• Learn About Nutanix - HyperConverged Infrastructure Management

    MassBay Community College

    Jeff will introduce you to HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI) technology: how it works and the benefits it offers over the traditional three-tier architecture that is used in medium to large scale computer networks. He will demonstrate the Nutanix Community Edition, the fully functioning demo version of the Nutanix Acropolis Operating System (AOS), along with Prism, their integrated management tool, and show how easy it is to create and maintain multiple MS Windows file server instances in a virtual environment. If time permits, he will also discuss and show some of its advanced features, including updating, snapshots, data protection, health monitoring, failover, and disaster recovery. About the Speaker Jeffrey Katz of Whaling City Software provides IT supplies and services for about two dozen local small companies and is a contract consultant for several other larger ones, emphasizing commercial network design, implementation, and support. He has extensive training in Nutanix solutions and has designed and implemented a Lenovo/Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) system as a replacement for a now-very-happy large customer's 30+ file server network. Schedule: Q&A and general discussion 6:30pm; meeting starts at 7pm and must end by 8:45pm per MassBay requirements. We'll meet at Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, in room W312 (Follow the signs). As usual, admission is FREE and open to all. Munchies and networking starts at 6:30pm, the meeting starts at 7pm, and ends by approximately 8:45pm. Plenty of parking available in the Student lot. GETTING THERE without a car http://wiki.toku.us/doku.php?id=bnug_getting_to_meetings_without_a_car Need a ride? Adam Frost is providing a mini-bus service to and from the meeting from Forest Hills; call him at[masked] to arrange. We are continuing our tradition of each of us bringing some potluck food to share. We will provide the plates, glasses, and utensils. Please aim for bringing healthy food, as many of us are struggling to eat healthier stuff (but don't make it so healthy that it doesn't taste good!). Thank you. And of course we always accept donations to help keep the group running; thanks. The event may be videotaped. By attending, you grant the Boston Network Users Group, True Images Productions, our sponsors, and any other affiliated parties consent to photograph and/or record your voice and image for use on, but not limited to, social media networks, video hosting sites and any other platform available now or in the future in perpetuity. You further acknowledge that the term "photograph" used herein encompasses both still photographs and motion picture footage. Upcoming meetings! To see info on upcoming meetings, visit www.bnug.org/calendar.html Do you have any comments or suggestions for upcoming meetings?

  • Planning meeting -- help us run the group

    BNUG Online Meeting

    Join us at a board/planning meeting to help us keep the group going. We'll discuss topics and speakers, and come up with ideas for meetings. We could use your thoughts and suggestions. No obligation, no cost. It's also an opportunity to ask technical questions in a casual environment. Meetings are online, you only need to have a computer connected to the Internet or a telephone. Cameras optional.

  • Net Neutrality: Learn and Discuss

    Microsoft Burlington Office

    Our next meeting is on Tuesday August 6 in Burlington. Details follow… Caring for the Net: Net Neutrality, the FCC, the Carriers, and You TuesdayAugust 6, 6:30pm, Microsoft Offices in Burlington About the meeting In June, Ajit Pai led the FCC to abolish the net neutrality rules that have been in place. According to the New York Times (June 11, 2019), the rules prevented: “BLOCKING Internet service providers could not discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps. THROTTLING Service providers could not slow the transmission of data because of the nature of the content, as long as it was legal. PAID PRIORITIZATION Service providers could not create an internet fast lane for companies and consumers who paid premiums, and a slow lane for those who didn’t.” Now that the rules have been abolished, BLOCKING, THROTTLING and PAID PRIORITIZATION are viable options for Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and other internet providers. What does this mean for us as computer helpers, programmers and users? Who is Ajit Pai, and why did he collaborate with the presidential administration to make this change? What do computer people and other people think about this change? What steps should we take to ensure that the Internet works well for all of us? Please join us for a spirited exploration and discussion, facilitated by Adam Frost, current president of BNUG and coordinator of Computer Care and Learning, a computer helping company in Boston. To share your ideas in advance of the meeting, please contact Adam at [masked] or by phone[masked]. Details Schedule: Munchies, Q&A, and general discussion 6:30pm; meeting starts at 7pm and must end by 8:45pm per Microsoft requirements. We will meet at the new Microsoft Offices, 5 Wayside Rd, Burlington MA. You need to bring your government-issued ID such as a driver's license to enter the building. GETTING THERE without a car http://wiki.toku.us/doku.php?id=bnug_getting_to_meetings_without_a_car Need a ride? Adam Frost is providing a mini-bus service to and from the meeting from Forest Hills; call him at[masked] to arrange. (The link also has info about driving to the site.) We are continuing our tradition of each of us bringing some potluck food to share. We will provide the plates, glasses, and utensils. Please aim for bringing healthy food, as many of us are struggling to eat healthier stuff (but don't make it so healthy that it doesn't taste good!). Thank you. And of course we always accept donations to help keep the group running; thanks. The event may be videotaped. By attending, you grant the Boston Network Users Group, True Images Productions, our sponsors, and any other affiliated parties consent to photograph and/or record your voice and image for use on, but not limited to, social media networks, video hosting sites and any other platform available now or in the future in perpetuity. You further acknowledge that the term "photograph" used herein encompasses both still photographs and motion picture footage. Upcoming meetings! To see info on upcoming meetings, visit www.bnug.org/calendar.html Do you have any comments or suggestions for upcoming meetings?

