Dive into 2015 with The Paragons 1967 version.
If you’ve had time to catch the news over the holidays, you’ll no doubt have heard that confidence in our economy is high. This is due in part to good jobs numbers, the decreasing price of gas and increasing wages across many sectors. This energy is very present in the South Florida community as we see billions of investment dollars flowing our way to boost construction, infrastructure, tourism and technology.
Here are the top 13 business stories that are shaping our region, courtesy of Miami Herald
13. Miami Beach Convention Center renovation plans gain steam
12. Condo boom — again
11. Cash remains king
10. Virgin Cruises announcement makes a splash
9. Design District value rises to $1.4 billion
8. Lincoln Road properties sell for record $342 million
7. Downtown takes center stage
6. Uber, Lyft ride in anyway
5. A Magic Leap onto VC Map
4. Norwegian acquires upscale Prestige Cruises
3. Beckham shut out — for now
2. The show goes on, with tech in the spotlight
1. Burger King buys Tim Hortons
 “The Tide Is High” is a 1967 song written by John Holt, originally performed by the Jamaican group The Paragons, with John Holt as lead singer. The song went mainly unnoticed in the rest of the world, until it was rediscovered in 1980, when it became a US/UK number one hit for the American band Blondie. The British girl group Atomic Kitten also had a number one hit with their version of the song in 2002, and it was also a hit for Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall in 2008. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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If there’s one thing we are familiar with in the world of computing, it’s change. And now it is time for change at FLUX. Over the last few months some of our longtime members have been running our meetings while I was out of town. Now I am moving up to New Hampshire and we need a new president for the group.
We are very fortunate that John McLaughlin has stepped forward to take on the job. I’ve known John for many years and have worked with him on several volunteer events. John has technical experience in the Linux world, he has lots of contacts throughout the South Florida tech community, and he has great ideas to spread the word about FLUX and keep the group relevant and useful for everyone.
FLUX is going to kick off 2015 in a big way. The speaker for our January meeting is Jim Wildman of Red Hat. Jim is a Field Engineer and a true FOSS evangelist. He was our guest speaker at the 2013 ITPalooza event and gave an amazing talk. The meeting announcement and details will be posted shortly. Meanwhile please mark your calendar for the second Thursday of January.
I’d like to thank lots of people for their efforts on behalf of FLUX. There’s not room to thank everyone, but here are a few:
Thanks to Nova Southeastern University for all of their support over the many years we have been around. NSU has provided meeting space and other support and not asked anything in return. Not many colleges have a community outreach ethic like this and we are very fortunate that NSU has been here for us all this time.
FLUX has always been an all-volunteer group, and I especially want to thank all of the group members who have shared their knowledge by giving a talk at a FLUX meeting over the past sixteen years. It’s not just a FLUX tradition but part of the Linux way of doing things, and you should be proud of your contribution to the Linux community.
Quite a few people have asked to help the group while remaining anonymous. I can’t name them, but many thanks to the people who have donated hardware, hosting for our website, worked on the site, and helped pay for refreshments every month.
And of course thanks to you, everyone who has attended FLUX meetings and events.
Please join me in welcoming John McLaughlin as the new president of FLUX. I know he will continue our best traditions and also expand the group and continue its success after so many other Linux user groups have disappeared. Here’s a short bio of John:
- Using UNIX since 1979 (V7 on a PDF-11/45 with my friend ed(1))
- Helped form and run the SFUUG (South Florida Unix Users Group) in 1987 for many years.
- Worked for 15 years @ Sun during the “UNIX wars”
- Formed and ran a Sun Local User Group (SLUG). Later became VP of national Sun Users Group (SUG)
- Have been publishing IT Newsletters for 16+ years – See http://it.systemnews.com
- Work for a “software defined storage” vendor – Nexenta Systems
- Have been a Linux admin for 15+ years
- ITPalooza organizer (The 3rd annual event this month was a big hit with 1800+ attendees)
- Runs three South Florida, after-work, networking events for IT professionals every month – See vbeers.org
Here is John’s Resume.
It has been a lot of fun, and sometimes a little scary, to run the FLUX group all these years. I’m sure I have forgotten to thank lots of people who have worked to keep the group going, but I appreciate everyone who has been part of FLUX since we founded it in 1997.
I look forward to seeing everyone when I visit South Florida, and I’ll be on the mailing lists and social media sites too. Meanwhile, everyone please mark your calendar and keep going to FLUX meetings. This is a very special group of people and it’s South Florida’s Linux community!
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