Living Through the 20th Century

SPAUG General Meeting – August 12, 2015

UPDATE: This is a continuation of the talk from the July 8, 2015  meeting which was interrupted by the birthday party for our former SPAUG Treasurer, Nat Landes.  He will describe for us many of the changes in technology and computers he has seen in the course of his lifetime.

Legion of Honor presented to Nat LandesIn World War II Nat served in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer in Europe, battling he Nazis through France and into Germany. It was called “the Good War”. Should it be? “I think war should be avoided at all costs. “You’re going to sit down and talk anyhow. You might as well sit down and do it before the war. War is hell to everybody. Even the victors are hurt.” (The Almanac recently published a full story of his war experiences.)  Nat was recently awarded the French Legion of Honor for his service.

After his army service, with a degree in Civil Engineering, he moved with his family to Woodside and worked as a contractor and land developer. He served for 10 years on the Woodside Town Council, including 4 years as Mayor. Nat joined SPAUG in 1990 and served for many years as Treasurer.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Meeting registration starts at 7PM in the Lodge room on the second floor. The featured talks begins at 7:30PM.

All members and guests are invited to attend a NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.

A Slice of Pi

Over the past 10 years we have seen a burgeoning interest in small microprocessor boards which can be programmed using a variety of software. They are being used by engineers for prototyping, by artists and by “do-it-yourselfers” for a wide variety of projects from music synthesizers to robotics. It is almost a “return to the future” similar to the early years of computing in the 1970’s.

Two of the most popular units have been the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. Costs are in the $25-$50 range and much of the software is open source, making them easily accessible to students, experimenters and professionals alike. Microsoft has recently announced that there will be versions of Windows 10 available for both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi 2.

Maurice Green will describe the Arduino and Raspberry Pi systems and then demonstrate the installation and programming of a Raspberry Pi.

Tips and Tricks

In addition to the featured talk, this month’s meeting will include short talks by three of our members:

  • Android Smartphone Overview (Christie Bilikam)
  • Introduction to Google Docs (Stan Hutchings)
  • Using Irfanview for Your Images (John Sleeman)

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Meeting registration starts at 7PM in the Lodge room on the second floor. The featured talks begins at 7:30PM.

All members and guests are invited to attend a NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2015

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 215,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2014, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family-friendly event, 50% attend the event with children. Also in 2014, 119 independently-produced Mini and 14 Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen.

In addition to 900+ maker exhibitors, this 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area features 12 stages and 4 attraction areas with over 300 scheduled presentations and shows! Use the schedule tool below to plan your visit and catch as many amazing talks, performances & demos as humanly possible.

We’re thrilled to share our program for the 10th anniversary of Maker Faire Bay Area! We’re bringing together the movers and shakers who helped the Maker Movement take off as well as emerging leaders who are giving the movement its future direction. They will enlighten, inspire, and ignite the Maker in you.
There will be over 200 speakers sharing their knowledge and passions with you across 12 stages. You’ll get the information you need on such topics as electronics, science, DIY, education and making with kids, wearables and tech fashion, food making and homesteading, and technology and culture.

Devoxx4Kids: STEMing the kids at an early age

Devoxx4Kids USA wants to get kids excited about technology with the hope that many of them will become producers of technology in future. We are a non-profit and 501(c)(3) registered organization which conducts a variety of hands-on workshops where children build computer games, program robots, build circuits, program micro-controllers etc. and have fun. We want them to experience and then explore technology. This session will share how Devoxx4Kids is engaging kids at an early age and teaching them computing concepts using Scratch, Greenfoot, Minecraft, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, NAO, Tynker. We will share a path that can be followed by adults to keep kids in their vicinity engaged and build, instead of just play, games. You will learn best practices to organize similar workshops in your local setting and hear tips on opening a local US chapter and how to help the organization.

arun-gupta-200x200Arun Gupta is Director of Developer Advocacy at Red Hat and focuses on JBoss Middleware. As a founding member of the Java EE team at Sun Microsystems, he spread the love for technology all around the world. At Oracle, he led a cross-functional team to drive the global launch of the Java EE 7 platform through strategy, planning, and execution of content, marketing campaigns, and program. He is a prolific blogger since 2005 and have authored 1500+ blogs on technology. Arun has extensive speaking experience in ~40 countries on myriad topics and is a JavaOne Rockstar. He also founded the Devoxx4Kids chapter in the USA and continues to promoting technology education amongst kids. An author of a best-selling book, an avid runner, a globe trotter, a Java Champion, JUG leader, he is easily accessible at @arungupta.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Arun Gupta will discuss the devoxx4kids program at the SPAUG General Meeting. See the Events Calendar for details.

Sound Engineering: From Vinyl to Digital Editing

catero-fredRecording legend Fred Catero has worked with some of music’s greatest stars. Beginning his career at Columbia Records in New York during the early 1960’s, Mr. Catero has had the opportunity to record artists such as Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Janis Joplin, Sly Stone, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, and The Pointer Sisters. Many of the records he made with these artists were responsible for turning them in to multi-platinum selling superstars and are now considered classics, such as Abraxas, Cheap Thrills, Chicago Transit Authority, and Headhunters.

Not long after arriving in San Francisco in the late 1960’s, Mr. Catero helped establish the regional chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences), and he remains the longest serving President of the local chapter.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Fred Catero discussed the history of sound engineering at the SPAUG General Meeting.