Saturday Apr 25, 2009
Wednesday Apr 08, 2009
Friday Feb 27, 2009
By Ryan Kopf on Feb 27, 2009
Sunday Feb 15, 2009
By Ryan Kopf on Feb 15, 2009
Wednesday Jan 28, 2009
By Ryan Kopf on Jan 28, 2009
We had our first OSUM meetup for the semester, and it went very well. With plenty of planning and advance notice this time, combined with the power of Facebook and osum.sun.com, we had nearly a dozen members come to this meeting. At this rate we might double each meeting. Minutes will be posted on www.iowaosum.com after I get them processed and finished.
Our talks were actually really awesome today - I feel like I could be a nice professor or lecturer. First I demonstrated Java using the Sun Java Tutorial in the NetBeans IDE. Then I gave a talk about Netbeans, and finally concluded with a demonstration of the mix of my two favorite languages (Java and Ruby) in JRuby. I demonstrated how to make a temperature converter in JRuby, which everyone really seemed to appreciate.
Tuesday Jan 27, 2009
By Ryan Kopf on Jan 27, 2009
We had the student organization fair today at the University of Iowa - and OSUM had it's table near one of the entrances. Although the fair did not seem to attract that many students, we still made a positive impression: we projected slides about OSUM onto the wall above us, and had the best display of all the groups attending. We even handed out information to a handful of people about our open source university meetup (next meeting is Wednesday, January 28th, 6pm, 3 MLH). Below are some photos.
Tuesday Jan 20, 2009
By Ryan Kopf on Jan 20, 2009
I've got a full schedule ready for OSUM at Iowa! We have five meetings scheduled, for now, although I hope to add more as we get the ball rolling. Topics are still to be decided on, but I believe for the next couple meetings we will focus on things like Java. I may try to get everyone learning JRuby as a fun group meetup that I think everyone would enjoy a lot. The meetings are on Wednesdays at 6:00pm, or Saturdays at 11:00am. They'll be held in the Muhly Lounge, which is on the ground floor of McLean Hall (on the Pentacrest).
Hope to see you there! Plenty of fun stuff to talk about, lots to learn, and plenty to do.
Saturday Dec 06, 2008
By Ryan Kopf on Dec 06, 2008
We had our first Open Source University Meetup today in the Iowa Memorial Union's River Room. It was great: we choose OSUM officers, getting a President (myself), Vice-President (Mike), and Secretary (John). We also decided to have our next meetup on December 13th, hopefully in the same place, at 10am.
We talked about how to access the Sun Academic Initiative Learning Connection to get free training and discounted certification, and we decided on 5 goals for the group. (I'll try to post full details on the iowa osum website). One of our goals is to have each member complete an SAI learning module each month (decided by the group), sort of like a book group chooses a book to read each month. Then we'll be able to discuss at each meeting.
Thanks to all attending, and I hope to see even more folks next weekend!
Monday Nov 03, 2008
By Ryan Kopf on Nov 03, 2008
As promised, I would keep this place up to date on my accomplishments this weekend. I'm pleased with what I've gotten done so far, although I would have liked to have done a little more. I believe I'm on pace for what I need to do though. What I accomplished this weekend:
- Attended four meetings on Saturday, and took notes as necessary
- volunteered four hours for Mindbridge on Sunday
- completed 2/3 of a Java learning tutorial
- finalized a poster for my first open source meetup (in the Iowa Memorial Union)
- mailed fliers for Gamicon to by put up in the Cambus buses
- did a little to advance a couple of my ruby on rails web programs
- ran another meeting of the L club
- went to the theater
- Finished my Japanese homework
- Did most of my Computer Science homework
- Probably some other things I can't remember at the moment.
Now, I've still got more to do, and hopefully I'll get a bunch done tonight.
Wednesday Oct 29, 2008
By Ryan Kopf on Oct 29, 2008
As I want to get the ball rolling on my Open Source University Meetup, I've already starting pre-planning for my first tech event, an OpenSolaris InstallFest. I hope to have it sometime in late November or early December on a Saturday, giving me time to register our student group, get approval, reserve space, get posters put up, and get people interested in coming. The demonstration would focus around students with their laptops installing VirtualBox and then learning how to install OpenSolaris on them. I believe it would be an excellent running start to my open source group, and a quick and easy way to get people excited about OSUM (awesome). I'll keep you updated. \^_\^
Monday Oct 27, 2008
By Ryan Kopf on Oct 27, 2008