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Scott Merrill
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Please help me raise money to fund cancer research!

I'll be riding in Pelotonia 2015! http://pelotonia.org

If you're not familiar, this is a fund raising bike ride in Columbus, Ohio.  100% of all donations go to the James Cancer Research Center at the Ohio State University.

I rode last year, and found the entire event to be amazing. Thousands of people ride from downtown Columbus.  Last year I rode 25 miles.  I signed up for the same distance this year, but I'd really like to ride farther.

Each rider pledges to raise a certain dollar amount, based on how far they'll ride.  If I'm going to ride 50, or 75 miles, I need your help!

Please donate today.  Every little bit helps, and remember that 100% of your donation goes directly to cancer research!

http://pelotonia.org/skippy
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The US FIRST 2015 competition in Cincinnati this weekend. We had a lot of fun. See also my videos on YouTube.
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A recent thread on the Central Ohio Linux User Group mailing list struck a nerve with me. 

It's always bugged me that the COLUG homepage (www.colug.net) links to Eric Raymond's "How to ask questions the smart way" at the very top. Too often Raymond's work is thrown at newbies as though it's entirely their fault for not knowing how to solve problems.

It's high time for a productive counterargument to surface.

Communication takes work. If you want to help, you need to be willing to invest at least as much time, effort, and (most importantly) respect.
How To Answer Questions The Smart Way. March 1st, 2015. Eric Raymond's "How To Ask Questions the Smart Way" was published in 2001, and has been very popular ever since. It gets referenced on my local Linux User Group mailing list with some frequency (usually alongside an admonishment to stop ...
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Working in a school has reminded me that the best answers to questions are the ones that make the person answering learn something new. Frequently, looking at something with fresh eyes gives us a chance to question the "we've always done it this way" reflex. The people asking questions are improving our work.
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Sledding with grandfather, and then hot chocolate
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I'm interested in the device after reading about Tim Bray's purchase of the OnePlus One: https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2015/01/07/OnePlus-One

https://oneplus.net/one

The requirement of an invite code to purchase the phone is interesting. It's either a clever stock preservation solution, or a stupid gimmick.  I can't decide which.

Do I know anyone with an invite for purchasing the +OnePlus  One?
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Do I know anyone with a Blackphone (https://www.blackphone.ch/)?  Is it any good?  Or is just marketing hype?
Blackphone is the world's first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else. Ahead of carriers. Ahead of advertising.
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The CoverMyMeds community space is now open, and we're happy to host the Central Ohio Linux User Group on Wednesday, March 25!

http://lists.colug.net/pipermail/colug-432/2015-March/003584.html

"Chris Wallace will present Wi-Fi Security. This talk will cover the basics of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi encryption schemes. In addition, he will discuss different ways of penetrating access points with different security schemes.

The takeaway for this talk is that, in the real world, you will know how to best secure your wireless network."
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That's awesome
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+Rich Bowen in your professional opinion, what are the key drivers for using Red Hat OpenStack Platform versus RDO?

I know I'm basically asking "Should I use Red Hat or CentOS as my Linux platform?", but I want to make sure there's nothing fundamentally different about OpenStack that might make RDO more or less compelling for production environments.
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RHT life cycle on OpenStack is not like the leisurely pace of RHEL. It is a much faster cadence, and having a support person committed to avoiding behavior regressions and accountable to doing so has real value when on the more 'bleeding' edges
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Thanks to +Daniel Simrak I was able to get a OnePlus One phone!  It's a nice device, and I'm glad I bought it. I'm also glad to have moved off of Verizon.
OnePlus One. January 29th, 2015. I've been using a Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon for the past two years. Shortly after I got the phone, I installed CyanogenMod onto it. I've been extremely happy both with the device and with the software. I've been less happy with Verizon, in no small part ...
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Google Code-in contest for teens starts today!

Today is the start of Google Code-in 2014, a contest introducing teens to open source software development. Interested students can now register at the contest site, google-melange.com, and start claiming and working on tasks designed by 12 open source projects. Students can earn certificates, t-shirts, hoodies and a grand prize trip to Google’s headquarters next summer.

Google Code-in is a great chance for students to use the skills they have been learning in the classroom and apply them to real open source projects. Students have the opportunity to become a part of the open source communities and see first hand how software projects work while also learning new skills.

Learn more in today’s blog post: 
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Fedora Community Action and Impact job opening (Red Hat OSAS). Matthew Miller mattdm at fedoraproject.org. Mon Nov 10 15:55:00 UTC 2014. Previous message: [Fedocal] Reminder meeting : Fedora Board; Next message: Fedora Community Action and Impact job opening (Red Hat OSAS); Messages sorted by: ...
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