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From election held May 5, 2020


SecretarySharif email not set up
Supporting Positions
PositionLead & membersDutieseMail
Communication CoordinatorSharif ShaikhHelps coordinate the different communication tools used by BNUG—the website, email, Meetup, and other tools—and help us talk well and regularly with each
email not set up
Outreach CoordinatorSteve Provost, lead
Mike Austin
Increase group
also includes Adam

NOTE some of these emails won't be operative before 3pm ET 9/30/2020.

[last update 22sept2020 update Oct & Nov meeting topics]

Date Where Topic Presenter Abstract Speaker Bio
January 19, 2021 online board meeting
February 2, 2021 probably
Website security and marketing Carol Scalzo, Hit The Web Marketing, Carol formed Hit-the-Web Marketing in 2009 to create a website design & digital marketing agency. Drawing on over 25 years of technology, sales, marketing, and business ownership experience she had a vision of providing services to help other businesses build, maintain, and grow their business online.

Carol is passionate about education and lectures on website strategy ie, converting visitors to customers. Website Security to guard our online assets. And helping companies build their online presence through Blogging. HTWM is launching a new online course in 2021 called “Get Your Blog Done”
February 16, 2021 ? online board meeting
March 2, 2021 probably
Probably Big Data Jacob Farmer, unconfirmed; Adam to follow-up)
March 23, 2021 ? online board meeting
April 6, 2021 ONLINE Using DaVinci Resolve - demo and discussion Steve Isenberg
April 22, 2021 ? onlineboard meeting
May 4, 2021 ?probably
topic TBD
May 18, 2021 ?onlineboard meeting
June 1, 2021 ?probably
topic TBD
June 15, 2021 ?onlineboard meeting

Possible topics for meetings

Considerations for the AX wireless protocol – how I get 225Mbps wirelessDrew
VPNs – the good, the bad, the ugly
Ways to use and benefits
whole home VPN, put it on your router
How Covid-19 has changed our industry
Super-small handheld computersCharisse (?)
Possible to have ham operator talk about packet radio (steveP)

Recording decisions made on group operation, policy, and activities.


Meetup and email to the members will only be sent regarding BNUG meetings. SIGs will not send meeting reminder message to the meetup or email list. (SIG messages should only go to those who have expressed interest in the SIG.)


