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Recap: Beaver Bar Camp 8

Beaver Bar Camp 8 was a large success. For those who don't know, Barcamp is ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. This year, Mozilla signed on to generously sponsor BBC8 and gave a focused, hands-on workshop on Web Security. Along with Mozilla was ThumbArcade who also sponsored BBC8 and hosted a couple speed-hack sessions and commentary on how Apple killed the publisher.

barcamp board

Not only did companies give talks but students and former students as well. For example, Ben Kero, who recently gave a talk last meeting about ...more

Recap: GPG Key Signing Party

GPG Powerpoint Presentation

Ben Kero, former OSU student and current Mozilla employee, came down to Corvallis to give a talk on GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) encryption and key-signing. A crowd of one PSU student visited as well to help create this web of trust. After Ben's presentation, which entailed a Bradley Manning example and spamming Ben's IRC nick, everyone went around to each other to sign each other's PGP keys. For example, here is my PGP key. Along with that, there was pizza.

Creating and Signing GPG Keys

The first step to key-signing is to actually generate GPG public and private keys (check the SSH guide for general information on public and private key pairs)

How do these keys work......more

Behind the Firefox Crop Circle

In what many refer to as "the golden days", the OSU LUG was highly active in promoting Mozilla, namely celebrating the 50th, 100th, and 200th downloads of Firefox in creative ways: a lot of sidewalk chalk, high-altitude weather balloons, and for the finale...a crop circle. Led by the current founders of Cloudkick, they were able to pull off some cool displays. OSU LUG takes inspiration from its predecessors to do the same. Below is their story.

Take Back the Sidewalk

"It was Wednesday night when several of us were throwing around ideas as to what we could possibly do for the 50 million download contest. After thinking of a bunch of ideas, we thought of using chalk to draw a huge Firefox logo on the quad outside the Memorial Union Building at Oregon State University. The idea was pretty cool, but, being students, we couldn't really find the time during the week. Finally, Friday arrived, and we were itching ...more

OSU Network at your Disposal

Hello [your name here]! If you haven't already been told by someone, at OSU, you have helpful resources offered by OSU at your disposal. This guide will show some cool things you can do with these resources.

First, it is assumed that you know how to ssh into other boxes, use a command line text editor, use bash, or any other Unix-like command line utilities. If you don't yet know these things, go ahead and read these guides and remember, "Google is your friend and ally".

Secure Shell (SSH)

SSH is a secure client-server network protocol that allows you to connect with another box (computer). With this, you can transfer files between your local computer and the remote host. Even better, you can even edit files or execute commands on the remote host. This guide will explain how to effectively use SSH to communicate with another box and how to set up an SSH server so you can SSH into your box.

Basic SSH

If you are in Windows, download PuTTy. To use it, simply type in the host you want to connect to (e.g and open. Sadly, this will be the greatest extent of which you can harness the power of SSH in a Windows environment. You can use PSCP to transfer files, but your powers here are severly limited.

If you are on an ...more