Nov 11, 2018 ** Meeting Location** Lawrence Technological University (Southfield)

Note: New meeting location starting in July. Starting with our July meeting, we will be meeting at 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

When: second Sunday of the month, at 1:15 P.M

Nov 11, 2018 – SIG-Computing: Picking the Best Backup Approach; SIG-Linux: cancelled for Nov

General Announcements

Richard Jackson, vice president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

Note: New location starting in July. Starting with our July meeting, we will be meeting at 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

When: Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 (click on links above)

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SIG-Computing
Topic: Picking the Best Backup Approach

Presented by Gene Barlow

Gene Barlow of User Group Relations will conduct a webinar about backing up our computers using Acronis True Image Backup and Partitioning software.

(Richard Tapaninen of the Micro Center was originally scheduled to talk about the hottest current technology available for the holidays. Unfortunately, he fell sick. We thank Gene Barlow for agreeing to step in at the last minute.)

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 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: cancelled for Nov

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Sharan will not be available this month. His talk will continue in December.

This time will be available for open discussion and additional Q & A.

When: Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 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!

October 27, 2018 – SIG-Programming: Python

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Topic: Python:

At the last meeting, we learned a little bit about PyQt a tool that assists you to create windows, buttons, text boxes, etc. in Python programs. This is an alturnitive to Tkinter which we have also learned a little bit about. Tkinter does similar things to PyQt but does not give you the fancy user interface.

All are welcome to attend.

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

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

Oct 14, 2018 – SIG-Computing: WordPress; SIG-Linux: Systems performance part 2

General Announcements

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

Note: New location starting in July. Starting with our July meeting, we will be meeting at 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

When: Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 (click on links above)

SIG-Computing Topic: WordPress

Presented by Eric Malcolm

Eric is a Front-End Accessibility Developer for Regions Bank (based in Birmingham, Alabama), as well as a UX, A11y, SEO and WordPress enthusiast, with 8+ years experience in web development.
His company is Malcolm Digital, in Sterling Heights, MI. He will discuss how you can use WordPress (an open source software) to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 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: Systems performance part 2

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Sharan will present part 2 of his talk on system performance. This talk covers the six important areas of Linux systems performance i.e. observability tools, methodologies, benchmarking, profiling, tracing, and tuning.

Sharan will  include simple recipes for Linux performance analysis areas such as: tuning (using vmstat, mpstat, iostat, etc), overviews of complex areas including profiling (perf_events, flame graphs), static tracing (tracepoints), and dynamic tracing (kprobes, uprobes), and much advice about what is and isn’t important to learn.

This talk is aimed at everyone: DBAs, developers, operations, etc, and can be applied in just about any environment running Linux, bare-metal or the cloud.

When: Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 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!

Sept 9, 2018 – SIG-Computing: Raspberry Pi Solves Some Problems; SIG-Linux: Systems performance part 2

General Announcements

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

Note: New location starting in July. Starting with our July meeting, we will be meeting at 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

When: Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 (click on links above)

SIG-Computing Topic: Raspberry Pi Solves Some Problems

Presented by  Gibson Nichols

Gibson Nichols from Metro Detroit Linux User’s™ Group (MDLUG) will lead a discussion about the Raspberry Pi. This is a single board computer that costs less than $40. Come to the SEMCO meeting to talk about what it can do.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 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: Systems performance part 2

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Sharan will present part 2 of his talk on system performance. This talk covers the six important areas of Linux systems performance i.e. observability tools, methodologies, benchmarking, profiling, tracing, and tuning.

Sharan will  include simple recipes for Linux performance analysis areas such as: tuning (using vmstat, mpstat, iostat, etc), overviews of complex areas including profiling (perf_events, flame graphs), static tracing (tracepoints), and dynamic tracing (kprobes, uprobes), and much advice about what is and isn’t important to learn.

This talk is aimed at everyone: DBAs, developers, operations, etc, and can be applied in just about any environment running Linux, bare-metal or the cloud.

When: Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 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!

September 15, 2018 – SIG-Programming: Python

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Topic: Python:

At the last meeting, we learned a little bit about PyQt a tool that assists you to create windows, buttons, text boxes, etc. in Python programs. This is an alturnitive to Tkinter which we have also learned a little bit about. Tkinter does similar things to PyQt but does not give you the fancy user interface.

All are welcome to attend.

