Mar 8, 2020 – SIG-Computing: Internet Browsers: Your Portal to the World Wide Web; SIG-Linux: TBD

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

When: Sunday, Mar 8, 2020, 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:  Internet Browsers: Your Portal to the World Wide Web

Presented by Michael Rudas 

Which browser should I use?—that depends…
This presentation will include a bit of history for context—then we will compare browsers, talk a bit about plugins and extensions, mix in a couple of useful sites, and provide basic techniques for improving browser security.

Michael Rudas is a long-time electronic and computer technician with experience with a broad variety of hardware and software. He is a free-software advocate and both a Linux and Microsoft Windows user. He is a member-at-large of the SEMCO board.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 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: TBD

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

Tbd tbd tbd

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Mar 8, 2020, 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!

Feb 9, 2020 – SIG-Computing & SIG-Linux (Combined): “General Magic” a movie

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

When: Sunday, Feb 9, 2020, 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

General Magic movie poster

SIG-Computing Topic:  “General Magic” a documentary movie

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

It is a movie about the company that designed the first smartphone.

The ideas that dominate the tech industry and our day to day lives were born at a secretive Silicon Valley start-up called ‘General Magic’, which was spun out of Apple in 1990 to create the first handheld personal communicator (or “smartphone”). The film combines rare archival footage with powerful honesty from the “Magicians” today, reflecting on the most influential Silicon Valley Company no one has ever heard of. Featuring legendary members of the original Macintosh team, along with the creators of the iPod, iPhone, Android, and eBay.

Rated: TV-PG, it runs for 1h 33min and was originally released on 12 July 2019 (USA). We will try to bring some soda pop & popcorn.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 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, Feb 9, 2020 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!

Jan 12, 2020 – SIG-Computing: Free Programs for the Raspberry Pi; SIG-Linux: Introduction to TCP/IP

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

Note: Elections will be held in January for Officers and Members-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Members are encouraged to bring in their ballots filled in.

When: Sunday, Jan 12, 2020, 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:  Free programs for the Raspberry Pi

Presented by Jeff Pynnonen

Many free programs that are available for PCs and Macs will also run on Raspberry Pi Computers. Using a Raspberry Pi 4, Jeff will demonstrate and talk about as many as possible.

These include LibreOffice ( Microsoft Office), Chromium Web Browser (Google  Chrome), GIMP (Photoshop), Inkscape (Adobe Illustrator), PDF Viewer (Adobe Acrobat Reader).

The Raspberry Pi 4 is available as a kit or by itself www.raspberrypi.org . But you can start using these programs with your existing computer.

Jeff is an Embedded Software Engineer who has been programming for 50 years. He has a BSEE from U of M and has been working developing software for automotive embedded systems.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 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: Introduction to TCP/IP

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

The basic internet runs on TCP/IP, but do you really know how it works underneath the covers? This little tutorial will run thru the basics of routing and explain how packets/datagrams and segments actually move around.

Useful info for doing practical first principles troubleshooting. After all the basics of TCP/IP were robustly developed on various *nix platforms and extended before getting ported to various OS platforms.

We will also have nominations for SIG Linux chairman

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Jan 12, 2020, 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!

November 10, 2019 – SIG-Computing: What’s Hot for the Holidays , SIG-Linux: No Linux topic this month

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

When: Sunday, Nov 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

Christmas Tree

SIG-Computing Topic: What’s Hot for the Holidays!

Presented by Richard Tapaninen

Richard Tapaninen of the Micro Center computer store will review the hottest current technology offerings and explain how they work.

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Nov 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: No Linux topic this month

The time will be devoted for additional discussions of the SIG Computing topic above.

When: Sunday, November 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!

Oct 13, 2019 – SIG-Computing: Build a Low Cost Computer using the Raspberry Pi 4; SIG-Linux: Learning Linux Online

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

When: Sunday, Oct 13, 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:  Build a Low Cost Computer using the Raspberry Pi  4

Presented by Jeff Pynnonen

The Raspberry Pi 4 is a credit-card size computer that runs Linux and price starts at $35. The latest version, the Raspberry Pi 4 model B, comes with 3 different memory configurations, 1GB, 2GB and 4 GB of RAM. It supports two 4K HDMI monitors, has two USB 2 ports and two USB 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. His talk will be about setting up a Raspberry Pi 4 system as a desktop system and the free software that comes with it. Learn more at raspberrypi.org. It is a great computer for anyone from 8-80 years old, and at any computer skill level from beginning to expert.

Jeff Pynnonen is an Embedded Systems and Software Engineer, who has been programming for 50 years. He has a BSEE from UofM and has been working developing software for automotive embedded systems. His latest interests are the low-cost Linux Raspberry Pi computers and what you can do with them. He is currently working on using the Raspberry Pi as a Ceramic Kiln Controller using Python and a 7” touchscreen display.
Learn More: https://www.raspberrypi.org/

Also: Questions and Answers following the presentation.

When: Sunday, Oct 13, 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: Learning Linux Online

Presented by Sharan Kalwani

In this month we will do a panoramic sweep of the vast set of online Linux learning resources. After doing several months of cherry picked SIG Linux topics, it is time to see what other resources are out there available to our SEMCO members.
Some are free and some are worth the price, of course we will point out the overrated ones as well.

When: Sunday, Oct 13, 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!

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!