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Web Administration Scripts—Redux

Linux Journal - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 16:20

It's been months, and I'm still dealing with a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack on my server—an attack that I can see is coming from China, but there's not really much I can do about it other than try to tweak firewall settings and so on. more>>

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Workshops: 2014 Winter Session

Montreal Python - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 16:00

The groundhog's shadow reminds us that winter is not finished.
But Python love will help make it vanish.

Pythonista in the egg, moulting or already moving:
the 2014 Winter session of Python workshops is happening!

This session, Montréal-Python has brand new things.

In French:

  • 2014-02-20: Python Workshop: Basic Introduction
  • 2014-03-06: Pattern Workshop: Text Mining Introduction
  • 2014-04-24: OpenERP Workshop: Create an OpenERP Module

In English:

  • 2014-03-18: Python Workshop: Basic Introduction [1]
  • 2014-03-27: Pattern Workshop: Text Mining Introduction

Dates might change.
A post for each workshop will be published with the exact date and place.

Besides, the entire World will offer workshops during PyCon... that's royal [2] :

Don't waste time, register now.
For local workshops, we'll let you know how.

[1] This Workshop is organized in collaboration INPSYCH Workshops, Department of Psychology, Concordia University. This Workshop is restricted to psychology researchers.

[2] Workshops registration is separated from the conference registration:

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DNSSEC Part I: the Concepts

Linux Journal - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 13:42

Like IPv6, DNSSEC is one of those great forward-looking protocols that unfortunately hasn't seen wide adoption yet. Before I implemented it myself, I could see why. Although some people think BIND itself is difficult to set up, DNSSEC adds an extra layer of keys, key management and a slew of additional DNS records. more>>

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Montréal-Python 43: Artistic Baboon

Montreal Python - Sun, 02/23/2014 - 16:00

Update: We just added Julie Lavoie as a speaker

Just a few months before the famous PyCon conference is going to start in Montreal. If you would like to have an idea of just the feeling of the Python community onsite, our next event is going to happen on Monday February 10th.

In fact there's only 3 months left before PyCon and we are looking for a few active programmers to join the Montreal-Python team in April for the PyCon 5k Fun Run.

You don't need to register to PyCon to join the race. Just a good pair of running shoes and a open heart to help the EFF and subscribe on the PyCon website at

Lightning talks:
  • Rory Geoghegan, Module of the Month
  • Alexandre Bergeron, Introduction to Scala for Python coders
  • Dominic Couture-Savoie, Inside Hacking Health
  • Jamie Klinger, JoatU : Community-driven Economics
  • Julie Lavoie, Hacker School

Monday, the 10th of Februrary 2014


145, avenue du Président-Kennedy, PK-1630 (

  • 6:00pm — Doors open
  • 6:30pm — Presentations start
  • 8:15pm — Break
  • 8:30pm — Second round of presentations
  • 10:00pm — One free beer offered at Bénélux just across the street

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their continuous support:

  • UQÀM
  • Bénélux
  • Outbox
  • Savoir-Faire Linux
  • Eightysix Labs
  • Caravan
  • iWeb
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Call for Speakers for MP-43: Artistic Baboon

Montreal Python - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:00

Montreal Python 43 is coming soon on Monday, February 10th.

We'd love it if you came to speak! You can give a 5-minute LIGHTNING TALK where you tell us about something interesting you've learned!

If you have more to say, propose a 20 or 45 minute talk! Some great subjects for talks:

  • give a beginner's introduction to a Python library you've been using
  • talk about a project you're working on
  • unit testing or continuous integration or Python documentation tools
  • tell us about a Python performance problem you've run into and how you solved it!

It would be especially great to hear from you if you haven't spoken at Montreal Python before. Send us an email at!

