[buug] BALUG: Tu 2015-06-16: Leap Seconds - and other time(ly) topics; & other BALUG News ...

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
Thu Jun 11 04:49:08 PDT 2015

BALUG: Tu 2015-06-16: Leap Seconds - and other time(ly) topics; &  
other BALUG News ...


items, details further below:
BALUG meeting 2015-06-16: Leap Seconds - and other time(ly) topics
giveaways (Books/publications, CDs/DVDs, ...)
help BALUG! :-) - venue, volunteering, ...
Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/BALUG_org


For our 2015-06-16 BALUG meeting:

Leap Second[1]s - and other time[2](ly) topics
We have a discussion topic for this meeting, even if we don't have a
"speaker", we do have folks at least rather to quite familiar with leap
seconds and most matters time(ly) for Linux/Unix/BSD - and we're not
limited to only discussions on and about leap seconds and time.

Are you ready for the leap second coming up on the last day of this
2015-06-30T23:59:58+0000 2015-06-30T16:59:58-0700
2015-06-30T23:59:59+0000 2015-06-30T16:59:59-0700
2015-06-30T23:59:60+0000 2015-06-30T16:59:60-0700
2015-07-01T00:00:00+0000 2015-06-30T17:00:00-0700
2015-07-01T00:00:01+0000 2015-06-30T17:00:01-0700
2015-07-01T00:00:02+0000 2015-06-30T17:00:02-0700
Will the world end?
Will all computers and The Internet crash?
Will you have to fix your clocks?
Will there be glitches, or even so much as a hiccup?
Or is it all hype, or mostly so - or not (entirely)?
What are these leap seconds anyway? Can we get rid of them?
What about NTP[3]?
What about other time matters for Linux/Unix/BSD?
How does Linux/Unix/BSD deal with timezones and Standard/Daylight/Summer
time anyway, and what about when the rule/law changes, and how do leap
seconds fit into all that anyway?
Come hear about and discuss these, and other timely topics at this
month's BALUG meeting.

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_second
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time#Leap_seconds
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Time_Protocol

So, if you'd like to join us please RSVP to:

                         rsvp at balug.org

**Why RSVP??**

Well, don't worry we won't turn you away, but the RSVPs really help
BALUG and our venue plan for the meeting and accommodations, so please
let us know.

    6:30pm Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 2015-06-16
    Henry's Hunan Restaurant
    110 Natoma St. (between 2nd & New Montgomery)
    San Francisco, CA 94105-3704
    Easy Transit/Parking Access: short walk from BART, MUNI, parking
       Trip planning:  http://www.511.org/

Delicious Hunan cuisine and reasonably priced.

Meeting Details...

     The meetings are always free, but dinner is not (unless you are our
     guest speaker, in which case we also treat you to dinner).  For
     Henry's Hunan Restaurant, if folks are agreeable, we'll share and
     dine "family" style, and split up the costs, and typical cost per
     person including tax and tip (but not including beverages beyond
     complementary tea) would be in the $13.00 to $17.50 range, and
     commonly around $15.00 to $16.50.  Cash may be preferred to ease
     splitting up the check.  One can also specifically order the
     dish(es) one needs/prefers (e.g. for dietary considerations) - and
     we also commonly order some dish(es) that may meet various dietary
     considerations) (e.g. vegetarian, non-pork, ...).  Please arrive by
     7:00 P.M., we expect to order entrees at that time, and may order
     appetizer(s) and/or soup(s) anytime after 6:30 P.M.


We typically have various giveaway items at BALUG meetings.  We'll
likely have at least the below plus additional items.

Books! - have a look here:
if interested make specific mention on our BALUG-talk list:

CDs/DVDs/ISOs, etc. - have a peek here:
We may also be able to "burn" images per request or copy to USB flash,
etc.  Donations of blank or +-RW media, USB flash, or funding thereof,
also appreciated.  See the above URL for details (and the inventory
(qty.) of what we specifically have "burned" and available on-hand does
also frequently change).


help BALUG! :-) - volunteering, venue ...

You can do useful and cool stuff volunteering to help BALUG,
e.g. following up on many leads for possible venue, among many other

Quite a variety of opportunities to help BALUG.  Come talk to us at a
meeting and/or drop us a note at: balug-contact at balug.org
These opportunities may include, among other possibilities:
o venue arrangement (e.g. followup on potential leads
   on-site coordination/preparations), see also:
o chief/assistant cat herder
o assist on speaker coordination/procurement, etc.
o assist on publicity
o Linux Systems Administration (e.g. do/assist/learn, with/under some
     quite experienced and skilled Linux systems administrators).
o webmaster, assistant webmaster, designer, graphic artist
o archivist/history/retrieval/etc.
o and other various/miscellaneous tasks BALUG "ought" to be doing or
     would be good to do (feel free to suggest ideas!)


Twitter - you can also follow BALUG on Twitter:


Feedback on our publicity/announcements (e.g. contacts or lists where we
should get our information out that we're not presently reaching, or
things we should do differently): publicity-feedback at balug.org


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