• Using Jquery and Bootstrap to Build Websites by Jeff Jirsa
    This event is free and open to the public. Building websites from scratch can be complex; writing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript into a responsive (and bug-free?) website can be time-consuming. Using JavaScript libraries like jQuery and Bootstrap, a JavaScript/CSS based front-end framework, will turn you into a one person web designer. Bio: Jeff Jirsa is a senior developer at Comcast, writing web applications for monitoring system health. He programs with one of the three P's (PHP, Perl, Python) in the LAMP stack, but is also familiar with compiler languages like C and C++. As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and we are planning it to probably happen at the Rock Bottom restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website https://rockbottom.com/locations/bolingbrook/ However if you want a direct link to a map for directions use this link: https://goo.gl/BfA2gR Getting to the meeting: The next General meeting (Tuesday, October 9th, 2018) of UniForum Chicago will be at: Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library http://www.fountaindale.org/ Meeting Room A (1st floor) 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440 Use the library's FAQ (http://www.fountaindale.org/about/faq) as a source for how to get to meeting or use these Google Maps directions: https://goo.gl/HHpwGu Event on UniForum Chicago website: http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/Jquery.html

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room A (1st Floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

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  • How to Make an Old Computer Useful Again - Howard Fosdick
    This event is free and open to the public Title: How to Make an Old Computer Useful Again Abstract: Howard has refurbished old computers as a hobby and charitable pursuit since the 1990s. He'll discuss -- * The environmental benefits of reusing computers * How he obtains and gives away computers he refurbishes * How to fix and tune mature hardware for use * What software to install Take-away: You'll know exactly what to do with that old computer in your attic or basement to make it useful again. And all will admire your intelligence when you spout off about your ewaste concerns at your next cocktail party. Bio: Howard Fosdick is an independent consultant who's worked as a hands-on DBA, SA, and advisor to major vendors. He's refurbished computers as a hobby since the 1990s. Posting on UniForum Chicago website: http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/Old_Computer_New_Again.html Getting to the meeting The September General meeting of UniForum Chicago will be at: Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library Board Room (2nd floor) http://www.fountaindale.org/ Use the library's FAQ (http://www.fountaindale.org/about/faq) as a source for how to get to meeting or use this link for Google Maps directions: https://goo.gl/HHpwGu As usual we will be having our "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and we are planning it to probably happen at the Rock Bottom restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall. https://rockbottom.com/locations/bolingbrook/ That link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website, but if you want a direct link to a map for directions starting at the library use this link https://goo.gl/hSVTnq For more information about UniForum Chicago contact [masked].

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library Board Room (2nd Floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

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  • Edge Computing and its Applications in Scientific Research - Rajesh Sankaran
    Abstract Join us for this open to the public meeting what will be a very interesting presentation and discussion on a new technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory along with the University of Chicago, enabling a new breed of smart city research and sensor-driven environmental science the implementation of which promises future benefits to our society. Edge computing pushes computing applications, data, and services away from some central computing resource to the other logical extreme that makes contact with the physical world, exploiting the proximity to the physical items of interest, and also their inter-relationships. Moving the computation closer to the area of interest reduces the communication bandwidth which would otherwise be needed if all the data processing and analysis was done centrally. In addition to bandwidth, edge computing also brings in advantages in the realms of time, space and identity when used appropriately, and hence as a computing paradigm is enormously useful in our understanding of cities and other man-made and natural spaces. In this talk we take a broad look at edge computing. Next, I will discuss briefly an implementation of an end-to-end edge computing platform for scientific research called Waggle, and finally, we will look at how edge computing benefits scientific research with a few example use cases including the Array of Things initiative. http://www.mcs.anl.gov/project/waggle-open-platform-intelligent-attentive-sensors http://www.mcs.anl.gov/project/array-things https://www.anl.gov/articles/chicago-becomes-first-city-launch-array-things-unprecedented-urban-sensing-project As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and we are planning it to probably happen at the Rock Bottom restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website https://rockbottom.com/locations/bolingbrook/ but if you want a direct link to a map for directions starting at the library use this link https://goo.gl/zRXqbB Bio Rajesh Sankaran is an Assistant Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science division of Argonne National Laboratory. Raj co-leads the "Waggle" research platform R&D and is the lead engineer on the Array of Things project. He is interested in research topics related to Attentive Sensing, Embedded Computing Systems, Sensor Driven Computation and Computationally Steered Sensing, and Distributed/Edge Computing. His research at Argonne has involved close collaborations with Environmental, Urban, High-Performance Computing and Weather/Climate researchers. Raj received his PhD in Electrical And Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University. Getting to the meeting The August 23rd General meeting of UniForum Chicago will be at: Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library http://www.fountaindale.org/ Meeting Room B (1st floor) 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440 Use the library's FAQ (http://www.fountaindale.org/about/faq) as a source for how to get to meeting. Google Maps Directions https://goo.gl/HHpwGu For more information about UniForum Chicago contact [masked]. Posting on UniForum Chicago website http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/EdgeComputing.html