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Wanted - Free Software Enthusiasts in Puerto Rico

Linux Journal - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:08

Imagine what Puerto Rico would be like, if free software could become a movement for social justice on the island. Well, on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, the Institute for a Free Puerto Rico planted the seed for this movement. more>>

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Okay, Google

Linux Journal - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 14:41

My favorite scene in Star Trek IV is when Scotty tries to use the computer in the 1980s. When he's told he must use the mouse, he responds, "how quaint", and then proceeds to try speaking into the mouse for the computer to respond. more>>

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Project Night X

Montreal Python - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:00

January may be a time for new resolution, but we have decided to keep up some good ones from 2013 and so we invite you all to come code up your craziest ideas. Yes, we are organising a project night on the 23rd of January at Caravan.

Project Night X will be a joint meetup with our friends from PyLadies MTL.

Please try come between 7pm to 8pm, doors closes at 8pm. If you are stuck outside, please call 514-569-2911

First come first serve and we usually sell out, so sign up right away! Please sign up on our Eventbrite event here:

We would like to thank Caravan for hosting us this evening.

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It's about the User: Applying Usability in Open-Source Software

Linux Journal - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:34

Open-source software developers have created an array of amazing programs that provide a great working environment with rich functionality. At work and at home, I routinely run Linux on my desktop, using Firefox and LibreOffice for most of my daily tasks. I prefer to run open-source software tools, and I think most Linux Journal readers do too. more>>

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Montréal-Python 42: Zealous Zenith

Montreal Python - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 16:00

Update: We just added Christian O'Reilly as a speaker

As both the year and our alphabet reach their end, we are organizing again an amazing Python meetup evening, just before the holiday season. Our friends of are graceful enough to host our event at their offices near UQAM and Benelux.

We are hoping that this edition will allow you to get an answer to life, the universe (42), and everything in between [1], either way it should be fun !

Lightning talks:
  • Rory Geoghegan – Module of the Month: csv
  • Éric Araujo – Person of the Month
  • Pablo Duboue - Introduction à Lamson plus the poisson magique play-by-email RPG gateway

  • Simon Charette - Comment contribuer à Django

  • Christian O'Reilly - Outils pythons pour l'analyse scientifique de l'électroencéphalogramme (EEG)

Cette présentation fera un bref survole de quatre projets à code source ouvert écrits en python et voués à l'investigation scientifique de l’EEG : Spyndle, BlockWork, Analyzer et Navigator. Ces outils sont complémentaires et forment ensemble une plateforme bien adaptée pour le traitement distribué de volumes importants de données.

  • Marc-Antoine Ruel - Construire Google Chrome, un changement à la fois:

Google Chrome a 5 ans et est rendu à la version 31. Chaque nouvelle version contient au delà de 7000 changements.

Venez écouter comment une infrastructure écrite en python peut supporter une armée de développeurs, contenant une bonne proportion de contributeurs externes à Google, qui veulent intégrer des changements à toute heure du jour et de la nuit.


Monday, the 9th of December 2013

Where: offices 400, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, bureau 700 (

  • 6:00pm — Doors open
  • 6:30pm — Presentations start
  • 8:15pm — Break
  • 8:30pm — Second round of presentations
  • 10:00pm — One free beer offered at Bénélux just across the street

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their continuous support:

  • UQÀM
  • Bénélux
  • Outbox
  • Savoir-Faire Linux
  • Caravan
  • iWeb

[1] - Wikipedia, Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (42)

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Python and OpenStreetMap workshop - Thursday December 5th

Montreal Python - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:00

We use maps all the time, but it's often hard to find directly what you are looking for. Why does the map show restaurants when you're looking for the metro? This can be frustrating. Now, creating custom maps is easier than you may think. Want to give it a try?

Montréal-Python is offering a very special workshop: Join the fun and create interactive maps using Python, Leaflet, and OpenStreetMap!

This workshop is organized jointly with the Montréal OpenStreetMap user group ( ). It will be held on December 5th, from 5:15pm to 9pm in room PK-1630 at UQAM (201 ave. du Président-Kennedy). The workshop will begin at 6:00 PM, but please arrive around 5:15 PM in order to install the virtual machine we will work with.

