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2018 07 Web Stores and Shopping Carts

Location: Room 1301 — Conrad Grebel University College,140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6
Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Does your NonProfit organization sell things? Does it provide paid services? Do you need a web presence for your sales? Will you need a separate server for your web store? Or can you add a shopping cart to your existing web site? Or is it better to outsource all online commerce?

Meet our guest speaker Sam Nabi, developer of Shopkit (https://shopkit.samnabi.com/) and let’s discuss what a System Administrator needs to join a NonProfit organization to the world of web commerce.

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2018 06 Accessibility

Location:  First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from church back parking lot door, follow the signs to the “Chapel” —  https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

Is your Non-Profit organization accessible? Can your website contents be read by a text-to-speech synthesizer? By a Braille reader? With a screen magnifier? Without Javascript? In a text-only browser? Does it pass the WAVE Web Accessibility Tool validator? Does your podcast have a text transcription? Is your video described? What other accessibility tools does a SysAdmin need to manage? What legal requirements for accessibility are there?

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2018 05 Productivity Tools

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, May 14, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

How do SysAdmins get any work done? What software makes your life better? Which tools do you use every day? How do you use common utilities? What custom configurations do you have? Is there an application specific to your Non-Profit organization? Have you written a script to make work easier? What’s your favourite productivity tool?

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2018 04 Dark Web Hidden Services

Location: Upper Boardroom, First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from church back parking lot door, upper boardroom is next to the entrance to the church sanctuary, upstairs https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)
Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

What is the Dark Web? Is it full of bad guys? What are Hidden Services? Aren’t those illegal? Why would a Non-Profit organization want to use the Dark Web? Why should a Non-Profit organization make their online services available as Hidden Services? What software can we use to access the Dark Web and create Hidden Services?

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2018-03 File Formats

Location: Upper Boardroom, First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from church parking lot door, upper boardroom is next to the entrance to the church sanctuary, upstairs https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

What file formats do your documents, images, spreadsheets use? Can you exchange your files with people using Macs? Linux? VMS? Will your documents survive an upgrade of your application software? Can you switch to another word processor? Image editor? Spreadsheet app? Can you still read the files from backups created years ago with different software? Can you choose the file format your application uses?

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2018-02 Corporate Surveillance

Location: Upper Boardroom, First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from parking lot door, upper boardroom is next to the entrance to the church sanctuary, upstairs https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)

Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

How do we keep our workplaces secure? Does your organization use cameras? Does it filter web content? Check for document exfiltration? Inspect e-mail? Monitor keystrokes? Is this sneaky, underhanded spying, or merely good business practice? What are the ethics of corporate surveillance for System Administrators?

Join Kitchener-Waterloo Non-Profit System Administrators at our monthly round table meeting for a technical, philosophical and moral discussion.

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2018-01 Fundraising

Location: Upper Boardroom, First United Church, 16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 (enter from parking lot door, upper boardroom is next to the entrance to the church sanctuary, upstairs https://osm.org/go/ZXna93PBA)
Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

From our discussion on Monetization we learned about software for fundraising. Does your organization need to raise funds? What tools are available? Desktop applications? Cloud solutions? Outsourced? Does your fundraising software integrate with your other financial software? Will it provide reminders? Follow-ups? Is it automated?

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2018 Colocation

Location: To Be Determined. This may be a field trip to a colocation site!
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Where are your servers? Is that really safe? Have you thought about professional hosting at a colocation site? What’s a colocation site? Who offers colocation services? What services do colocation sites offer? How much will all this cost? Can I still come visit my server when it’s been placed in a colocation site?

Bob and Marc have questions, and —- of —- will provide the answers!

See you at the meeting!

–Bob and Marc

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2017-11 Document Storage

Location: Queen Street Commons Cafe, 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map
Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

How do you store your documents? Where do you store them? What software creates your documents? What software stores it? What software retrieves it? What about document indexing and searching? How do you deal with non-textual documents? What document file format do you use? Is parchment and goose-quill still best?

This month there’ll be a shooting match between the Well-Known Format SysAdmins and the OpenStandards SysAdmins. But it’ll be a polite shooting match at our round table discussion, with SysAdmins relating their own practices, learning new ones, and telling tall tales.

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