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"Technical Meeting": Friday December 10th, 6:30 pm

Due to lack of input as well as former hosting sites such as p0wned having gone out of business, Tina is hosting a gaming night at her house. Email her if you need address and/or directions. Start time is 6:30 pm. Note that this is NOT our usual second Thursday, we pushed it back one night so people don't have to deal with getting to work in the morning.

We play whatever you bring. Please consider bringing a folding table and chairs, board games, card games, video games, video game system accessories, and/or snacks and beverages. RSVP's of the types of stuff you're bringing would be appreciated so we don't have overstocks of some items such as four people hauling their folding table and chairs, or everyone bringing chips.

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Name # of self/family/friends Electronic games Board/card games Food/beverage contributions Other
Tina 3 two tv's, a Wii with some games + 2 controllers, a PS2 with some games + 2 controllers + DDR with one dance pad Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Munchkin, Great Dalmuti, Fluxx, EcoFluxx diet A&W rootbeer one table, ~7 chairs, lots of floor space, a large yard with some floodlights
Aaron 1 N/A I'll bring a bag o' games, will avoid the ones Tina and Rob have Those candy covered pretzel things My tiny car, the clothes on my back, one (1) canvas bag
Your name here x x x x x

Lunch: Thursday December 16th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Planned Technical Meeting: Thursday January 13th

Speaker needed. If you're willing to speak but need some topic ideas, there's a list of things your fellow K-LUGgers have requested presentations on here.


Social: Friday November 19th

We will be attending dinner at Outback Steakhouse and the movie "Unstoppable" on Friday, November 19th.

Dinner:
5:30 pm, Outback Steakhouse
1201 S. Broadway
Menu and prices can be found here if you're the type to want to check it out in advance. Try to be there on time so we can get them to seat all of us together.

Movie:
Meet in the lobby at 6:50 pm
7:05 showing at Wehrenberg Theater, near Fleet Farm
"Unstoppable" , "A massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed "The Beast" and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporizing anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer and a young conductor, aboard another train in the runaway's path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it -- and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area."
PG-13, 1 hr 38 minutes

Tickets are $9.50 for adults. Mayo employees, there's a Wehrenberg discount if you check out the L&L activities office website, must purchase tickets in advance; IBM'ers, hopefully you already know if/how there's a discount available to you.


Lunch: Thursday November 18th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Technical meeting: Thursday November 11th

Due to low enthusiasm levels we've cancelled the annual swap/sale this year. Instead we'll have another presentation on our regular night.

6 pm in RCTC Heintz Center's HA107. Jon Tollefson will present on Android Kernel Internals - comparing Android to Linux with details especially useful for Android App developers.


Social: Saturday October 30

1 pm shooting off of rockets. Details:

Since Amazon has a sale on Estes Rockets and Kevin Arhelger has a launcher and we like to blow things up, the social is scheduled to be Rocket Launching Sat Oct 30th 1pm at the practice field behind Century High school We'll have to postpone to Sunday if it happens to be windy There are several rockets as low as $4.75 here http://amzn.to/dAJviv (engines sold separately) Should also be available from hobby lobby and walmart in town


Lunch: Thursday October 21st

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Technical Meeting: Thursday October 14th

Chris Abbey - Linux on the drobo. The usual time and location, which is 6 pm, RCTC's Heintz Center HA109 or HA107 depending on construction progress. See the Meetings page for more details on how to find the building and the room.


Planned Social: September TBD

Ideas can be found here or invent your own. What would you like to do? Tell Tina.

Tina never got around to planning something, sorry, see you in October.


Lunch: Thursday September 16th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Technical Meeting: Thursday Sept 9th

Jon Gullixson and Eldon Nelson will be demoing "Producing and Publishing Great Screencasts".

When: Thursday September 9th - 6pm - 7:30pm
Where: RCTC Heintz Center HA109 or HA107 depending on construction progress - Meetings page for more details on how to find the building and the room.
more information


Social: Canoeing/Kayaking/Geocaching, August 29th, 2010

For August the K-Lug group is going to go canoe/kayak/geocaching down the zumbro river out of Oronoco

Open to all, please let us know if you are interested and we can reserve boats

Some details Date: Sunday August 29th Time: Meet at Bolder Outfitters at 11:00

Cost: $35 per canoe, $25 per kayak, $15/$10 for a ride back if you have your own boatage (See Tim, I have some $5 discount coupons left) Details listed here http://www.boulderdamcanoe.com/

Bonus Geocaching....We are also going to search for the 10 or so caches on the river, starting where the canoe trip starts ...here: http://geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=956c2899-a79e-4650-b277-bac269c2d5b9

Post social report: 9 folks (and a puppy) attended the PCIG/K-Lug August social. This was a peaceful canoe ride down the Zumbro River from Oronoco to the Sandy Point landing. Most of the crew enjoyed geocaching along the way too. There were pictures taken!


K-Lug Discount on This Little Program Went to Market

Last month after our presentation, Annette Godtland offered a discount to club members on her book, she wants to continue that discount to members who couldn't make the meeting. Please contact Tim or Aaron and we'll make arrangements to hand deliver the book.

This Little Program Went to Market: Retail $48.00 To PCIG/KLUG: $32.60 + 7.375% tax = $35.00 If paying by check, make checks payable to Godtland Software Corporation More details http://www.godtlandsoftware.com


Lunch: Thursday August 19th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Technical Meeting: Thursday August 12th

Author Annette Godtland on her book "This Little Program Went to Market". The book describes how to Create, Deploy, Distribute, Sell, and Market Software and More on the Internet at Little or No Cost to You. Find out more at her website. The usual time and location, which is 6 pm, RCTC's Heintz Center HA109 or HA107 depending on construction progress. See the Meetings page for more details on how to find the building and the room.


