Help Me in the Fight Against Diabetes

Hey everyone! I will be participating in this year’s Tour de Cure. I will be riding 100 miles and collecting donations to help fight against diabetes. I have set a goal of collecting $250 $500 $1,000 USD in donations, and I am hoping some of you can help me reach my goal. I would love to blow that goal out of the water of course and be one of the top contributing teams, so any and all help is very much appreciated, as it really isn’t for me but for a greater cause.

You can check out my Tour de Cure page as well as give to the cause HERE. Thank you everyone, and if there is a Tour de Cure in your area, I urge you to sign up and ride for the cause.

UPDATE: seeing as the cycling community, some friends, and Kubuntu have stepped up in an hours time, I was close to reaching my first $250 USD goal, so I have since bumped it up to $500. My family and friends are passing around the donation information, so hopefully I can reach this new goal.

UPDATE: Here is a direct link to my Tour de Cure page since some had problems with the first link I had posted –

UPDATE: Here is the bike I will be riding for over 100 miles in my mom’s name. She was diagnosed a few years ago with Type 2 Diabetes. I will also be riding in the names of other family and friends who are battling this disease. Thanks again to all who have contributed and who are also standing up to fight this disease!

My 2010 Trek Madone 5.2

UPDATE: seeing as my mom’s work, members of the KDE community, friends, family, and other members of the cycling community have helped, I blew the $500 goal out of the water, so I have upped it to $1,000 now. Come on my Ubuntu geeks, I know you can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much to all of you awesome rock stars who have donated!

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Flourish! 2011 Open Source Conference

This Friday through Sunday, April 1-3, 2011, the Flourish! 2011 Open Source Conference will be taking place at the University of Illinois At Chicago. The Ubuntu Chicago LoCo Team will be in attendance and are planning on holding our Ubuntu Global Jam there as well. It is a free event and it is recommended that you preregister. I have been going to this event now since the beginning and it has gotten better every year. There are some really awesome speakers lined up this year, and if you can make it to geek out, I highly recommend it. Hopefully I will see you all there!

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Export GEDCOM File From

Well, if you were reading around lately, you might have noticed my previous post about creating my Family Tree. I asked for input and a few of you responded with some very helpful information. For instance, if you are planning on working on your family tree, there are a few applications you need to check out:

  • Gramps (Genealogical Research Software) is a free software project built just for genealogy/family trees and aimed towards the hobbiest or even the professional.
  • webtrees is an on-line, colaborative, genealogy application. If you have access to a web server with PHP and MySQL support, you are golden. I am in the process of planning on creating a setup where the members of my family can get together and work on our separate branches.
  • LifeLines (second generation genealogy software) looks to be a lightweight, yet robust, application. I haven’t yet messed with this, but I just noticed under tools for them they have emacs modes and even vim syntax highlighting, so this might be well suited for the hacker in you.

You know what all 3 of these applications have in common? They all utilize the GEDCOM, which stands for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, specification. It is a proprietary specification, however it is the open de facto specification.

So, what I have been doing is leveraging the data available from My family signed up for their free 14 day trial which has been amazing for us, except on my father’s side because as soon as it hits his great grandparents in Sweden, I have to pay for a premium version at $25 per month. Anyways, I have leveraged their data and created a huge chunk of my family tree, verifying as much as possible along the way. Now that I have a big chunk and my trial will expire in the next week and a half, I want to get the data I created their to my computer so I have it and can import it into Gramps, webtrees, or LifeLines to develop further down the road.

Luckily Ancestry allows you to export your tree in the GEDCOM format, however trying to figure this out on your own isn’t an easy feat. I searched and clicked everywhere until it was finally right in my face. So now maybe I can help you for future reference. As of Friday, March 11, 2011, this is how you export your tree from Ancestry to a GEDCOM file (image below with red dots shows label and button locations for clicking): export tree to GEDCOM file

  1. Go to your family tree
  2. Under the menu bar, next to your tree’s name, there is a drop-down link labeled Tree pages with a down arrow. Hover your mouse over the link
  3. Select Tree Settings from the drop-down menu
  4. On the right side of the page you will see a green button labeled Export tree, click it
  5. Ancestry will now go ahead and process your tree, eventually presenting you with a button labeled Download your GEDCOM file, click it
  6. Save the file to your computer

Now you can easily import it into whatever tool you are using. Using Gramps, I created a blank tree as soon as I started it up, Then from the File menu I selected the Import menu item, selected my GEDCOM file I just downloaded, waited quite some time for it to import, then went along on my way. I had a few minor issues with some data not showing up in the tree, however the data was available as I could view it from other locations within Gramps. Once I get rolling and have Gramps figured out, I will see about creating another post with further information, hopefully within the next few weeks.

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