September 7, 2013

Peter Coffee's Annual Forecast

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM -- Joint meeting with AITP

Networking : 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Roundtable with Peter Coffee : 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Dinner / Program : 7:00 to 9:00pm

LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott -- LA Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City 90230 310-484-7000. Self Parking at hotel ($8)

PRICE: Dinner & Program: Members $25 in Advance, $45 at the Door. Non-members $35 in Advance, $45 at the Door. For more information, call the AITP chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.

RESERVATIONS: Click here to preregister Reservations are required!

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October 16, 2012

Peter Coffee's presentation

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Peter Coffee addressed the LA ACM annual reunion meeting on September 27 in a joint meeting with AITP.

His presentation was titled: "Remember the 21st Century?" with a subtitle of "Smart Phones, Social Systems... and Connected Cars". He is now CTO for Automotive Industry Initiatives at Salesforce.com, and the talk centered around that topic.

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September 4, 2012

Peter Coffee's Annual Forecast

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Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM -- Joint meeting with AITP

Networking : 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Roundtable with Peter Coffee : 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Dinner / Program : 7:00 to 9:00pm

LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott -- LA Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City 90230 310-484-7000. Self Parking at hotel ($8)

PRICE: Dinner & Program: Members $25 in Advance, $35 at the Door. Non-members $35 in Advance, $45 at the Door. For more information, call the AITP chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.

RESERVATIONS: Click here to preregister Reservations are required!

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September 13, 2011

Peter Coffee's Annual Forecast

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM -- Joint meeting with AITP

Networking : 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Roundtable with Peter Coffee : 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Dinner / Program : 7:00 to 9:00pm

LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott – LA Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City 90230 310-484-7000. Self Parking at hotel ($6)

PRICE: Dinner & Program: Members $25 in Advance, $35 at the Door. Non-members $35 in Advance, $45 at the Door. For more information, call the AITP chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.

RESERVATIONS: use the link to preregister: https://www.acteva.com/go/aitpla Reservations are required!

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July 2, 2011

July 15 - Take free Coffee for a SPIN

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Friday, July 15, 2011, at 9 a.m., SoCal SPIN presents: "Social Models and Trusted Clouds: The Road Map to 'Social' Security" by Peter Coffee.

The 3-hour meeting, lasting until Noon (on the eve of the very weekend that the 405 will be Closed in Sepulveda pass) will be held at the Northrop Grumman E2 Presentation Center (in tall building off of Entrance 2), Redondo Beach, CA (formerly TRW) - 2264 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Ample parking is available in the Northrup-Grumman lot and, presumably, on the 405 (check radio 1070 for the heaviest congestion.) Foreign nationals must pre-register; see website.
http://www.uces.csulb.edu/spin/events.htm and
http://www.uces.csulb.edu/spin/flyer071511.htm

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May 17, 2011

Meeting of Interest

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The Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP-LA) brings you
Using Business Intelligence to Drive Performance:
Finding Gems in Your Data Mines

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Courtyard by Marriott, LA Westside (new location)

Networking @ 6:00 pm Dinner & Program @ 6:30 to 9:00pm

Jerry Savin, CEO of Cambridge Technology Consulting Group

RESERVATIONS: Here's the link to preregister: https://www.acteva.com/go/aitpla Or, go to www.aitp-la.org . Reservations are required!

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March 23, 2011

March 24 - AITP Meeting

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Convergence of Mobile and Data
Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011

AITP-LA hosts Mr Galen Gruman, Executive Editor, InfoWorld --Emerging Technology Trends including Heterogeneity -- device-independent computing & convergence of mobile and data -- critical trends being shaped right now.

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August 30, 2010

September 2010 Joint Meeting

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Peter Coffee's Annual Forecast
Thursday, September 30, 2010

WHEN: Thursday, September 30th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Networking @ 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Roundtable with Peter Coffee 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 to 7:45 pm
Presentation @ 7:45 to 9:00 pm

WHERE: Maria's Italian Kitchen in Downtown LA.

PRICE: Dinner & Program: $30 with advance reservations, $40 at the door if space permits.
For reservations, call Eliz Manderfield at 310-391-5936. Reservations are necessary to get ACM pricing.

LOCATION: Maria's Italian Kitchen, 615 Flower Street, Los Angeles CA, 90017 (Downtown Los Angeles -- about 2 blocks from the 7th St. Metro Center station). Self Parking: 616 Figueroa Street (4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., $5). Valet Parking: Available on Flower Street ($7).