  • There will be no recording of any BNUG Board meeting, SIG meeting etc. except for monthly general meeting presentations with permission of presenter.
  • BNUG website will be reworked by a subcommittee under direction of Communication Coordinator, currently Sharif Shaikh
  • Outreach status
    • Put up flyers to advertise BNUG. E.g., Microcenter.
    • To do: Schools, colleges, computer training: tell about BNUG as professional group they could get involved with.
Date Where Topic Presenter Video recording
Jan 7, 2020 MassBay [ok] Office tools discussion, comparing LogMeIn and RemotePC,
and comparing Password Management offerings
Adam to coordinate True Images
Jan 21, 2020 online 7:30pm Board meeting
Feb 4, 2020 Burlington [ok] A business website primer (see above)
plan for May election, ask people if interested in running for office and for supporting positions
True Images
Feb 11, 2020 online 8pm Board meeting (Adam to coordinate and run; smi cannot attend)
March 3, 2020 MassBay [ok] Topic Uncertain.
Exploring the power of YouTube: blogging, advertising, and downloading music, etc.?
The history of YouTube.
Ask again for volunteers for group officers and supporting positions
SteveP & Adam need a volunteer
March 17, 2020 online 8pm Board meeting
April 7, 2020 ONLINE Discussion of HIPPA and 201 CMR 17
nominations of officers
April 21, 2020 online 7:30pm Board meeting
May 5, 2020 ONLINE Synology (Jeff Katz)
election of officers
May 19, 2020 online 7:30pm Board meeting
May 22, 2020 online Special Interest Group - WordPress Steve Provost
June 2, 2020 ONLINE Mainframes and historyNorm Stembridge
June 16, 2020 online 7:30pm Board meeting
July 14, 2020 ONLINE Tools for Your BusinessAdam FrostWhatsitallabout: Join us as we discuss vital and useful tools for running a business such as a computer support business. We'll discuss the use and new features in KeePass for managing your and your customer passwords; creating and using batch files for backup; the Organizers Database; using an Alphasmart for keeping your notes organized, and using Excel (or LibreOffice Spreadsheet) for tracking and organizing customer task lists and billing. Participants will be encouraged to contribute the methods they use for running their practices. We expect you to have a lot of questions as you seek the best ways to improve your processes!
Also – unless you're living on a remote island in the Pacific (lucky you), you have been affected by Covid-19. Let's discuss how this has affected you and your business, and how you handle Covid-19 issues, concerns, and the isolation.
Adam Frost is president of BNUG and works as the coordinator of Computer Care and Learning, an educationally-oriented computer-helping company. While some of our colleagues and competitors encourage the “outsourcing” of all computer care to them, we encourage our customers to get to know their computers and train their staff in computer care. We find this helps our customers develop deep skills in computer use as a key part of business strategy and action.
Computer Care and Learning has a longstanding internship program, where we train people to be skilled computer helpers, and we also help run the “Get Connected!” clinic, which provides refurbished computers to customers with low and moderate incomes.
To learn more, come to the meeting, call Adam's company at 617-522-1049, or email
July 21, 2020 online board meeting
August 4, 2020 ONLINE The Basics of Business BookkeepingMartin KadanskyJoin the meeting to get a brief overview of business bookkeeping, including:
- Why you would hire a bookkeeper (separate from an accountant) for your business,
- What to expect, and
- Some of the nuts and bolts (plus some tips and techniques) of using bookkeeping software.
Martin has over 20 years of experience as a computer consultant, helping clients learn to use their Macintosh and Windows computers better. He also provides bookkeeping services to a number of self-employed clients who run service-oriented businesses. Prior to starting Kadansky Consulting in 1998, Martin had a successful 20-year career as a software engineer.
August 25, 2020 online board meeting
September 8, 2020 ONLINE VPN for your whole house; Transitioning from Windows to Chromebook; and…Drew King
September 22, 2020 online board meeting
October 6, 2020 Zoom Ballot Question 1 Adam & group discussion We will be discussing the technical, social and political issues surrounding Ballot Question 1, The Right to Repair Law. We will particularly be focusing
on the privacy issues—-will the law allow domestic abusers to get access to the GPS records of their victim’s car?
Are there other privacy issues? What are the computer issues?
Our goal is to promote public education and discussion about this important question that we will be voting on come November 3rd.
October 20, 2020 7:30pm
board meeting
November 10, 2020 ONLINE Live Streaming and YouTube Steve Provost, Mike Austin Details to come. Steven Provost ( is the co-founder of, a site featuring videos of New England places and adventures. He is also a the Co-Founding member of Boston Project Rebound ReEntry Services, Inc., “a program to help ex-offenders re-enter the community”. Steven has also been involved in the computer industry that dates back to the Commodore Vic-20 computer system. Steven is also a computer helper and leader at the “Get Connected!” computer clinic in Harvard Square.
November 24, 2020 7:30pm
board meeting
December 8, 2020 probably
secure texting system at a hospital
Security tools
David Weinstein Personal Health Information (PHI) sharing between Medical Professionals and Patients, and the Interoperability
between systems which are the custodians of this information, must be rigorously managed and validated. These processes
fall under the purview of several international Regulatory Authorities e.g.,
HIPAA and GDPR. Building systems that meet
these regulations can be challenging and exciting. In this session, we'll have a lightning review of the regulations,
where they differ, and examine a real life use case used in the hospital market.
David Weinstein is the CTO of OAExperts, Inc., delivering global solutions to the biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical industries for over 30 years, most recently as the Director of Data Analytics for a Clinical Research organization. David is also a principal with Vector Wellness, Inc., a health and wellness solutions company which delivers patient-centered heath and coaching solutions to the hospital and corporate wellness markets. He is skilled at management and delivery of customer service, developing and implementing enterprise-scale technologies, and providing project management of various data management, clinical, and financial systems.

David is skilled in: MS Office, MS Project (Enterprise/Client), MS Visio, MS Access, Sharepoint, Oracle database, MS SQL Server database, SQL, ASP.NET, VB/VBA, C#, IIS, Cognos, Windows O/S, and third-party API integrations.

David graduated from the City University of New York in 1979 with a BA in Philosophy.
December 15, 2020 online
January 5, 2021 probably
Being a Technology Journalist Lauren Goode, technology journalist for Wired Magazine Emmy-winning technology journalist Lauren Goode discusses writing articles on technology and some of her experiences, plus answers questions from the group. Presented January 5, 2021 to the Boston Network Users Group virtual meeting. Copyright ©2021 True Images Productions Lauren Goode, technology journalist for Wired Magazine
(she won an emmy)
Lauren Goode is a senior writer at WIRED covering products, apps, services, and consumer tech issues and trends.
Prior to WIRED she was a senior editor at The Verge and worked at Recode,
AllThingsD, and The Wall Street Journal digital network before that.
Goode is a graduate of Clark University and Stanford University.
She lives in the Bay Area and can be found outdoors when not testing gadgets.

May words

people need to be able to send stuff safely to each other, so there are different ways people cope with this, let's discuss ways to deal with this safely and securely.
People aren't complying with since it's difficult to do.
Using key encryption, encryption using acrobat and winzip
Raise consciousness about “wishful encryption”

June words

[Evie]Contact Rho about meeting contents - following is tentative
TENTATIVE: How teaching robots to function, then demo this (“I'm a Microsoft proponent” for example). Technical details on design and program robots.
We'd like to see the code and learn how it does this and that to the robot.

