Thursday, January 17, 2013

6:30 PM

    1815 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO(map)

  • January is the month to look back on the past year, and to look forward to the new. At our next get together we'll do just that. We'll talk about our successes and failures over the past year, but also set some goals for ourselves for the coming year.
    We're gonna crush 2013!

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    The Lawrence Apple Users' Group 2.0 will be having a meeting entitled
    "Welcome to Macintosh: All Questions and Answers" Wednesday, January 2nd, 7pm at DCSS 745 Vermont Street in Lawrence.

    Did you get a new Mac, iPod or other goodie for the holidays. This meeting is all Questions and Answers. Get all your questions answered for free by local experts. This meeting is ideal for PC "switchers" and beginners

    Meetings are always free and questions are always welcome, even if it isn't about the topic being discussed. A door prize will also be given out to an attendee. Go to for more info or Contact Dave Greenbaum, 785-218-9676, [email protected] to be notified of upcoming meetings.

    Note our inclement weather policy: if USD 497 is closed, our meeting will be cancelled. Check our website if there is a question about whether the meeting is cancelled due to weather.


    DECEMBER 17, 2012 — KansasFest 2013, the Apple II convention scheduled for July 23–28 in Kansas City, Missouri, comes on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC. To celebrate this anniversary, Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6 and engineer who worked on all three of these innovations, will be the keynote speaker.
    In 1978, Wigginton was a brilliant young high school student working alongside Apple co-founder Wozniak. Wigginton was an early member of the famous Homebrew Computer Club, often caught rides to club meetings with Wozniak, and was there for the unveiling of the Apple I. At age 14, Wigginton started writing software for the Apple I. He assisted with the early design of and software for the Apple II and manned the booth at the West Coast Computer Faire introducing the Apple II. He was part of the all-night coding session in January 1978 that allowed Apple to introduce a working disk drive the following day at the Consumer Electronics Show. Later that year, Wigginton adapted Microsoft BASIC to become Applesoft BASIC and wrote the RWTS (Read/Write Track/Sector) software routines critical to the operation of Apple DOS and the new disk drive. The MacWrite software was among Wigginton's contributions to the company beyond the Apple II. Wigginton continues to work in the computer industry today, currently with Square.
    Wigginton's work on DOS and Applesoft contributed to the success of the Apple II computer. The low cost disk drive and DOS revolutionized data storage on the Apple II. The low cost disk drive and DOS revolutionized data storage on the Apple II. Previously, users had no choice but to use slow and unreliable cassette tapes to store and distribute their programs and data. Applesoft BASIC became the most widely used programming language for the Apple II and the foundation for much commercial and hobbyist software.
    KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year's event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site in early 2013. For photos, videos, and presentations from past KansasFests, please visit the event's official Web site at


    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    6:30 PM
    Plaza III -The Steakhouse
    4749 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO(map)

  • Hello Kansas City, MO C* (Cassandra) users! I'm proud to announce your very first C* meetup, being held at Plaza III - The Steakhouse in Kansas City, MO.
    Your group is very new and I look forward to helping you assist in its growth by providing quality speakers, food, beverage and Cassandra SWAG items, on behalf of DataStax.
    This meetup will be lead by Lara Shackelford, Vice President of Marketing at DataStax. Lara will be presenting a variety of Cassandra's business use cases from some big-name companies, including Netflix, HealthcareAnytime and Adobe. We hope you are able to make it and share your Cassandra story with the group!
    Appetizers and drinks will be sponsored by DataStax.

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    The Windows Freeware SIG for December 2012 is canceled.


    You’re invited to join us for lunch and great conversation on Lean software and Kanban.
    Format: Lean Coffee topical formatWhen: Thursday, Dec. 20, 11:30 am
    Where: Digital Evolution Group Coffee Shop, 10801 Mastin Street, Overland Park, KS

    This is a BYOL (bring your own lunch) event.
    Starbucks coffee is provided!


    SMCKC January Breakfast: A Hangout with Brian Solis, sponsored by H&R Block


    Come sit in on an intimate virtual conversation with best-selling author, blogger, speaker, and social thinker Brian Solis.


    Some of you have read Solis' earth-moving books "Engage" and "The End of Business as Usual." Others have been lucky enough to see Solis speak (such as his recent keynote at Social: IRL in Des Moines). Now, you'll get the chance to engage in dialogue with one of the world's leading new media prophets. Live and in the pixel, Solis will beam into the Google Fiber Space to chat with @SMCKC at our January 4, 2013, breakfast.

    Best of all, you can have a voice in the discussion! There will be ample opportunity to ask questions live, but if there's any topics you especially want Solis to address, please email your questions in advance to [email protected].


