Attended my first Hacking Society meeting and (1) tried out WLAN for the first time (many thanks to Jonathan and Kevin for loaner cards and helpful advice), (2) downloaded, built, and started learning the Matrix Template Library.
Did sneaker-net RR balancing of 802.11b cards in an attempt to figure out why the Orinocos worked fine on some laptops and not others, plowed into the 76K of Getopt::Declare documentation (first thoughts: cool, well designed, intimidatingly well documented), looked on in horror as Ed confessed his liking for C-shell, and tweaked some metadata editing code for the "get rid of the filing cabinets" project. Displayed the results of someone else's medieval Venetian steganography.
Worked on the xml Security HOWTO. Looked over he jadetex output. Talked about wireless and wireless cards. Worked on getting openoffice to build. Got it building by the end of the evening. Hopefully I can make an RPM for it soon.
I brought a laptop that had just been loaded with KRUD. Kevin helped me get X11 working, I configured it to be a ppp dial-up server, and I started to get an application working under wine.