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Wow, it's been a while since I've blagged…

Well, school has been fun, it's been exciting, and it's been busy. That's taken the vast majority of my time since my last blag post. I've been having a lot of fun hanging out with my roommates, who are all really awesome people, playing Battlefield 1942 with them and exploring campus late at night, wearing a lab coat and goggles :) Oh, and nerf guns. yesh :3


I've also joined the robotics club. That's a consider timesink, but it's fun and incredibly interesting. Some fun folks, too. :)

I also have taken a part time internship with a little company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina… You may have heard of them, they're called Red Hat. :) I'm working in the TeachingOpenSource.org community with Mel Chua, as well as spending some time on Campus Ambassador stuff (Expect some more writeups soon..) … I have the job description Mel and I wrote in Etherpad, feel free to take a look.

And in other news, I've been thinking a lot about the community behind TeensOnLinux.org, the community that introduced me to, well, GNU/Linux communities. It was how I got involved in Phoenix LUG, and subsequently ABLEconf, Fedora, KDE, etc, etc.., so I feel I owe a bit to myself and the community in general to breath some new life in to it. The founder of ToL and a personal friend of mine, Tuna, is working with me to transfer the site to my ownership, so hopefully I can bring the community back to some semblance of the "days of yore"… :)

Uhm, what else?

I've began to transition to hosting my mail, web, shell, etc, on a locally hosted "server" (old tower) being hosted by Digital Desert, a Data Center locally owned and operated by ASU graduate and past ASULUG president Zach Giles. So far, I have a wonderful uptime and connectivity, props to DigiDesert. :) This, of course, means that I can deploy my own system on the server. I debated a homebrew system, hand configured, etc etc… but meh. I ended up spending a short afternoon and evening deploying a dedicated Kolab server on the machine (which already had Fedora 12 installed), which was dead freaking simple to set up. It was nice to have webmail again, for the times when I break kmail and kontact, and having accounts on that machine stored in LDAP will lead to the ability to do a lot of fun stuff. A single log in and password will provide access to (eventually) a private mediawiki install, statusnet, my wordpress, possibly a jabber server and a bunch of other niceties. Props to the Kolab folks for putting together a supremely awesome suite of software.

I mentioned KMail and Kontact… That must meant I'm still hacking on them if I'm breaking them, right? Well, kinda. The Calendar plasma data engine has been misbehaving yet again, meaning that I really cannot get reliable work done on my PIM applets. They were really starting to get fun, too, and usable. I plan on talking to John Layt when I get the chance, and get everything ironed out so that the applets can be used again, and I can provide screenshots et al. I really want to see them in KDEPIM 4.6, but if I cannot solve these issues, we may only see Sebas's awesome work on LionMail in the 4.6 PIM+Plasma category. :( Btw, you should go play with the new LionMail work, it's super cool! :)

Oh, and of course Robyn and the rest of the FUDcon team are still kicking butt to bring FUDcon to ASU this winter! I haven't been as active as I'd like to in planning it, but hopefully with this Red Hat internship, I will be able to carve more time out for FUDcon lovin'. You should preregister, come and meet up with (me and) a bunch of awesome Fedora hackers! There will be pie! $adultbeverages at the FUDpub event Saturday night for those who can! (Nadim? :D :D) You know you want to!

Oh, and last but not least: UTOSC. I'll be there, leading a BoF on Fedora's Campus Ambassador progream. Will you be there? :)

Well, I guess that's about all that is going on in the regular life of a Fedora/KDE/ToS/ASU dude, until next time (hopefully sooner!) :)

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Ryan Rix is a privacy rights advocate and net-art wannabe. Reach them on the Fediverse as @rrix@cybre.space, twitter as @rrrrrrrix, via email to ryan@whatthefuck.computer or on Facebook or on Matrix as @rrix:whatthefuck.computer.