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General Meeting Basics (starts at 6:30pm) Main Presentation
August 10, 2016
Upgrade Vim to First-Class Status
by Bill Odom
The Twinkling of a Distant Star
by Scott Granneman
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General Meeting on Wednesday - 10 August 2016
The St. Louis Unix Users Group (SLUUG) general meetings are usually on the second Wednesday of each month.

We start the general meeting with a basic session; which may include either simple tutorials, displays of newly discovered web sites, command line wonders, demonstrations of useful applications, amazing graphical packages, major resolution of long standing anomalies, blinking lights, or quantum shifts in both time and space. Then we will have our usual quick welcome, introduction, administrative announcements, and a Questions and Answers Period. After all that, we take a break before our main event.

Basic Session

The basics portion will be Upgrade Vim to First-Class Status by Bill Odom

What's in your Vim status line? You know, that line of reversed-video text at the bottom of your Vim window? A filename? Maybe some numbers off to the right? Is the status line even visible?

For far too many of us, the Vim status line is a sadly-neglected chunk of valuable Vim real estate, and it's capable of *way* more than most people realize. We'll cover some simple (and quick) ways to stuff it full of useful information, and then discuss a few tricks that -- with just a little more effort -- can take your Vim experience to a whole new level.


Bill Odom is interesting and informative.

Main Event

The main presentation will be The Twinkling of a Distant Star by Scott Granneman

What connects the highest-paid silent film actress in the world, the Titanic, a fascist spy, Times Square, the *Saturday Evening Post*, and changes in communications technologies over the last 100 years? By tracing one woman’s life through the 20th century I’ll get into many nooks and crannies that illuminate the enormous changes we’ve seen in culture, society, various technologies, and even maritime safety and laws.

Web Dev Intro

  • Background
  • Web browsers
  • Elements, Attributes, and Values
  • DTDs
  • Character Encoding
  • Editors

Web Typography

  • Types, Measure, Leading, Scale
  • Common fonts and defaults
  • font-size
  • font-weight
  • font-family and Font Stacks
  • Embedded fonts

Images, Audio, Video

  • Compression
  • Image formats
  • HTML5 and multimedia
  • Containers and codecs
  • Audio formats
  • Image sources (where to find images)
  • Audio sources (finding audio)
  • Video sources (finding videos)

Responsive Web Development with Bootstrap

  • Installation
  • Bootstrap Concepts
  • Using Bootstrap
  • Templates
  • Grid System
  • Tools
  • What’s coming in Bootstrap 4

My Toolkit: developer tools that my web development company WebSanity uses

  • Domain names
  • Content planning, editors, and storage
  • Content Management Systems, including Static Site Generators
  • Coding: Editors, IDEs, and pre-processors for HTML. CSS, and JavaScript
  • Swiss Army knives
  • Hosting
    • Operating systems
    • Web servers
    • Linode
  • Security
    • SSL
    • Backup
    • Monitoring
    • Passwords


Scott Granneman is energetic, exceptional, and extraordinary.

++ Posted 4 August, Corrected 8 August 2016


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