June 9, 2019 – SIG-Computing: The Admiral’s Language of Choice (COBOL); SIG-Linux: Protonmail – a secure email service

Sharan Kalwani, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075.

The university is essentially at the northwest corner of 10 Mile Road and Northwestern Highway https://goo.gl/maps/5Et615QaRCP2The meeting is in room M213 of the Wayne H. Buell Management Building. For details on entry to the campus, where to park and how to get to the meeting room go to https://www.wordpress.semco.org/?page_id=1638

SIG-Computing Topic: The Admiral’s Language of Choice (COBOL)

Presented by Ken Patton

Most of us know about Admiral Grace Hopper. She is rightly recognized as a pioneer in computer science and innovator of the compiler many of us depend on today, yet deriding one of her most-lasting impacts, COBOL, is fashionable.

Go on a journey starting with the landscape of computing that led to the creation of the first machine-independent programming language and see the language constructs that enable its most common platform, the mainframe, to process 2.5 billion transactions a day. Walk away having seen actual COBOL code and maybe an appreciation for why so much of it still runs our world every day.

With 20+ years experience working on projects for a couple of automotive manufacturers, public utilities, health insurers, and a government agency, Ken has spent the last ten years leading and mentoring teams specializing in the modernization of legacy mainframe systems. .

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 1:30 P.M.

Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 (click on links above)

 

SIG-Linux Topic: Protonmail – a secure email service

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

 Sharan’s presentation this month will be on Protonmail. (While not a Linux specific topic, it is open source based.) In this session we will talk about secure email services and will pick on Protonmail, which provides secure communications.

 The idea was inspired by a SEMCO user suggestion (thank you!), and once we started checking it out, it seemed to have more appeal, so we are presenting this topic. If you care about your email then this might be a good fit. Both pros and cons will be shared and maybe if you bring your laptop, you can give it a try.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.

Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 (click on links above)

Free Wi-Fi available. Our thanks to Lawrence Technological University, for providing our meeting space!

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