New location starting October 2016

The BerkeleyLUG meetups have been moved from Bobby G’s Restaurant to 85c Bakery at 21 Shattuck Square just across the street.  85C Bakery’s direct contact telephone number is 510.540.8585 and the store’s general website is www.85cbakerycafe.com/

Meetup dates and times remain the same, as listed at the ‘Meetings’ page https://berkeleylug.com/meetings/

Reason.
For those of you who still may not realize this, Bobby G’s Pizzeria has been under new ownership since this past Winter; several months after grantbow’s last post of November 8, 2015 https://berkeleylug.com/2015/11/08/bobby-gs/. The new owners have kept things they way they were before under the restaurant’s founder Bobby G — well, *mostly* that way — until they made some key renovations this past Summer. Among the most significant renovations the owners made during the last couple of months significantly affecting our BerkeleyLUG meetups were their adding more TV screens around the restaurant, adding more TV speakers all around the place routinely blaring televised sports, and making enough structural renovations to the place (e.g., raising the ceiling) so that the televised sports sounds heavily reverberated all around the place.

The key decision we made was essentially based upon our inability to actively participate in BerkeleyLUG discussion at Bobby G’s, given all the ambient noise and sound discordancy (“vibrations” as someone put it one afternoon at Bobby G’s.) BerkeleyLUG participants actually had to leave Bobby G’s on past meetups over the last month or so,  due to the level of noise preventing even simple conversation!

This situation was simply unacceptable.  And we received a clear indication at a recent meetup that Bobby G’s new management wasn’t liable to accommodate us by lowering the speaker volume on the televised sportsgames just for us, while other paying customers were cheering on their sports teams and enjoying their beers.

Hence we made the change to the new venue nearby.

Please respond with your thoughts and suggestions in the Comments section below or on the BerkeleyLUG GoogleGroup mailing list https://berkeleylug.com/googlegroup/

Location update, etc.

As announced 2016-09-26 we have a new venue.
For our meeting dates, times, location, see:
Meetings – BerkeleyLUG
Anyway, generally best to look there for our meeting information.

Yes, at present our main web page has a series of blog posts … some of which may have information which is, or may become, quite outdated.

Perhaps we ought change how we have that laid out on the site, and how (un)clear that certain content is/isn’t blog postings. I expect we’ll at least discuss that soon – likely at upcoming meeting(s) and/or on list.

Bobby G’s

b-g-logoI want to express my gratitude to Bobby G’s Pizzeria and their staff at 2072 University Ave for providing a great atmosphere for us to host our meetings on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from noon to three. Chef Anthony’s Fettuccine today was perfectly prepared, beautifully arranged and delicious. The six televisions provide entertainment between talking about Linux. The pizza and extensive beer list are always a hit. Thanks Bobby.

sf-lug opportunity

For those that haven’t been following along, there are some opportunities to help out. Subscribe to their list if you are interested.

We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from Noon to 3PM in Berkeley near the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Bobby G’s is on University Ave near Shattuck Ave. We hope you join us, join the discussion on our email list and/or join us in #berkeleylug on freenode.net by following the tabs at the top.

Unit Tests

Prentice Hall publishes two books I’ve been reading. Working Effectively With Legacy Code and Clean Code that both promote TDD. Please see my previous blog post on test driven design. Writing tests may slow you down at the beginning but helps you go faster later. It also forces you to think about all the business questions that go into your code up front. TDD creates a vice around your code so you know when something changes and has an unintended consequence.

I’ve been using shunit2 instead of BATS which I mentioned in my previous post to begin writing tests for some shell scripts.Has anyone else written similar tests for their code?

We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from Noon to 3PM in Berkeley near the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Bobby G’s is on University Ave near Shattuck Ave. We hope you join us, join the discussion on our email list and/or join us in #berkeleylug on freenode.net by following the tabs at the top.

Website Change

We have a new wordpress website. We are discussing this at our meetings and on our email list. Comments welcome. We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from Noon to 3PM in Berkeley near the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Bobby G’s is on University Ave near Shattuck Ave. We […]

Jitsi

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I want to interview people and record a podcast using open source software. Skype isn’t an option. Is jitsi the answer?

We meet at Bobby G’s Pizzeria on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from Noon to 3PM in Berkeley near the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Bobby G’s is on University Ave near Shattuck Ave. We hope you join us, join the discussion on our email list and/or join us in #berkeleylug on freenode.net by following the tabs at the top.