Sept 8, 2019 – SIG-Computing & SIG-Linux (Combined): The different laws of computing ;

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

When: Sunday, Sept 8, 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 different laws of computing

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

No, this is not a talk about digital jurisprudence, rather it is a detailed set of seminal observations on the various trends we have experienced in the last 50 years of computing. Of course the most famous one of them all is the classic Moore’s Law, while not an actual law, has had an astounding effect on all of mankind since the invention of the microprocessor.

In this 90-minute talk I will point out the different advances in computing, be it networking, storage, connectivity, semiconductors, processing power, energy trends, etc. I will then proceed to list the eponymous persons associated with each specific law, relationship or trend and what implications they have for us all. To the best of the speakers knowledge, such a talk has not been conducted anywhere else before and so you will get to enjoy an original as well as a uniquely wholistic perspective on the vast phenomena we call computing.

A well seasoned scientific, technical and computing professional, Sharan has spent over 20+ years implementing many new and pioneering technologies from operating systems (*nix) , high performance computing (Cray, SGI, modern day clusters), engineering applications (CAE/CFD simulations), optimization, networking (TCP/IP, Infiniband), operations (ITIL, ITSM), scientific domain (BioInformatics), and project management.

A successful speaker and author, Sharan looks to increase the professional approach of every individual he interacts with. He enjoys teaching, contributing to STEM activities and publishing. He is a senior member of IEEE, ACM, Emeritus member of Michigan!/usr/group. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE SE Michigan Education Society Chapter since 2017.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Sept 8, 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: Included in topic above

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

When: Sunday, Sept 8, 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!

Aug 11, 2019 – SIG-Computing: Cord cutting and Cord Shaving ; SIG-Linux: All about computing architecture

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

When: Sunday, Aug 11, 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:  Cord cutting and Cord Shaving 

Presented by Tom Allen

Tom is our SIG Computing Chairman and he will discuss:

How to eliminate or reduce your cable bill, and how to use the online streaming services.

Also, how to use over the air programming. Then he will cover the new standards for over the air TV .

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Aug 11, 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: All about computing architecture: focus on how Linux handles memory

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Sharan’s presentation this month will be all about one important aspect of computing architecture: namely memory.
Sometimes erroneously called storage (which actually deals with long term memory), he will instead focus on computer memory organization and all the various elements in it.
The second part of the talk will then deal exclusively with how Linux kernels treat and organizes memory.
It is indeed a bit different and sometimes can be viewed as an advantageous feature. Other times folks argue that it hurts performance rather than be a positive thing.
No prior knowledge of computing architecture is assumed or the Linux kernel. The talk will be fast paced and full of details.

When: Sunday, Aug 11, 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!

July 14, 2019 – SIG-Computing: Developing Mobile Apps on the Android platform – An Introduction; SIG-Linux: Protonmail – a secure email service

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

When: Sunday, July 14, 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: Developing Mobile Apps on the Android platform – An Introduction

Presented by Vijay Daita

Our newest and youngest SEMCO attendee – 13 year old Vijay Daita will be giving a presentation about Android apps. Vijay will talk about the resources that he used to get better at app development, walk you through getting started with Android Studio (which is a development tool by Google that uses Java), that helps you make a starter app.

He will also talk about how the basics can be pieced together to build a more complicated app, and finally, walk a little bit about Tensorflow for Android. 
Vijay will not be spending much time on the installation portion, so you may wish to pre – install Android Studio. You can find an online tutorial that suits you by searching “download android studio tutorial”.
Vijay Daita started developing Android apps since he was 8 years old. Since he started programming he has published several apps. Count Smart is a feature-rich counter app. Wave Driver (now removed), is an SMS-based tracker so that you can find your loved ones in places such as a store. Antifier is a ‘joke’ app intended to classify ants (done using TensorFlow but with a very small sample size – hence the ‘joke’).

