[BALUG-Announce] REMINDER: BALUG: meeting: TUESDAY 2020-02-18 Rich Morin: Perkify: blind-friendly VM based on Ubuntu, Vagrant & VirtualBox; & other BALUG News

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu
Fri Feb 14 17:56:44 UTC 2020

REMINDER: BALUG: meeting: TUESDAY 2020-02-18 Rich Morin: Perkify:  
blind-friendly VM based on Ubuntu, Vagrant & VirtualBox; & other BALUG  

(and also don't forget that Monday is a holiday for many)

items, details further below:
BALUG: meeting: TUESDAY 2020-02-18 Rich Morin: Perkify: blind-friendly  
VM based on Ubuntu, Vagrant & VirtualBox
giveaways (& wanted), hardware, CDs/DVDs, books/publications, ...
help BALUG! :-) - volunteering, venue, ...
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For our 2020-02-18 (3rd Tuesday) BALUG meeting, we're proud to present:

Rich Morin: Perkify[1]: blind-friendly VM based on Ubuntu, Vagrant &  

Perkify provides a convenient and unintrusive way to add open
source software to personal computers running Linux, MacOS, or
Windows. The Perkify distribution provides thousands of
command-line tools and support libraries, offers the prospect of
personal web servers, and more.

Rich Morin of Canta Forda Computer Laboratory[2], has edited a
number of software distributions, including Sun User Group tapes
and book/CD collections for Prime Time Freeware. However, those
were all collections of source code; Perkify is his first foray
into producing a "turnkey" release.

1. http://pa.cfcl.com/item?key=Areas/Content/Overviews/Perkify_Intro/main.toml
2. http://cfcl.com/

Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.  To do so please
e-mail us a note to rsvp@balug.org
indicating meeting date.  If you'll be bringing additional guest(s)
please let us know total number of folks you're RSVPing for.
Also please let us know any special requirements or concerns you may
have (e.g. if you have any particular dietary considerations, so that
we might possibly be able to accommodate you, or if you won't be dining
with us but do wish to otherwise join our meeting).

    6:30pm Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 2020-02-18
    Henry's Hunan Restaurant
    110 Natoma St. (between 2nd & New Montgomery)
    San Francisco, CA 94105-3704
    Easy Transit/Parking Access: short walk from BART, MUNI, parking
       Trip planning:  http://www.511.org/

Delicious Hunan cuisine and reasonably priced.

Meeting Details...

     The meetings are always free, but dinner is not (unless you are our
     guest speaker, in which case we also treat you to dinner).  For
     Henry's Hunan Restaurant, if folks are agreeable, we'll share and
     dine "family" style, and split up the costs, and typical cost per
     person including tax and tip (but not including beverages beyond
     complementary tea) would be in the $16.00 to $23.00 range, and
     commonly around $18.00 to $22.00.  Cash preferred to ease splitting
     up the check.  One can also specifically order the dish(es) one
     needs/prefers (e.g. for dietary considerations) - and we also
     commonly order some dish(es) that may meet various dietary
     considerations) (e.g. vegetarian, non-pork, ...).  Please arrive by
     7:00 P.M., we expect to order entrees at that time, and may order
     appetizer(s) and/or soup(s) anytime after 6:30 P.M.


giveaways (& wanted), hardware, CDs/DVDs, books/publications, ...

We typically have various giveaway items at BALUG meetings.  We'll
likely have at least the below plus additional items.

CDs/DVDs/ISOs, etc. - have a look here:
Donations of blank or +-RW media, USB flash, or funding thereof,
also appreciated.  See the above URL for details (and the inventory
(qty.) of what we specifically have "burned" and available on-hand does
also frequently change).

Hardware, etc. wanted/offered!
Got some (computer, etc.) hardware, etc. you're looking to give
away or acquire (or if not free, well below current fair market value),
and locally?  We have a wiki page to list that - so ... see what's
offered, wanted, etc.!

Books and other titles!
have a peek here:


help BALUG! :-) - volunteering, venue ...

You can do useful and cool stuff volunteering to help BALUG.

Quite a variety of opportunities to help BALUG.  Come talk to us at a
meeting and/or drop us a note at: balug-contact@balug.org
These opportunities may include, among other possibilities:
o assist or lead on speaker coordination/procurement, etc.
o venue arrangement (e.g. followup on potential leads,
   on-site coordination/preparations)
o chief/assistant cat herder
o assist on publicity
o Linux Systems Administration (e.g. do/assist/learn, with/under some
     quite experienced and skilled Linux systems administrator(s)).
o webmaster, assistant webmaster, designer, graphic artist
o archivist/history/retrieval/etc.
o and other various/miscellaneous tasks BALUG would like to be doing
     (also feel free to suggest ideas!)


Twitter - you can also follow BALUG on Twitter:


Feedback on our publicity/announcements (e.g. contacts or lists where we
should get our information out that we're not presently reaching, or
things we should do differently): publicity-feedback@balug.org

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