Unigroup's September 2016 Meeting Announcements


IT/Computing War Stories
[Systems, Development, Infrastructure, Projects]

Panel Discussion.
Chris Lent, The Cooper Union, http://www.cooper.edu
Matt Rothman, Blue Moon Technology, http://www.bluemoon-tech.com
Robert Weiner, Programming Plus, http://www.progplus.com

Thursday, 15-SEP-2016      (** 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: LL101_CS    (*** New Building: LL=Lower Level ***)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

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Unigroup's September 2016 meeting will be on IT/Computing War Stories, which are meant to be interesting stories, anecdotes and experiences as seen from IT Professionals working in the field for many years.


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

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Topic: IT/Computing War Stories - [Systems, Development, Infrastructure, Projects]

Related Topics/Keywords:

Computer Systems, Systems Administration, Software Development, Computing Infrastructure/Datacenter/HVAC/Electrical, Networking, Databases, Storage, Computer Security, Power/UPS, Projects/Project Management.

Introduction & Description of Talk:

Unigroup's September 2016 meeting will be on IT/Computing War Stories, which are meant to be interesting stories, anecdotes and experiences as seen from IT Professionals working in the field for many years. They tend to cover: things to learn, things to avoid, things to expect, things you just would not believe possible, problems with vendors of various kinds (from ISPs thru Electricians), helpful problem resolution methods, useful tools to have in your tool-box, etc.

Also, if you will be attending and have some interesting stories, please organize your thoughts into an outline and let us know at the start of the meeting.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:



Chris Lent - The Cooper Union

Chris Lent is the Director of Academic Computing at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Christopher Lent founded and ran a computer consulting firm from 1984 until 1998. Chris has taught programming from 1988 to the present, in C, C++, Python, FORTRAN, and many little languages. Since 1999, Chris has volunteered annually as a judge at the ACM Greater New York Region Intercollegiate Programming contest. For information about The Cooper Union, please visit: http://www.cooper.edu. Chris is also a Unigroup Board Member.

Matt Rothman - Blue Moon Technology

Matt has over 30 years experience in IT. Database and Numerical Programming on Wall St then Bioinformatic Research. Matt currently works at Blue Moon Technology (BMT http://bluemoon-tech.com). BMT provides a wide range of products & services; VOIP phones, Skype for Business (Unified Communication), Copiers including very high end/high speed machines, Event Streaming/Capture both, Cloud based PC, Internet Circuits and General IT support & infrastructure. Matt is also a Unigroup Board Member.

Robert Weiner - Programming Plus

Robert Weiner is the founder and President of Programming Plus, a business which provides Computer-Related Hardware and Software Consulting & Engineering Services (for Unix, Linux, BSD, OpenVMS, Windows and DOS). Robert is an Electrical Engineer (with BE and ME degrees from The Cooper Union in NYC), a NYS Licensed Professional Engineer, Software Developer, Systems Administrator, Systems Integrator, and System Builder, who has been working with Unix for over 30 years, Linux for over 20 years, and WinDOS systems going back to DOS and CP/M. Robert has been a Unigroup member since 1985, a Unigroup Board Member since 1991, and Unigroup's Executive Director since 1992. For further information, please visit the Programming Plus Web Site: http://www.progplus.com.


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