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Hey Milwaukee!
MCTS buses are FREE tomorrow, April 28 2015.
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Congratulations to +Arno Klein for his awesome mpower #parkinsons study app. A most clever use of mobile technology!
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Another great video from #scale13x   that #ubuntu community members may have missed (it was up against Ubucon).

+Stormy Peters of #mozilla   discusses a lot of the needs that communities share...including the Ubuntu community...and ways to meet those needs.

I've said in the past that Ubuntu needs to train our community and team leaders in the skills needed to recruit, welcome, manage, train, mentor, reward, and retain volunteers. I'll now add 'communicate goals' to the list of skills.

It's also fascinating to see this video right after +Michael Hall's same-day Ubucon presentation on how the interaction between Canonical and volunteers has changed over the past few years.

I think both presentations are looking at different parts of the same elephant, and the discussions and conclusions are complimentary.
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I was sad that I couldn't make it to Stormy's talk, I very much enjoyed the one she gave at XDA:DevCon in 2013
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I have been spending more time on the treadmill than expected.
This week, I've been watching #SCALE13x video as I tread, and some of the talks have been fascinating...well, more fascinating than watching the numbers go round on the treadmill.

Here's what I've been watching on Embedded Devices this week:

- The relative cruddiness of Intel's embedded offerings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzKI0ASB_Js#t=1h55m48s

- Yocto/OpenEmbedded Linux, a Gentoo-line way of building tiny Linux images, and how to build them on Ubuntu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzKI0ASB_Js#t=4h08m35s

- Hardware Tools for embedded devices, how and why people made them, and what's missing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzKI0ASB_Js#t=5h22m08s

- An unexpectedly compelling look at the pitfalls of USB on embedded devices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzKI0ASB_Js#t=6h22m48s
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#Ubuntu community:
The first #ubuntuphone , like any press event, will draw a lot of fanboys and trolls.

- Do not engage trolls. Call them out politely, and then ignore them. "You are trolling. That kind of behavior is not welcome in this community. Stop it." and nothing else. Move on. Do not rise to their bait. Flag it for moderation. Move on. Ignore their childish responses. Do not try to correct their facts, nor dispute their interpretations.

- Do not bash other Operating Systems, distros, or projects. Be mature. Ubuntu's success does not come at the expense of anyone else. Other projects have great ideas, fantastic people, and are pursuing worthy goals...just like we are. Plenty of room on the planet for everyone. Bashing others merely makes us look smaller.

- When you see a review or blog post you disagree with ("meh, the phone's not that great"), don't become a troll. Don't start a fight. Do restrain or repudiate pro-Ubuntu trolls. Time will prove the doubters wrong.
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- Thinking and learning: Effective
- Memory: Not

So #Ubuntu contributors will be clever and creative well into old age.

And DOCUMENT your code. Because you really won't remember...
 
Training to improve cognitive abilities in older people lasted to some degree 10 years after the training program was completed, according to results of a randomized clinical trial supported by the National Institutes of Health. The findings showed training gains for aspects of cognition involved in the ability to think and learn, but researchers said memory training did not have an effect after 10 years.
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Another fantastic presentation from #scale13x   that you might have missed.

+Gina Likins of #redhatlinux discussed the HUGE problem in Open Source communities caused by people who communicate like, well, jerks. And how the rest of us enable that behavior, how it chases away new participants...and what we can do about it. Communities including my own #ubuntu  

Real, practical advice, measurement criteria, and ...best of all... honest to goodness real research to back it all up.

Worth the hour.
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An amazing insider presentation by +Michael Hall at #scale13x on the ways #Canonical has encouraged community participation in vital projects in #Ubuntu , how those ways have changed over time.

This is a tremendous success story, and it's wonderful to see the story, warts and all, getting told. It's also a great general study in leadership, organizing and motivating volunteers, and a learning organization.

I went an extra mile and a half on the treadmill to see the end of it.
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In Ubuntu 14.10, two otherwise-promising Quickbooks replacements don't install cleanly.

Both #Postbooks and #FrontAccounting fail to detect and install an SQL server. Neither create an administrator login that works. Frontaccounting tries to configure an http server...that isn't installed.

Now to spend an hour filing bugs....
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Festival City Symphony concert today.
Great one.
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Pasi Lallinaho has published a handy Greasemonkey script to index and search #Ubuntu #Find-a-Task.

This can help teams locate postings they may have forgotten, or preventing duplication.

FInd-a-Task is at http://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/find-a-task/
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A most excellent explanation, de-mystifying the #ubuntu and #debian version numbers/strings.

Had to explain this a few times to people, but my instruction was quite shabby compared to this.
The part before the hyphen ( 2.3.3 ) is the "upstream version". This is the version of the release tarball from upstream that the package is based on. The part after the hyphen ( 1ubuntu1 ) is the packaging revision. But this splits further into the part before ubuntu and the part after.
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I'll take the one on the left, thank you.
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I'm not a kook in real life, though I do enjoy pretending to be one online.
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Three kids, Two tours in Iraq, One small business, Major in the US Army Reserve, Ubuntu Member, Ubuntu Brainstorm Admin. I wish I were as witty as Paul Lynde
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