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Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 03:06:13 -0400 (EDT)
From: Unigroup_of_NY
Subject: UNIGROUP Meeting 18-SEP-2008 (Thu): The Laconica Project, Micro-Blogging, XMPP Standards

NOTE: The Unigroup September 2008 meeting is at a NEW location!

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UNIGROUP OF NEW YORK - UNIX USERS GROUP - SEPTEMBER 2008 ANNOUNCEMENTS
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1. UNIGROUP'S SEPTEMBER 2008 MEETING NOTICE
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When: THURSDAY, September 18th, 2008 (** 3rd Thursday **)

Where: ** NEW LOCATION **
The Cooper Union
School of Engineering
51 Astor Place (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City
Room: The Driscoll Room (1st Floor)
** Please RSVP **

Time: 6:15 PM - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 PM - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard, Questions,
Answers and Current Events
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business and Announcements
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

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Topic: The Laconica Project and
Micro-Blogging Based on XMPP Standards
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Speaker: Evan Prodromou,
Control Yourself, Inc.

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INTRODUCTION:
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Note: The exact September meeting title and topic description is
based on preliminary information we have from, or know about,
our speaker, and is subject to change. We hope to include
further meeting details in our next announcement.

Also note that Interop is happening during the day of the
September Unigroup meeting. Plan your schedules accordingly.

Unigroup Meeting Lineup:
- 18-SEP-2008: The Laconica Project, Micro-Blogging, XMPP
- 16-OCT-2008: The FreeBSD Networking Stack (George Neville-Neil)
- 20-NOV-2008: Solaris (with OpenSolaris) Launch Meeting (Sun)
- 15-JAN-2009: Linux Real-Time Messaging (Tervela)

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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
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To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
Registration Page:
http://www.unigroup.org/unigroup-rsvp.html

This will allow us to automate the registration process.
(Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
for any last minute updates concerning this meeting. If you
registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
minute announcements as the meeting approaches. Also make sure
any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
our mailing list.

Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Note: RSVP is not mandatory for this location, but it does help
us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
seating, etc.). This means if you forget to RSVP, you
can still show up at our meeting and get past building
security.

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MAIN PRESENTATION
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Topic: The Laconica Project and
Micro-Blogging Based on XMPP Standards

Evan will be speaking on the Laconica project, the open source
federated messaging system based on XMPP (Extensible Messaging
Presence Protocol), which itself evolved from the Jabber project.
He's expected to talk about the project (which is considered to
be highly scalable and agile), its code base and lessons learned,
a technical tour of it's API (Twitter compatible), it's multitude
of features including how federation works (where messaging
instances running on separate servers are able to remotely
subscribe to each other), how all this provides extreme
scalability, OpenID authentication, SMS integration, it's
multi-lingual interface (using Gettext), it's AJAX-like
interface, and discussing the system administration challenges
of hosting a high traffic federated messaging system.

The Laconica Project Summary:

Laconica is an open source micro-blogging tool written
in PHP that implements the OpenMicroBlogging standard based on XMPP
(which came out of the Jabber project). Laconica was created as an
open source, distributed alternative to Twitter, and was originally
used by the identi.ca micro-blogging service identi.ca>, which has
received a tremendous amount of buzz since it's release during the
Summer of 2008.

Detailed Outline of Talk:

(to-be-posted)


Web Resources:
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XMPP Messaging Protocol Standards
http://www.xmpp.org/summit/summit5.shtml

The Laconica Project
http://www.laconi.ca

Identi.ca Micro-Blogging Service
http://www.identi.ca

Control Yourself, Inc.
http://controlyourself.ca

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Speaker Biography:
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Evan Prodromou is an Open Source developer from San Francisco
currently residing in Montreal. Evan is best known for creating
identi.ca, a micro-blogging site based on his XMPP messaging
platform Laconica. He also did a short stint at Microsoft, and
is the co-founder of Wiki Travel . Evan's home
page is located at http://evan.prodromou.name/.

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Company Biography:
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Control Yourself, Inc. is a Quebec corporation headquartered in
Montreal which builds Open Network Services sites that use Open
Source software to create and distribute Open Content.

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Giveaways:
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Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our
meetings.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
(ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
start of the meeting.

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Directions:
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The Cooper Union
School of Engineering
51 Astor Place (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City
Room: The Driscoll Room (1st Floor)

Located on the North side of Astor Place (8th Street), between
3rd & 4th Avenues.

Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
directions to The Driscoll Room (1st Floor).

Nearest mass transit stations are:
'6' to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union).
'R' to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East.
'4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
'B/D/F/V' to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

We believe free street parking becomes available at 6pm.

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Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
Please tell your friends about Unigroup!

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