Kinect Programming

Doug Vargas will talk about programming for the Kinect motion sensing input device by Microsoft.

Speaker: Doug Vargas
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012 @ 7 pm
Location: Caltech - Downs 107

Open Discussion July 2012

No scheduled speaker. Open discussion continued afterwards at Burger Continental.

We will have a brief overview of Git.

Speaker: You!
Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 7 pm
Location: Caltech - Downs 107

Build your own cloud hosted social network with Ruby on Rails, Git and Heroku

Ruby on Rails is an open source framework for developing database driven websites. Git is a source control management tool. Heroku is web hosting in the cloud. In this talk Homan Chou and David Ferril will give a brief overview of each of these tools and give a case study of a real working social network.

Speaker: Homan Chou and David Ferril
Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 7 pm
Location: Caltech - Downs 107

Rasberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a $35, 256MB educational computer that runs Linux. Dan Kegel will demonstrate how the Pi can be used as a simple sensor network node, reporting observed Bluetooth addresses to a central server, running on 4 AA batteries.

Speaker: Dan Kegel
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 7 pm
Location: Caltech - Downs 107

Python Web Frameworks - Django and Pylons

The two dominant python-based web frameworks are Django and Pylons. They can be used to deploy web applications such as news sites, online ticket tracking systems, or wikis. An overview and comparison of Django and the recently reinvented Pylons Project will be presented. Individual dependencies of the Pylons Project will be described including the Pyramid WSGI engine, the SQLAlchemy database Object Relational Mapper (ORM), and the Mako HTML template generator. A very simple blog engine will be implemented as an instructive example.

Speaker: Braddock Gaskill (braddock .at.
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012 @ 7 pm
Location: Caltech - Downs 107

March 2012 Meeting

Unity is the new desktop environment for Ubuntu, having first premiered in
version 11.04, significantly enhanced with version 11.10, and very much the
cornerstone of the upcoming 12.04 release.

A striking departure from Gnome 2, Unity has been seen as a source of
controversy in the Linux world.

This talk will outline some of the design goals that Unity addresses, noting
strengths, weaknesses, and improvements across the three versions of Ubuntu in which it's been included.

While Unity offers many usability affordances, some Ubuntu users prefer to
customize it for their specific workflows. Linux is famous for its
customizability, and Unity is no exception if you know which tools to look

This presentation will outline some of the tools available through the Ubuntu
Software Center to show you how to customize the Unity interface.

Speaker Bio: Richard Gaskin is President of Fourth World, a software design
and development consultancy in Los Angeles. Since founding the company in
1994, he's developed dozens of commercial and open source applications used by a wide range of organizations, including FedEx, AOL, the US Library of
Congress, and hundreds of universities around the world.

Although he started his career with Mac OS, Richard has since delivered
applications for Irix, every version of Windows, and has been developing for
Linux for the last two years.

Richard has spoken at more than a dozen tech conferences, including UbuCon,
LiveCode Developer Conference, and MacTech where he had the distinction of
being the only presenter using Linux.

Date: Thursday March 8, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Downs 107