December 19, 2015 – 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.

We are to read Chapter 15, “The Documentation Interlude” 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, December 19, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

December 13, 2015 – SIG-Computing: Windows 10 Update + a look at Windows Server 2016, SIG-Linux: Audacity

General Announcements

Mike Bader, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting by taking nominations for Board Members and making general announcements.

When: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Windows 10

SIG-Computing
Topic: Windows 10 Update + a look at Windows Server 2016:

SIG-Computing chairman Jeff Marraccini will present an updated look at Windows 10 and a look at the soon to be released Windows Server 2016. Microsoft has released the Windows 10 November 2015 update, known as Threshold 2.  The holiday season is also upon us, and most new PC’s are shipping with Windows 10.  We will take another look at Windows 10 as friends and family will probably be immersed in it over the next few weeks, and the countdown to the end of the free Windows 7/8/8.1 → Windows 10 upgrade for existing systems also is now only six months away. Please bring your Windows 10 questions!

We will also take a look at Microsoft’s new Windows Server 2016 product which is nearing release.  Currently in Technical Preview, it has a lot of the “look” of Windows 10, but under the hood there are massive changes that Microsoft hopes will drive businesses, institutions, and even hobbyists running servers to reconsider Windows over Linux.  Will they succeed?  Let us take a look together at what is coming.

Jeff has been with Altair Engineering for 18 years in various IT roles. He currently manages a world-wide team taking care of computing, network, and related services for 2,300 staff across more than 40 sites. His team manages many computing clusters based on Linux distributions and Windows Server along with several storage back-ends. Jeff resides in Troy, Michigan and his LinkedIn site is http://jeffmarraccini.com/.

Also: Questions and Answers.
When: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 1:45 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

SIG-Linux
Topic: Audacity:

SIG-Linux Member Richard Jackson will demonstrate Audacity an open source, audio recording and editing program. Audacity is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Free Wi-Fi available.

November 21, 2015 – 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.

We are to read Chapter 14, “Iterations and Comprehensions” 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, November 21, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

November 8, 2015 – SIG-Computing: What’s Hot for the Holidays, SIG-Linux: Scribus

General Announcements

Mike Bader, president of SEMCO, will start the meeting and make general announcements.

When: Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Mistletoe

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

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

Also: Questions and Answers.
When: Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 1:45 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

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SIG-Linux
Topic: Scribus:

SIG-Linux Chairman Brian Brodsky continues with the third in a set of presentations on Scribus. Scribus is an open source and freely distributed desktop publishing program. It is available in many platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OpenIndiana, Debian GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Free Wi-Fi available.

October 11, 2015 – SIG-Computing: Secure Development Practice: a Crash Course at High Speed, SIG-Linux: Scribus

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SIG-Computing
Topic: Secure Development Practice: a Crash Course at High Speed:

Susan Sons, Senior Systems Analyst at Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, will present a half-hour overview of the state of software development practice with a focus on tools and processes effective in reducing security defects in code. Susan will then stick around for a half-hour “ask me anything” session to answer questions on this and other areas of information security. Bring your questions!

Susan Sons works as a Senior Systems Analyst at Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. She spends about half her time helping NSF-funded science and infrastructure projects improve their security, the other half helping to secure a DHS-funded static analysis project (it’s called the SWAMP, and it’s free for anyone to use to make their code more stable and secure!).

Also: Questions and Answers.
When: Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 1:45 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

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SIG-Linux
Topic: Scribus:

SIG-Linux Chairman Brian Brodsky continues with the second in a set of presentations on Scribus. Scribus is an open source and freely distributed desktop publishing program. It is available in many platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OpenIndiana, Debian GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Free Wi-Fi available.

October 17, 2015 – 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.

We are to read Chapter 13, “while and for Loops” 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, October 17, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

Notes from 13-Sep-2015 SIG-Computing Meeting

Thank you for the great discussion today! Notes from the meeting are below:

Windows 7/8.1/10 – possible excess telemetry, automatic downloads of Windows 10 even without accepting a reservation​

Mac OS X “El Capitan” out September 30, needed to close security hole​

Follow-up on Drones – check out Lily at https://www.lily.camera/

APCUG VTC16 presentation handouts at http://apcug2.org/apcug-2015-summer-virtual-tech-conference-vtc16/​

Linux Mint 17.2 released since last meeting. Stability/cleanup release. See http://www.linuxmint.com/​

As weather changes, some of us are winterizing summer cottages. Good article on water sensors at: http://www.howtogeek.com/227980/how-to-protect-your-home-from-water-damage-with-smart-home-sensors/

Please keep the discussion going! semcoug@yahoogroups.com will reach all of us!

Best,

Jeff

September 13, 2015 – SIG-Computing: Using Your Smartphone for Everything, SIG-Linux: Introduction to Scribus

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SIG-Computing
Topic: Using Your Smartphone for Everything:

Bill James, VP of Operations, Computer Club of Oklahoma City & APCUG Advisor, Region 8, will present via webinar some uses of smartphones.

The smartphone is no longer just a portable computer in your pocket. It has become the remote control for your life. Want to flip off the living room lights, unlock your front door or get a reading of your blood pressure? All of this can be done through mobile apps that work with accessories embedded with sensors or an Internet connection.

For several years, technology companies have promised the dream of the connected home, the connected body and the connected car. Those connections have proved illusory. But in the last year app-powered accessories have provided the mechanism to actually make the connections. That is partly because smartphones have become the device people never put down. But it is also because wireless sensors have become smaller, cheaper and ubiquitous.

This presentation will look at some of the Apps that are available on smartphones that allow you to work, play and really use your smartphone for virtually everything. Although the Android phone will be the primary instrument used in this presentation, the concepts can be applied to both Apple and Android products.

Bill James, VP of Operations, Computer Club of Oklahoma City & APCUG Advisor, Region 8, first became involved in a PC User’s Group in 1992 when he joined the Oklahoma PC User’s Group now known as the Computer Club of Oklahoma City (CCOKC) to learn more about the computer he purchased. He has been a member of the clubs’ Board of Directors since 1998. Bill was elected President of the CCOKC in 2000 and served two terms. He is currently on the club’s Board of Directors, serves as VP of Operations and newsletter editor, and frequently gives presentations on new software to his club. Bill attended his first APCUG Fall Conference in 2003. He is a past APCUG Region 6 Advisor (KY, IL, IN, MI) and Treasurer and served on the APCUG Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009. Bill currently is serving as the APCUG Region 8 Advisor (AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX). If Bill isn’t working with technology, you’ll find him driving his Mustang; he is the Vice President and Parade Coordinator for the Oklahoma Mustang Club. He is also an active member of Toastmasters International Club #627. Bill is also a current member of the Board of Directors for North Care Center, a private non-profit behavioral and social services facility located in Oklahoma City. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as a Supply Systems Analyst for the FAA Logistics Center in Oklahoma City, OK in 2007 where he worked for 38 years.

Also: Questions and Answers.
When: Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

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SIG-Linux
Topic: Introduction to Scribus:

SIG-Linux Chairman Brian Brodsky will begin, what will probably become, an ongoing set of presentations of Scribus. Scribus is an open source and freely distributed desktop publishing program. It is available in many platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OpenIndiana, Debian GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

Free Wi-Fi available.