Meetings for 2015: January, April, July and October

Meetings for 2015 will be in January, April, July and October. If anyone has a great topic and wants to schedule a meeting in between, feel free to send an email to the mailing list and I’m sure we can make it happen.

This is in response to the dwindling number of people who have been attending meetings over the past year and rather than try to get people out every month, I’ll try for once a quarter. If this doesn’t help, I’ll combine the BSD group with another group and see if we get a little more activity that way. Comments are welcome.

In general, attendance has been down for a number of groups, not just locally, so rather than let it die on the vine, I’d rather spread it out a bit and see if we can keep some life here. Who knows, maybe we will have a revitalization in the future. Moving it may also help and I am considering that as well. Perhaps people don’t want to meet in a pizza restaurant? Perhaps something of a more hands-on approach will work. Again, comments welcome.

Watch this website…

While it may not be all that exciting, we are planning a BSD installfest sometime in the next month at the Jack Purcell Center. Should be an interesting evening, so watch for further details. I’ve been told it will be a Monday night.

Bring hardware to test, your favorite BSD version, something new or just come out to see what it is all about.

December meeting will not be hapening

Given the time of year and people with commitments, rather than add one extra item to the list, I’m cancelling the meeting. Given the turn out and the travel requirements for some of us, this should make it a little easier.

Season’s greetings, whatever season you celebrate!

User Group Connect 2013 – Feb 09 at Shopify

For those who haven’t heard me talking about it, we are having an “unconference” at Shopify’s headquarters on February 9th. It is an open event any anybody is welcome to come out and see what user groups we have in the region. You can visit the site at


UGC2013_triangle_whitebgUGC 2013:

  • Drop in to our free relaxed one day unconference.
  • Meet some of the many technical User Groups in Ottawa.
  • Chat with fellow high tech workers, and students.
  • Meet with some of the most tech-friendly local companies.


Why would we do this?

Not everyone knows about all the user groups – the user groups are doing very interesting stuff and sometimes complementary things that would benefit from knowledge of the topics in other user groups. We want to get these doers in the same room together where they can collaborate with and learn from each other.

Why should you go?

  • Meet new people
  • Learn about technical groups
  • Meet people you haven’t seen in a while
    • Invite your ex-co-workers from some ex-employer to meet there, and go for lunch after
  • See new technology (or new-to-you technology)
  • Try out some new technology
  • Play some bzflag

Why should you join a user group?

  • Advance your career
    • Learn new technologies
    • Meet people from other companies that need people to do the same thing you do now
    • Meet people from other companies that need your skills to different things that you aren’t doing now
    • Bullets on the HR checklist – “learns stuff”, “learns from others”
  • Present topics
    • even short ones count
    • practice brings comfort
    • gives you amazing name recognition in the community and makes you an expert


February 9, 2013

General Public: 10:00 – 16:00


Shopify is in the Market area, right downtown, at 126 York Street, half a block east of Dalhousie and the Byward Market, not far from the Rideau Centre Transit Station. Google Map

The entrance for our meetings is at the back of the building, next to the ‘pay’ parking lot. Look for the glass doors with the unicorns on them.

OARC Hamfest is this weekend

The OARC Hamfest is held yearly early in September. A fleamarket session is held in the morning followed by a forum.

There will be a qualified licence examiner on site, so you can get your ham radio licence or upgrade at the hamfest!




Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Place: Carp Agricultural Fairgrounds,
3832 Carp Road (at Falldown Lane),
Ottawa (Carp), Ontario.


  • Indoor Vendor setup: 7:30 am – 9 am;
  • Tailgaters Open: 8 am;
  • Public: 9 am – Noon.
  • Admission: Public: $6;
  • Tables: $12 each (plus admission); if booked before August 1 Price rises to $15 after Aug. 1
  • Tailgate: $5 (plus admission)
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