Analysis of OEM Updaters
; two on "The Fog": Bob Rankin and Leo Notenboom.
Ubuntu Live USB:
Bootable to run in RAM, install when ready (
for modern 64-bit CPUs; $10 from MMS, on a USB3.0 stick w/LED).
Demo Fotoxx: Fotoxx video re revised file selection for Albums; How Dick Miller's "Grid trick" made him a Fotoxx volunteer developer.
Demo
LibreOffice Base: My custom "Books-I've-Read" database app (Jill Miller)
DuckDuckGo:
the little search engine that gives back big (FOSS, no-track, "Bang Searches" like !w for Wikipedia).
Ubuntu tips (System Settings>Mouse&Touchpad): Two-finger tap for right-click
(if you have a multi-touch touchpad); "Natural scrolling" (but is it natural? "Move image" vs. "Move frame".)

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 2nd, 2016 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (Give help or get it.)
Raffle Items demo: "Red Hat Linux Unleashed" book;  "Ubuntu User" magazine.
Hot Hardware: Favorite netbook is $450 $300 at Staples; Insignia "Brick" Bluetooth Speaker is $50 $20 at BestBuy, includes phone charger and manages cell phone
; Phonak ComPilot II manages cell phone and links it to hearing aid; LUCI, the inflatable LED light.
The FOSS News: Microsoft Won't Talk To Us; Win10 Takes Flak (1,2,3,4,5), Google Android/Chrome Linux becomes THE MAJOR OS, market adjusts!; Oracle sues Google (and FOSS?) over Java APIs and loses; Microsoft Extortion against Android OEMs (even Chinese companies) continues.
Raffle Items.
Talk: "Giving Back to FOSS" (Algot Runeman)
Request for Help: Algot is adding a chapter to his Intro to Computers with Unity/Ubuntu, and invites your corrections and suggestions.

Demo: New in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS - Ubuntu Software, movable Launcher bar (Unity Tweak Tool), old-kernel management.
Demo: Creating a separate /home partition becomes trickier (MMS defines /userdata).
Demo: Optimize your wireless set-up with LinSSID. (MMS replaces Wifi Radar.)
Demo: RedShift reduces eyestrain and improves sleep; Workrave reduces Repetitive Strain Injury/RSI (Jilll Miller).
Demo: AlternativeTo.net; Linux Equivalents to Windows Programs.

May 5th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Raffle Items: older-yet-mint Lexmark Color Inkjet Printer, new Microsoft Courier Bag, Linux Books.
Hot Hardware: for multi-screen monitor use, the Seiki SE39UY04 39" 4K TV ($230 at Micro Center) or newer Seiki SE42UM 42" 4K TV ($250 at BJ's Wholesale); Genius DVR-FHD568 Dashcam ($35 via Staples); Hero-like SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi Sport Cam with many mounts (2014 comparison to budget Hero; YouTube review; user manual; $40 from Calif.; other brand?, $16 from Hong Kong; confirm details before ordering).
The FOSS News: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus is released (but MMS finds issues); more re Microsoft adding the BASH shell to Anniversary Win10 in late July.
.
Security/Privacy: FBI drops Apple suit; Stingray phone tracker in and out of the news.
Extra: In a follow-up to his March demo of a Lego design program, Dennis Payne and his son Noah showed us the M:Tron Enterprise, their hot-shot Lego model of a space ship! See more at BrickFair in Marlborough, 11AM-4PM on May 21-22.
Demo: Re-partition a computer, and install the new Ubuntu Linux 16.04 from a bootable Linux thumb drive.
Photo
                    of Dennis Payne and Lego starship
May 3rd, 2016 (6:30-8:30PM)
Mass Bay Community College (
Room 134),
50 Oakland St., Wellesley
Greater Boston Network Users Group: "Meet the new FOSS, Linux, and Ubuntu!" (Dick Miller, Miller Microcomputer Services)
You can
view the 1.25-hour video of Dick's talk on-line.
April 7th, 2016 FOSS User Group
Raffle Items: Red Hat Linux book, notebook tote bag, notebook backpack.
Hot Hardware: Favorite netbook is $450 $300 at Staples; Show 3D-printed objects from Natick Library workshop.
The FOSS News: Designing with LibreOffice a new free download; MIT Media Lab makes FOSS its default license; Microsoft adds (some) Ubuntu to its next Win10; Microsoft's Halloween Documents (1998) vs. Linux progress in 2015; Ubuntu tablet on sale; Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives on April 21st.
Demo: Use UNetBootIn to burn a bootable Ubuntu Linux thumb drive. (To participate, bring a USB thumb drive, 8GB or larger.)
Demo: How MMS verifies SHA256SUM checksums in Ubuntu:
$ cd /home/dick/Downloads/Keep-Distros/Current