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January 20, 2010

January 2010 Chapter Meeting

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Inside the Big CES

by Lee Schmidt and Paul Schmidt
at LMU Campus, Malone Hall, Room 306 (see map and directions)
Date: 2010 January 30, Saturday Time: 1 p.m. to NLT 3 p.m.

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 7,8,9 and 10, 2010. Lee and Paul have been regular attendees to CES for many years. They will give a report on the show as well as highlight many of the interesting products they saw.
Publications from the show and literature from some manufacturers will be on display.

If you are wondering which HDTV to buy or which BlueRay player is the best, Lee & Paul will try to answer your questions. They will report some new trends like 3D TV, what’s new in home theater, home automation, and home networking.
Attendees at this meeting will receive a free T-Shirt from CES or other conferences from years past. Who knows, some may be collectors items. Reserve the date and we will see you there.

Paul Schmidt is a consultant with Mark70 and a technology instructor for the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Bakersfield. He has been a Member of the LA-Chapter of the ACM since the 90’s and is also a member of ACM. He has served as Chapter Chair and is currently the DATA-LINK Editor.
Lee Schmidt is one of the Chapter Compusauri. If he remembers, he will bring some 15-inch disk platters to go with the T-shirts. (Everyone should have a memento from the 70’s.) Lee has served in various Chapter offices and is the current Records Controller.

............................ and now ................ the directions ...........................
See this LMU Campus map http://i.lmu.edu/imap/lmumap_production/index.html and find the Faculty parking near the center, that should be open on Saturday. Malone is the second building (after Foley) to the left (north) from parking. Once at Malone, enter the hallway through the double glass doors at the center on the side of the building that faces Foley and the palm trees, walk to the end of the hall, make a left, there will be a staircase leading upstairs behind a door on the left (step down will be on your right). Go up one flight to 3rd floor, make a left, 306 will be on your left.
The LMU pdf map is here: http://www.lmu.edu/Assets/WEBADMIN+ONLY+-+Special+Content/Campus+Map+Full+Color.pdf
With any luck, chips & beverages will also appear.


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November 18, 2009

December meeting announcement

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Saturday, December 19, 2009
1:00 to 3:00 PM
LMU - Room 222 of Doolan Hall





:: A Tour of the Ruby Programming Language ::


Abstract

Yukihiro Matsumoto introduced Ruby in 1995 as a language that, among other things, makes programming fun. Ruby is an object-oriented, dynamically typed, interpreted, introspective language, with a clean syntax and an elegant module system. Ruby programmers can make use of exceptions, mixins, continuations, singleton methods, closures and iterators to write very sophisticated scripts with little actual code. This talk will present and demonstrate much of the Ruby language, focusing on some of the more advanced features and comparisons with other languages. Plenty of time will be reserved for audience questions.

About the Presenter

Ray Toal is Professor of Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University where he has taught since 1986. His current research interests center around programming language design and specification.

Meeting Details

Location: Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles CA, 90045-2659
Doolan Hall, Room 222

Bring your own lunch.
Bring your own laptop.

From the 405: Exit the 405 on Jefferson Blvd, and turn west (left if coming from the south, right if coming from the north). Head west and turn left onto Lincoln Blvd. Head south and turn left into the campus on LMU Drive. You can ask the guard at the gate for directions to Doolan Hall.

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August 31, 2009

September Meeting Announcement

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Coming September 17, 2009



:: Peter Coffee's Annual Forecast ::


With products like Windows® Vista and chip-based security, the battle of the PC is still going strong. Long-awaited breakthroughs in nano-scale manufacture and high-speed communication are finally leaving the laboratory, the Internet is maturing into a distributed computing platform with industry standards for remote Web services interaction.

Making sense of it all in an evening of analysis and comment is Peter Coffee; he will provide an insider's view and forecasts for key technologies in computing, communications, and business and technical applications. His talk will span the range from nanometer chip fabrication techniques to worldwide multi-gigabit networks and will include time for questions.


About the Presenter


Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com. He joined the company in January of 2007 after spending 18 years as a technology analyst and columnist at the industry magazines eWEEK and PC Week. He currently works with enterprise and commercial developers to clarify their requirements for use of the Salesforce Platform in developing and deploying on-demand applications.

