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August Dublin MUG meet up

August Dublin MUG meet up

Last week I went to my first ever MUG ( MongoDB User Group) meet up in Dublin.  Having never been to one I wasn’t sure how many would turn and what the format was.  It was the middle of summer and in Ireland so it was pouring rain and yet we had over 40 people turn up on Thursday in the 10gen Dublin office.  It was lovely to meet people face to face and get to meet members of the community who use MongoDB every day in their organisations.  Everyone arrived early and over some cold beers in the fridge had some great conversations with one another.

Dublin MUG

First talk was David Lynch from Soundwave, a new product I’d not heard about, it’s an app for your phone that instantly picks up songs from your regular player and streaming apps as you play them. “Draw a circle with your finger over any city, street or building to see what songs are being played in that area. Tune into your local gym, favourite music festival.”It does all of this using MongoDB. David explained the reasons as to why they chose MongoDB for their product features such as availability, flexibility, tooling scaling and geo-search were behind their choices.  He also mentioned areas in which we could improve such as Geo-searching.  No tool is perfect and without feedback to see where users are needing help nothing can ever be improved upon. Lucky we have Derick Rethans on hand to tell us more about Geo at the London MUG in September!

Dave explains why soundwave chose MongoDB

If you missed Davids talk or want to see what he talked about he has very nicely made available his slides for downloading. To be able to meet and hang out with the community in the 10gen office was great and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun especially when a lot of pizza boxes appeared and we pointed ou the fridges were still full of beer!

Dublin MUG Pizza

Following on from Pizza, Gregor Macadam from 10gen gave a very insightful talk on MMS ( MongoDB Management Services) which is a cloud-based suite of services for managing MongoDB deployments. MMS provides monitoring and backup capabilities, helping users optimize clusters, automate tasks and mitigate operational risk. This is where having a talk in an office outweighs going to the pub, Gregor explained how MMS works not just by talking about it but also showed real time graphs and explained how MMS works by drawing it out so people could understand what he was saying.  I know that really helps me understand things better I need visual examples so I found this to be a very informative talk. Gregor has also made his slides available.

At the end of the talks I got to do a short introduction of who I am and how I can help people, but also asking for suggestions for events, perhaps not every MUG needs to have two talks, we can do something more hands on if people wanted just let me know so I can arrange it.  I did ask for a show of hands who was signed up to the monthly newsletter not as many as I’d hoped so you should sign up and learn what’s happening when and where also see what we’ve been up to.

It was a great evening and I look forward to meeting people again, if you want to keep tabs of what is happening in Dublin sign up to the Dublin MUG Meet up, if you’re in London in September we also have a meet up taking place and if you want to find a local MUG we have lots to chose from.

Ubuntu Hour Dublin

Ubuntu Hour Dublin

Something different this time, the team are meeting up at the Science Gallery where there is an exhibition taking place: Edible,  the taste of things to come.  The Science gallery is free to enter there is a cafe to have snacks, and see what is happening.  If you want to pop along add your name to the event page that has been created.  If you want to talk about Ubuntu, learn about it, or just meet up with others who have an interest in technology why not pop along.

June Ubuntu Hour and Meeting Orla

June Ubuntu Hour and Meeting Orla

Now that I’m back living in Castleconnell I may or may not make the Ubuntu Hour in Dublin so I’m trying to set up one of them in Limerick.  But in June I made the drive up as I wanted to meet Orla O’Donohue  she was the winner in the Ubuntu Women World Play Day Competition that was run last month.

Orla came to the Ubuntu hour with her mum Jackie and dad Mike and little brother Oisin to say hello and I was able to skype Amber Graner to say hi and thanks.    It was nice to finally meet Orla and she showed me her desktop background and how she played a game on the computer.  She also mentioned how chuffed she was at winning and how she had told all of her friends.  Which is great as I’m sure the next time she or any of the other contestants mention they entered in the previous time others will be curious now and try entering.

Orla at the June Ubuntu Hour Dublin Ireland

It’s all about encouraging children to try something new and finding their comfort zone.  If that is being able to find a photo or an image online and making their desktop unique and being able to log onto the computer and search for things on the internet it’s the small encouraging steps we should try and help where we can. Start small and basic and from there they can do anything!

Orla and Oisin happy on the laptop at Ubuntu Hour

Thanks to all those who came along and looking forward to meeting more people again. More photos are here. If you do run an Ubuntu Hour, take photos and show us what you do and who shows up.  Remember encourage people to bring along a friend, someone who’s heard of Ubuntu but is unsure and get them to meet more people or ask questions.  Encourage kids to come along with you and see others using Ubuntu is a great way for them to see others using it and ask questions or get involved.

Some of the Ubuntu Ireland LoCo at June Ubuntu hour