$ sha256sum -c SHA256SUMS 2>&1 | grep OK

Demo Fotoxx: Tour the documentation of its three sections (Photo Editing, Image Management/Metadata, and Slide Show).

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 (10:30AM-Noon)
Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick
Making Things in 3D
Design simple 3D objects using free computer-aided design software and then print them.
Free workshop for age 18 and up. Register at the Reference Desk, at 508/647-6521 or reference@morseinstitute.org .

March 3rd, 2016 FOSS User Group
Raffle Items demo: Wireless Network Cards (for older notebooks and desktops), SUSE Linux Complete Guide (O'Reilly), notebook tote bag, notebook backpack.
Hot Hardware: $300 2-in-1 Netbook
(Staples); $20 and $25 Bluetooth Speakers (Best Buy); 3D Printers for us (free Natick Library workshop on March 12th; Micro Center hand-out), artists, glass, houses; FOSS and 3D printing = Affordable Bionic Hands; Hydroponic Farming and Food Computers.
Raffle Items.
Want To Volunteer?:
One or a committee to revive old computers as Linux gifts (MMS can provide a dozen old desktops); PowerTOP and Laptop Mode Tools (or maybe TLP or powertop2tuned) to extend battery run-time; Firefox Hello!; Blender (view Glass Half demo).
Personal anecdote (5-10 min.):
"How I modified Ostrich Rider (free version of "Joust" game) for use by three players" (Dennis Payne)
The FOSS News: Our FOSS User Group in Natick has met monthly for five years
(as of yesterday - big thanks to Andy for the surprise "Happy Fifth, FOSS" birthday cake!); Microsoft's Halloween Documents (1998) vs. Linux progress in 2015; Ubuntu 16.04 to support Vulkan graphics API in Unity 8 and new features in Unity 7.
Security/Privacy: Feb. 20th attack on Linux Mint web site; MMS verifies daily-live Ubuntu SHA256SUM (not MD5) check-sums.
Demo: LeoCAD
- a CAD program for creating virtual LEGO models (Dennis Payne).

FOSS Q&A
Saturday, February 27th, 2016 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
February 4th, 2016 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (Give help or get it.)
Raffle Items demo: new HDX 23-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set (Algot Runeman), new Centech 7-Function Digital Multimeter (MMS).
Hot Hardware: A Dutch cure for illegal drones? (with video).
Personal anecdote: Nystagmus ("dancing eyes") from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) strobes curiously with LCD display (Dick).
Security/Privacy: A bug in the Webkit browser engine (Dennis Payne).
Fotoxx: Overview of its three sections (Photo Editing, Image Management/Metadata, and Slide Show).
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 (7-9PM)
The Campion Center, 319 Concord Road, Weston

"Ham Radio and the Raspberry Pi (or Arduino or Si5351)"
   
Bob Evans (N1BE) will explain these versatile devices and their applications for Ham Radio, at the free monthly meeting of the Minuteman Repeater Association.

January 14th, 2016 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (Give help or get it.)
Raffle Items demo: new D-Link eHome EH100 4-Port Wireless-G Router.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell
(5-min. each; others?): A better Bluetooth mini-Speaker Box; hand-held Laser Presenters.
The FOSS News: Microsoft ends support for Windows 8.0; AT&T will Deploy Canonical's Ubuntu Linux for Cloud and Networking; Our own NatickFOSS (phpBB) Forum
and new NatickFoss stickers (Algot Runeman); Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows10.
Personal anecdote
(5-10 min.): "Before the Internet" (Jill Miller) (TRS-80 Model I and Acoustic Coupler)
Raffle Items.
Topic: If FOSS is free, how do FOSS programmers earn money?
(See end of "Dear Parents" letter, "Cyborg jobs are here to stay", and "Google's Chromebook overtakes Apple  in education market".)
Topic: Correlation does not equal Causation
("Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics", Spurious Correlations).
Fotoxx: An overview of its three sections
(Photo Editing, Image Management/Metadata, and Slide Show).