Technical Meeting: Thursday July 15th *** NOTE DATE CHANGE

Brent Vrieze will present SquareSpace and demo the website he created for his ambulance garage.


Lunch: Thursday July 15th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N. Yes, the same day as our technical meeting.


Social: June 29th

Frisbee golf, 7 pm, East Park. That's kitty-corner from the Heintz Center building, here's a map, email Tina if you need more detailed directions. You're welcome even if you don't own your own discs, or if you've never played. If you don't own your own, you can throw your shoe (entertaining but highly inefficient), or try to let us know in advance to bring a spare for you to borrow.


Lunch: Thursday June 17th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


CANCELED June Technical Meeting

Tim and Tina are both unavailable to run a meeting, and we have no speaker. Past history suggests low summer attendance anyway. So in the usual arbitrary and capricious manner, this meeting has been canceled. Speakers are needed to volunteer for upcoming months.


Social: Thursday May 20th

Yes, the same day as lunch, hope you're not sick of us yet. Disc golf at East Park (kitty-corner from RCTC's Heintz Center), 7 pm. You're welcome even if you don't own your own discs, or if you've never played. If you don't own your own, you can throw your shoe (entertaining but highly inefficient), or try to let us know in advance to bring a spare for you to borrow.


Lunch: Thursday May 20th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Technical Meeting: Thursday May 13th

The featured speakers this month are José de Leon of Winona State University and Bonnie Gabrick, a Winona State University student in Management Information Systems. They will talk about iPhone web development with the rapid web-development framework Ruby on Rails. Bonnie and José worked on a database-backed site in Rails, describing the technology inventory in each classroom at Winona State, and developed a mobile version of the website that exists alongside the default site. Like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, two cool technologies that go great together!


Social: Thursday April 22nd

We'll be participating in Rochester's A Litter Bit Better campaign by helping to clean up section 346 of Bear Creek Park. 6:30 pm start, meet at the south end of the McQuillin Field parking lot, more details can be found here. Bring your own gloves, and anyone interested in geocaching the park can do both at the same time (plan is to get a few FTF options out of there to encourage the geocachers). Since we're participating in LBB, the City provides the empty trash bags, picks up the full bags, and covers the disposal costs.


Technical Meeting: Thursday April 8th

Eldon Nelson and Jon Gullixson will speak on online storage, and securing your online storage.
When: Thursday April 8th - 6pm - 8:30pm
Where:RCTC Heintz Center HA109 or HA107 depending on construction progress
more information


Lunch: Thursday March 18th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Technical Meeting: Thursday March 11th

The usual time and close to the usual place - 6 pm in RCTC's Heintz Center near HA107 (room under construction). Maps and directions are on our Meetings page. Jose de Leon will present on "Winona360 and Drupal".

Winona360 (edutech.tlt.winona.edu/winona360) is an online journalism site that was built for the Mass Communications Department of Winona State University. The site was built using the open-source content management system Drupal, and the talk will be more focused upon some working with some of the advanced Drupal features, and what was done with them to make the site work.

Slides from Jose's presentation can be found here.

Also, PCIG elections.


Social: Sunday March 7th

On Sunday March 7th in Owatonna, the Owatonna Curling Club will be holding an open house. This is your opportunity to see live curling, learn about curling and even try curling for free. They're no longer allowing individual small groups to come for free as Tina's taken some of you in the past, so this may be your best option. Don't forget to bring clean tennis shoes. Details can be found on the club website http://owatonnacc.org


Alternate social: Sunday February 21st

Celebrate the Chinese New Year by going out for Chinese with your fellow K-LUGgers. The Chinese New Year is actually on Valentine's Day this year, which I figured was asking for trouble for trying to get enough seats in a restaurant, so we'll go a week late. 6 pm, Hunan at 844 South Broadway near Kmart. RSVP's are due to Tina by lunchtime on Wednesday February 17th so reservations can be made.


Lunch: Thursday February 18th

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Technical Meeting: Thursday February 11th

Chris Abbey on digital photo processing. Those of you who went on the October social photowalks, send your pictures to Chris in advance or bring them to the meeting. Culling is the first step, so don't feel like you need to reduce in advance the pictures you took.

Also, PCIG nominations.


Social: Thursday February 4th

For a February social there's an IBMer that Tim knows who is a good public speaker, he's doing a Community Ed class on Woodstock. Details are code 7071.221, Thursday February 4th, 7-8:30 pm, Northrop 319. You must register with Community Ed to attend, the class fee is $7.


Lunch: Thursday January 21st

11:30 am, at the Apache Mall food court near B&N.


Social: January 16th

Potluck dinner and game night at Tina's.

6 pm dinner - Tina will provide pork based something for the main dish

7 pm games - we'll play whatever you bring

Please RSVP to Tina


Technical Meeting: Thursday January 14 - IBM SameTime 3D - Virtual Collaboration in 3D Meeting Rooms - Demo by Tim Massaro

-> When: Thursday Jan 14th, 6-7:30pm

-> Where:RCTC Heintz Center

Room HA107 (or HA109)

Directions to Campus
Heintz Center Building Map

SameTime 3D allows users to collaborate via voice, textchat, avatars and various meeting specific tools. Upload a presentation and invite others to join you in a virtual 3D meeting space.

Why use 3D for Meetings?

Meetings are about people getting together to do things - with 3D meetings you see all the others as avatars throughout the meeting.

Social interactions are more natural with avatars. The expressiveness of avatars help co-workers communicate in a natural and personal way that helps them get to know each other - leading to more trust and better collaboration.

Work in 3D. Organize in 3D, build in 3D, present and interact in 3D


We'll also go over topics for future meetings...Need some ideas? Here are topics your fellow K-LUGgers have requested.

Also, elections are coming up please consider volunteering.


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