Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG)
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We generally meet monthly
in San Francisco (in/near SOMA/Chinatown area, near downtown).
We also operate several
meets the third Tuesday of each month.
We talk about
Linux and related topics,
and we typically share ample portions of food (e.g. Chinese).
We typically have a speaker/presentation for our meetings
(generally starting around the tail end of dinner or immediately following
In any case, with or without a speaker/presentation arranged and scheduled,
our meetings include good people, and interesting conversations.
And if we haven't announced/posted a
speaker/presentation, don't let that fool you - sometimes we manage to score an
excellent speaker/presentation (e.g. at the last minute) without our having
managed to get it posted onto the web site and an announcement sent out in advance.
Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.
Meeting kicks off at 6:30 P.M. - we start
with meet and greet and chat and such,
then proceed with dining around 7:00 P.M. for dinner
- please arrive before 7:00 P.M. if you want to join us for dinner.
Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.
To do so please e-mail us a note at
indicating meeting date.
If you'll be bringing additional guest(s) please let us know total number of folks you're RSVPing for.
Also please let us know any special requirements or concerns you may have (e.g. if you have any particular dietary considerations,
so that we might possibly be able to accommodate you,
or if you won't be dining with us
but do wish to otherwise join our meeting).
dinner costs? May vary - see venue for more information (we may dine and share "family" style and split up the costs, if folks are agreeable to that
- for Henry's Hunan Restaurant, typical cost per
person including tax and tip (but not including beverages beyond
complementary tea) would be in the $13.00 to $17.50 range, and
commonly around $15.00 to $16.50. Cash may be preferred to ease
splitting up the check. One can also specifically order the
dish(es) one needs/prefers (e.g. for dietary considerations) - and
we also commonly order some dish(es) that may meet various dietary
considerations (e.g. vegetarian, non-pork, ...)).
Be sure to note future meetings on your calendar:
- Please RSVP (including indicating date) for meetings you plan to attend - Thank You
- 2014-11-18 Michael Paoli on
For our 2014-11-18 BALUG meeting:
We have a (mini-)presentation/demo from Michael Paoli on
Rockbox is free Open Source replacement firmware and software for many
digital audio players. Rockbox offers many enhanced and additional
capabilities not available on the firmware/software provided by these
digital audio players. Michael will be providing demonstrations on a
SanDisk Sansa Fuze v2.
A partial listing of just some of what
Rockbox additionaly makes available on this device:
- audio channel configuration, many additional modes/settings:
- Karaoke, Stereo Width, Crossfeed
- EQ - 10 band, peak and high and low shelf filters, save/load presets
- dithering, timestretch, compressor
- sleep timer, alarmclock
- recording - 9 frequency settings, 4 file formats, file splitting by
size/time, sound activation, gain & monitor volumes
- 124 themes, 98 fonts
- audio/recording metering
- 36 Games: frozen-bubble, chess, Mastermind, Doom, Go, maze, Pong,
sliding puzzle, solitaire, sudoku, ...
- 21 apps: calculator, calendar, clock, md5sum, metronome, pitch
detector, resistor, paint, stopwatch ...
- demos: oscilloscope, life, vu_meter
- text viewer, editor, (loadable UTF-8) virtual keyboard, Morse code
- voice - talking audio menus
- music database - many additional views and can be customized
- dual boot, limit USB access, connect to USB & continue playing
Michael Paoli is a long-time user of Linux, Unix, and Open
Source, and in most recent decades has generally worked as a
Linux/Unix Systems Administrator. And yes, he does quite a bit
with and around Linux and Open Source for fun, too. He's also
rather to quite involved with at least 4 Linux hosts supporting
various Linux user groups.
Note also that this is our last meeting this year.
Note venue this meeting (it's not our former location in Chinatown):
Henry's Hunan Restaurant
110 Natoma St. (between 2nd & New Montgomery, and not to be confused with any of their other locations)
San Francisco, CA 94105-3704
Dinner costs? We may share and dine "family style" and split up the costs, if folks are agreeable to that.
- 2014-12 (no December meeting this year - we typically skip December)
BALUG generally meets the third Tuesday of each month.
Subscribe to our
list to learn of upcoming meetings and speakers/presentations.
BALUG Mailing Lists
BALUG Mailing Lists:
Note that all of the above lists are publicly archived - so one can search them and/or get an idea of traffic volume, what lists one may be most interested in, etc.
Note that most of the lists can also be subscribed to as a digest version (e.g. if one wants all the items on the list to be combined into a single mailing when the list (e.g. "talk") might sometimes be very "chatty").
- "announce" -
low-volume announce-only (non-discussion) mailing list (e.g. important announcements about meeting programs and other BALUG newsy/noteworthy items; if you subscribe to any of our lists, you'll want to include this one)
- "talk" general public BALUG, Linux and related discussion (see the URL for policies)
- "admin" - administrivia (for those interested in the inner workings of the BALUG group)
Volunteering and helping BALUG
We could also always use more volunteers to make BALUG even better!
Some of the tasks which could use more volunteers include:
- help arrange speakers/presentations for our meetings (help refer to us, coordinate schedules, etc.)
- publicity (helping us get information out in as timely a manner as feasible, and in as many places as appropriate)
- website: webmaster and/or assistance with routine updates/additions
- writing up meeting "minutes" (brief summaries of meeting highlights - e.g. information on presentations, interesting/noteworthy discussions/topics, etc.; suitable for web use, or even just rough notes on the relevant items)
- mailing list maintenance
If you're at all interested in helping with any and/or all of the above,
please contact BALUG contact.
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If you're looking for
The San Francisco Bay Area LEGO® Users' Group and Train Club,
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Need to contact BALUG?: BALUG contact
Interested in speaking at BALUG or know a good speaker/presenter for BALUG? contact speaker coordinators. If one will be speaking or is considering speaking at BALUG, see also: Speaker-Presenter Information and REsources (SPIRE)
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