Linux 1. Introduction to the Command Line

tuxLinux is a free open-source operating system invented by Linux Torvalds and developed by a community of developers worldwide. Linux is based on UNIX and has been ported to every platform in use today including PC, Mac, Sparc and ARM and is the base operating system behind Arduino and Android. It is released under the GNU public license and can be copied and reused freely.

TOG will be offering a six week introductory course to the Linux Command Line on Monday nights starting in January. This course assumes no previous programming experience.

This course will teach you how to administer your Linux system from the command line. It will not cover installing Linux nor will it cover Gnome or KDE functionality. Instead, we will be using VirtualBox and each student will download a virtual hard drive with the latest Debian preinstalled and configured for the course.

When: Mondays Jan 6th – Feb 10th 2014.
Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm (with 30 min break)
Sessions: 6.
Where: Tog Classroom.
Price: 100 euros.
  • Introduction – setting people up, using the command line.
  • Linux file system
  • Processes
  • The vim Editor
  • Command Line Utilities
  • Shell Scripting
  • Startup and Shutdown
  • Globbing and Regular Expressions
  • awk, sed, grep
  • Installing Software with apt-get and make

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Book Club January

TOG’s book club is back in full swing. The next meet up is January 17th 7pm.

The book we are reading at the moment is Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.

The book was available in a free ebook from the (if you signed up to their newsletter). Hopefully you were lucky enough to grab a copy, otherwise there are ebook versions available for as little as €1.99. We checked, there’s also an audio book available.

(There are tools available to help you find the best deal, for example Luzme for UK.)


Christmas at TOG: cookies and crochet

Beautiful garlands of floppies

Deck the halls with boughs of floppies, fa la la la la la la la la la

As we’re well into December by now, we can talk about the C word all we want!  As is tradition by now, the final craftnight of the year will be a sugar-fuelled glitterfest where we try to finish Christmas gifts while raising our blood glucose levels.  By the time your insulin sorts that mess out, the crochet class on Saturday 14th will let you return to the scene of the sugarcrime and see what you recall.

Sugar craftnight kicks off from about 6:30pm in TOG on Tuesday December 10th.  All are welcome, and all sorts of tasty treats are welcome too! There’ll be hot chocolate to wash down the Christmas cookies, and I’ll have some spare felt and sparkles for anyone who’d rather build decorations than destroy their pancreas (of course you can do both).  Coordination of baking will happen through the craft mailing list (anyone can join the list and get regular reminders of craftnights during the year). As with all craftnights, you can just pop down on the night.  Our first craftnight of 2014 will be on January 7th.

Beautiful baubles to hang on your Christmas tree (or to give to someone to hang on their tree)

Beautiful baubles to hang on your Christmas tree (or to give to someone to hang on their tree)

There will be a crochet bauble workshop run on the afternoon of Saturday December 14th from 2:30pm till about 4:30pm. Participants don’t need any prior experience at crochet, and will still make a pretty netted bauble for the tree.  The class will cost €7 including materials (or €2 for members for the materials).  Sign-up form for the class after the break.





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From the Mail Bag – Greeting from Geeks Without Bounds

Some lovely stickers from Geeks Without Bounds.


Mozilla Ireland Event

Tog is proud to be hosting Mozilla Ireland’s first public event this month! Mark your calendars for Friday, November 22nd, from 7pm until around 9:30pm.

This event will give insight into Mozilla, the Irish community, Firefox in Irish and Firefox OS, and how to get involved. There will be a few presentations and Q&A. This event is free and open to all, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Coder Nights

Thursday 7th November at 7pm will be Coder Night (and every 2 weeks after)

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Starting this Thursday we’re bringing coding nights back to Tog!

For our first night its going to be a casual affair, with no speakers or projects or prescribed idea of what we’re going to do. It will be much like the lock picking and crafting nights, with a meet-up of people interested in programming as a general topic.

If you are knowledgable in a particular framework or language, it’d be great if you could come along and lend a hand if somebody has any questions.

There is no language favouritism, there’ll be people attending with Python, Objective-C, Java, Javascript, C#, C++, UnityScript (Unity3D), and many other tools and languages.

I will personally be working on a mobile app for Tog for both iOS (Objective-C) and Android (Java), but you can come along with whatever project you have in mind, or none at all.

We’ll be using the first few nights to figure out how people want these nights to be, whether they should be project based, or remain very much a casual affair. So please come along if you have some ideas, or just to chill out with fellow would-be and expert coders.