Notes from the 2014 Polaris Users Group Whaddya mean there's no wifi?

I was going to live blog my notes from the 2014 PUG Conference but there’s a rather large snag with that plan. Apparently there’s no conference-wide wifi, at least nothing that I can get working. As such, I’m popping through my phone’s hotspot feature to post this from what has turned out to be the outskirts of the Internet, aka Syracuse, New York.

Oh well, it could be worse. The hotel I’m staying in has free wifi available and that’s pretty awesome right there. Too many hotels charge for wifi but offer free ice. Guess which one I’d rather have for free.

Anyway, as I’m able, I’ll be posting updates to a public Evernote notebook I created for the conference. If you have an interest in what’s shaking in the world of Polaris ILS, then here’s your link.

If you happen to be hanging out at the con, find me and say hi! I’m the weirdo walking around wearing the Kubuntu hat.

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Episode 22 – Conferencing

Conferences have given styles, design, and form; and that makes it easy to figure them out. Join the Cyberpunk Librarian and find out how to get the most out of a professional conference, or almost any conference for that matter.

Links

  • Live Blog – WordPress plugin for easy live blogging, right there on the post page! Brought to you by WordPress and Automattic!
  • Polly-Alida Farrington – Librarian, trainer, author, and all around awesome.

Music

Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita
Electro Funk by Stanko-Beronja
Jigo-Jitoku by DJ Jax
Desire by PASCALB
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The Shellshock Bug – Explained Tom Scott does what the news doesn't... actually explain the problem

I’ve linked to a Tom Scott video here before, his brilliant and excellent explanation of the Heartbleed bug. I really dig this guy because he’s interesting, funny (check out his show Citation Needed), and intelligent. The Shellshock bug is made even more difficult to explain because it deals with Linux, Unix, and the command line interface found in BSD and OS X. Unless you’re a geek, you don’t run into those things every day. At least one news organization referred to the Shellshock bug as the “Bash virus.”

So if you’re curious about what the Shellshock bug is, why it’s important that it be fixed, and why so many people are up in arms about it, well….

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Tom Scott.

High tech, low budget