[lug] Swag - BLUG Meeting Announcement 2009-07-09

Lori Reed lorireed at lightning-rose.com
Thu Jul 9 16:24:42 MDT 2009

I have been informed that Steve Gaede, former FRUUG-meister, has 
officially donated the Front Range Unix Users' Group library to BLUG.

We will have a great many books to give away tonight. I have no idea 
what's included, but it should be of interest.

My apologies for the late post, I've been away from email for the last 
few days.

Lori, BLUG Mistress of Swag.

Boulder Linux wrote:
>     http://lug.boulder.co.us/calendar.html
> The July Boulder Linux User Group meeting is coming up.
>    Talk : Model-based user interfaces
> Speaker : Bruce Long
>    When : 7 p.m. on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 
>   Where : Aztek Networks, 2477 55th St, Suite 202, Boulder, CO.
>           Aztek Networks is on 55th between Arapahoe and Pearl, just
>           north of the Humane Society.  There's plenty of parking, and
>           the 206 and 208 busses stop across the street.
>     Map : http://lug.boulder.co.us/meetings.html
> Summary of 'Model-based user interfaces'
> ----------------------------------------
> The modern way of 'interfacing' with our digital stuff, our friends and
> our world can be improved dramatically. Because each kind of interaction
> with someone or some data has to have its own application, and
> applications vary for each device, there are many things we do not do with
> our devices because it takes too much work. We have to remember which
> device holds what information, what format it is in, how each application
> works, which folders our stuff is in. Some years ago I was struck that it
> should be possible to make interactions with people, files, and online
> systems much much easier.  If only we could model the things we wish to
> interact with, model the devices we have, and model the kind of user
> interface we prefer. It could be so easy to interact with something in a
> new way or from a new device that we will find all kinds of new, world
> changing, things to do that previously didn't cross our mind.
> I set out to solve the problem once and for all. After a lot of C++
> coding, math learning, some paper writing, and a little PhD working, I'm
> still not there. And judging by the iPhone and the Palm Pre, no one else
> is either.  But there is a growing technology that I have heard called
> "model-based user interfaces" that has the potential to completely change
> the way we connect.  It solves the problems I worry about and much more.
> Here is a teaser: The idea is to use a model of your social infrastructure
> and information stores to make it feel more like directly connecting, in a
> sort of "make me part of a giant social brain" way to people and
> information instead of having apps and devices as intermediates limiting
> you.
> I am going to talk about some of the disruptive capabilities that
> model-based UI's will give you. Though, perhaps anticlimactic, I'll
> demonstrate my own work which is aimed at using model-based computing to
> enhance personal independence while increasing our ability to connect
> socially. I'll also talk about when we might expect results and how you
> can become a part and speed the process up!
> Pre meeting food
> ----------------
> Please join us informally for a bite to eat at Panera Bread before the
> meeting, around 5:30 P.M.  Panera is in the 29th street mall, east of
> Highway 36/28th street near Walnut.
> --
> Boulder Linux User Group
> http://lug.boulder.co.us

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