    Thanks to generous sponsorship by H&R Block, complimentary copies of Solis' most recent book, "The End of Business as Usual"  will be given to the first 100 attendees who register on Eventbrite (must be present to collect book).

    A breakfast buffet and copious amounts of coffee will be provided by Google Fiber to all attendees.


    SMCKC December Happy Hour at Kill Devil Club, Dec. 20

    Catch the holiday spirit while catching up with your SMCKC friends during our December happy hour, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at Kill Devil Club (61 E. 14th St., Kansas City). While you’re there, be sure to try Kill Devil Club’s hand-crafted cocktails and delicious small plates. Admission is free. Register on EventBrite so we can plan for space.


    Presentation: Samsung Slate Tablet running Windows 8 with Office 2010 and Office 2013 Demo
    HUG Access SIG Meeting 6:30 pm, December 19, 2012, at JCCC, Regnier 2nd Floor, RC 253

    A demo on how Office 2010 (including Access 2010) works on a tablet PC along with a short demo of Office 2013.

    David Blackwell will demonstrate the possibilities for using a tablet for clients who travel and/or work in the field…Heritage has a pilot program with a client who is using a PC tablet to enter data into an Excel worksheet, transferring the data to an Access backend. This process has eliminated the need for the professionals to record something on paper, and then enter the data into their laptop in a motel room at night.

    David is a senior developer for Heritage Computer Consulting & Services, Inc. HCCS is a 21 year Computer Consulting located in Overland Park, Kansas specializing in providing custom solutions to real world challenges for their clients.

    Followed by Annual Christmas Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange

    Arlene Watkins


    Heritage Computer Consulting & Services, Inc.


    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    7:00 PM

  • Needs a location Coming soon!
  • Two for one! We'll be discussing:
    1. Using different data storage mechanisms and services with node.js
    2. Using node.js with embedded devices (Raspberry Pi, Arduino)

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    The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on Wednesday December 12, 2012 -- 11:30 AM at:
    75th Street Brewery

    520 W. 75th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64114

    Registration: To help us know how many guests to expect, please register for this meeting at Eventbrite here

    Meeting Learning: An Overview of Jira

    An overview of Atlassian’s Jira, an issue and project tracking software. You can see more at

    Meeting Description:

    Angela Boardman and Shahzad Zafar will lead a discussion of how their organizations are using Jira and go over some of the software’s features. Other Jira users are encouraged to attend and share how the software supports their process too. We’ll save time for questions and answers, so make plans to attend!

    This will be a lunch meeting at 75th Street brewery and attendees will be responsible for purchasing their own lunch.

    About the Speakers:

    Angela is a consultant for Advanced Technology Group - she focuses on Agile development, process improvement, project management and coaching. Her passion is coding (Java), but the majority of recent demands have her serving primarily as Scrum Master. Angela is CSM/CSP certified; she advocates Agile anywhere and everywhere it can be applied, thrives on educating others, and even applies Agile principles outside of work where possible.

    Shahzad Zafar is a Sr. Team Lead and Technical Project Manager at Cerner Corporation and is an Agile Champion at Cerner as well as a frequent JIRA user. He started as a software engineer before transitioning to project management. He has experience with multiple project management tools such as MS Project, VersionOne and JIRA.


    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    6:30 PM

  • Needs a location Coming soon!
  • The emotional battle between HTML5 and Native is often misguided, with dialog focused on a future of unknowns or personal fears of skill set deficiencies. We will work to define the benefits of both and how together, HTML5 and Native, can produce a more certain future and immediate business value to clients.

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    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    7:00 PM

    14539 W 96th Terr, Lenexa, KS(map)

    2nd door from the right, up the stairs
  • Short notice, but we're going to have a holiday hangout this month.
    Bring your dinner or your drinks at 7 on Tuesday night!
    Show up and bring your laptop with a Ruby trick or question and we'll have a hack session. I'm sure some people from coderetreat will want to share their experiences if you're interested.
    Also, if you're interested in helping out with KC Ruby next year, we'll have a short discussion about it tomorrow night. If you're curious but can't make it, email me directly and I'll make sure that you're included.
    See you soon!

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    Saturday, December 15, 2012

    10:00 AM

  • 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS(map)

  • No formal presentations, no set agenda. Join your fellow local coders for some shop talk over coffee and donuts instead of burgers and beers for a change.
    We'll be in the Gallery room at the Lawrence Public Library; enter through the east and find us in the little room to your left.
    Also, donuts.

