The Lexington Computer and Technology Group (LCTG) is a volunteer, no-cost, not-for-profit, just-for-fun-and-education organization that meets most Wednesdays from 10am to 11:30am to discuss a wide variety of technical issues. (Sometimes we meet at a different time, see this in the schedule below.) Meetings are open to anyone interested in the topic(s). The group has an email list (see how to join below) for announcements and discussions.

The LCTG grew out of “The Computer Group” which existed prior to the opening of the Lexington Community Center, which is where we meet now.

Members of the group come from all walks of life, education, and previous experiences. Talks are presented by members of the group as well as outside experts on a variety topics of interest to the group. There is a schedule for future talks as well as a record of previous talks, below.

Many of the meetings feature an outside expert; others are led by group members. Time is set aside, approximately once a month, for short talks and for members to bring questions or problems to the membership. If you could present a topic of interest to the group, please contact us at info@LCTG.toku.us.

Members can be active, attending most of the meetings, or contributing to the discussion list, or can merely take advantage of the material being posted regarding our talks. There is no requirement for living in Lexington, and although the group started in the Lexington Senior Center there is no requirement to be a senior. The technical level of the talks varies considerably, making much of the material of interest to those with more modest technical abilities.

For further information contact group lead John Rudy at info@LCTG.toku.us (goes to John and others), john.rudy@alum.mit.edu (John only), or call John at 781-861-0402. We look forward to have you join us!

Join the Email List

To receive notices of upcoming meetings and join discussions, send an email to LCTG-subscribe@toku.us and include in the body of your email:

  • Your full name
  • Town of Residence
  • Brief self-introduction and your interest in the group
  • Optionally, topic(s) of interest you might present or share at a group meeting

To send a message to the list, address your email to: LCTG@lists.toku.us

To see information about and using the new list, click here

The group meets weekly on Wednesdays, 10am at the Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington. See info on upcoming meetings below.

"Where to find it" Links to useful websites contributed by group members.

LCTG-Potential Topics and Speakers being considered.

We have stopped using Yahoo Groups, but the message archive prior to October 28, 2019 is currently available at the Yahoo group home page

Click here to add your suggestions for talks/speakers/topics

2019/07/24 21:09 · smismi7

For the most part, this is a copy of information maintained by John Rudy, current as of 12/10/2019

Date Topic
Nov 13, 2019 Steering committee
Nov 20, 2019 Dark Web. “The legitimate uses of TOR, which is the software on which the so-called Dark Web runs. Or, if more interesting, a tour of the Dark Web“ https://darkwebtours.weebly.com/ (video in post-production)
Nov 27, 2019 Happy Thanksgiving! No meeting.
Dec 4, 2019 Tech trends and holiday gift ideas (Peter Albin and Bob Primak) (video in post-production)
Dec 11, 2019 AI in Medicine MIT Alum Newsletter AI in Medical Care
Dec 18, 2019Potpourri John Rudy continues AI in Medicine; Steve Isenberg on Cloud File Storage Options; and Gary Patrick on Things Learned from Selected Computer Blogs.
Dec 25, 2019Christmas - no meeting
Your homework is to celebrate the good things in life.
Jan 1, 2020New Year's Day – no meeting
Your homework this week is to pray (to whichever deity you prefer) for health, wealth, and happiness in the new year.
Jan 8, 2020Cut the Cord: Leaving TV servers, like Comcast and taking advantage of new ways, including the use of computers, to get programming. (Steve Isenberg to lead the discussion)
Jan 15, 2020Being planned
Jan 22, 2020Tesla-Marconi conflict (Bob Primak)
Jan 29, 2020Potpourri (John Rudy coordinate). Include material from Gary Patrick
Feb 5, 2020Career Day Members discuss interesting things from their career. (John Rudy)
Feb 12, 2020Space Update (George Gamota)
Feb 19, 2020Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad AI presentation out on the Web. The YouTube version is a later presentation, and therefore improved over earlier presentations. https://youtu.be/dtXr6ybhsHQ (Steve Isenberg to coordinate it.)
Feb 26, 2020Patents for high technology (and when not to have them) (Dick Wagner, member)
Mar 4, 2020Patent Licensing from Universities (Lita Nelson, Don’s wife)

Following meetings are still being planned and confirmed. Watch this space for updates. *This info is not publicly available*