Peter was previously the first manager of PC planning at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in space systems applications of artificial intelligence techniques. Before that Peter was a Senior Engineer working in arctic project management, chemical facility construction and synthetic fuels project planning at Exxon. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, where he also served as a faculty member for information systems management; he has held other faculty appointments in computer science at UCLA and in business analytics at Chapman College. He is the author of two books, How to Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs. Peter's current commentaries for the salesforce.com developer network appear at blog.sforce.com/sforce/the_developing_world.

NOTE: We will start promptly at 6:30 pm with an informal roundtable discussion with Peter Coffee followed by buffet and a more formal presentation.


Pre-Meeting Roundtable: 6:30 P.M. Buffet and Program: 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.



Meeting Details:


LOCATION: Spitfire Grill, 3300 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90405 310-397-3455 It is located on south side of the Santa Monica airport, just west of Bundy Drive.

Driving North on 405: exit at National, go south/west to the end (Centinela, which becomes Bundy). Turn left/south on Bundy, then right on Airport Avenue.

Driving West on 10: exit at Bundy, go left/south on Bundy, past Ocean Park and National, then right on Airport Avenue. (When Bundy crosses Ocean Park, it becomes Centinela.)

Parking is FREE. For more information, send an email to aitpla@aol.com, call the chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION ONLINE: Visit www.aitp-la.org or www.acteva.com/go/aitpla. Reserve by Monday, September 14th, in order to guarantee a seat at this popular event!

PRICES: Buffet & Program: $25 Paid in Advance, $35 at the Door. $15 for Program only.



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June 7, 2009

June Meeting Announcement

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Coming June 8, 2009




:: Last 2008—2009 Meeting ::


Last meeting of this year. We will have the council meeting at LMU (what, again?!?), yes, in the Doolan Hall Faculty Conference Room. We'll then move to Fishco for a (probably rowdy) wrap-up for the year.

Meeting Details:
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Location — Loyola Marymount University, Doolan Hall, Faculty Conference Room upstairs
Most everyone should know where that is and how to get there, but please feel free to contact B.J. Johnson if you need assistance.

5:30 to 6:30 — Council meeting; council business is discussed, but chapter members are welcome to attend.
6:30 to 7:00 — Dinner time; Move to Fishco for Professional Mixer.

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

We are having our fun at the El Segundo Fish Company for food and an exchange of ideas. The restaurant has a wide assortment of sea food and other meals at reasonable prices. It is located at 210 E. Grand Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.

LA ACM holds its Council Business meeting starting at 5:30 PM, which you are welcome to attend. The Council meeting will be held in the faculty conference room in Doolan Hall on the Loyal Marymount University (LMU) campus. Council meeting attendees will move on to the restaurant for the networking event, scheduled to begin at 6:30 P.M. You are especially welcome to come to the 6:30 meeting and mix with those who are present. If the LA ACM Council is not there when you arrive, rest assured we will get there ASAP, so grab a table and start "mixing" with other arrivals. No reservations are required; we just gather around tables and mix conversation with food and drink. Our group has been receiving a 10% discount on previous months, which the restaurant seems to be ready to continue. Identify yourselves as LA ACM meeting attendees.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Mike Walsh at MP_Walsh@acm.org or at (818) 785-5056; email contact is preferred. You can also email B.J. Johnson at bjohnson05@gmail.com with questions or fo more information.


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April 27, 2009

May Meeting Reminder

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Coming May 4, 2009




:: We Have Issues! ::


This month we are again doing something new. We will hold an extended council meeting to discuss several issues which were raised at last month's meeting. All members are welcome to attend and provide their inputs.

Meeting Details:
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Location — Loyola Marymount University, Doolan Hall, Faculty Conference Room upstairs
Most everyone should know where that is and how to get there, but please feel free to contact B.J. Johnson if you need assistance.

5:30 to 6:30 — Council meeting; council business is discussed, but chapter members are welcome to attend.
6:30 to 7:00 — Dinner time; food may be procured at the LMU Lair or we may order in if it suits everyone
7:00 to 9:00 — Continuation of council business discussion.

Note, there is NO PRESENTATION this month. The council business issues to be discussed are listed on the programs page in the ACM Wiki pages.

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March 30, 2009

April Meeting Reminder

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Coming April 6, 2009




:: A Programmer's Garden of CM ::


This month we are trying something new. We will meet at the Chef Hannes Restaurant in El Segundo for a talk by the current chapter chair, about Configuration Management. This dodgy subject will be treated from the programmer's perspective, covering such things as why CM is important to programmers, issues of scaling CM plans for different size projects, a bit of SQA/CMMI processes and involvement, and will encompass some concepts and methodologies as well.


