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October 10, 2013

Unfortunately our scheduled speaker had to cancel his Oct. 10 appearance, and we were unable to find another speaker on short notice.

The meeting planned for Thursday, November 14, will be held as scheduled.

Potential members and guests are welcome at our monthly meetings.  Come and network with your IT peers.   Invite your friends and make your reservations early.

September 12, 2013 Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

 

On October 18th of last year Microsoft launched Windows 8.  As with any major change this one had a lot of good features and some which could use improvement.  So on this October 18th Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 as a free update.  

So, what's in this release?   

  • Windows 8.1 features a single search feature that will return results for a search from your computer, your applications, and the web.
  • The standard Windows 8 apps are updated and retooled in 8.1, including the mail, photo, people, and calendar.
  • You can turn your PC or tablet into a picture frame by making your Lock screen a slide show of  your pictures - either locally on the device or photos from Microsoft SkyDrive.
  • Internet Explorer 11 will ship with Windows 8.1, offering even better touch performance, faster page load times and several other new features.
  • Support for 3-D printing is provided. 

And the Start button returns!

Our speaker, Mr. Yung Chou of Microsoft, will give us a preview of these and other features in the upcoming release.

Join us September 12th for a very informative presentation.

 

Free Organo Gold Coffee will also be provided at this event!

What Coffee Does To Your Body

Regular Coffee:

  • Dehydrates
  • Very Acidic
  • Raises Blood Pressure
  • Raises Stress Level
  • Coffee Jitters & Caffeine Crash

Organo Gold Coffee:

  • Balances PH Levels of the Body
  • Natural Detoxification
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Provides Energy
  • No Jitters or Caffeine Crash due to Ganoderma
  • Oxygenates the Body
  • Certified Organic Ganoderma
  • 150 All-Natural Antioxidants

 

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August 8, 2013 Dinner Meeting The Full Monty on Python

The Full Monty on Python

Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs. Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and has been ported to the Java and .NET virtual machines.

Python is free to use, even for commercial products, because of its OSI-approved open source license. A major advantage is when Python is used for quick development where ideas must be evaluated rapidly or applications built on aggressive time frames.

Sometimes programs are left in Python. Where execution speed is paramount, Python is used to prove the concept and then is moved to C or C++. Python is used for all scripting and quick fixes. At the Python.org site there are several jobs for Python programmers all over the world.

Our speaker, Vijay Rao, will provide an introduction to the Python programming language. He will discuss some key advantages of the language - readability, conciseness, rapid development and a philosophy of 'batteries included'. He will cover some common usage scenarios of Python in web, sysadmin, and scripting cases. He will review Python's data types and quickly talk about core libraries, and use the 'repl' , i.e. the interactive prompt. He will step through a couple of sample programs to clarify the typical program structure. Python's simple but powerful object oriented features will be described. He will touch briefly on Python tool-chain aspects like package management and virtual env.

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July 11, 2013 Does the Cloud Computing Model Really Work?

There’s certainly a tremendous amount of chatter regarding the concepts and capabilities of cloud computing. Much of the buzz is based on very sound business fundamentals, and some is marketing hype. The idea of cloud computing encompasses many very important innovations and trends that are occurring in the Information Technology (IT) industry today coupled with the concept of “economies of scale”.

For many organizations, the cloud can be very liberating, allowing them to focus more of their time, energy and money on their core business and less on the IT infrastructure required to operate their businesses.

So does the cloud model work for everyone? Well, as you can imagine, it depends.

This presentation was designed for the National Weather Service’s numerical modeling branch known as the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC). It has been adapted to highlight the process that EMC will use for determining whether or not the public cloud can and should be used to augment their existing High Performance Computing (HPC) resources as well as non- HPC resources.

Come join us in July to learn more.

Read more: July 11, 2013 Does the Cloud Computing Model Really Work?

June 13, 2013 Creating an Effective Personal Leadership Plan for Thriving in the Ever-Changing IT World

Creating an Effective Personal Leadership Plan for Thriving in the Ever-Changing IT World

 

No matter how sophisticated the technology, it still takes the people. Many of us are confronted on a daily basis with the challenge of figuring out how to manage our leadership together with our technical expertise to serve the ever-changing needs of our customer. It can feel exhausting and overwhelming at times. What if you could learn some techniques that would enable you to manage your leadership energy so that these opportunities help you to invite creativity, communicate effectively, and embrace continuous change for yourself and those around you? Impossible? Pie-in-the-sky?  Maybe, but the truth is that it is all up to you and how you think about yourself and the opportunities that present themselves to you.

Our speaker, a Certified Professional Leadership Coach, will introduce you to a process that helps you to develop a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole. The system is called Energy Leadership and was created by Bruce Schneider, founder of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. (IPEC).

You will learn how Corporate Catabolism (the process the body uses to generate energy to counteract a stressor=draining, contracting, resisting) has impacted engagement, performance, and the bottom line. Did you know that in 2011 Corporate America lost more than $328 billion from lower productivity…and 84% of workers claimed that they are planning to look for a new job? Engagement of workers is at an all time low of less than 30%. These statistics tell a sobering story, but the truth is you can learn how to be a catalyst to reverse the trend inspiring anabolic energy (the process of building up, expanding, fueling) in yourself and others by becoming aware of your thought patterns and how they effect your results. People have extraordinary influence over each other---consciously and unconsciously. One of the most influential pieces is our individual and collective energy, and energy is quite contagious. Whether from increasing job demands, lack of resources, the “always plugged in” pressure of technology or the general uncertainty of economic and social times, people are surrounded by stressors, which can trigger catabolic perceptions.

 

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