May 7, 2019 MassBay W314 Secure Messaging - how to send docs and files to others safely
[✓ smismi7, 2019-08-20]Signage (Adam)
[✓ smismi7, 2019-08-20]Videotaping (might not happen)
[Adam][✓ smismi7, 2019-08-20]Meeting summary
(discussion) steve, evie, glenn unavailable
June 4, 2019 Burlington [Evie][✓ smismi7, 2019-08-20]followup with them
[Evie][✓ smismi7, 2019-08-20]Come up with paragraph description
2 Bits and a Byte Robotic Team Presents
Kevin Rho [],
Kriti Moogala []
July 16, 2019 MassBay Linux for the Unconvinced Dick Miller
July 30 8:30pm online board meeting
Aug 6, 2019 Burlington Net Neutrality discussion led by Adam
Aug 20, 2019 online board meeting 7:30pm
Sep 10, 2019 MassBay [ok] Nutanix Community Edition demo Jeff Katz True Images
Sep 24, 2019 7:30pm Board meeting
Oct 1, 2019 Burlington [ok] Remote Access discussion Adam none
Oct 22, 2019 8:30pm Board meeting note change in time
Nov 5, 2019 MassBay [ok] Nutanix part 2 Jeff Katz True Images
Nov 26, 2019 8:30pm Board meeting
Dec 10, 2019 ok Burlington [ok] Showcasing technical success stories in helping customers or yourself;
details of the problem and steps you took to solve it.
False starts and wrong turns, how you stumbled and regained your balance.
Adam will lead True Images
Dec 17, 2019 7:30pm Board meeting
Apr 2, 2019MassBayWordpress by an expertKim Redington
Mar 5, 2019MassBay“The Challenging Job of Computer Consulting”
those difficult moments we've encountered as computer helpers,
and how we've dealt with them.
Panel led by Adam
Feb 5, 2019Microsoft BurlingtonOffice softwareDan Stoltz is MS contact
Jan 8, 2019MassBayCreating a website step-by-step
GoDaddy website create, and getting infrastructure
Adam Frost & Steve Provost
Dec 4, 2018Microsoft Burlington* Internet of Things, etc
* Lex Robotics Girls Club
Bob Primak
Lex Robot Club
Nov 13, 2018MassBayExploring Switch Technology using Cisco and Dell SwitchesGlenn
Oct 2, 2018MassBayOffice Tools part 2
Sept 11, 2018MassBayOffice Tools Adam
August 2018 no meeting

For discussion, avoiding issues with Meetup

However, the web site shows an ethical issue: it asks people
to confirm attendance using an online dis-service,
It requires visitors to run nonfree Javascript code, and it
collects personal data, thus contributing to massive surveillance.
These are two of the things I would denounce in my talk,
See, which also covers

I would feel hypcritical asking people to use meetup to come to
my talk.

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (
Founder, Free Software Foundation (
Internet Hall-of-Famer (

Adam to contact him and suggest we collect attendees not using meetup, instead have attendees send email to sign up. Or else not require anyone to RSVP.

Person speaking has serious ethical questions about meetup and thus we are not using meetup for signups. Instead send your RSVP to; and come to the meeting to learn more about his concern and reasons for avoiding meetup.

  • Lab training proposed by Glenn
    • Is there enough interest in BNUG membership to run one of these?
    • Where could we run this?
      • [steve-glenn]Should we see if MassBay can host this? (would need a classroom we can use & secure for two+ whole days); if acceptable I(steve) can check w/Tony.
      • (Could use Lexington Community Center but would need to give them % of profits and might have difficulty scheduling the event as they are a busy center!)
      • [glenn]Could Microsoft Burlington host this?
      • Other places?

If you are an exec board member and you would like a login to make changes here, let me (Steve) know.

Meeting intentNot sales. Technology. Show yourself (company) as an expert in a given space by describing it to our attendees; give your software/equipment as an example.
Who goes to our meetings?a combination of end-users, company IT support engineers, students at MassBay, and more
Benefits of presentingMeet face-to-face potential users/promoters of your product/software. Promotion by way of video taken and posted for others to see and for you to use.
Where can I find more info?See BNUG website

NAS – Network Attached Storage – by Synology, Inc. Overview, demonstration. Presented by Jeff Katz of Whaling City Software ( and Joshua Douglas of Synology, Inc. Presented online to the Boston Network Users Group's May 5, 2020 meeting. For information on the group or to join, visit

Mainframes - Then and Now, presented by Norm Stembridge. See the history of mainframes and how they're used today. Presented online to the Boston Network User Group's June 2, 2020 meeting. For information on the group or to join, visit

The latest Intel chip technologies, presented by Jeff Katz of Whaling City Software (, to the June 2, 2020 online meeting of the Boston Network Users Group. For information on the group or to join, visit

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