Meeting Details:
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Location -- Chef Hannes Restaurant, 411 ½ Main Street, El Segundo, CA. 90245 310.640.0164
Meeting is in the downstairs room, through the restaurant, past the serving area / bar.

5:30 to 6:30 -- Council meeting; council business is discussed, but chapter members are welcome to attend.
6:30 to 7:00 -- Dinner time
7:00 to 9:00 -- CM Presentation.


Directions:
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The restaurant is on Main Street in El Segundo, on the west side of the street, between E. Pine and E. Holly Avenues. If you are coming by freeway, take the 105 westbound past LAX. The freeway turns into W. Imperial Hwy. There is a stoplight at Main Street, where you will turn left. Once on Main, you will continue past the high school on your left into the business district. The restaurant will be on your right. There are tables outside so look for those.

Here is a link to the website so you can see what it looks like. Also, here is a link to a google map of the location.

Also, here's a picture for easy reference.

SPECIAL LOCATION NOTE

We'll be at a different location than last month! Don't go to McIntosh Center, Doolan Hall or to Fishco — You'll miss out!

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February 24, 2009

March Meeting Reminder

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Coming March 2, 2009




:: The Matrix Has Us, Part Two ::


This month we are back at LMU for another interesting talk. Attempting to branch out, we will be enjoying another speaker from a different area of expertise this month. Mr. Thomas Ousterhout, a senior Psychology student at Loyola Marymount University, will explain the realism behind the imagination behind the popular film "The Matrix". This presentation should spark some stimulating discussion!!

Abstract
The current state and future development potential of various fields of military technology can and will establish dominance over humans with machines and autonomous vehicles programmed with strong intelligence exponentially superior to humans. Today there are robots and machines everywhere. They are increasingly given more capabilities to take care of responsibilities originally designed for humans. Autonomous vehicles have been designed to cross the Mojave desert by coordinating direction and movement all by themselves and have even proven able to navigate through open traffic by changing lanes, following the rules of the road, and parking. Such technology has proven useful for the Military, providing autonomous ground, air, underwater, and surface vehicles, some of which have even been equipped with weapons effectively rendering them autonomous combat vehicles that make navigation and hostile engagement decisions on their own. Instead of trying to program advanced forms of artificial intelligence into the machines, researchers have found ways for machines to problem solve and learn about the world in a manner similar function to human children. Theoretically, machines will soon become smarter and faster than humans and potentially will be able to control themselves to establish global dominance.


Meeting Details:
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Location -- McIntosh Center, Room UH3999, in University Hall on Loyola Marymount University campus. Free parking is available under the building.
Address is 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA., 90045.

5:30 to 6:30 -- Council meeting; council business is discussed, but chapter members are welcome to attend.
6:30 to 7:00 -- Dinner time, with attendees being responsible for their own meals, available at two locations in University Hall (see below).
7:00 to 9:00 -- CMSI seniors' presentation.


Meals may be bought from:
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Lion's Corner Cafe: A cozy, cafe serving salads, sandwiches, microwavable entrees, juices, and coffee/tea. Open on Monday until 8:30 PM. University Hall, rm 1982. See the U-hall map.


Directions:
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Here is a link to a campus map in PDF format. University Hall is the big blue box in the lower left, marked "UNH".

LMU campus is in Westchester, on the bluff overlooking Playa Vista and Marina Del Rey, just off Lincoln Blvd. Here is a page of driving instructions to get to LMU campus from several directions.

Enter the LMU Campus from Lincoln Blvd., either northbound or southbound. After entering the campus on LMU Drive, University Hall is on your right. Parking is underground, under the building. Look for the Student/Visitor parking entrance, labeled "P2/P3". The McIntosh Center is on the third floor of the building, on the northwest side.

When you park, take the elevator from the parking garage to the first floor. When you exit the elevator lobby, turn left and go to the end of the atrium where the escalators are located. Take the escalators to the third floor. Turn left when you step off the escalator, turn left again at the end of the aisle, and continue back toward the big windows overlooking the city. When you get to the windows, turn left again and continue down the aisle with the windows on your right. When you get to a covered hallway at the end of the windows, McIntosh center is the first room on your left.

SPECIAL LOCATION NOTE

We'll be at a different location than last month! Don't go to Doolan Hall or to Fishco — You'll miss out!

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