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This is our main meeting.  This meeting usually takes the form of 1 or usually more presentations.  We try to keep a good balance of novice and advanced subjects so that nobody will be overwhelmed of bored.  Just show up, and we hope you learn something.

If you would like some examples of what to expect at this meeting, check out some of the videos that have been made of our presentations.

Topics:
Various topics ranging form beginner's to advanced, user to administrator.
When: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM
Where: Desert Breeze Substation: 251 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

What to expect:

  • 6:30 - mingling/networking and last minute setup
  • 7:00 - Formal meeting starts with announcements and other PLUG business
  • 7:15 - Presentation(s)
  • 9:00 - Clean up and CAT (Chat About Technology) at a local restaurant. (We sit around and talk about Linux and other geeky stuff over food) We usually meet up at BJ;s in the Chandler fashion center mall located at:
    3155 W.Chandler Blvd.
    Chandler, AZ  85226 (Map to BJ's)
Bill Lindley: Control The World (or whatever you want) With Linux and a Raspberry Pi

Description:
We will see how a $35 Raspberry Pi (or even the $9 version), a breadboard and a bit of circuitry connected to the SPI and I2C buses can control pretty much anything: a thermostat; a "self driving" model car; or a clock-radio that also displays software build progress and your corporate network uptime status.

Biography:
Mr. Lindley has been in the computer industry since he sold his first program (a printer driver for Heathkit HDOS) in 1980. He has used system from the earliest 8-bit microprocessors, through the PDP-11 and VAX, up to IBM mainframes, and has managed to write programs that did not crash on most of them. Mr. Lindley has been a GNU/Linux user since 1992 and has been free of proprietary software since 2001. Most recently he has been pleased to be an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College.


Rajendran Rathinasabapathy: In the crossroads of Agility, Microservices and Cloud computing

Description:
Being a project manager for a while evolving along with the evolution in the IT landscape of agility, microservices and cloud computer, I see a pattern in the painful ordeal teams go through, especially when collaboration is needed more than ever to build systems. The topic is very relevant when highly individualistic opensource programmers work together. In this presentation, as the subject is vast, I layout a list of critical blind spots and pitfalls the teams can avoid while designing and developing larger applications.

Biography:
Working in IT for the past 20 years from being a developer to a portfolio manager. Currently involved in strategizing CI/CD for a sub-domain in info security. with varied tech stacks. I am a proponent of microservices and also a scrum master. In my free time, I learn to make digital an analogue circuits. I teach programming and robotics to kids and I am learning Jiu-Jitsu :-)

This month we will get Anthony Kosednar's third installment of his Intro to Cryptography series, "Intro to Cryptography - Quantum & Post-Quantum Crypto"

Description:
Cryptography is at the heart of modern day privacy and security. We use it every day from sending an email to making important financial transactions.

With the advent of Quantum computing and the abilities it has brought, our security landscape has changed. Previously secure methods are becoming obsolete. Come learn about Qubits, Shor's Algorithm, and ways to keep information secure in a post-quantum world.

Before attending, it is recommended you watch the two previous talks in this series to have a better baseline.

Part 1: Intro to Cryptography - Crypto Basics
Part 2: Intro to Cryptography - Modern Crypto
About Anthony:
Anthony Kosednar is a multi-disciplined technology leader with a deep understanding in delivering cyber security and technology solutions. He works in the industry as a security engineer for enterprises. He holds a GIAC Exploit Research and Advance Penetration certificate (GXPN) as well as several certificates in Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems from DHS.
We've got Robots and Relics for this months meeting.   William Lindley will give us a history of computers with various items of historical significance that he's acquired over time and then Scott and Wendy Rose will introduce us to SUNI the robot.

William Lindley: 75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes


Description:
The roots of modern digital computing go back nearly two hundred years, and through a series of pass-around artifacts from the past century, we will explore how the pioneers of the field and their groundbreaking decisions and technologies have led us -- for better or worse -- to today's Internet-enabled world.

About William:
Mr. Lindley has been in the computer industry since he sold his first program (a printer driver for Heathkit HDOS) in 1980. He has used system from the earliest 8-bit microprocessors, through the PDP-11 and VAX, up to IBM mainframes, and has managed to write programs that did not crash on most of them. Mr. Lindley has been a GNU/Linux user since 1992 and has been free of proprietary software since 2001. Most recently he has been pleased to be an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College.


Scott & Wendy Rose: SUNI the Robot presents STEM in America open source addition

Description:
Team Suni will discuss the future of Robotics through Stem in America and the future jobs it will create. Discussion will center around Suni's open-source programming using Linux Ubuntu OS and Robot Operating System.

Biography:
SUNI the robot is cutting-edge robotic technology from across planet internet, creating a truly unique educational experience. And the creative ideas that power SUNI’s adventures to AI are a worldwide collaboration.Team SUNI knows how to creatively inspire and we built SUNI the Robot to prove it.

STEM drives our world, our economy, our lives. It builds brighter futures for the 100% of us. STEM is all around us, every minute, of every hour, of every day. We’ve captured the magic of STEM within a robot as an instrument of inspiration, learning, and wonderment. Winning thousands of hearts and minds along the way. And SUNI’s adventures continue…
For our March meeting William Lindley will present to us "75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes"

William Lindley: 75 Years of Computing in 60 Minutes
The roots of modern digital computing go back nearly two hundred years, and through a series of pass-around artifacts from the past century, we will explore how the pioneers of the field and their groundbreaking decisions and technologies have led us -- for better or worse -- to today's Internet-enabled world.

About William
Mr. Lindley has been in the computer industry since he sold his first program (a printer driver for Heathkit HDOS) in 1980. He has used system from the earliest 8-bit microprocessors, through the PDP-11 and VAX, up to IBM mainframes, and has managed to write programs that did not crash on most of them. Mr. Lindley has been a GNU/Linux user since 1992 and has been free of proprietary software since 2001. Most recently he has been pleased to be an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College.
This month we have a theme, graphics.  We will be getting a preview of some of talks that will be given at the Southern California Linux Expo's (SCaLE) libre graphics track which will happen on March 7th through 10th.

Brian Cluff: An introduction to the Hugin Panorama Stitcher

Hugin is a powerful program to combining multiple overlapping images into panoramas. It is easy to use, but needs quality input images to work correctly. This presentation will give an intro to using Hugin as well as advice on how to take high quality input images with minimal paralax distortion so that your panoramas will always turn out perfect.

This presentation will also cover masking out unwanted items in your panorama, using hugin to create HDR images, rerendering individual images into architectural projections.


Phillip Waclawski: Krita basics, drawing assistants and G'Mic

Krita is an amazing drawing/painting program. This talk will cover the basics of Krita, including layers, selections and more. It will also dive into some of the amazing drawing assistants that come with Krita, and really help out folks, like myself, that are artistically impaired.

Additionally, Krita comes with a set of powerful filters and tools known as G'mic  (Greyc's Magic for Image Computing) that is also available in many other programs (GIMP, Inkscape) and we will cover several of them during this talk.
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