July 2011 Meeting

Monthly meeting.

APRS is a amateur radio network where small packets of data such as position
reports, messages or telemetry are transmitted to other radio operators and
eventually propagated to the Internet.

The proliferation of small, low power and easily hackable ARM devices opens up many possibilities for setting up unobtrusive computing solutions. Amateur
radio operator and long time Linux user James McDuffie (K6JLM) explores using
the Seagate GoFlex Net along with surplus amateur radio equipment to build a
APRS digipeater for helping to relay packets both over RF and to the Internet.

Date: Thursday July 14, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 107 Downs Lab

June 2011 Meeting

The Caltech team participating in the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Solar
Decathlon will present their project, for which they are using various
open-source technology.

"The Solar Decathlon is a U.S. Department of Energy Sponsored competition
which challenges teams of college and graduate students from around the world
to design and build solar-powered, net-zero houses. Inside the SCI-Arc/Caltech entry, code named CHIP, a sophisticated home automation system monitors every
watt of electricity consumed and visually communicates the information to
homeowners. It also plays a central role in optimizing the behavior of the
house at all times, such as by controlling operation of the active thermal
mass, shutting down appliances or lights that are no longer used, and of
course giving the homeowners an instant understanding into how their own
behaviors affects their energy use and in turn their energy bill."


Date: Thursday June 9, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 107 Downs Lab

May 2011 Meeting

Monthly Meeting.

Date: Thursday May 12, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

April 2011 Meeting

Topic: Todd CC will discuss the impact of a world with rapidly changing
technologies, radical fluctuations in staffing needs, and changes in the
employer/employee dynamic and how you can be best prepared for your next job
and/or career. During this presentation, the relatively new catchphrase
"DevOps" will be discussed as it pertains to job advancement and career

Presenter: Cranston-Cuebas, Todd With 13 years of experience in technology
staffing in Los Angeles, Todd has been through the dot-com boom and bust, the
housing boom and subsequent recession, and through it all, has kept a close
eye on employment trends in technology.

Date: Thursday April 14, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 107 Downs Lab

March 2011 Meeting

Monthly Meeting.

Date: Thursday March 10, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107

February 2011 Meeting

Monthly Meeting.

Topic: How to program your own smart phone Matthew Campbell and Rae Yip will
walk us through the steps needed to get a basic "hello world" application on
an Android phone.

Continuation from the January meeting.

Matthew will cover the following: Android programming overview. Installing the development environment (Eclipse 3.5.2), the Android SDK and the Eclipse ADT
development tools. Writing your first hello world application. Compiling and
emulating the application. Installing the application on your phone. Using the Google APIs. Publishing your application.

Rae will cover more details of the Android operating system including the
filesystem layout third party libraries Open Intents

Date: Thursday February 10, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107