SIG-Web Meeting 09/21/2010

There will be a SIG-Web meeting tomorrow to continue the coding that we did last week. For anyone new that's interested in coming, we will be coding in PHP to create the member sign in form (that we will test) in the next ACM meeting.

In this exercise, we will learn:

  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Security and concerns
  • Form parsing
  • Error handling

The meeting will be held in the Linux Labs in SEL 2252 from 5pm - 6pm. Please do come even if you are new and learn some PHP!

Microsoft Presentation: Resume Clinic for CS/CE Majors

Instead of the usual ACM general meeting, we will be hosting a Microsoft Resume Clinic on Wednesday, 9/22 (details below):

"Want to know exactly what an industry expert looks for on a resume? How to catch the eye of Technical Recruiters? Come hear what a Microsoft recruiter likes to see on a resume. Learn how to build a resume that DOES work for you!

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to build & fine tune the document that will start your career! Bring your resume for a chance to win great prizes! Free food while it lasts!!"

Microsoft Resume Clinic
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
SCE- Fort Dearborn Room

SIG-Web Meeting 09/14/2010

SIG-Web will be having a meeting tomorrow, 09/14/2010, but it will be planning and coding for the ACM meeting sign in page & ACM membership sign up page. We will not be having a presentation tomorrow.

The meeting will be held in the right linux lab, SEL 2260 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM tomorrow, 09/14/2010. If you're interested or new, please feel free to stop by and help us plan and code. Also, people who come will get to see some recent developments on the SIG-Web ACM page!

UIC Linux Users Group presents: Newbie week.

This week is LIG Newbie week, intended to introduce UIC students to Linux. All talks are presented in the CS Labs (SEL east 2250). This event will cover topics for newbies, and some intermediate topics. Come to learn how to start using Linux, and how to learn how to work toward becoming an effective Linux user at UIC.

Tuesday, 9/7
5:00 Installing Ubuntu presented by Bryanna Denney
5:30 Remote access (SSH) presented by Hef
Wednesday, 9/8
5:00 Using Linux at UIC prestented by Walter Dworak
5:30 Working With Code presented by Tomek
Thursday, 9/9
5:00 Using the Shell presented by eviljoel

LUG has put a lot of time and effort into these presentations, and there are a lot of contributors: people who wrote content, revised content, revised presentation style, practices, participated in test runs, critiqued, and advertised for this event.

If you want to make last minute changes to slides:

apt-get install git-core texlive
mkdir newbie_week
cd newbie_week
git init
git remote add hef
git remote update
git merge hef/master

The source code for the slides is in the .tex files, look at install_ubuntu.tex for a good example of what you can do.

To build the slides run:
evince install_ubuntu.pdf &

First ACM General Meeting

The first ACM general meeting of the year is this Thursday, 9/2/2010, in SEO 1000 at 6:00pm. New and potential members are encouraged to come and find out more about the ACM, its special interest groups, the services we offer, and the events we sponsor. Expect presentations from the individual S.I.G. leaders, UIC Linux Users Group, and the current ACM administration. Food will also be provided courtesy of the ACM and University of Illinois. Meeting are held bi-weekly, on Thursdays, and should return to their normal time of 5:30. The meeting location will remain the same unless otherwise noted on this website or on the acm general mailing list. General event information can be found on the acm calendar page, which is linked to on the right side of this page.

ACM Website Now Online

The main acm server had to be rebuilt due to technical issues, and the main acm website and shell access have been restored. Several links and services are not yet working and should be, hopefully, within a week. The main acm server has also been moved to a new machine and currently members should refrain from using the main server as storage due to limited disk space. Steps have already been taken to add additional storage to the new machine and should also be ready within a weeks time. Further status updates will be posted here on our website and to the acm mailing list (

Tutoring Form

I have written a web form for entering tutoring records via the website (so we don't have to use paper sheets anymore). It takes the tutor & student's netids, fills in their info from the UIC LDAP server, and enters the record in a database. It is currently in a trial run on our test server at Try it out! Let me know if it breaks, and send me any errors you catch. Thanks!

ACM Website content

Walter and I need help getting the new ACM site current before Fall semester. Here's what we need from SIG leaders, ACM officers, and other contributors:

  1. Content added to SIG pages
  2. New pages and info added/suggested - for instance:
  • New members section - info on joining, mailing lists, etc.
  • Editing existing web content for accuracy/consistency
    • a lot of the wiki info that is in the process of being migrated over is out of date - for instance, did anyone else know that we had a snail mail address at Chicago Circle Center? I didn't!
  • ACM office policies
  • More admin access on official ACM (google) calendars
  • Please post thoughts & questions as comments to this post. I don't mind editing pages for people as long as I have the updated info.

    I for one welcome our new Cabinet Creating Overlords.

    All the buttons work, the Trackball and Spinner work. This thing works well with Rampage: World Tour and Donkey Kong. Credit goes to Andrew for the woodwork and Bry for the wiring and Nyssa for consulting. Scott wants credit for moral support. (and to Ramón, Bryan, Dave, Frank, Karen, and Matt for patience).

    SIGs in Summer

    I think all of the SIGs are experiencing erratic schedules and low participation rates at the moment, although I can only officially comment on SIGBUILD.

    SIGBUILD is not actively meeting at present due to a variety of factors. If anyone is interested in meeting, please email me ahead of time and we will plan to work on some project stuff (Thursdays are still good for me).

    Otherwise, we will be ramping it back up in Fall.

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