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library Meeting Room B (1st floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

  • UniForum Chicago Game Show - 2018
    This event is free and open to the public Abstract This month Uniforum Chicago will be doing something different. We will be holding our 2nd Game Show night (1st one held back in 2011). Audience members with a laptop that wants to participate will be pitted against each other in a test of their technical knowledge and familiarity with cultural trivia. This tongue-in-cheek event is sure to be a hilarious night of fun and entertainment. Join us for this not-to-be-missed special event. You may even learn something! Bring a laptop with WiFi, if you plan to participate. Audience members without laptops will be appreciated for cheering the game on! As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and we are planning it to probably happen at the Rock Bottom restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall. https://rockbottom.com/locations/bolingbrook/ The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website, but if you want a direct link to a map for directions use this link. https://goo.gl/d6yvY9 Bio David J. Young has 30 years experience as a programmer, systems, network and database administrator. He is currently the IT Director at National Cycle, a world leader in motorcycle windshield and accessories manufacturing. It is his ideal job. It combines computers and motorcycling; two of his life-long passions. When he's not on a computer, he's usually exploring a US or European twisty backroad on a motorcycle, or aggressively slicing through the trees in Michigan on a dirt bike. Getting to the meeting The next General meeting of UniForum Chicago will be at: Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library http://www.fountaindale.org/ Meeting Room A (1st floor) 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440 Event on UniForum Chicago website: http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/gameshow2018.html

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room A (1st Floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

  • DIY IoT (Do It Yourself Internet of Things)
    This event is free and open to the public Abstract: Join us for a presentation and hands-on lab on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how to use small, inexpensive microprocessors (like the ESP8266 and Raspberry Pi) to connect sensors and other devices to the Internet or your home network. If you wish to participate in the lab please bring a notebook with version 1.8.5 or newer of the Arduino IDE installed. (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software) For those looking to find out about, get involved in or hone their skills in do it yourself projects involving low cost hardware this is an event you won't want to miss. This technology can interact with buttons, LEDs, motors, speakers, GPS units, cameras, the internet, all sorts of new internet of things devices and even your smartphone or TV! Application and capabilities are limited only by your imagination. Bio: Dave Putz's bio - I am a retired computer engineer. I have been a Linux user/enthusiast since kernel version 0.99. Currently interested in microprocessors, 3d-printing, and photography. Connie Sieh's bio - I am a computer engineer. I was the primary architect for the Scientific Linux distribution. I specialize in Linux, microprocessors, and small-board computers. As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and we are planning it to probably happen at the Rock Bottom restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website (https://rockbottom.com/locations/bolingbrook/), but if you want a direct link to a map for directions use this link (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/639+E+Boughton+Rd+%23100,+Bolingbrook,+IL+60440/@41.7192523,-88.1110662,12z/data=!4m7!4m6!1m5!1m1!1s0x880e5af2141e0393:0x6b00099b5b7219f2!2m2!1d-88.0410263!2d41.7192736). Posting of event on our uniforumchicago.org website http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/DIY_IoT.html Google Maps Directions to Fountaindale Library: https://goo.gl/tQCXft UniForum Chicago website Subscribe to our email list ( http://uniforumchicago.org/MailChimp_uniforumchicago_list.html ) For more information about UniForum Chicago contact [masked]

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room A (1st Floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