Jan 15, 2020NOT CONFIRMED: Geodesy, the mapping of topography, in this case by satellite. Mike Pearlman (Lexington mpearlman@fca.harvard.edu ) manages, at Smithsonian Astrophysical Lab, a program on Geodesy that has grown to involve enormous international cooperation. It’s gone on for ~30 years or more. It used to be underwritten only by NASA but has grown a lot in recent years. (Via Mike Alexander) (This was postponed from 11/20/2019 due to illness)
Mar 11, 2020Neural Nets. Can Steve Isenberg obtain the presentation done by BNUG [yes -steve] (or get the speaker); note this was presented to our group in early 2018 [-steve].
Mar 18, 2020Potpourri (led by Steve Isenberg)
Mar 25, 2020Undetermined subject: Lexington Communications Advisory Committee (Ken Pogran), Winchester Advisory Committee (Don Nelson), Lex Media (Harry Forsdick) members. Subjects might include the future of 5G. Not agreed to but email sent.
Apr 1, 2020Tracking New Diseases: Medical issues incl Vaping (Jerry Slate, member)
Apr 8, 2020Self-Driving Cars: Tesla and others. George Gamota and also friend of Bill Sciaretta
Apr 15, 2020The Manhattan Project (George Gamota)
Apr 22, 2020Potpourri (led by Peter Albin)
Apr 29, 2020The Science behind Columbus (Bob Melanson, member)
May 6, 20203D Printing and Robotics in Industry: An Update (George Burnell)
May 13, 2020Nuclear Power Generation (David Kahan)

