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Orientation for Orientators

by Evelyn Lopez

With the completion of the first draft of my Orientation lesson plan, I am now going to help orientate new and past instructors to our new education plan.

To do this, I will be walking instructors through the Presentation and Lesson Plan created.

I will be holding "Orientation Orientation" this coming Friday (June 5th) and Sunday (June 7th) at 3:00pm. Possibly extending it to the following week as well.

Meet-a-Geek: Emil

by Evelyn Lopez

Here at FreeGeek Chicago we love our volunteers. They are the reason we are still operating and their dedication makes our lives a lot easier. With that in mind, we have created a segment on our website we like to call Meet-a-Geek. In this segment we will feature one of our volunteers every month. We hope you get to know them as we have.

This month we say hello to our volunteer Emil M.

This Week @ FreeGeek for 2015-04-15

by FreeGeek Administrator

Closed April 5th

by FreeGeek Administrator

Heads up: We'll be closed Sunday, April 5th.

Closing for Thursday, 2/19/15

by FreeGeek Administrator

Another plunge into the negative degrees is bringing another closing for us Thursday, 2/19/15. We should be set to open normally on Friday, 2/20/15.

Closing for the Storm

by FreeGeek Administrator

Due to the bounty of snow to be delivered by Winter Storm Linus, we'll be closed Sunday, February 1, 2015. We hope to open up regularly February 4th.

Holiday Party 2014

by FreeGeek Administrator

FreeGeek is hosting a joint Holiday and Vintage Computing Party on Saturday, December 13th from 2p to 6p. Much of FreeGeek's collection of vintage computers and game systems will be on display and available for sale. More info on our Eventbrite page.

Crime & Punishment Release Party

by James Slater

FreeGeek Chicago will host a Release Party this Saturday, July 19th from 2-4p for the Crime and Punishment Project, a guide to the known and unknown data of Chicago's criminal justice system. This project was developed in partnership the SmartChicago Collaborative and the Chicago Justice Project, who will be on-hand to answer questions about the project's goals and it's status. Plus we'll have pizza. Full event info and RSVP are available on the Eventbrite Page.

This event is free and open to all. If you are a Journalist, Researcher, or Community Member interested in the criminal justice system we encourage you to attend. If you are a Hacker or Up-and-coming Hacker that is interested in OpenGov, OpenData, and web apps, we encourage you to attend. And of course if you are a FreeGeeker, you should definitely be there!

What is the Crime and Punishment Project

The Crime and Punishment Project is set up to allow you to follow a case as it would normally proceed through the justice system starting with a victimization in Chicago then moving through the Cook County system and completing its journey with the Illinois Department of Corrections. This is a flat data site that community members, journalists, and policymakers can use to learn about what data is and is not available from their justice agencies.

Take a look online.

ThisWeek@FreeGeek for 2014-07-07

by James Slater
FreeGeekers!
With so much going on in our space at the moment, it seems like a good time to bring back ThisWeek @ FreeGeek. Take a look below at what is happening this week and what's coming up. Who knows, maybe there's a way you can help FreeGeek and you didn't even know!
As always, Janet gives shout-out to all volunteers & staff - "With 4th of July Sparkles still in our eyes, it's a sure indication that Freegeek is on the Rise!"

Closed for July 4th

by James Slater

FreeGeek is closed Friday July 4th in observation of Independence Day. We will be back open for sales and donations on Saturday July 5th and our regularly scheduled Volunteer Build on Sunday July 6th.

Choosing FGC's Next #Linux Distro

by James Slater

With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in April and the release of Linux Mint 17 LTS in May, it is time for FreeGeek to take a look at a fresh upgrade to our pre-installed OS. Of course there are a ton of options for Linux distros, but due to our familiarity with the under-the-hood action of Ubuntu and it’s convenient hardware and software support of some odd-ball stuff (Apple iSight is a good example), we really want to stay within the Ubuntu family.

Right now we are looking at four main Ubuntu spins as an upgrade / replacement for our aging Xubuntu 12.04. They are:

  • Xubuntu 14.04. The direct upgrade to Xubuntu 12.04 that we are using now. Uses the XFCE Desktop Environment
  • Ubuntu 14.04. The stock version of Ubuntu with Unity Desktop Environment
  • Kubuntu 14.04. A Canonical-supported spin that uses the KDE Desktop Environment
  • Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. A distro based on Ubuntu 14.04 but includes additional software including the Cinnanmon Desktop Environment

So, what is our first-look impression of our top contenders?

Winter Warmer is March 13

by James Slater

Winter is almost over but we're all still freezing! Let FreeGeek warm you up with some drinks, food, and fun at Brando's Speakeasy on Thursday March 13th. The Winter Warmer Party will bring together all of the different characters that make FreeGeek the cool place it is, including our volunteers (the "Geeks"), our donors, or word-of-mouthers, and general FreeGeek Fans. In addtion, FreeGeek wants to thank those who have helped us fund our past Summer Internship programs and who have continued to connect us to awesome opportunities.

If you are reading this, we want you there!

This is a ticketed event that includes 2 drinks and tons of food. Register now and get your tickets today.

FreeGeek makes an appearance on CBS Chicago

by James Slater

Guild Literary Complex - Notes from the Mainframe Jan 29 @ FreeGeek Chicago

by James Slater

Hey Friends!

FreeGeek Chicago will be hosting Applied Words: Notes from the Mainframe on January 29th from 7:30P - 9:00P. This a Guild Literary Complex reading event and is being co-sponsored by the folks at Gapers Block. In short, it’s going to be awesome.

From event page:

In the 21st century, we live inside technology like never before. For Applied Words “Notes from the Mainframe,” the Guild Literary Complex invites writers employed in technology to read their work and discuss the poetics of art and science.

“Notes from the Mainframe” will include readings by Catherine Halley (Director of Digital Programs, Poetry Foundation), Daniel X. O’Neil (Executive Director of Smart Chicago Collaborative), and Stephanie Plenner (Founder of Chicago Literary Map). Artists will participate in a Q&A following the event.

There’s no official registration. Just show up and you’ll get to listen to some great local writers and participate in some interesting discussion.

Holiday Party!

by James Slater

Party!