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Meeting Date
Wednesday, April 18, 2018




at the The Westbury Manor, room
in Westbury, Long Island


The Presession starts at 5pm
The Networking and Cocktail hour starts at 6pm

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3:15pm: Lets Learn Linux - The Lab!

Steve Wolk
PC Richard & Son

Presentation Description

Its time to get up close and personal with Linux! Linux, AIX, UNIX - we hear about them everywhere these days. But what does it all mean? Linux skills are important to everyone working in the technology field. The days of running everything on just one platform are behind us, so its important to be familiar with Linux. But you probably don't have a spare Linux server sitting around, just waiting for you tinker with, right? Well, you dont need one! Can you replace Windows with Linux? Even if you can, should you? What are the advantages and disadvantages? How do you get, install, and use Linux? Is it really all free? What can you do with a Linux command line, and is it really as powerful as you've heard? We'll cover a number of powerful commands that can be executed from a Linux environment on your PC, within Windows 10, your X86 servers, or even on your IBM i! Attend this pre-session hands-on lab to learn the answers to these questions and much more.
Bring your own Windows or Mac OS notebook computer, and by following the step-by-step instructions in this lab, youll create a Linux virtual machine running safely on your notebook! You will gain practical hands-on experience with Linux as well as virtualization, and leave with a Linux installation you can continue using to learn!

Requirements:
* Any reasonably current Windows or Mac notebook, with at least 2GB of RAM and at least 10GB of free disk space.
*Wi-Fi
*To save time, please download the following software in advance:

* VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
The current version is 5.2.6 Download for Windows or OS X, depending on your notebook
* VirtualBox Extension Pack: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
* Linux Mint: https://www.linuxmint.com
The current version is 18.3 Sylvia. Download the Cinnamon 64-bit edition.


About Steve Wolk

Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout it's over 103 year history. As CTO, he considers himself very fortunate to lead a large in-house team of very talented software developers. Together, they bring their combined extensive retail experience to bear in the application of new technologies to improve business processes and efficiency to create a competitive advantage for this unique company. Steve enjoys speaking at conferences and events, and is proud to be a member of Toastmasters International.



8:00pm: Command Jeopardy

Steve Wolk
PC Richard & Son

Presentation Description

The IBM i operating system includes hundreds of commands that we use every day. Everything you type on a command line is a command! But did you know that you can create commands of your very own? Commands that can save you valuable time? Commands that can be used as building blocks to make program development more efficient? Come to this session to learn how - and to have some fun! We'll start with the basics for those who've never created a command, and then proceed through more advanced topics such ELEM & QUAL, validation using DEP, error handling, help text in panel groups, and more. We'll look at a number of useful examples of custom commands, and you'll even leave with free source code you can use as is, or leverage as a starting point for your own commands. We'll reinforce the concepts we learn by playing Command Jeopardy... for prizes! Learn some great techniques, have some fun, and maybe leave with a prize!

About Steve Wolk

Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Founded in 1909, PC Richard has always been known for honesty, integrity, and reliability throughout it's over 103 year history. As CTO, he considers himself very fortunate to lead a large in-house team of very talented software developers. Together, they bring their combined extensive retail experience to bear in the application of new technologies to improve business processes and efficiency to create a competitive advantage for this unique company. Steve enjoys speaking at conferences and events, and is proud to be a member of Toastmasters International.