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  • Setup and administration of CentOS 7 with Charles Buege
    This event is free and open to the public This is a collaboration between UniForum Chicago and The IT Crowd https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-thMjhlBG/ Abstract: This presentation will introduce how to install CentOS in an environment that will allow you to learn Linux without having to dedicate an entire machine to it: setup of CentOS under Virtualbox on a laptop. Charles will be showing you the benefits of Oracle's VirtualBox product including how to get it (it's free!), what to do once its installed, and how to setup and configure CentOS once VirtualBox is installed. He will go over some of the basics of how to setup the operating system, what items that Charles chooses as defaults and why; basic hardening of CentOS - restricting ports, a quick overview of firewalld (the replacement of iptables), and how to setup CentOS for remote access both via command line and via GUI (how to get VNC setup to access a CentOS GUI). At all times during this presentation, if anyone has questions as to how to do something specific or would like to see a particular application or server installed, that will be shown if there is time. Anyone that has any specific requests for what to see during this presentation ahead of time, please feel free to comment on this event and Charles will check the comments periodically a couple days before and he will try his best to incorporate the questions into the presentation. Bio: Charles Buege has been an IT professional for over 25 years. He started doing phone tech support back in the 90's and if you were capable of talking a 70+ year old person through a Windows 95 installation without a mouse, you knew what you were doing. Today, Charles is working as a Systems Architect/DBA for TeMeDa, LLC based out of Naperville. Working for TeMeDa, he has helped them grow a cloud infrastructure that is robust, scalable, and able to handle the processing of several million records per day. Whether it is supporting VMware servers, test/development environments, or writing web browser automation testing, Charles is finding that there is no part of IT that doesn't have some sort of appeal to him. His primary IT passions are virtualization with a strong preference for VMware, Cisco networking, Palo Alto firewalls, and Linux. Personally, he loves reading, watching TV shows and movies, and supporting his friends in the theater world by attending their shows throughout the Chicago area. As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and we are planning it to probably happen at the Rock Bottom restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website (https://rockbottom.com/locations/bolingbrook/), but if you want a direct link to a map for directions use this link (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/639+E+Boughton+Rd+%23100,+Bolingbrook,+IL+60440/@41.7192523,-88.1110662,12z/data=!4m7!4m6!1m5!1m1!1s0x880e5af2141e0393:0x6b00099b5b7219f2!2m2!1d-88.0410263!2d41.7192736). Google Maps directions to Fountaindale Library ( https://goo.gl/maps/9qM47dxSVjx ) Posting on UniForum Chicago website (http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/CentOS7.html) Posting on UniForum Chicago website Subscribe to our email list ( http://uniforumchicago.org/MailChimp_uniforumchicago_list.html ) For more information about UniForum Chicago contact [masked]

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library Meeting Room B (1st floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

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  • Hands-on With Docker Containers
    This meeting is free and open to the public Abstract: Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of applications into containers. Linux containers provide a mechanism for isolating applications providing many of the advantages of virtual machines with much less overhead and near native performance. In addition to the virtualized container execution environment, Docker adds a powerful and flexible application deployment engine. I'll provide an introduction to Docker technology, describe how it can be used, what it's good (and not good) for, and show you how easy it is to get started. The best way to understand this technology is to try it yourself. I'll show how easy it is to install Docker, start containers for various pre-canned applications, as well as create custom images for your own use or to share with others. As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and since the meeting is on Thursday we are planning it at the Bulldog Alehouse restaurant in Bolingbrook on Weber Rd. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website with a clickable, expandable map. http://www.bulldogalehouse.com/location-bolingbrook.php Bio: Peter Fales has been a computer geek, (ethical) hacker, and do-it-yourself enthusiast ever since learning BASIC, assembly language, and soldering while going to high-school in the 1970s. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1982 and his Master in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1983. He recently retired from a career developing software and software tools for the telecommunication industry (AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, and Bell Labs). His only son left for college two years ago, leaving him with still more time to indulge in both technical hobbies (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D-Printing, and working with open-source software) and non-technical pursuits (biking, skiing, reading, home repair projects, and volunteer work with his church and the Boy Scouts). Google Maps directions to Fountaindale Library ( https://goo.gl/maps/9qM47dxSVjx ) Posting on UniForum Chicago website ( http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/Docker_Containers.html) Subscribe to our email list ( http://uniforumchicago.org/MailChimp_uniforumchicago_list.html ) For more information about UniForum Chicago contact [masked]