  • Planning meeting -- help us run the group

    BNUG Online Meeting

    Join us at a board/planning meeting to help us keep the group going. We'll discuss topics and speakers, and come up with ideas for meetings. We could use your thoughts and suggestions. No obligation, no cost. It's also an opportunity to ask technical questions in a casual environment. Meetings are online, you only need to have a computer connected to the Internet or a telephone. Cameras optional.

  • Linux for the Unconvinced

    MassBay Community College

    Linux has become an operating system that can run head-to-head (and some think, surpass) Windows and Mac OS X. It's worth a look, and come to the meeting to learn more about it. Linux is free and runs on more computer systems than either Windows and OS X -- you can recycle your old computer into a Linux machine for no cost. Details Dick and Jill Miller will share their favorite Linux tools and trade-offs -- and the GNU/Linux philosophy of sharing instead of proprietary lock-in. If you are considering setting up and using a Linux system, or if you're just curious about all of the Linux hoopla, this is the meeting for you. About the Speaker Dick Miller ([masked]) is a partner (along with Jill Miller) in Miller Microcomputer Services (MMS), that combines inexpensive computers with free, open-source software ("FOSS") for small businesses and individuals. MMS delivers low-cost, high-performance computer hardware selection, home and small-office networking, Internet and web design and general support, plus standard/custom software solutions using Ubuntu Linux, LibreOffice, Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, Fotoxx and many copacetic programs. Dick and Jill Miller share their knowledge and joy of computers and of Linux and other free, open-source software (FOSS), with talks such as this. Monthly, they co-lead a free FOSS User Group at the Natick Community/Senior Center, http://NatickFOSS.org. They invite you to join in.

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  • Planning meeting -- help us run the group

    BNUG Online Meeting

    Join us at a board/planning meeting to help us keep the group going. We'll discuss topics and speakers, and come up with ideas for meetings. We could use your thoughts and suggestions. No obligation, no cost. It's also an opportunity to ask technical questions in a casual environment. Meetings are online, you only need to have a computer connected to the Internet or a telephone. Cameras optional.

