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February 2011 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The LRUG February 2011 meeting will be on Monday the 7th of February, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. It’s a great space with plenty of room for the group, but you still need to register to let Skills Matter know you are coming.

Agenda

Lightning talks!

It’s February, so this means it’s time for our annual lightning talk evening. This means lots of short talks all in one night. Because that’s not quite fun enough, we use the 20x20 format for the talks. This means each speaker has 20 slides that auto-transition after 20 seconds, giving them 6 minutes 40 seconds to get their point across. It’s a fun format for a talk, as the rigid time constraints mean the speakers have to choose between explaining their opinions in detail (and missing out something else) or stating them as fact. This is especially fun when the opinions are controversial.

The brave 20x20ers for 2011 are (in alphabetical order, on the night the talks will be randomised):

Looks like a fun night!

Pub

These short talks are bound to raise more questions than they answer and to answer those questions we’ll head over to The Slaughtered Lamb. It’s only five minutes from Skills Matter’s offices and does a killer fish-finger sandwich. The talks will probably finish around 8pm, so if for some reason you aren’t able to make it for the talks (but you really should try), head to the pub for about 8pm and you’ll find blocking all reasonable access to the bar for about 20-30 minutes. Maybe get there a bit earlier?

Registration

Skills Matter ask that you register your attendance with them if you are coming to the meeting. On a few exceptional occasions we’ve had to turn away people who haven’t registered. This has only been at extremely popular meetings and has yet to happen at Goswell Road, but it’s better to be safe than sorry though. It is just good manners though (don’t forget MINASWAN), so please do register.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but be aware this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attend. It’s just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 16, 2011

January 2011 Meeting

Hosted By

Skills Matter

Thanks!

The first meeting of 2011 will be on Monday the 10th of January, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Our hosts Skills Matter will be providing the space, at their offices on Goswell Road; The Skills Matter eXchange. It’s a great space with plenty of room for the group, but you still need to register to let Skills Matter know you are coming.

Agenda

Sean O'Halpin – Processing Tweets at the BBC

Sean O'Halpin couldn’t make our December meeting due to illness, but he’s fighting fit now and is going to give his talk this month instead. He’ll be telling us about some work at the BBC involving twitter:

I’ll be talking about how we’re using Ruby to process tweets in realtime to discover inbound links to the BBC Zeitgeist and how we’re reading the Twitter Firehose (about 1000 tweets/sec = about 90 million a day) and storing the data in Amazon S3.

There’ll be a bit about Hadoop and Map/Reduce too.

A video of Sean’s talk, filmed by Skills Matter, is available on the Skills Matter site.

Matthew Rudy Jacobs: “Building a financial app in ruby and rails, and all the gems I made along the way”

Matthew has been living it up in Hong Kong for the past year and will be making a brief stop at our humble meeting to explain some of the work he’s been doing there in building a financial application. He promises to cover at least some of these things:

  • big ints and careful rounding
  • locking strategy
  • state machines
  • currency handling
  • secure server configuration with chef
  • data security
  • satisfying businessy types

A video of Matthew’s talk, filmed by Skills Matter, is available on the Skills Matter site.

“Analogue Blog”

At the start of the meetings, and during laptop faffing between talks we leave the floor open for the audience. The idea is that if there’s something you want to say to the group (announce you’re team is hiring, let people know about a new gem you’ve written, point out a new conference, ask for help on a personal project, whatever really…) then this is the time to do it. Just keep it short, if it’s longer than a minute, maybe you should think about doing a longer talk.

Pub

We’ll see in the New Year after the meeting with a couple of drinks at The Slaughtered Lamb which is only a five minute walk from Skills Matter’s offices. We aim to finish the meeting at around 8pm, so if you can’t make the more formal part of the evening head to the pub then and you’ll find us nattering over a pint.

Registration

Skills Matter prefer that you register your attendance with them if you are coming to the meeting. On a few exceptional occasions we’ve had to turn away people who haven’t registered, but this has only been at extremely popular meetings, and has yet to happen at the new venue on Goswell Road. It’s better to be safe than sorry though, and it is polite (don’t forget MINASWAN), so please do register.

You can also follow this meeting on lanyrd, but be aware this is not a meaningful way to tell Skills Matter you wish to attending. It’s just for the lols, innit?

Posted by Murray Steele on Jan 04, 2011