Mastering the Linux Command Line

Linux gives us the power we need to crush those who oppose  us.  Learn how to being to use the hundreds of tiny utilities contained  in *nix systems to create simple solutions that you may think require writing a program, script, or complex system.

Forget spending countless hours designing, writing ,and debugging code in the cloud. See the methods taught in this class to begin to understand how to quickly link Linux commands together to create quick solutions to what may seem like a complex task.  Spend more time on world domination and less time learning the sexy programming language of the day.

What you will learn:

  • Learn to navigate the shell quickly saving keystrokes, sparing yourself from the scourge of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • What the hell do all those funky symbols mean? Amaze your significant other with the ability to read shell scripts like a Chinese newspaper.
  • Learn a few quick tips to automate your system administration and audit it for weaknesses.
  • Create a simple command to notify yourself of changes to your favorite web pages.  Never miss out on those Deltron 3030 tickets again!
  • Create parsers to crunch the data needed to map pig genomes.  Win the Nobel prize!!
  • Stand up a poor man’s web server to serve content in a pinch.

We’ll only touch the tip of the iceberg but you’ll walk away with the understanding and methodology to search the UNIX tool set to create your very own solutions to life’s problems.

What you should know ahead of time:

Basic Linux commands and how to navigate the file system:

Are cd, rm, mv, cp man, and ~  Greek to you?  Learn this first at home:

http://code.google.com/edu/tools101/linux/basics.html

What you need to bring:

A laptop running your favorite flavor of Linux or vm-ware player.  The utilities we will review are available on 90% of *nix flavor system.  You can also download Linux appliances, but please come to class with your system ready.

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MSP430 Launchpad Workshop

One of the members of our meetup group suggested having a night at the space where we learn a little bit about the MSP430 Launchpad. Some simple projects that may be demonstrated could be simple motor control, blinking lights, RGB fading (using PWM), and some serial communication capabilities.

What you need to bring: it would be helpful if you brought a laptop to interface with a Launchpad unit.

What you’ll learn: some of the capabilities and projects of the MSP430 Launchpad as well as the differences of the MSP430 vs PIC/Arduino/AVR.

What this workshop costs: The workshop is free, but if you want to get your very own Launchpad there will be a limited supply available for around $5.00 each.

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Hackers in the Pub – this Friday!

Friday March 4th at 5:30PM marks the second “Hackers in the Pub” event for Workshop 88.  We’ll be meeting up at Curly’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Glen Ellyn, the official bar of Workshop 88.

After some drinks and chatting at the pub we’ll walk down to the Workshop which is only a block away!

Be sure to bring your latest (small) project, or if it’s too big, just your enthusiasm for it. ;)

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Free Arduino Meetup!

Flickr - BobSimon

This free meetup will be hosted by our Arduino expert Russ, who also teaches our Arduino classes at Workshop 88.

At this casual meetup we’ll hang out and discuss the Arduino. Including but not limited to, what we’d like to learn, our project ideas, tips & tricks, etc…

Hope to see you there!

You can RSVP on our Meetup group here.

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Beginning knitting class

Diagonal Washclothes

Learn the basics of knitting in a couple of hours.  This class will cover casting yarn onto needles, the knit stitch, the purl stitch and binding off your project. Most beginning knitting classes start with a scarf. We’re going to start with a dishcloth. Supplies provided will include needles and yarn for the project.

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Hackers In The Pub!

SAVE THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDARS YOU GUYS!! Friday March 4th at 5:30PM marks the second “Hackers in the Pub” event for Workshop 88. We’ll be meeting up at Curly’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Glen Ellyn, the official bar of Workshop 88.

After some drinks and chatting at the pub we’ll walk down to the Workshop which is only a block away!

Be sure to bring your latest (small) project, or if it’s too big, just your enthusiasm for it. ;)

To RSVP goto the event on our meetup page.

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Class – Typography on the Web

Helvetica, Arial, Georgia, Times New Roman, Tahoma, and a few other fonts have long been the standard for typography on the web; to a large extent, they always will be. Recently, though, web developers and typography lovers have been given new options to embed non-web-standard fonts in their websites.

Real typography is finally coming to the web! With technologies like Typekit gaining popularity, @font-face is becoming a more relevant and practical font-embedding technique for typography lovers. Techniques using sIFR, cufon, or other similar approaches are getting tossed to the wayside, but are still justifiably useable in some situations, too.

This class will go over these different methods of implementing non-web-standard fonts on the internet, and will leave you with the ability to determine which method best suits your needs, and the knowledge to implement it.

Resources: GitHub | Website

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Practical Photography class

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ƅethan @flickr - My Konica & Me

William is teaching his Practical photography class again! Last time it was offered it was a huge hit! It will cost $15 and you’ll need to bring your own camera. The class will start at Workshop 88 at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 10th.

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