April 12, 2015 – LibreOffice & The GIMP

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIG-Computing
Topic: LibreOffice Calc:

Kevin O’Brien will present LibreOffice Calc which is the spreadsheet program in the LibreOffice suite. Spreadsheets are the essential tool in business, and are credited with the rise of the personal computer when VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2-3 made a desktop PC nearly universal in companies. LibreOffice offers a very good spreadsheet component called Calc. As the name implies, it is primarily a tool for performing calculations, but it can do even more, and we will show you how to use the program effectively to build models, do “what-if ” analysis, and even more! Come and learn the techniques that will make you more productive with this program.

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.

Also: Questions and Answers.

When: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

SIG-Linux
Topic: GIMP:

SIG-Linux Chairman Brian Brodsky will lead the fourth in a set of presentations on GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). GIMP is an open source and freely distributed raster graphics editor used for many tasks including photo retouching and image creation. It is available on many platforms including Linux, BSD, Windows and Mac OS X. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Map to meetings at Altair Engineering

SIG-Programming
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 6, “The Dynamic Typing 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, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

March 8, 2015 – Virtualization and Sandboxing using VirtualBox

Sway link: https://sway.com/A2RBtP8hk0cax4FL

Remember those adventure games with “save game” before something dangerous (or dinnertime!) and “restore game”?

Virtual Machines and sandboxes give you that capability for entire computers or applications! As long as you “take a snapshot” after you have the basics set up, you may instantly revert a virtual machine back to a safe state!

Oracle VirtualBox Manager - Snapshots browser
Oracle VirtualBox Manager – Snapshots browser

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