February 12, 2017 – SIG-Computing: 2017: Securing your PC & Yourself – an update, Windows 10 Class (For those who have pre registered)

General Announcements

Mike Bader, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.
When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Altair Engineering, Inc., 1820 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083
Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Topic: 2017: Securing your PC & Yourself – an update:

SEMCO member Sharan Kalwani will be our presenter. He says…

“Despite the advances in computing technology, the average PC user remains vulnerable to all sorts of security threats.

“In this talk, I will try and give you a number of steps you can do to improve the security of your PC (and in the same process also boost your privacy), so that the Internet is a little bit less of the “Wild West” experience. Some of the new things I will also discuss are – Ransomware, privacy settings on web sites and social media forums (such as Linkedin.com), general tools (and reliable resources) one can use to assist you.”

Sharan has been into computing since the days of ARPAnet. He is also an old hand at UNIX, and has worked in many different industries and geographical regions. He is also the Vice-Chair for the SE Michigan chapter of the IEEE-Computer Society and was recently elected to be the SEMCO SIG-LINUX chair for 2017. Googling his name surprisingly gives you 17,000 hits.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation and during the social period before the SIG-Linux meeting. Snacks available during the social period.
When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 1:45 P.M.
Where: Altair Engineering, Inc., 1820 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083
Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

No February Meeting
Kodi: Open Source Home Theater Software:

There is no SIG-Linux meeting for February 2017.

We will continue the SIG-Linux meetings from March 2017 onwards. In the March 12th meeting, our esteemed former SIG-Linux Chairman Brian Brodsky will continue his demonstration of Kodi concentrating on online content. From Kodi’s website: Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet, he will also share how to edit music tags with an external program.

At the same SIG-Linux meeting in March (beginning at 4:00 P.M.), our new SIG Chairman Sharan Kalwani has a number of presentation ideas for SIG-Linux presentations – such as various Linux Distros, however he is looking for ideas from the membership. So bring your suggestions ideas to the next meeting on March 12th (or feel free to post them to the semco.org website discussion area), Email works too!

Windows 10 Seminar (For those who have pre registered):
This class is full. Those who wish, may register for the March 26, 2017 repeat version.

In this seminar, you will learn how to set up your computer to enhance your work environment. Learn how to create tiles, icons and folders on the start screen and desktop. How to get apps from the store. Use display properties, put files where you need them and understand drives, folders and files, set up and install new programs, remove apps and programs you do not want, use Windows Help and much more.

The February class is full. Those who wish, may register for the March 26, 2017 repeat session. This is a SEMCO members benefit! (You can join SEMCO for $30 at the event to participate). To register email your request to semco@semco.org.

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:30 P.M.
Where: Altair Engineering, Inc., 1820 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48083
Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Free Wi-Fi available. Our thanks to Altair Engineering, Inc. for providing our meeting space!

February 18, 2017 – SIG-Programming: Python


Topic: Python:

We are learning Python using the book “Learning Python” by Mark Lutz. It is an O’Reilly book http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028154.do, but can also be purchased at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Python-5th-Mark-Lutz/dp/1449355730/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416007152&sr=1-1&pebp=11416007164251.

We are to read Chapter 25, “Advanced Module Topics” for the next meeting. If you have any questions contact Richard Jackson (see below). All are welcome to come.

Where: Richard Jackson’s home. Call Richard Jackson at 248-546-3694 for directions.

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

SEMCO is now on LinkedIn!

Please join us on LinkedIn!  Our group page is https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8544439

Adding SEMCO as a group to your LinkedIn profile can improve your search ranking, show that you are involved with a dynamic user group here in Southeastern Michigan, and is an excellent forum to interact with other experts around the world.  Thank you to Sharan Kalwani for setting up our new SEMCO LinkedIn group!

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