DateLink to Video(s)Slides/notes
Nov 6, 2019 Backup Strategies (Peter Albin) Watch the presentationSlides
Oct 30, 2019 Space colonies in Solar Orbit
The book describing our design study is available at:
http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2016/ph240/martelaro2/docs/nasa-sp-413.pdf
Watch the Presentation
Charlie's handout
Oct 23, 2019 Tesla vs Edison (Bob Primak) Watch the presentation Bob's paper
Oct 16, 2019 Potpourri:
Flying Saucers – from material written by George Adamski;
Deep Fakes video;
Windows 10 tips (askwoody.com, you may need to become a member with voluntary paid membership; Backing up your device drivers; Getting those old games back into Win10, like FreeCell, Hearts, Solitaire, Chess, Minesweeper; discussion on when to and not to update to “the latest” Win10 release (consider: consult askwoody.com which today advises NOT to patch MS patches.) Gary's slides
Oct 9, 2019 Yom Kippur, no meeting
Oct 2, 2019 Science/Technology Rivalries: Newton vs. Liebnitz vs. Hooke (Charlie Holbrow) Watch the presentation (note: video is missing for part of the presentation) handout
Sept 25, 2019 Application of physics techniques to biology. Gene Surfing and Survival of the Luckiest, David Nelson, Professor of Physics, Harvard (friend of Harry Forsdick). Population waves have played a crucial role in evolutionary history, as in the “out of Africa” hypothesis for human ancestry. Population geneticists and physicists are now developing methods for understanding how mutations, number fluctuations and selective advantages play out in such situations watch the presentation
Sept 18, 2019 Cogito. A few weeks ago Mitch Wolfe sent out two very thought provoking links regarding the new science of voice technology, including what can be gathered by voice analysis using AI. We are fortunate to have Ali Azarbayejani, Cogito's CTO, visit and speak with us about the technology used by this local company which makes software that analyzes phone conversations and provides real-time guidance to help service employees better engage and connect with customers. Watch the presentation
Sept 11, 2019 Jonathan Goode discusses many interesting (and amazing) computer details including fonts
Bob Primak on the Laser Scanning of St Pauls Cathedral and an update on the cleanup of Notre Dame Cathedral
Notes on Bob's talk
High lead levels found in Notre Dame WSJ Article, Reconstruction work is on hold due to lead
Sept 4, 2019 AI for People in a Hurry (short) and Setting Rules for the AI Race, plus a pre and post view discussion. Meeting led by Larry Wittig.
Aug 28, 2019 Dava Sobel’s Google talk on “The Glass Universe”, women in Science (a Google Talk video)
JohnR will introduce the subject and speaker, we'll watch the video, and discuss it and related topics afterwards
see also Constructing the Glass Universe by Dava Sobel. Additional info on and about this topic, by Gary Patrick–includes comments on the video and more.
Aug 21, 2019 “UNIX, Linux - Origins, History, Ongoing Futures”, a talk presented by Charly Sestokas (note, talk will not be recorded)
plus a 30-minute video about SpaceX, presented by George Gamota
Aug 14, 2019 Potpourri.
Eli Brookner finishes his talk on Radar and Einstein
CharlyS on Storage (not recorded).
How to use LexMedia to view videos on demand
Aug 7, 2019 Eli Brookner "Snoopy on Radar & Phased Arrays & Einstein's Duality Theory – An Update." part 1 (90 min)
July 31, 2019 Eight Days to the Moon and Back - focus on Apollo 11 [George Gamota]
July 24, 2019Breaking the WWII Enigma Machine (Material from the April 2019 Lexington Veteran’s meeting, search LexMedia On Demand for “Enigma”) [Rudy]
July 17, 2019Potpourri including Steve Isenberg on virtual credit cards, space elevators, and more (planningpage) recording of presentation
July 10, 2019Apple Computer, History and Devices, by Josh Turiel see the presentation
July 3, 2019No Meeting due to Holiday
June 26, 2019Update on 5G (Bob Primak) see the presentation
June 19, 2019Black Hole 60-minute video (Gamota) plus
June 12, 2019 From talks at Google Frank Abagnale: "Catch Me If You Can"
and A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere (Jennifer Wilcox)
June 5, 20193D Reconstruction. Used for churches and other buildings. (Bob Primak)
May 29, 2019Potpourri including Y2K. What was it, why did it happen, was it real? (John Rudy) and Gary Patrick on Windows Issues
May 22, 2019Potpourri. Showed several movies. Vaccines calling shots
The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can
The strange tale of the Norden bombsight
May 15, 2019Career stories. Come prepared to tell us about your technical experiences.
(We have done this 2-3 times before; but not recently).
https://www.pbs.org/video/nova-vaccinescalling-shots/
May 8, 2019Ray Kurzweil + Disruptive Technologies and Dangerous Ideas Singularity University co-founder, Google AI Director and noted futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Peter H. Diamandis for a 90-minute Ask Me Anything, all aimed at providing you an unfair advantage for your business.https://youtu.be/SaOfLtoaKqw
May 1, 2019Potpourri and Steering Committee
April 24, 2019Documentary on Neil ArmstrongGamota
April 17, 2019History of the World in 100 Objects (continued). We listened to The mechanical galleon, Mexican codex map, Ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle, and Solar powered lamp and chargerBritish Museum site
BBC site
April 10, 2019Madame Curie video about Madame Curie and the Curie family, presented by Charlie Holbrow. Madame Curie and the Curie family will focus on her and her daughter and their characters and discoveries and how they fit into the sequence of dramatic developments in physics between the discovery of radioactivity in 1897 and the discovery of nuclear fission in 1938. This will include some description of Lise Meitner's role in these developments and a brief mention of why she didn't get a Nobel for the discovery of nuclear fission. handout that wasn't handed out How the Curies' piezo device worked and measured small electric current
April 3, 2019Showing the 2014 AI movie Ex Machina: A young programmer is selected to participate
in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic (artificial) intelligence (AI) by evaluating
the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid. Very intriguing movie.
FYI, the movie is available on NetFlix.
March 27, 2019Computer History Museum (Mountain View, CA) interview with Frank Heart (who in 1969 led the team of BBN engineers that created the ARPANET).
slightly shortened version
slides
March 20, 2019George Gamota shows video "Journey through the Milky Way"
And relating to the end of the program, info on Detecting Dark Matter
New: Milky Way Bulge
March 13, 2019Password Managers
Slides (with links) for the presentation
Will your password stand up to a cracker?
Is your password or account info out on the web?
Newsletter 4/15/2019 discussing password managers
Related info
About Keeper Password Manager
Keeper website screenshots
March 6, 2019History of the World in 100 items. Presenting a representative sample of the 100-part series of 15 podcasts by Neil MacGregor during his time as Director of the British Museum that explores world history from 2 million years ago to the present. We listened to The Flood Tablet, Hebrew Astrolabe, and Ming Bank Note. British Museum site
BBC site
February 27, 2019George Gamota presents "2018 Space Events/Discoveries" plus 10 minute update on "Trump's Science Appointees"Space Update slides
Trump Science Appointees slides
February 20, 2019Charlie presents the first of 3 talks on quantum physics, today's subject is "why wave-particle duality makes such a disturbing theory necessary"Powerpoint slides
Wave Particle outline -- Why we need quantum mechanics
February 13, 2019Windows System Maintenance and Updating (Bob Primak) part 1PDF of Bob's slides
February 6, 2019The Power Grid (presented by Jackie Zajac)PDF of Jackie's slides
January 30, 20192019 lg Nobel awards ceremony (presenter Peter Albin)
Awards Ceremony Improbable Research home
“Research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK”
January 23, 2019Shown:
TED Talk String theory - Brian Greene
The greatest dance sequence ever
The best stats you've ever seen
The tyranny of the rocket equation
Not shown but of possible interest
TED Talk Why is our universe fine-tuned for life? - Brian Greene
10 Fascinating Examples of Unintended Consequences
January 16, 2019Mathematics of Weight Loss
10 Times Michio Kaku Arguments Blew Our Minds
TED Talk The freakonomics of McDonalds vs Drugs by Steve Levitt
January 9, 2019Michael Rosenblatt, MD on "Ways That Wartime Injuries Have Influenced Civilian Medical Practice"link to slides on Yahoo

Neither the Lexington Computer and Technology Group nor the author of this Wiki page guarantee the application(s) listed here. While we have investigated and tried them ourselves, they come with no guarantee.

Work in progress

Quantum Computing
Space Elevator
Flatland
TV alternatives

Leaving TV Services like Comcast, and taking advantage of new ways, including using computers, to get programing instead. (Steve Isenberg to present/lead discussion)

Potential Topics and Speakers

CharlyS30 minComputer buying tips, etc; HD vs SSD; SD Longetivity; MS Surface
David Kahan nuclear sub lost at sea
10 min How Deepfakes Work (viewed, edited)
25 min Deep Fakes and the Technology Behind it (BBC) (not-previewed)

New Email List
New Web Page
LCTG Management Team
LCTG announcement sending process

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