Author Archives: Marc

2019 01 GDPR

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 14 January 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Does your Non-Profit organization collect personal data on people? People in Europe? And what is Personal Data anyway? Does your organization have an office in Europe? Store data in Europe? Process data in Europe? What is the ”General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR)? Does it apply to your organization? What policies does your organization need to have? What technical measures need to be in place? What’s the SysAdmin’s role in all this? Could a SysAdmin be liable?

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2019 02 Gaming

Location: Room 1300 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 11 February 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Are you a gamer? Wouldn’t it be great to play games during work? Are you a game designer? What role does gamification have in Non-Profit organizations? Can gamification make a SysAdmin’s life easier? What value do games have in the Non-Profit sector?

Join our round-table discussion on Gaming, and share your views.
–Bob Jonkman & Marc Paré

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2019 03 Network Security

Location: TBA
Date: Monday, 11 March 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

We’ve talked about Malware and the importance of Keeping Computers Up To Date, and even just about The Things We Should Fear. But what new hazards are unveiled when you connect two or more computers together? When some of those computers aren’t on your own network? When malusers are out there trying to break into your network? When you’re actually inviting everyone into your network by running servers and services? Should you just outsource everything? Or are there tools available for the Non-Profit SysAdmin to help secure your networks?

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2019 04 Collaborative Work Space

Location: TBA
Date:
Monday, 8 April 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

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–Bob Jonkman & Marc Paré

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2019 05 Education

Location: TBA
Date:
Monday, 13 May 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Is your Non-Profit an educational organization? As its main function? Or is teaching one of many services you offer? What do you teach? How do you teach it? Do you have classrooms? With computers? What software do you use for teaching in the classroom? Do you have online courses? What online software do you use online? How do you establish your curriculum? How do you perform evaluations? How do you track student progress? Do you work with other educational institutions? Other certifying agencies? What constraints to they impose on your teaching programs?

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2018 12 Social Night 2018

Location: Abe Erb Restaurant and Brewery, 151 Charles Street, Kitchener, Ontario Map
Date: Monday, 10 December 2018
Time: 6:00-9:00PM

System Administrators have worked hard all year, with only a few brief hours off for SysAdminDay Dinner in July. Now it’s the Holiday Season again, so KWNPSA will be taking a holiday!

Join us for an evening of good food and fine beverages at the Abe Erb Restaurant and Brewery (http://abeerb.com/). Bring your family, friends and relations — Social Nights (like every other KWNPSA event) is open to everyone.

We’ll start this “meeting” an hour earlier than usual, at 6:00pm, to give us more time to enjoy the evening.

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2018 11 Tech Wobblies

Location: Room 1301 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 12 November 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Is automation taking over Systems Administration? Are highly skilled SysAdmin jobs (and their highly skilled SysAdmins) becoming obsolete? What is to become of the Non-Profit SysAdmin? Are we all going to become Mechanical Turks? Or should tech workers become Wobblies? Who are the Wobblies? Is the tech industry ready for collective action?

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2018 10 Training

Location: Parlour Room”, First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from church back parking lot door, follow the signs — https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)
Date: Monday, 15 October 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

How complex is your Non-Profit organization? Does your newly hired staff need training on your policies and procedures? On your products and services? On your software and hardware? What happens when you change procedures, get new products, update your software? Does your existing staff need training? How do you supply the training? On the job? In the classroom? Online learning courses? And how do you manage the training administration? Keep track of results? Determine who is eligible for additional training?

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2018 09 Purchasing and Procurement

Location: Bonfire, 121 Charles St W, Kitchener, on N2G 1H7  Directions
Date: Monday, 17 September 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Does your organization buy things? Do you go to the local store? Or do you issue Requests for Information, Quotes, or Proposals? How do you evaluate those RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs? How do you find suppliers? Contractors? Vendors? Does your organization have minimum standards for vendors? How can you ensure vendors making bids meet these standards? Isn’t there some software that can help with all this?

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2019 08 Scripting Languages

Location: Room 1301 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 20 August 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Do you need to do the same thing again and again? Have you automated those repetitive tasks? What software tools do you use? Keyboard macros? Programmable keyboard macros? A scripting language? Which scripting language? What makes a scripting language different from a programming language? Is a scripting language Turing-complete? Can’t you just do everything in PowerShell or Bash?

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