  • The Design, Hardware, and Software Aspects of Building a Robot

    Microsoft Burlington Office

    Learn what it takes to design and build a robotic device. The nationally recognized Lexington High School "2 Bits and a Byte" Robotics Team will go into detail on how they designed and implemented their competitive robot. How the robot operates, what goes into its hardware and software design. These students have a bright future ahead of them, come experience their excitement and dedication and also learn of their future plans. Schedule: Munchies, Q&A, and general discussion 6:30pm; meeting starts at 7pm and must end by 8:45pm per Microsoft requirements. We will meet at the new Microsoft Offices, 5 Wayside Rd, Burlington MA. You need to bring your government-issued ID such as a driver's license to enter the building. GETTING THERE without a car http://wiki.toku.us/doku.php?id=bnug_getting_to_meetings_without_a_car Need a ride? Adam Frost is providing a mini-bus service to and from the meeting from Forest Hills; call him at[masked] to arrange. We are continuing our tradition of each of us bringing some potluck food to share. We will provide the plates, glasses, and utensils. Please aim for bringing healthy food, as many of us are struggling to eat healthier stuff (but don't make it so healthy that it doesn't taste good!). Thank you. And of course we always accept donations to help keep the group running; thanks. The event may be videotaped. By attending, you grant the Boston Network Users Group, True Images Productions, our sponsors, and any other affiliated parties consent to photograph and/or record your voice and image for use on, but not limited to, social media networks, video hosting sites and any other platform available now or in the future in perpetuity. You further acknowledge that the term "photograph" used herein encompasses both still photographs and motion picture footage. Upcoming meetings! To see info on upcoming meetings, visit www.bnug.org/calendar.html Do you have any comments or suggestions for upcoming meetings?

  • Planning meeting -- help us run the group

    BNUG Online Meeting

    Join us at a board/planning meeting to help us keep the group going. We'll discuss topics and speakers, and come up with ideas for meetings. We could use your thoughts and suggestions. No obligation, no cost. It's also an opportunity to ask technical questions in a casual environment. Meetings are online, you only need to have a computer connected to the Internet or a telephone. Cameras optional.

  • Message in a Bottle -- Sending Your Message(s) Securely

    MassBay Community College

    Message in a Bottle -- Sending Your Message(s) Securely Tuesday May 7, 6:30pm, Wellesley About the meeting The international email system was originally designed for scientists to tell each other jokes and discuss favorite movies in the middle of the night, while they shared computer time at other universities. We’re using the same design today to communicate about lawsuits, tax preparation, and our love lives. We need to take serious measures to make sure our private information stays private when we send it to each other. In this spirited discussion, we’ll explore a range of methods to do so. Please bring your privacy challenges and the tools you use to work with them. Among the methods we’ll discuss are pdf encryption, ways to send files and their hazards, one-way vs. two way secure messaging, how safe is Google and Dropbox, how do we deal with HIPAA and 201CMR17, winzip encryption, plus secure and less-secure portals. Schedule: Q&A and general discussion 6:30pm; meeting starts at 7pm and must end by 8:45pm per MassBay requirements. We'll meet at Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, in room W314 (Follow the signs). As usual, admission is FREE and open to all. Munchies and networking starts at 6:30pm, the meeting starts at 7pm, and ends by approximately 8:45pm. IMPORTANT: You need to have a (free) parking permit and directions. These are located online (print yours) at http://www.bnug.org/parkingpermit GETTING THERE without a car http://wiki.toku.us/doku.php?id=bnug_getting_to_meetings_without_a_car Need a ride? Adam Frost is providing a mini-bus service to and from the meeting from Forest Hills; call him at[masked] to arrange. We are continuing our tradition of each of us bringing some potluck food to share. We will provide the plates, glasses, and utensils. Please aim for bringing healthy food, as many of us are struggling to eat healthier stuff (but don't make it so healthy that it doesn't taste good!). Thank you. And of course we always accept donations to help keep the group running; thanks. The event may be videotaped. By attending, you grant the Boston Network Users Group, True Images Productions, our sponsors, and any other affiliated parties consent to photograph and/or record your voice and image for use on, but not limited to, social media networks, video hosting sites and any other platform available now or in the future in perpetuity. You further acknowledge that the term "photograph" used herein encompasses both still photographs and motion picture footage. Upcoming meetings! To see info on upcoming meetings, visit www.bnug.org/calendar.html Regards, -steve Steve Isenberg Treasurer, BNUG [masked] Details and past meeting information: http://www.bnug.org

  • Planning meeting -- help us run the group

    BNUG Online Meeting

    Join us at a board/planning meeting to help us keep the group going. We'll discuss topics and speakers, and come up with ideas for meetings. We could use your thoughts and suggestions. No obligation, no cost. It's also an opportunity to ask technical questions in a casual environment. Meetings are online, you only need to have a computer connected to the Internet or a telephone. Cameras optional.

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