He has completed courses over MOOC and also obtained a couple of certificates. He also completed Developing Android Apps course on Coursera and the Android Developer Nanodegree recently. 
The biggest resources that he used were Google, YouTube, and StackOverflow. Google currently run the Android operating system, so their network of websites has helpful resources. YouTube also has great video resources. StackOverflow is also a really good place to get your questions answered.  

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, July 14, 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, July 14, 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!

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

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 (postponed to July due to time constraints)

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!

May 12, 2019 – SIG-Computing: Introduction to Apple Smart Watch 4; SIG-Linux: Linux File systems

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


When: Sunday, May 12, 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: Introduction to Apple Smart watch 4

Presented by Chita Hunter

New features, enhanced features, great tips!
Chita will discuss the development and features of Apple Smart watches. She will also show how you can incorporate the functions and apps to benefit and enhance your daily life.

Chita Hunter has been happily working in the technology field for over 25 years. She specializes in getting her clients trained and up to speed on MacOS and iOS apps, select Adobe Systems apps like InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, etc., and a host of other technology apps. Chita is a graduate of LTU, with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, May 12, 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: Linux File systems

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Sharan’s presentation this month will be on Linux File systems. This will be in two parts, the first will be a quick introduction to typical Linux file structure setup/organisation.
The second part will touch on the various file system architectures that one can choose (not for the faint hearted), ranging for simple to advanced Linux based applications (e.g at home hobbyist to beyond hobbyist and several real world scenarios).

When: Sunday, May 12, 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!

April 14, 2019 – SIG-Computing: Introduction to Amazon AWS; SIG-Linux: REVOLUTION OS (movie)

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

When: Sunday, Apr 14, 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: Introduction to Amazon AWS

Presented by Brian Korzynski

Amazon AWS is the other main player in cloud computing. They have many of the same offerings as Azure, but also some that are different. We’ll take a look at the basics such as SQS, S3, EC2, SNS, and SES, to see how you can quickly and easily incorporate the cloud into your existing applications.

Brian Korzynski is a senior machine learning engineer at one of Detroit’s best companies, United Shore. He has had an extensive career in Microsoft technologies working for a variety of companies both large and small. Working in many industries such as logistics, manufacturing, compliance, and finance has given him a wide variety of knowledge and skills that he wants to share with the world. Currently he is working on a variety of machine learning and artificial intelligence applications to aid in the mortgage process.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Apr 14, 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: REVOLUTION OS (movie)

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

REVOLUTION OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against the proprietary software model and Microsoft to create GNU/Linux and the Open Source movement.

GNU/Linux and the Open Source & Free Software movements arguably represent the greatest threat to proprietary software business models. Shot in cinema-scope on 35mm film in Silicon Valley, REVOLUTION OS tracks down the key movers and shakers behind Linux, and finds out how and why Linux became such a potent threat. REVOLUTION OS runs 85 minutes.

When: Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 at 2:30 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!

Mar 10, 2019 – SIG-Computing: The Cloud Journey: What, Why and How?; SIG-Linux: Linux in the cloud

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

When: Sunday, Mar 10, 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 Cloud Journey: What, Why and How?

Presented by Brett Decker

We will be taking a dive into a very hot technology that many businesses and consumers alike have held off on while they wait to see what direction the industry is taking, Cloud. Focusing specifically on Microsoft Azure cloud computing, we will jump into what does Cloud computing mean for you? (15 Min). Why would you want to host your services in the cloud over an on-premises host? (15 Min). And How could you begin to make the transition into Cloud? (30 Min). We will discuss aspects ranging from security, disaster recovery, and governance to automation and cost optimization while walking through the journey into Cloud.

Brett Decker is an Enterprise Consultant at Coretek Services, working specifically in the Cloud practice. He chose to pursue the cloud practice after realizing the flexibility, agility, and security it enables driving business in every fast paced ever changing market.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Mar 10, 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: Linux in the cloud

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Linux has become the de facto major OS of all major cloud providers. In this edition of SIG Linux for March 2019, we will explore how Linux is playing this role.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Mar 10, 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!