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
December 3rd, 2015 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (Give help or get it.)
Raffle Items demo: D-link DIR-615 Wireless-N Router
Hot Hardware show-and-tell: inexpensive but poor Bluetooth mini-Speaker Box and good $10 Noise-Canceling Headphones; a Wireless-less Adapter and other Cable Adapters; new Raspberry Pi Zero costs $5 (Algot Runeman).
The FOSS News: First Lenovo, now Dell; what do rootkits mean to us?; BLU.org's Linux InstallFest this Saturday at MIT.
Personal anecdote (5-10 min.): The etymology of "Souped-Up" and "Boot" (Dick Miller)
Security/Privacy:
an independent eDellBoot test; Children's data exposed in VTech toy company hack, on-line Barby doll says, "What, me worry?"; Linus Torvalds and Kernel Security (article and rebuttals 1 and 2
; Government backdoors in our computers?; Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger; Secret code in color printers enables government tracking; Attacking Restricted Keyways; Intel finds Memory Sinkhole vulnerability in 1995-2010 Pentium Pro CPUs; Lenovo computers (Oct. 2014-April 2015) have "immortal" bug.
Linux demo: Update ("flash") your BIOS
using UNetBootIn/FreeDOS or Rufus/FreeDOS.
Demo: Make your Mouse Cursor say "Hello!" (in Linux, with dconf-editor).
Linux demo: Drag windows into half-screen, quarter-screen, two quarters plus bottom half, etc. (Jill Miller).
FOSS Q&A
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 325, Cambridge MA
Boston Linux & Unix User Group
"Digital Photo Management and Post-Processing with digiKam and The GIMP"
November 5th, 2015 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item: Babbage belly pack.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell: a $15 case for fifty USB thumb drives (Charlie Blaney, You-Do-It Electronics Center; cut 50 drive slots in the foam padding); new Dell i3147-1000 11.6" 2-in-1 netbook (like i3147-3750 but w/Win10; $300 at Staples, two weeks ago!); Oct. 2016 Win7 cut-off to computer manufacturers.
The FOSS News: Ubuntu Linux 15.10 has arrived, is nice; Ubuntu 11 years old on Oct.20th; Techrights says Microsoft is Embracing, Extending, Extinguishing GNU/Linux, Hopes to Do the Same to Android; 1,000,000 stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations from the British Library; 170,000 incredible photos of Depression-Era America.
Linux demo:
Use a new Ubuntu 15.10 Bootable Linux Live USB to install and modify a Linux system.

Fotoxx new features: Spherical Projection; true colors for Effects>Pattern.
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 (10-11:30AM)
The new Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington
(Use the museum entrance; then pass the museum, and up hill to left.)
Lexington Computer and Technology Group free guest presentation:
Dick Miller
de
scribes FOSS photography software, including The GIMP and Fotoxx.
October 1st, 2015 FOSS User Group
Raffle Items: Belkin USB2.0 4-Port Powered Hub; Bag for a Bernoulli Box.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell: Micro Center has good 32GB USB3.0 Thumb Drives w/LEDs @ $10; DDR4 RAM (1.2V), because 1.5V DDR3 RAM kills Intel Skylake CPUs.
The FOSS News: Extra: Microsoft chooses Linux (twice, but..); Non-FOSS smart cars more vulnerable; $9 Linux computer; IBM mainframes add Ubuntu Linux
to RedHat and SuSE.
Win10 News: More problems; Office 2016 goes subscription (Charlie Blaney).
Personal anecdote (5-10 min.): "Boston's first computer show (1977) and the Radio Shack TRS-80" (Ferren MacIntyre and Dick Miller).
Linux demo: Download a Linux .iso file, and use it to create a bootable Linux Live USB.

