Meeting

July Meeting Follow-Up

For those interested in more information on the topics from the meeting, here you go:

Raspberry Pi as a FM transmitter:

Belkin WeMo hacking (not BSD based, but might be possible):

We did not get into the TTL to serial devices, however the link for the USB one from ADAfruit is:

You can also get the converter as a small board that goes to a serial port for those looking for a serial port solution. I picked up a few from ebay.

We also has a discussion on CNC CAM and how one would go about doing it with BSD vs. the existing tools for Linux. This doesn’t seem to be a hot topic in the BSD world, but then again, last night was the first time anyone brought it up in my presence and I have not looked into it yet.

Also, as a fun item, we have a SVG image available mocking devices that do not support IPv6

July Meeting: 2013-07-11

July… We are on the downward spiral for the year 🙂

Based on a recent post from Diane, we can talk about USB to TTL serial converters, consoles and their utility on embedded devices, wemo plugs (and hopefully the future wemo light switch), hacking the wemo, Raspberry Pi as an FM transmitter, etc. Bring out some ideas!

June Meeting: 2013-06-13

Nothing special scheduled, we’ll see what comes up at the meeting. I am looking for someone who can give an ethics talk. I don’t have any specifics yet, but I will be getting those shortly.

May Meeting: 2013-05-09

Just a reminder this Thursday is the May meeting.

I suspect that BSDCan will be the main topic. Dan is expected to be there, so come out if you can make it.

Other topics are welcome, come out and offer a topic or opinion.

For anyone new who does not know the rest of us, look for the table that either has a small pile of DVDs and set or two of BSD daemon horns.

Visit the website for the location http://ocbug.ca if you need to find out where.

April Meeting: 2013-04-11

Just a reminder that Thursday next week is the March meeting.

As a quick followup to last month, I managed to get the raspberry pi (RPi) to boot BSD after, so there has been success there.

I also managed to get the RPi to do the multi boot thing as well, so the next thing to try is to see if I can get it to boot FreeBSD as part of the menu system. One of the interesting things is that it can store images and boot from an external USB device, both HDD and USB stick. This allows for some extra flexibility, and maybe allow for a multi boot of BSD versions. Either way, there is a lot to things one can do with an RPi.

I saw a post from last week about using it as an agent for remote monitoring. There is a company exploring it as a product line and I see value in that. It is a very cheap to deploy network monitor for an external monitoring service. That has great potential for the SMB market, either with the offering or rolling your own. I know that xBSD is used for router implementations and secure web servers, etc. and I was wondering if there a BSD based monitoring appliance out there yet?

This could be a useful topic. I don’t see why we don’t have a BSD distribution based monitoring appliance. The tools are there and perhaps one exists and I don’t see it hiding in the plethora of Linux based offerings.

Other topics are welcome, come out and offer a topic or opinion.

For anyone new who does not know the rest of us, look for the table that either has a BSD daemon on the table of a set of BSD daemon horns. If I can find the stuffed daemon, I’ll use that. If not, there will be a small pile of DVDs and a few sets of horns on the table.

Don’t forget that BSDCan 2013 is in May at the university of Ottawa. This is the 10th BSDCan, so expect some event to commemorate it.

If you require directions, visit the website for the location http://ocbug.ca if you need to find out where.

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