So. Everyone is back from Wikimania and hopefully had a good time. Now...
What about our next Meetup? We only need to figure out two things, this
shouldn't take an act of Congress....
Date: I personally recommend the 23rd of August, which is exactly 1 month
from today. We probably can't do any sooner. The 30th of August is out as
that is a holiday weekend. After that we are in September. Maybe Sept 6th,
if we can't do August? As noted before, we're never going to find a time
that _everyone_ can make. HOPEFULLY, we can manage to make these meet ups
more regular so it won't be such a big deal if someone can't make one. I'd
really like to arrange for one every 2 months. We are in the tech capital
of the world, we should be able to manage that little.
Location: There were previous mentions of the possibility of an office
hosting us. Awesome if that can be done (But we'd need a set date). In the
mean time, What other options do we have? It seems that we're more or less
limited to anything within 1 mile (walk distance?) of BART.
In a message dated 7/27/2008 6:53:44 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
The agent asked me what I was doing (after I had taken a picture of the
ticket gates). I explained to her that I was taking a picture for my own
personal use (me being artsy and all). She informed me that it was against the
rules (possibly law, I don't remember) to take pictures on any mass transit
system and then threatened to have me arrested, demanded to see my ID.>>
Then what you do is say "Go ahead and have me arrested so I can file a
complaint for harassment and you will lose your job miss smart ass"
Ok well maybe not quite like that, but along those lines. Jon you should
absolutely contact Bart hq and report this agent. It sounds like SHE is nuts
and quite possibly a threat to honest citizens and likely to come to work one
day with a semi-automatic. Bart should really know about these kind of
That should make her quite happy.
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I just thought I'd share a little bit of information with everyone relating
to Photography on BART. According to the BART permits page (
http://www.bart.gov/about/business/permits/photopermits.aspx ): "If you are
a paying passenger making your way from point A to point B, then there is no
specific prohibition to taking photographs in areas that are accessible to
the public provided you do not appear to be a security threat, involved in a
commercial activity or harassing other riders." So as a member of the
transit riding public - you can take pictures without a permit. Though I
suggest if you plan on taking any amount of photos around BART - keep a
printed out copy of this page handy.
The reason I share this is because I had not previously been aware of the
rules, after all it is PUBLIC transit so I treated it as any PUBLIC
location. While I've taken hundreds of pictures on, around and of the BART
system today I had an interesting run in with a station agent. The agent
asked me what I was doing (after I had taken a picture of the ticket
gates). I explained to her that I was taking a picture for my own personal
use (me being artsy and all). She informed me that it was against the rules
(possibly law, I don't remember) to take pictures on any mass transit system
and then threatened to have me arrested, demanded to see my ID... and all
that fun stuff. I managed to escape the cops or arrest (barely), but that
isn't the point here.
Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know, since I know I've emailed about
the lack of pictures on Commons of Bay Area topics, and specifically BART
stations. So just be careful if you do take pictures around BART - you might
end up in jail. (Hey, it's a free country, they can arrest you for no good
Hi, Thanks to those who are setting up the meeting. I've gone through an Ellis Act eviction and need a place 8/1 - 9/2 until my new place is ready. Can pay $1000, checking Craigslist to no avail.
Tom Mayer tjmayerinsf (at) yahoo.com
Those wikimedians who also fans of Linux could be interested in
participation in Linux 17th Anniversary Picnic. It'll be held August
9, 2008 in Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, CA.
More details could be found on http://www.linuxpicnic.org.
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From: Andrew Fife <afife(a)untangle.com>
Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:54 PM
Subject: [svlug] Installfest for Schools
I'm very pleased to announce that Untangle & ACCRC have teamed up with
LinuxWorld (Aug 5-7) for our second Installfest for Schools. The
first ACCRC/Untangle Installfest for Schools in March refurbished 350
Ubuntu computers for schools. This time we've gotten a large booth
on the expo floor and will have workstations setup for volunteers to
refurbish recycled computers with Ubuntu and GnewSense. We
particularly need help with the following:
1)Installing Ubuntu and/or gNewSense
2)Hacking older hardware and identifying good/bad components
You can signup for a work station here:
Also, if you know of a school in need of computers that's willing to
try GNU/Linux please nominate them here:
And if you have an older computer that you want to donate or recycle,
please bring it to LinuxWorld. ACCRC will have a collection booth
setup and can provide tax deductable receipts. PIII and newer systems
will be refurbished with Ubuntu for schools. Older systems will be
recycled properly by the ACCRC.
Lastly, we are always looking for help getting the word out. If you
want to give the event some love on your blog, Digg, StumbleUpon,
Slashdot, or some crazy forum please link to the main installfest
page, which is http://www.untangle.com/installfest
Thanks so much for your help!
P.S. The LinuxWorld Expo free if you register before the conference starts here:
Here is a writeup of the first event:
http://lwn.net/Articles/273770/ and here are some pictures:
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Hey SF Wikimedians,
A TV crew is in town from Brazil this week, shooting for a Portuguese TV show for what I
understand to be a predominantly business-themed network.
Per the note below, they're looking for a few people to interview - general interest
stories from Wikimedians would be great.
They don't specify the dates here, but I suspect they're hoping to interview on Thursday
Let me know directly if you have some availability either of those days and I will try to
connect you. I believe they will be mobile and could come directly to you if necessary.
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Subject: wikipedia cases
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 17:17:12 -0300
From: Alex Praca <alexandre(a)theinformationcompany.net>
This is to confirm our interview on Thursday and also to ask you a little
favour. We are searching for people with interesting stories involving
Wikipedia to include in the documentary. That could be a teacher that uses
Wikipedia in the classroom, a keen Wikipedia contributor, or anyone with a
interesting story to tell that lives around San Francisco. Can you think of
anyone that would agree to be interviewed on camera?
Thanks very much again,