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2019 10 — October Meeting CANCELLED

After much deliberation, we regret to inform you that our next KWNPSA meeting slated for October 21st is cancelled. We had contemplated putting it on, however, the fact that the date falls on voting day for our federal election just complicated matters too much.

Our next meeting will then take place on the evening of November 11th. Although, this falls on Remembrance Day, we could take a couple of minutes at the meeting to recognize those who have and are helping Canada in times of strife, and, in peace.

Our next topic will be posted soon as we are doing a bit of re-jigging of topics.

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2019 11 — TBA

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

Our next meeting will take place on the evening of November 11th. Although, this falls on Remembrance Day, we could take a couple of minutes at the meeting to recognize those who have and are helping Canada in times of strife, and, in peace.

Our topic will be posted soon as we are doing a bit of re-jigging of topics.

We will keep you posted as soon as our details are firmed up.

Have a great Thanksgiving Day and don’t forget to vote!

Marc, Steve and Bob

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2019 09 The Linux Desktop — A Sensible Alternative to Windows Desktop

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, 16 September 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

As of the last count for February 2019, NetMarketShare estimates that
Windows’ desktop market share sits at 87.56% worldwide, the rest of the
desktop market share is divided up between macOS – 9.65%, Linux – 2.14%,
Unknown – 0.32%, ChromeOS – 0.32% and BSD – 0.01%.

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2019 08 Presentation Software

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, 19 August 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Are you a visual learner? Are you a visual presenter? Is a picture worth a thousand words? What’s an infographic, anyway? Do you use images to convey ideas? Bullet points? Wall of text? What’s the best way to get your message across? And what do you use to get your message across?

We’ll explore some of the different software available to create presentations.

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2019 07 LibreOffice User Group

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, 15 July 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Does your organization write documents? Work with spreadsheets? Create graphics? Make presentations? Do you use an Office Suite of applications? Do you need support for your Office Suite? Do you use Free/Libre and Open Source Software? Would you like to put all this together?

Welcome to the Inaugural Meeting of the LibreOffice User Group!

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2019 06 Agile vs. Waterfall

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, 10 June 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Do you manage projects? Software development projects? Are they big projects or small projects? Are there many or few developers? Is it complex software or easy to understand? Are you developing for external customers or your own organization? Are there many opportunities for testing or only a few? Can you develop new code while testing, or is development dependent on test results? Are transient coding errors tolerated or not? Do you need Agile or Waterfall Development?

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2019 05 Education

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, 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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2019 04 Software Testing

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, 8 April 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

If you work in software development, how much of your job involves testing? If you’re a project manager, do you work closely with the testers to keep an eye on their results and bug reports as a project progresses? If you are a developer, do you do your own unit testing and work with testers on test plan reviews and fix the bugs they find when they do integration and regression testing? If you are a software tester, how do you balance the need to be thorough with the need to deliver on time? How does that affect writing test plans? When a project team has to deal with a lot of changes in the middle of development and testing, how do you cope with updating test plans with limited time? Since you should be considerate when reporting bugs in software, especially when people have worked hard on it, how can you do this tactfully? How do testers work with people like technical writers who use test plans as a reference when writing documentation like user manuals?

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2019 03 Network Security

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 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 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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