Month: March 2009

April PLUG Meeting: Home Automation

Date: April 8th, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Omniture, Inc. Building H this month.


This month we are pleased to have Ryan Erickson present. Ryan (RyanE), works for Control4 (, and
has worked and played with Home Automation for over 10 years. He will
present an introduction to Home Automation, and discuss Control4’s Home
Automation products.

Ryan will cover:

  • What is Home Automation?
  • How does it work?
  • Open Source Home Automation projects
  • DIY vs. ‘Professional’
  • Control4’s approach to Home Automation

    About Control4:

    Control4 manufactures a complete line of affordable wired and wireless home automation products, making safety, convenience, comfort and economy available to virtually any homeowner in America. Control4 wireless products can be installed in any home in just a few hours, without the need for extensive or expensive remodeling. Not only can homeowners easily customize their Control4 system to meet their unique lifestyles, but the modular nature of the products also enables customers to start small and add to their systems over time.

    Come and learn how to make your home a geek’s paradise!

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    March PLUG Meeting: Parrot

    Date: March 11th, 2009
    Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location: Omniture, Inc.


    We were unable to get Stephen Weeks in January due to last second scheduling conflicts. We have invited him back, and he will be our presenter this month. He will be discussing the Parrot VM. From Stephen…

    Guru at Guru Labs for 1.5 years. I teach, work on courseware, and
    assorted Perl programming. In my spare time I work on Parrot and
    recently a roguelike. I’ve been working on Parrot for about a year, in
    which time I’ve written a LOLCODE and Ruby compiler and done a lot of
    work on Exceptions and some work implementing features in Perl 6.

    I’d like to talk about Parrot and/or Perl 6! That’s about as specific
    as I get. If nobody has any more-specific requests, I’d like to run
    through implementing a simple language and the parts of a Parrot
    compiler. Maybe scheme? I haven’t decided yet.

    About Parrot:

    Parrot is a virtual machine designed to efficiently compile and execute bytecode for dynamic languages. Parrot currently hosts a variety of language implementations in various stages of completion, including Tcl, Javascript, Ruby, Lua, Scheme, PHP, Python, Perl 6, APL, and a .NET bytecode translator. Parrot is not about parrots, though we are rather fond of them for obvious reasons.

    Come and learn about this highly versatile VM. See you there!

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