FOSS Q&A

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 (10-11:30AM)
The new Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington
(Use the museum entrance; then pass the museum, and up hill to left.)
Lexington Computer and Technology Group free guest presentation:
Dick Miller
(
optical physicist), Prof. Ferren MacIntyre (oceanographer and physical chemist, MIT and much more) and Dr. Bert Raphael (artificial intelligence at MIT and Stanford Research Institute) describe some interesting projects and problems around the world and on the Moon.
September 10th, 2015 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: "Flying Saucer" Dell T-shirt.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): Hot Li-ion batteries die young; 500GB Samsung EVO SSD (prepared using gddrescue, GPartEd and a dock); Dell replaces rubber feet; no drive-activity LEDs?
Win10 News: MMS votes "Just Say No" and adds a Web section.
Personal anecdote (5-10 min.): "Create custom greeting cards online with Avery.com" (Pat Sockol).
Demo: Swat a bug in LibreOffice (Algot Runeman).
Demo: Organize your writing projects with Plume Creator (Dennis Payne).
FOSS Q&A
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
August 6th, 2015 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (Give help or get it.)
Raffle Item demo: D-Link Wireless Print Server.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): ".
The FOSS News: Windows 10 out July 29 (but wait!; scam; Win10, phone home!; Windows poison pill for Linux?); LibreOffice 5.0 out August 3; Samsung Caught Disabling Windows UpdatesInternet is running out of IPv4 Addresses (it's time for IPv6); Routing slows down as routing tables outgrow many Tier-1 Internet Routers.
Personal anecdote (5-10 min.): "Dropping and recovering the night-run computer card deck" (Charlie Blaney).
Raffle Item.
Security/Privacy: Hiroshima/Nuclear Arms Race vis-a-vis 9-11/CyberWar; Global spy system ECHELON; Remote Takeover of Car Controls; Stealing Keys from PCs using a Radio; Voice Recognition Hacking; XKEYSCORE (NSA's Google Search for the World's Private Communications); Chinese Crackers access U.S. systems; Russia disinforms the Internet; U.S Navy still using WinXP; BotNet activity Globally; rethinking Social Security Numbers; Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance.
Fotoxx: Cartoon tutorial (Metadata>Search Images; Bend>Fix Perspective; Edit>Trim/Rotate; Edit>Resize; Effects>Sketch).
FOSS Q&A
July 9th, 2015
FOSS User Group
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (Give help or get it.)
Raffle Item demo: Belkin Wireless Router.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell
(5-min. each; others?): When warranties fail (talk to Best Buy before Sony!); Recycle vs. Re-use: We have various types of free cables and a few other cyber-doodads for you and your friends, so come and get'em!
The FOSS News: Windows 10 out July 29.
Raffle Item.
Demo: Kvm
(or Virtualbox) runs Windows or ReactOS or Linux within Linux (Dennis Payne).
Fotoxx: Moon Shot
tutorial.
FOSS Q&A
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
June 4th, 2015 FOSS User Group
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (Give help or get it.)
Raffle Item demo: Targus Optical Notebook Mouse with retractable cord.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): 8GB Kingston SO-DIMM RAM for $45; inexpensive Wireless Presenters (a.k.a., "Air Mouse").
The FOSS News: SourceForge bundled adware with GIMPforWindows
and more; Ubuntu Community Council ousts Kubuntu leader; tiny $9 C.H.I.P. computer; Dell features Ubuntu Linux, but will stores sell it?
Upcoming events: Linux InstallFest at MIT
on June 13, Windows 10 out July 29.
Personal anecdote: "How a slammed tape drive door caused the great Northeast Power Blackout of 1965"
(Jill Miller).
Raffle Item.
Circulate Little Brother book
, and discuss R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots, the 1923 play by Karel Čapek).

