Technology User Group (TUG) Discussions for all users at all levels via Zoom, after the regular meeting, at about 11:45 a.m. (First and fourth Tuesdays of the month).
Dec. 1 -- Superceded by the 90th Birthday celebration for the Old Guard (see program listing).
Dec. 22 -- Griff Smith will lead a discussion on his experience with the evolution of computer communications systems. He will discuss the growth of the internet with a focus on DNS (Domain Name System).
Timely Topics Discussion via Zoom, with participation encouraged from all in attendance. Usually at 11:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday. Mort O'Shea, Chairman, (973) 813-7393, [email protected]
Dec. 8 -- “Is the country divided today more than in the past? What can we do about it?” Mort O'Shea will moderate this discussion.
Group walks have been suspended for the time being due to the COVID-19 shutdown. They will resume when it appears to be safe – with suitable social-distancing measures in place, of course. Please stay tuned.
Meetings at 10:00 am. All visitors welcome. [ venue ]
December Program Chair - Marvin Pincus
Dec. 1 "90th Anniversary Celebration" – Just think of how the world has changed since 1930; still we thrive! We will celebrate our anniversary in the 4094th meeting on December 1. You will hear some history, and some key members will be honored.
Dec. 8 "Putin, Russia, and Dissidents" – Amy Knight is the author of more than 30 articles and six books on Russian history and politics, including Orders to Kill: the Putin Regime and Political Murder. Described by the New York Times as “the West’s foremost scholar of the KGB,” she has worked as a Russian affairs analyst at the Library of Congress and has a PhD in Russian Politics from the London School of Economics. She will lecture on Putin, Russia, the dissidents and implications for the United States. [video conference – Contact: [email protected]]
Dec. 15 "Police and Current Events"– Andrew Bartolotti, Chief of Police in Summit, was sworn in on June 2, 2020 upon the retirement of Chief Weck, who addressed us a few years ago. Bartolotti will speak on police operations, emphasizing COVID-19, crime trends, and preventive measures. [video conference]
Dec. 22 "The Supreme Court and the 2020 Election"– Professor Ian Drake of Montclair State University has lectured on Supreme Court decisions and on important elections, including the presidential election of 2000. He will speak on the Supreme Court and this year’s election [video conference]
Dec. 29 No meeting. Enjoy the holidays!
January Birthdays – Tony Cannone
January Program Chair - Al Aho
Jan. 5 "What Should a Well-Informed Person Know About Computers?" – Brian Kernighan is a professor of computer science at Princeton University and one of the original Unix Pioneers at Bell Labs. Brian will descibe his experiences teaching "Computers in Our World," a first year course designed to inform non-technical students how modern hardware, software and communications systems operate." [video conference – Contact: [email protected]]
Jan. 12 "SARS-CoV-2 – The Mouse that Roared" – Robert Martin, former CTO of Bell Labs and VP at Bellcore, will discuss the historically quite tame SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 that is causing historic economic, political, and behavioral disruptions. Bob will cover COVID-19 – the cause, prevention, and treatment – and the consequential behaviors. Who would have thought a year ago we would become facile with terms like super-spreader and herd immunity? [video conference]
Jan. 19 "Adventures in Biking Europe with a Father of the Internet"– Robert Lucky is a former executive director of research at Bell Labs and VP of research at Telcordia. In recent years, Bob took a dozen bike trips through Europe with his close friend, Len Kleinrock, one of the fathers of the Internet. These were roll-your-own, meticulously planned trips. What could possibly go wrong? His talk is about what they learned as well as the joys of these great adventures. [video conference]
Jan. 26 "Future Cameras"– Shree Nayar is T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, head of the Columbia Vision Laboratory, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. Shree will describe computational imaging and show examples of novel cameras that are changing the way visual information is being used by both humans and machines. He will also describe Bigshot, his educational experiential camera that has been used to teach science and photography to kids in underserved communities around the globe. [video conference]