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Lee Damon
Computer nerd with a theatrical bent. Into cooking and photography.
Computer nerd with a theatrical bent. Into cooking and photography.
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Don't miss the pre-conference meetup - talk with instructors and other LOPSA members. Tonight 7pm, Hotel Deca . No conf reg required.

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Sad I won't be able to make it to the pre-conf meetup because I have to be at the theatre for our Thursday night performance. Someone have an appetizer or five for me!
Meet LOPSA Cascadia IT speakers and chat with other LOPSA members at the pre-conf meetup Thurs night, 7pm, Hotel Deca. No conference reg required.

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Oops. Anyone have an 8" x 16" hunk of plywood handy?

So much for a quick install of my new car charger.

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10 hours in. About to leave the Great Plateau. (Yeah, I'm bad at these.) I'm really enjoying this game #BotW +Nintendo Switch​

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A Capella Science knocks out out of the solar system with this one.

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Advice for Students interested in Google Summer of Code...
This is the time of year when a lot of questions coming to the discuss list are about "How do I get started?"". Here is some step by step advice that should help.

1. Read the entire site; the whole site and the linked materials.
We spend a lot of time making sure all the information you need available there and at the main program site. Remember, a big part of open source is self-reliance. We expect you to look for answers before you come to us for help.

2. From there go to the main program site: Read the timeline and the instructions. This will tell you when the student application period opens and when it closes so you know how much time you have to prepare.

3. Now think about you. What computer science subject area or specific issue or problem interests you? What are your skills? What languages do you know? What tools are you familiar with? Make a list.

4. It's time to look through the mentoring orgs on the program site, using tags and your list to narrow down what can be an intimidating list. Pick 3-5 orgs to research in depth.

5. Visit their site and repos. Look at the code. Review the mailing lists and IRC logs to see if you're comfortable with the style of the communication each community uses. Think about what you see versus what you want to work on.

6. Narrow your list down to 1 or 2 orgs and get involved with the Org. File a bug. Better yet, file a patch. Orgs want to see that you are genuinely interested in them.

7. Write your application, one or two at most. This isn't a lottery. Doing a bunch of weak applications hurts your chances of being accepted.

8. Make sure your application includes the specific information and format the org asks for as well as what is required by the GSoC app. Double check your work before submitting the application: misspelling in writing has a similar result as does misspelling in code :-)

9. Lastly - but importantly - DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY. Every year we get students asking for extensions to the application deadline. We do not give extensions, even if your internet is down, you were in exams, your computer was stolen, the Internet Cafe was unexpectedly closed, you misunderstood the timezone, you were on a plane, or in the hospital, or a riot or a remote place tagging endangered species*. We can't give exceptions so please apply at least one day before the deadline, if not more.

Plus, the longer the org has to review your application the better the chances of acceptance for you.

I hope this helps! Good luck!


*Actual examples of reasons given.

Cat Allman

Open Source Programs Office

"Real science studies and makes accessible that knowledge which people at
that period of history think important, and real art transfers this truth
from the domain of knowledge to the domain of feelings. " Leo Tolstoy

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Hello, my name is Lee. I've been a system administrator for over 30 years. I do a lot of Google searches for code and ideas. It's insane to try to memorize everything, that's what computers are for.

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Come hear what we have to say!
John Nyhuis and Lee Damon will talk about “Advanced Communication Tactics” #casitconf17 #lopsa
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