Please note that this workshop will be given in French -- you can always ask questions in English.

Please sign up for the event on EventBrite:

The workshop consists of two parts:

Part 1: Build a custom map on the web with Leaflet (using data OpenStreetMap data)

Using OpenStreetMap data, you will be able to create maps that match your interests! Would you like to map cafés in your neighborhood? All the Indian restaurants on the island? Businesses where you can get WiFi access? What if you are interested in public monuments, statues?

This part of the workshop requires some familiarity with JavaScript, but does not require any knowledge of Python, OpenStreetMap, or anything about geography.

Part 2: Create a map of Montreal's (public) trees

In this part, we will explore an open data set provided by the city, namely the list of trees on public property. We will use this data set to create a more complex map.

The application we will create through this process will allow us to filter the data being displayed, so that visitors can select which species of trees to display.

This part of the workshop requires a working knowledge of JavaScript and Python.

Please note:

You need to bring your own laptop. You will need to install VirtualBox on it, preferably before the workshop. Make sure that you can run VirtualBox -- your machine should have at least 1GB of RAM (preferably 2GB).

We will provide you with an image of a Linux virtual machine with everything needed for the workshop. We will introduce you to the programming tools available in that environment.

We hope to see you at the workshop!

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Full SteamOS Ahead!

Linux Journal - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:12

Although its timetable may not always be ideal, Valve has come through for Linux users lately. Not only has it released a native Linux version of Steam (with many native games!), it also has expanded its Linux support as the basis for its standalone SteamBox. The first step toward a Steam-powered console is the operating system. more>>

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Free cloud access to IBM Power servers for Linux Developers

Linux Journal - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:00

Free IBM Cloud Platform for developers…yeah, that’s a big deal. That platform being based on the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor-based servers running Linux, AIX and IBM i operating systems…very big deal indeed! more>>

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Linux Help for Neuroscientists

Linux Journal - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:22

In past articles, I have looked at distributions that were built with some scientific discipline in mind. In this article, I take a look at yet another one. In this case, I cover what is provided by NeuroDebian. more>>

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A Look at Warzone 2100

Linux Journal - Mon, 02/10/2014 - 17:29

I'm not really much of a computer gamer. That said, I'm both ashamed and oddly proud of the hours (probably thousands!) I spent playing Dune 2000 back when it was cutting-edge gaming technology. There's just something about real-time strategy games that appeals to those of us lacking the reflexes for the more action-packed first-person shooters. more>>

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Geek's Guide to Valentine's Day Gifting

Linux Journal - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 16:02
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but there is still time to find something awesome for the geeks in your life.
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Anubis, the God of Dead Bitcoin Miners

Linux Journal - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:43

With the recent resurgence of Bitcoin and the subsequent vitality of other cryptocurrencies (Litecoin, for instance), I've been receiving lots of e-mail messages asking how to mine. I've discussed cryptocurrencies in LJ quite a bit during the past few years. Recently, a friend introduced me to Anubis, so I want to mention it briefly here. more>>

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Puerto Rico Python User Group Celebrates First Anniversary

Linux Journal - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 16:59

One year ago the Puerto Rico Python Interest Group (prPIG) was founded on one purpose; to create a sustainable user community based on software development in Puerto Rico. On February 20, 2014 we will celebrate our first anniversary with an open format meeting with lightning talks from the community. more>>

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Girls and Software

Linux Journal - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 16:14

December 2013's EOF, titled "Mars Needs Women", visited an interesting fact: that the male/female ratio among Linux Journal readers, and Linux kernel developers, is so lopsided (male high, female low) that graphing it would produce a near-vertical line. more>>

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February 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: Web Development

Linux Journal - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:22

Spiders are really cool. Granted, they're terrifying, but they're still really cool. more>>

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