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library Board Room (2nd Floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

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  • The SIP stack; A look under the hood of Voice Over IP
    This event is free and open to the public. Abstract: If you are at all curious about the technology behind voice over ip which has almost completely replaced the old wired telephone infrastructure you will not want to miss this presentation and discussion hosted by Dr. Vijay K. Gurbani, You will find out the details of exactly how this signalling and call setup protocol for IP-based communications puts voice communications on the internet. You will learn about how this technology was developed, the network protocols and elements that make it work and the messaging that facilitates and replaces the mechanical signalling of the old wired network. You will learn about what’s required in a network and how it has to scale to make this work in a large corporate environment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about other aspects of this as well. Bio: Vijay K. Gurbani is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories' End-to-End Mobile Network Research department in Nokia Networks. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, a M.Sc. in Computer Science, both from Bradley University; and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. His current work is focused on scalable analytic architectures and algorithms for autonomic 5G networks. His research interests are multimedia protocols, security and privacy in multimedia protocols, peer-to-peer networks, distributed programming and open/inner source. Vijay's research has resulted in products that are used in national and international service provider networks. He has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, 5 books, 7 granted U.S. patents and 18 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) RFCs. http://ect.bell-labs.com/who/vkg/ As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and since the meeting is on Thursday we are planning it at the Bulldog Alehouse restaurant in Bolingbrook on Weber Rd. (http://www.bulldogalehouse.com/location-bolingbrook.php) The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website with a clickable, expandable map. Google Maps directions to Fountaindale Library ( https://goo.gl/maps/9qM47dxSVjx ) Posting on UniForum Chicago website ( http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/SIP_Stack.html) Subscribe to our email list ( http://uniforumchicago.org/MailChimp_uniforumchicago_list.html ) For more information about UniForum Chicago contact [masked]

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library Board Room (2nd Floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

  • Get Ready for Parallel Programming, Featuring Parallella
    If you've ever fancied the idea of getting into parallel programming on the hobbyist level or finding out how you could get into learning it without great expense you will want to join us at the Fountaindale LIbrary for what will be an interesting and intriguing presentation and discussion hosted by Raymond Hightower on what it takes to do it. This event is free and open to the public. Abstract: Speed matters. For certain problems, parallel computing blows away the serial style we learned in school. What’s a cool way for serially-trained developers to explore parallelism? Consider Parallella (https://www.parallella.org/): An 18-core, credit card sized computer that developers can use to start learning parallel computing today. Parallella runs Linux, the hardware is open source, and you can buy it online for $150. This talk will feature a Parallella running a Ruby on Rails app with parallel processing behind the scenes. Example source code will be available on GitHub. You can start learning parallel computing today. Bio: Ray Hightower founded and ran a technology company for twenty-one years before selling the company to 8th Light (https://8thlight.com/) in 2016. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his BS in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, he blends his technical and business skills to serve clients as a member of the 8th Light Team (https://8thlight.com/team/). Hightower is a perpetual student, currently exploring parallelism, quantum computing, and IoT. (Bio updated 12/12/17) After the Meeting: As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and since the general meeting is on Thursday we are planning the meeting afterwards at the Bulldog Alehouse restaurant in Bolingbrook on Weber Rd (http://www.bulldogalehouse.com/location-bolingbrook.php). The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website with a clickable, expandable map. Posting on UniForum Chicago Website (http://uniforumchicago.org/meetings/Parallel_Using_Parallela.html) Google Maps directions to Fountaindale Library (https://goo.gl/maps/9qM47dxSVjx) Google Maps directions to Bulldog Alehouse (https://goo.gl/maps/bR1NWmSF2fk) Subscribe to our email list (http://uniforumchicago.org/MailChimp_uniforumchicago_list.html) For more information about UniForum Chicago contact [masked].

    Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library Meeting Room B (1st floor)

    300 West Briarcliff Road · Bolingbrook, IL

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