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    Saturday, December 15, 2012

    2:30 PM
  • 4830 Rainbow Blvd, Westwood, KS(map)

    We will be in the amazing gathering space downstairs

  • More details on our December meetup are coming soon!

    Our Standard Meeting Format
    We love Web Development, PHP, new development techniques and everything in between. Often our meetings are a little free-formed, but for the most part fall into

    • Meet and Greet new members!
    • John Kary presents "Last Month in PHP" - Some highlights and happenings in the PHP Universe
    • Members bring forward issues, concerns or other items of interest

    All Developers Welcome!
    We understand that many PHP Developers don't just code in PHP. Whether you are working in a framework like Symfony, Zend Framework, Silex, Slim, FuelPHP, CakePHP or a CMS like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla our goal is that you will find something new, relevant and useful.

    We are also happy to have presentations or even code reviews if appropriate. If you are interested in giving either, just let us know!

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    Friday, December 14, 2012

    4:00 PM
  • 4830 Rainbow Blvd, Westwood, KS(map)

    We're in the old white brick Fisca Oil building on Rainbow
  • White Elephant (also known as Stealing Santa, the Kamikaze Gift Exchange, and Yankee Swap) is a snarky party game played during the holiday season. We love playing games here at Red Nova Labs (can’t you tell by now?), and we thought it would be a fun idea to incorporate this casual theme at December's Venture Friday.

    The game will double as a speed intro event; everyone who brings a gift will introduce him or herself and will take a minute to say what they’re working on or looking for.
    Also, anyone who shows up in a holiday sweater or some kind of festive outfit will win a door prize.

    How to play White Elephant:
    • Everyone brings an inexpensive gift
    • All gifts must be wrapped with no exterior markings
    • Everyone puts their gifts in one pile
    • Everyone draws a number (1 to # of people playing)
    • Number 1 goes first, picks and unwraps a gift
    • Number 2 can pick another gift or “steal” any unwrapped gift
    • If an unwrapped gift is “stolen,” the person it is stolen from can either “steal” another gift or pick an unwrapped gift
    • The next person’s turn occurs after a wrapped gift is opened
    • The game ends when all gifts are unwrapped

    Now let's all play nice!
    • Gifts cannot cost more than $25 and no less than $5
    • Gifts cannot be overly offensive or illegal
    • A gift cannot be immediately stolen back
    • All gifts must be kept in plain sight

    The game is meant to be entertaining and fun; no sore-sports allowed. The price limit ensures that everyone wins and has a good time. Not sure what to bring? Here are some gift ideas: a pet rock, a bacon-scented car air freshener, or canned unicorn meat.

    As usual, we will be providing the food and beverages. Snowtinis (Carrie's own recipe) will be served instead of Red Nova Labs' signature Raspberry Lemonade in celebration of the holiday season.
    Bring your holiday spirit and entrepreneurial vibe.

    No soliciting or mooching please (entrepreneurial mojo required; read more in Discussions).
    Under 21 entrepreneurs welcome, but please let us know in advance (contact the organizers for info).
    Want to present your idea, get feedback, or find testers? Have an idea for an awesome entrepreneurial jam? We invite startup stimulation. Contact Carrie at Red Nova Labs.

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    1800 Balitmore Ave., Fifth Floor #520, Kansas City, MO(edit map)
    18th and Baltmore Avenue. Across the street from Art of Pizza and next door to Pizzabella. Lots of pizza to choose from, I guess.

  • This is the kickoff. The origin. The time before time began. This is where we start.
    Anyway, this is largely going to be a meeting about if what cool things we want to do moving forward. Let's plan on a healthy discussion then let things dissolve into anarchy. Sound good?

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    Date: 12/05/2012

    Subject: SharePoint Users Group Open House

    I want to invite you all to the SharePoint User's group that will be meeting at 11320 W79th St in Lenexa, KS on Dec 11th at 07:00 - 08:30 PM. This was originally the group that would meet at JCCC.

    If you are interested in learning more about SharePoint, please join us. If you have a specific introductory topic you want to hear, please suggest one.


    John K


    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    6:30 PM

  • 250 Northwest Richards Road, Kansas City, MO(map)

  • We'll discuss this hot topic, review different coding options, discuss different ways to deploy images, and much more - all from a UX/UI perspective.
    We'll be in VML's office at 250 Northwest Richards Road, Kansas City, MO - - and someone (or signs) will help you find your way.
    Oh, and in case you haven't heard, we're also now an IxDA professional group! YAY! Big thanks to Tyler Hilker, who is co-manager. See you on Tuesday!
    The URL to join us live via Connect is:
    After, I'll post another link for the recording.

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