Demo: BitTorrent cooperation (using Transmission) speeds big downloads.
Demo: Onboard visual keyboard.
FOSS/Linux goodness:
Did Win8.1 kill your GRUB boot manager? Meet rEFInd (and rEFIt); extras.ubuntu.com is semi-retired; systemd update (Ubuntu systemd for techies) & future; workSpaces (a.k.a., "Virtual Desktops"; ancient in Linux, coming in Win10).
Fotoxx:
Albums move over; new Set Desktop Image and Cycle Desktop Images
.
FOSS Q&A
May 7th, 2015 FOSS User Group
(with a focus on Ubuntu Convergence.)
2-3PM: FOSS Help Hour (give or take).
Raffle Item demo: a bootable Ubuntu 15.04 Live-USB flash drive.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): an inexpensive 4-port USB 3.0 Hub; SymplePC w/Ubuntu for $89; UbuTab?
The FOSS News: Ubuntu 15.04 released on 4/23; first Ubuntu phone launches in EU; an Ubuntu-Snappy drone; over twenty-million Ubuntu users; Tendering with Ubuntu.
Upcoming events: Convergence, but still converging; personal anecdotes?
Raffle Item.
Security: Touch-typing tells tales (passwords+); Little Brother (Cory Doctorow).
Demo: Partition a computer, and install Linux from a bootable Linux thumb drive (Algot Runeman).
FOSS Q&A

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
International Day Against DRM
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 (10:00-11:30AM)
Muzzey Room, Lexington Senior Center, 1475 Mass. Ave., Lexington MA
Lexington Computer and Technology Group free guest presentation:
"Free, Open-Source Software; GNU/Linux and much more"
by A. Richard Miller, Partner, Miller Microcomputer Services and Co-Chair, Natick FOSS User Group (NatickFOSS.org)
   Now that free, open-source software (FOSS) is reliable and often best-of-class (and free), why aren't US computer users embracing it as quickly as in other countries? And if FOSS is free, why is it that good?
   Dick Miller shares the facts, perceptions, benefits and and obstacles, while demonstrating some of the best of breed FOSS for normal users - both applications for your existing Windows or OS X, and the pre-release Ubuntu 15.04 version of GNU/Linux, the OS that now runs more of the world's computers than any other.

April 2nd, 2015 FOSS User Group
3PM: FOSS Introductory Slide Talk.

Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): KeySweeper (Security? Forget wireless keyboards!); j5create's JUC100 Wormhole Switch (Security? Can bypass passwords!); upgrade a laptop to Wireless-AC; meet the Natick High School Robotics club, RobONatick!
The FOSS News: FCC Released its proposed Open Internet Order (400 pp.!; analysis: so far, so good); 30 years of Richard Stallman's GNU Manifesto, and talks from LibrePlanet 2015.
Upcoming events:
Raffle Item.
Demo: Partition a computer, and install Linux from a bootable Linux thumb drive.
Meet Geany; this FOSS integrated development environment (IDE) makes a great advanced text editor.
Linux goodness: Redshift and redshift.conf (or f.lux for Windows), and a Gnubik Cube.
Fotoxx 15.04 introduces Zonal Flatten.
FOSS Q&A
Saturday and Sunday, March 21st-22nd, 2015
MIT Stata Center
32
Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA
LibrePlanet 2015
Preregister; it's free for FSF members, students, and volunteers. This year's theme is, "Free Software Everywhere".
March 5th, 2015 FOSS User Group
Raffle Item demo: BluRay Mini Speaker.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): High-school Robots competition.
The FOSS News: Who Writes Linux? (Linux Foundation reports 2,000 new developers, 10,000 patches for each version); FCC voted FOR Net Neutrality; Canada bars Apple TV streaming from USA; Lenovo shipped computers with Superfish security vulnerability (Oct-Dec 2014); Samsung's smart-TV user agreement says you agree to be watched.
Upcoming events: LibrePlanet.
FOSS Challenge: Who will review Firefox Hello?
Raffle BluRay Speaker (no book from O'Reilly Media).
Free Tools for Tax Time (Jill Miller): demo of OpenTaxSolver. For some, GnuCash or LibreOffice Calc will help.
Hands-on: Use UNetBootIn to burn a bootable Linux thumb drive. (To participate, bring a USB thumb drive, 4GB or larger.)
Storage and Drive Formats: SDHC, SDXC, EXFAT, and more.
FOSS Q&A.
February 5th, 2015 FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): Linksys EA6300 Smart AC1200 Wireless Router; mhddfs views multiple storage drives as one (without RAID or LVM).
The FOSS News: Upcoming events; Feb. 26th vote for Net Neutrality (and you!)
Early look: Ubuntu GNU/Linux 15.04 (systemd and more), LibreOffice 4.4.
Fotoxx demos: new 29-min. Fotoxx demo video, new Tools>Magnify, Areas>Select, Mashup, and Slide Show's "Ken Burns" Zoom effect.
FOSS Q&A
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 325, Cambridge MA
FOTOXX Update by Dick and Jill Miller
The Boston Linux & Unix User Group invites us back. Will our favorite photo editor and manager have anything new to show? Bank on that!
You can view this 1.5-hour video of Dick's talk.
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 (6:30-9PM)
MIT Building E51, Room 315, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
Mini Internet of Things Fest
This meeting is held in collaboration with BLU.org. The meeting is open to the public.
Thanks to the generosity of Canonical, pizza will be served beginning at 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 (1-2:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick
Robots Visit, from iRobot
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (RFosdick@minlib.net; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)
January 8th, 2015
FOSS User Group
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each; others?): MMS upgrades its netbooks to Dell Inspiron 11 3000 (3147-3750SLV); lessons learned.
The FOSS News: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to protect Net Neutrality by reclassifying Internet access under Title II of the Communications Act (reclassifying service providers as common carriers; but might the FCC's vote on Feb. 26 include bad provisions?);  "Hour of Code" at NHS, Dick to give major Fotoxx review at MIT on Jan. 21st.
Book raffle (courtesy O'Reilly Media).
Electronic Data Theft and You (Staples credit cards et al), meet ThreatPost.com.
Customizing the Firefox toolbar with its new Forget button.

