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We are taking advantage of the widespread technology talent in the building and will hold monthly meetings about various tech topics, led by one of our residents. We meet for 1/2 hour.

July 16, 2014 - Security

Today's meeting was held by David Gao who runs a software business. He spoke about online security issues, particularly password security. Here are a few points from his talk:

1. Big companies can be surprisingly bad at security. In 2013, companies and government-related businesses lost 614 passwords.

2. For your private information use passwords with at least 12 characters and write them down. Try not to reuse them on additional sites. Don't use password managers.

3. For public information, you can use a password manager, and reuse of passwords is fine.

August 27, 2014 - My Favorite App

This meeting was held by Curt Malouin and Pamela Hilliard Owens. Curt discussed 2 apps.

1. OneNote. From Microsoft, a note-taking app. Each project you are working on can become one notebook. You can share notebooks and they allow multiple users.

2. VooDooPad. From Apple. Described as a personal wiki, it collects and organizes information. It can also be used for managing task lists. You can paste in images from other sources, and import images from a camera or scanner. Pages you create can be published. Information is located on your device and can be synched to other devices - not a cloud-based app.

Pam discussed her favorite app, Evernote. This cloud-based app can be used on all your devices. The free version allows up to 100 notebooks worth of material. The paid version allows 250 notebooks and a larger selection of options. Evernote Clipper allows you to capture information from other sources and paste them into your notebook.