About rlankenau

I'm a software engineer. Right now I make a living writing C, Java, and .NET. I grew up in Naperville, live in Batavia, and work for a company based in Redwood City, California. In previous lives, I was a landscaper, a metal sculptor's assistant, a carpenter, a library clerk, a volunteer blacksmith, and a visualization programmer, among other things. In my spare time, I work on games for Windows and the XBox 360.

Wednesday’s Linux Class

Here’s a quick preview of the “Revitalize Your Computer With Linux” class coming up this Wednesday.

Linux is an alternative to commercial operating systems, available free on the web and maintained by a community of developers. It runs on very modest hardware (I’ll be doing a demo install on a single-core 2.0 GHz box), and has a variety of high-quality applications available out of the box.

I’ll be covering what Linux is, how to get it, and how to try it out and get it installed on your computer. Copies of Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) will be provided, so if you’d like to follow along, bring a laptop.

In addition to installation, I’ll be going over some basic skills that will help you get the most out of your new linux installation, including:

  • Command-line basics
  • Using the package manager to install new software
  • Basic productivity software (OpenOffice.org, Thunderbird, Firefox)
  • Keeping your system up to date

Hope to see you there!

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Oktoberfest Open House

Hey everybody, come on out to our Oktoberfest Open House today!

We’ll be working on projects all afternoon, and this event is open to the public, so if you have a project you’ve been working on, bring it along!

The open house starts at 2:30, and will last until we decide to head over to the local pub. We may even have some members bringing by homebrewed beer for the occasion.

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Labor Day! No General Meeting Until Sept. 13

We’re shifting the general meeting by a week, since the next one would fall on Labor Day, and we don’t want to interfere with the long weekend.

The next meeting will be on September 13th, at 6:30pm.

The main topic of discussion will be classes to be held at the space.

We’ve got a preliminary list of classes we’re planning on offering, but we’d love other suggestions, so come on out on the 13th and give us your input!

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Workshop 88 is Moving!

Our lease at the space on Quincy is up at the end of June, but we’re happy to announce that we’re moving to a much larger space that actually has 3 distinct areas, and has space for tools!

We’re still finalizing everything, but we should be ready to start moving in the next week or so.

We’ll post photos and stuff once we start moving in.

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Class: Vim basics, tips, and tricks


When: 4/19/2010 at 6:30pm
Where: Workshop 88 (1684 Quincy, Naperville, IL)

I’ll be teaching a class on using the vim editor on the 19th, so if you’d like to learn a new text editor, c’mon out and see if vim is right for you.

This class is free to members and their guests, and we’ll be starting at 6:30 on the dot.

Here’s the plancast event of you’re into that kind of thing.

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Public Planning Meeting 1/4/2010

Our first meeting of the new year will be held on January 4th, at 6:30 PM. We’re going to meet on the main floor of the Boilerhouse Cafe at North Central College (29 N Loomis St, Naperville, IL 60540).

As always, this meeting is open to the public, so if you’re interested in what we’re doing, we encourage you to come out and share your ideas!

This meeting is an important one for several reasons:

  • It will be our first meeting as an official entity!  Adam and Jay did a great job getting the paperwork filled out and submitted last week, so Workshop 88 is actually a legal entity!
  • We’ll be collecting dues for the first time.  This has some bearing on the next point.
  • We’ll be electing officers and committee chairs.  If you’re interested in serving in one of these positions, and you haven’t told us yet, send email to info@workshop88.com and let us know how you want to help!  To vote in this election, you’ll need to pay for a full membership ($50 per month, or $500 per year).  If you want to contribute, but can’t afford the $50/month, there is also a $25/month supporting membership that doesn’t come with voting rights.
  • We’ll be approving our bylaws.  This document will lay out the membership privileges, operating procedures, things like that.
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Memberships Now Available

In preparation for the first meeting of the new year, we’ve been clearing some of the legal hurdles.

We are officially incorporated as a NFP, and are going to begin the process of getting Not-For-Profit tax status.

We are now able to accept membership dues! You can pay in person at a meeting with cash or check, or you can pay online at http://blog.workshop88.com/membership. As that page mentions, there is a small surcharge for paying online, since Amazon charges us a little bit for the service.

In order to vote in the elections on January 4th, you’ll need to have a full membership paid up, so you can do it ahead of time online, or at the meeting. This is an important meeting, since we’re making decisions about structure and electing officials and committee chairs, so we look forward to seeing a big turnout!

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Public Planning Meeting 12.21.2009

I’m continuing two traditions with this post, neither of which I’m proud of.

1) It is rather late notice, yet again, though we did send out email announcing this meeting a couple of weeks ago.

2) Upon looking back at the previous meeting announcements, I noticed I’ve used a different date format for each one.  So here’s yet another one, just to confuse your calendar a bit more.

EDIT: Okay, three traditions!  I’ve forgotten to put the time in the post as well… 6:30 PM.

Here’s the agenda for this evening.  We’ll be meeting at North Central College again, on the main floor of the White Academic Center (the same place as the meeting on the 7th).  We should have the place mostly to ourselves again.  If you can’t make it because of holiday commitments, we’ll see you after the new year!

The link below has some more details (and I don’t believe you need a Facebook account to view it.).

Facebook Event Page

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Public Planning Meeting 12-7-2009

Sorry again for the late notice on this, but we’ll be having a planning meeting tonight, December 7th. We mentioned before that there would be a meeting tonight, but weren’t sure of the location. We were waiting until we were sure we’d have the space in the Boilerhouse available, and at the last minute, we found out that it was in fact closed for winter break at NCC.

We’ll be meeting in the White Activity Center (325 E. Benton Ave, Naperville, IL), just south of the Boilerhouse. We’ll be on the main floor, on the east side of the building.

Here is a quick agenda:

  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Introductions of any new attendees
  3. Review of previous minutes
  4. Review and approve agenda
  5. Reports from officers
    1. Acting President
      1. Web site improvements
    2. Acting Vice President
      1. Location Search
    3. Acting Secretary/Treasurer
      1. Incorporation Progress
  6. Old business
    1. Budget
      1. Volunteers for a budget committee?
  7. New business
    1. Instructional committee
      1. Volunteers to teach
      2. Discuss organization/pricing
    2. Legal committee
      1. Research zoning laws
      2. What kind of insurance do we need
      3. What kind of waivers do we need members to sign
    3. Membership Committee
      1. Do we need one?
      2. When do we start collecting dues?

We hope you’ll be able to make it out tonight, and if not, we’ll see you next time!

Edit:

The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM, and is open to the public!

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