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

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

Aug 12, 2018 – SIG-Computing: Poscasting 101; SIG-Linux: Systems performance

General Announcements

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

Note: New location starting in July. Starting with our July meeting, we will be meeting at 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

When: Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 (click on links above)

SIG-Computing Topic: Podcasting 101

Presented by  Bob Waltenspiel and David Phillips

Bob Waltenspiel and David Phillips , the founders of Podcast Detroit Network, will talk about the company and podcasting in general.
In 2013, Bob Waltenspiel and David Phillips of IT in the D launched their own podcast without any prior listening, producing or broadcasting experience out of a small Internet radio station in Detroit, MI.
Over the course of two years and 100 episodes, the IT in the D show has grown from four listeners a week to close to 400,000 weekly listeners, with over 25M total listens.
Teaming up with Neil Nosakowski, the trio built out the Detroit Sound Studios in Ferndale, MI and the Podcast Detroit Network was born.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 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: Systems performance

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Sharan will continue from where he left off last month. This talk covers the six important areas of Linux systems performance i.e. observability tools, methodologies, benchmarking, profiling, tracing, and tuning.

This will be discussed over the next six meetings.

Sharan will  include simple recipes for Linux performance analysis areas such as: tuning (using vmstat, mpstat, iostat, etc), overviews of complex areas including profiling (perf_events, flame graphs), static tracing (tracepoints), and dynamic tracing (kprobes, uprobes), and much advice about what is and isn’t important to learn.

This talk is aimed at everyone: DBAs, developers, operations, etc, and can be applied in just about any environment running Linux, bare-metal or the cloud.

When: Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 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!

July 21, 2018 – SIG-Programming: Python

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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.

All are welcome to attend.

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

When: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

July 8, 2018 – SIG-Computing: 3D printing; SIG-Linux: Systems performance

General Announcements

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

Note: New location starting in July. Starting with our July meeting, we will be meeting at 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

When: Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus) 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 (click on links above)

SIG-Computing Topic: 3D printing

Presented by  Jeff Jimison

3D Printing is the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model by laying down many thin layers of material in succession.  Jeff will discuss 3D Printing and its applications.  He will demo a working 3D printer and discuss how to get started with 3D printing.

Jeff Jimison is Lab Supervisor at The Idea Lab at the Birmingham Baldwin Public Library.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, July 8, 2018 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: Systems performance

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

This talk will cover the six important areas of Linux systems performance i.e. observability tools, methodologies, benchmarking, profiling, tracing, and tuning.

This will be discussed over the next six meetings.

Sharan will  include simple recipes for Linux performance analysis areas such as: tuning (using vmstat, mpstat, iostat, etc), overviews of complex areas including profiling (perf_events, flame graphs), static tracing (tracepoints), and dynamic tracing (kprobes, uprobes), and much advice about what is and isn’t important to learn.

This talk is aimed at everyone: DBAs, developers, operations, etc, and can be applied in just about any environment running Linux, bare-metal or the cloud.

When: Sunday, July 8, 2018 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!

June 10, 2018 – SIG-Computing: The New TV Standards; SIG-Linux: Encryption Basics

General Announcements

Richard Jackson, vice president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

Note: New location from next month. Starting with our July meeting, we will be meeting at Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Campus). Maps and details of the Building and classroom will be posted with the July announcement.

When: Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 1:15 P.M.
Where: Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, MI 48302
Meeting Room 2 (in basement). Ask at Front Desk.
Map to meetings at Bloomfield Township Library

SIG-Computing Topic: The New TV Standards

Presented by Tom Allen

Tom Allen, our SIG-Computing chairman, will discuss the recently approved new TV standards.  These new standards will dramatically change how we experience TV and will affect flat panel TVs as well as streaming video.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, MI 48302
Meeting Room 2 (in basement). Ask at Front Desk.

Map to meetings at Bloomfield Township Library

SIG-Linux Topic: Encryption Basics

Presented by Kevin O’Brien

Encryption is a topic very much in the news these days, and it is something you use every day even if you don’t know it. Most web sites encrypt the connection when you go there, and you want any site that collects your information (such as credit card numbers) to encrypt that data. But you may not know much about how encryption works. In this presentation we’ll develop a basic understanding of encryption.

Kevin O’Brien is a Project Manager for Ford, and a LibreOffice fan. He is recording a series of tutorials on LibreOffice for Hacker Public Radio, and has presented on this topic at Ohio LinuxFest, Penguicon, Indiana LinuxFest, and local Linux user groups. He always prefers to use free software.

When: Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:00 P.M.
Where: Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, MI 48302
Meeting Room 2 (in basement). Ask at Front Desk.
Map to meetings at Bloomfield Township Library

Free Wi-Fi available. Our thanks to Bloomfield Township Public Library, for providing our meeting space!