Review of August Events
ECN Meeting at Sector67 (Review by Tim Chapman): Full-blown Unix (Linux) on a chip–pretty amazing. I’ve been using these ARM-based systems for a while now, but I know Tom Kaminski always has a unique perspective on all things technical so I was looking forward to his talk. Then he upped the ante with a deal on some of the systems so each attendee could walk away with a brand new complete working system for the price of the board alone. Yeah, I signed up.
Tom chose the latest and greatest of the two most popular and powerful platforms–the new quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and the BeagleBone Black Rev. C. Thanks to Chris Meyer at Sector67 we were able to set up stations with a complete working development system–with a laptop to run it–for each attendee. Interestingly, the Pi was more popular than the Black, but since several people elected to just listen there were unattended stations of each type.
Tom’s talk was interesting–see here for the hand-outs. Steve Shultheis offered some additional comparisons that gave the Black a boost and, there were many questions that led to further discussions. So, perhaps not surprisingly, I didn’t see much hands-on. But we’ve got our Linux SoCs–and I have plans for mine.
Note: There were three Beaglebone Black SoCs left after the ECN Meeting. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Tom Kaminski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Life Member Affinity Group Meeting: The September LMAG “event” is planned as a tour of Epic Systems in Verona. Part of the tour will be self-guided. The Epic campus is exceptional and has won accolades from many organizations. eLearning: Check the IEEE-Madison event page. IEEE-Madison Section: The next Section Meeting will be in September with a talk by Tony Kapela of 5Nines at the Downtown Madison Public Library and a tour of 5Nines’ data/communications center at 222 West Washington Ave. Pizza and Beverage are free, but remember to sign up. Parking will be tight downtown, but we needed to have it near the 5Nines site for the tour. Consider carpooling with colleagues.
IEEE-Madison On-Line Collabratec™ Community: Charles Gervasi petitioned for and created an On-Line Community for the Madison area. Collabratec™ is the IEEE’s latest innovation for members. It is an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create – all in one central hub. The IEEE Collabratec™ online community offers a suite of productivity tools and is available to technology professionals around the world with exclusive features for IEEE members. Plus sign up is free to everyone. IEEE Collabratec™ can help you:
- Connect with global technology professionals by location, technical interests, or career pursuits
- Access research and collaborative authoring tools
- Establish a professional identity to showcase key accomplishments
One of the goals of Collabratec™is to allow an interdisciplinary team to conduct private research. If you are not an IEEE member, you can sign up for Collabratec™and join in many of the discussions, etc. You do not have access to all of the tools that IEEE Members have, but you can participate. Interested trying it out? You just need to log in with your IEEE account (typically your email address) and password and access Collabratec™ through this link. Once you are logged in, join the Madison Community.