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The Colorado Springs Open Source Software October Meetup (** UPDATED **)

From: Gary
Sent on: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:27 AM

Due to a conflict, we have a new main topic and speaker. See details below. Please RSVP if you can make it so I know how much food to buy.


What: The Colorado Springs Open Source Software October Meetup

When: October 22,[masked]:00 PM

East Library Community Room
5550 North Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:40 PM - Announcements
6:40 - 7:10 PM - Basic Concepts
7:10 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings


NetKernel is a software platform that runs on the JVM. It is based on a very small pure REST kernel and includes tools and services in its stack (much like Unix). Like the Web, everything in NetKernel is identified by a URI.

NetKernel started as a research project in HP Labs in 1999. Since 2002, the technology has been advanced by 1060 Research. We are releasing NetKernel 4 on 10/9/2009 and this represents a major step forward in the refinement of the abstraction and platform.

NetKernel is used by large corporations (e.g. BlueShield of California) governments (e.g. US Army, Intelligence
Agencies) and small companies. All report the same - applications built on NetKernel run faster, require
less code, scale with cores and in general, simplify systems.

More information is at (Note: while the company is located in the UK, I
work remotely from Fort Collins).

In the presentation I will present the fundamentals of the abstraction, demonstrate example working
applications and explain the architecture and answer questions.

Randy Kahle

Randy Kahle has a BA from EE/CS Rice University, and an MBA from Dartmouth. He has worked at GTE Sylvania, HP, Microsoft, MageLang Institute, with his own consulting company and lately with 1060 Research.
He worked with Java since the early days and with MageLang institute was an early consultant, instructor and architectural advisor to investment banks, manufacturers and service companies.

Whither Micro Java?

The cell-phone version of the Java Virtual Machine is estimated by Microsoft to be available on two billion phones presently in use. It may therefore be surprising that this mature technology is widely considered to be the "least cool" application delivery platform of the Iphone Age.

What Sun created ten years ago was a specification without a corresponding implementation of the sort that made Java free and popular on desktop platforms, and the result has been a programmer's nightmare of incompatible and buggy JVMs on an incredible variety of phones.

Now phone makers and service providers are desperate for new features, distribution strategies, and buzz to compete with Apple, and even open-source is part of the push to revive this technology.

Jeff Fox

Jeffrey R. Fox was educated at Reed College (B. A.), Cornell University (M. S., Ph. D., chemistry), and studied fluid and mixture properties at Stanford University and the National Bureau of Standards (now N. I. S. T.) in Boulder. He was a co-founder of the materials-properties software startup Cryodata, and later an embedded distributed controller specialist at MCI. He is presently a software design consultant, the "tech"
guy at Virginia K. Fox Translations, and a sometime educator (secondary science and mathematics). His open-source offerings include Forth language interpreter/compilers for very low resource systems, cache resident systems (FoxForth), and application embedding (123Forth and @Forth for spreadsheet control and function library programming), kinetic and statistical physics (simulated annealing), and support and maintenance for on-board Forth, Java and GCC programming tool chains for smart phone and PDA environments. His first "public domain" software offering was a four player hockey game based
on molecular dynamics published in 1984.

Website Sponsor:
Homeland Security Careers
Food Sponsor:
None: Please bring a donation towards the food. ($5 Recommended)
Door Prize Sponsors:
Jetbrains Software license (Several products to choose from)
JavaRebel Software license
Atlassian Technical books
OReilly Publishing Technical books
Sun Microsystems Additional door prizes

Learn more here:

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    We bring the bootcamp model to cybersecurity education and industry.

  • OReilly

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    Atlassian provides free software licenses for Open Source projects.

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