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Next Meeting

May 2 6pm
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Kubernetes seems to be all the rage in today’s cloud focused, microservice architecture hyped world - but what is this mysterious beast and how does one use it in practice?

In the first part of this talk, Dan will take you through the core architectural concepts behind Kubernetes, give a fast crash course on docker images and containers, and speak about Kubernetes as a practical, elegant, reliable and manageable solution for applications of any size or scale.

The second part will be focused on getting an app up and running on Kuberneres using the Google Container Engine. Dan will take the audience through the basic bootstrapping of a Kubernetes cluster, fundamental application architecture including container design, pod and service description and creation, deployment, storage management, and exposing a service on the public internet.

In addition to the above topics and demonstration, Dan will be available to answer questions about his knowledge and experience in deploying clusters for Moonfarmer clients.


Dan Stone is the Senior Creative Technologist at Moonfarmer, a design and development studio in Kingston, NY where he works as an application architect and sometime DevOps ringmaster.

Dan is co-founder of the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, and Catskills Conf.

Lightning Talks

We’ll also be doing the following lightning talks before the meeting:

  • None yet, please propose below!

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Wed, May 2, 2018
6pm - 8pm


3rd Floor Auditorium
Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604



Time: 6:00pm
Location: 300 Rockefeller Hall
HV Open Lunch
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Mole Mole


Mad Science Fair
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Lourdes High School Auditorium


The New HV Open Website

As part of the rebranding to HV Open it was time to simplify the platform for the website at the same time. I had a few requirements going into this.

  • There had to be a way to sync to meetup. I hate double data entry.
  • It should be mobile friendly / responsive.
  • The server costs to maintain should be low. That’s both hardware resources, but also the time it takes to do regular security maintenance of the software stack.
  • All the old meeting urls had to be maintained (even if through redirects). People put these in their resumes showing that they have public speaking experience.

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MHVLUG becomes HV Open

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15 years ago MHVLUG was formed around the nascent Linux operating system. Linux was just transitioning from the hobbyist and ISP realms into every day work in non technology businesses. What Linux needed was human networks where people could get together and help each other with what they were learning. MHVLUG was created to be that kind of place. We started a monthly lecture series to share our expertise. We held regular weekend install fests to help people install and configure Linux on their computers.

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