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We'll have 3 presentations at this month's meeting, starting off which what we hope to be an infrastructure series, and what is more basic to our infrastructure than the power itself, so Barbara Cenalmor of SRP will be telling us about the nitty gritty of how SRP makes sure that you have all the power you need at the moment you need it. Then der.hans will tell us about better protecting ourselves on the web with uMatrix. Last, but not least Aaron Jones will show us how to better manage our digital fingerprints and to live safer in this world filled with social media .
Barbara Cenalmor: SRP Resource Planning
It’s really easy to take electricity for granted. You hit the ON button, and the computers instantly turn on. However, there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes to get that electricity to you, the main user.
To keep up with the demand and makes sure everybody can turn on their computers, lights and appliances, utilities use resource plans.
This presentation explains what resource plans are, why they are important and needed, what resource options are available to utilities, what the trade-offs are between different resources and what considerations are taken into account in the resource strategy.
Barbara has 15+ years of experience working for regulatory agencies around Arizona in Air Quality issues. A few years ago she started working at Salt River Project (SRP), working to ensure that the company and its power plants were in compliance with all air quality regulations, and that the company's goals focused on reducing emissions. To get a better insight on how a large utility plans for future generation and more customers, she slightly changed careers and went to work for SRP's Resource Planning group where she participates in siting or acquiring new generation (all types).
In her spare time Barbara likes to hang out with her family, listen to her husband ramble about all Linux things (most of which she doesn't understand), reading, and traveling.
der.hans: uMatrix for web browser protection
uMatrix is a webextension security and privacy add on for Firefox.
Attendees will know what the web components are that uMatrix controls, how to use the uMatrix GUI interface and save rules.
der.hans is a Free Software community veteran, presenter and author. He is the founder of the Free Software Stammtisch, BoF organizer for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and chairman of the Phoenix Linux User Group (PLUG).
As a technology and entrepreneurial veteran, roles have included director of engineering, engineering manager, IS manager, system administrator, community college instructor, developer and DBA.
He presents regularly at large community-led conferences (SCaLE, SeaGL, LibrePlanet, LFNW) and many local groups.
Aaron Jones: Social Media Safety
How to manage your digital foot print to enhance security while also bringing awareness to some of the issues that social media can exacerbate.
Aaron is an experienced Linux user with several years of teaching experience. He works in the industry as a software developer while also providing consultancy on cyber security related topics. His discussions are AZ Post certified for training credit for law enforcement and he prides himself on providing quality educational material that is relevant and topical. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence Analysis with a focus in Cyber Security, is a life long learner, and prides himself on staying up to date with the ever changing field of cyber security.