Using Inkscape for stencilling, doing silhouettes, and more, by Algot Runeman.
Review of Dasher, by Charlie Blaney. (Dasher is a fast, non-keyboard text entry system", in the Ubuntu Software Center.)
FOSS Q&A

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 (2:30-4:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick

Advanced Scratch II, with Maker Kevin Osborn
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (RFosdick@minlib.net; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)
Register through January 5th, 2015
(on-line)
Introduction to Linux on-line course at edX.
Study at home, at your speed, when you like. Take this course for free, or get a verified certificate for $99!
November-December 2014
Natick Community-Senior Center
117 East Central Street (Rte.135).
Photography Exhibit by New England Light Painters
The exhibit theme is, "Motion".
Can you find Dick Miller's three photographs, all edited with Fotoxx?
Saturday, December 6th, 2014 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA

(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street,
up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)
BLU.org's Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Friday, December 5th, 2014 (2:30-4:30PM)
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick

Making Things in 3D: Design to Print, with Maker Kevin Osborn
For teens ages 11-18, preregistration required; use one of the Library's laptops, or bring your own. Contact:
Robin Fosdick (RFosdick@minlib.net; 1-508/647-6400 x1546)
December 4th, 2014 FOSS User Group (Agenda)
Raffle Item demo.
Hot Hardware show-and-tell (5-min. each): 240GB Intel 730 SSD (Solid-State Drive) upgrades Dick's netbook for $110 (other 240GB SSDs from $70); Ubuntu-ready Dell Inspiron i3646 Desktop PC for $230 and Lenovo H500s Desktop PC for $200; Cobra JumPack CPP 7500 is a pocket-size $100 flashlight (with strobe and SOS) that charges your computer and starts cars, too!
The FOSS News: 10th anniversary of Firefox (remember Netscape and SeaMonkey?); Enterprise Linux growing at Windows' expense; Bruce Byfield: Debian and Ubuntu present a united front; Gates Foundation mandates open access for all research it funds; Hack Keurig 2.0's DRM and save 90% of its coffee cost (or buy a Keurig 1.0 machine, or don't); Fotoxx has 2,365 monthly hits vs. GetDeb's 2nd-most-popular 6,685!
Book raffle (courtesy O'Reilly Media).
Guest presentation: The OLPC, Sugar OS, TurtleBlocks and FOSS, by Walter Bender, Executive Director of Sugar Labs. Designing computers for education, instead of vice versa!
TurtleArt has expanded into even-more-wonderful TurtleBlocks. (It needs no manual, but TurtleArt Activities and Turtle Confusion are good ones.)
Or, try the entire Sugar on a Stick.