For those of you who missed it, annual meeting 2017 was a success! The board for the upcoming term will be Nina, Mika, Shawn, Kris, Jon, and Charlie.
The meeting was more than just boring votes though (we actually almost forgot to vote altogether!). It was a chance to set aside the screw drivers and thermal paste tubes to look around and thank some hardworking folks.
This month’s N00b hour is all about software! We’ll start with the basics of upgrading the existing software (packages) on your Linux computer by using its package manager. Then, we’ll look at ways to find and install new software for it. Next, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using packages not provided by your operating system. Finally, we’ll very briefly learn that it is possible to install software without using your operating system’s package manager.
This workshop is free and open to the public. Don’t forget that you can see previous N00b Hours on the Free I.T. Athens YouTube page.
Last month Free I.T. staff members “test drove” new hours on Saturday mornings. I’m happy to report that it was a success! Not only did people come out to shop, get tech support, and donate, but volunteers started showing up too.
So we decided to put the new hours permanently on the schedule: Free I.T. Athens will now be open on Saturdays from 9a – 1p.
Here’s some of the great stuff you can do during Saturday open hours:
Volunteer: learn about technology, protect the environment, and help the Athens community in a cooperative hands on environment.
Donate: drop off those electronics you’ve been hoarding since 1992! We’ll either put them to good use or ensure that they’re recycled responsibly.
Shop: Computers for $15, monitors starting at $15, printers for $10, $1 cables… we even have a record player in the store!
Tech Support: bring in your ailing computer or laptop and let Free I.T. folks help you fix it!
Screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
This month Franklin College is hosting a networking, movie screening, and panel discussion all about the gender gap in the software industry. We’re giving the event a shout out because it aligns with our mission to bridge the digital divide!
Film Screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Wednesday, March 22 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
UGA Special Collections Library Facebook Event
At Free I.T. Athens we’re dedicated to bridging the digital divide. The costs involved with reliable broadband Internet means there are people out there with no access to the important modern services the web enables. To do our part in building a more tech-accessible environment, we have recently decided to open Free I.T. Athens’ Wi-Fi network. This will allow those around the workspace to get online even when Free I.T. is closed.
We want to encourage a culture of sharing with those in our community, especially with those who do not have Internet—to get online in the area immediately surrounding Free I.T. Athens, just connect your device to the “openwireless.org” network.
The Open Wireless Movement
There are many benefits to the Open Wireless Movement. It has shown itself to be extremely valuable in disaster scenarios for example. When the I-35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, open Wi-Fi networks became an invaluable tool for rescue workers.
In a world with open wireless, we would have less congested networks which creates a more efficient use of the radio spectrum. Open wireless has privacy advantages by fighting against the notion that IP addresses can be used as a sole identifier for people. And most networks have far more capacity then will ever be used, which means that even if you open your Wi-Fi at home, most people will have no noticeable difference in performance.
The biggest reason to open a network is simple though: internet access is becoming a necessity in our society, yet the cost of access makes it a luxury. Free I.T. Athens wants to do its part in changing that. Join the movement and learn more about the Open Wireless Movement at openwireless.org.
Promoting Technology Re-use and Free Software Since 2005