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Past Featured Presentations
"Third Saturday" Meetings - North Lake College, Irving, Texas
2007 Vendor /  Presenter Product Speaker(s) and Topic
February
2007

Acoustica / Clayton Nash, NTPCUG member

http://www.acoustica.com

Spin-It-Now
Clayton led an excellant demonstation of the Spin-It-Now program, converting old LPs to MP3 and CD format.
 
January
2007

Omni Watch Systems, Inc. / Bill Mott, Senior Vice-President

http://www.omni-watch.com

Omni Watch Bill presented the latest in security systems for either neighborhoods or businesses.
2006 Vendor /  Presenter Product Speaker(s) and Topic

December 2006

Parks Associates / Kurt Scher

http://parksassociates.com

Digital Technology in the Home. Kurt presented Digital Technology in the Home.
November
2006

Kaspersky / Dawn Ringstaff and Teresa Hartsfield

http://www.kaspersky.com

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Dawn and Teresa  presented the Kaspersky Anti-Virus software products.
October
2006

Intel / Ernesto Martinez

http://www.intel.com/

Intel Active Management Technology Ernesto presented Intel’s Active Management Technology, for managing PCs across the enterprise.

September
2006

Tuc Goodwin, SharePoint Guru

tgoodwin@ntpcug.org

Microsoft SharePoint

Tuc presented an excellent overview of Sharepoint Services.

July
2006

Consultis /
Bradley Van Treese, Account Manager; Jason Garton, Senior Recruiter; and Todd Epperson, Senior Recruiter

www.consultis.com

IT Recruiting Bradley presented an overview of Consultis and the many benefits that it offers its contractors. Jason discussed “How to Effectively Present Yourself in Today’s Marketplace”, and Todd presented “What Hiring Managers are actually looking for.”
June
2006

Roy Rabey, IT Manager
Ensemble Studios

www.ensemblestudios.com

Age of Empires
Age of Mythology
The Rise of Rome

Roy Rabey, presented an insider’s view of game development , the history of the studio, and a behind-the-scenes look at the game development process.
May
2006

Linda Moore,
President NTPCUG

www.bluesecurity.com
 www.firetrust.com

BlueFrog

MailWasher Pro

Linda Moore brought us up to date on BlueSecurity's BlueFrog antispamming project, and presented FireTrust's Mail Washer Pro Anti-SPAM product.

April
2006
James Milburn Technology in Ranching & Farming

James Milburn presented computer technologies currently used in ranching and farming. Emphasis was on use of technology in livestock and dairy operations of the non-corporate ranch and farm.

Brett Patton

www.fortiwall.com
Fortigate Hardware Firewall

Brett Patton present the Fortigate series of hardware firewalls, their features and functionality and what differentiates the Fortigate firewall from the rest of the unified threat management market.

March 2006

Allen Jayme

www.linspireinc.com

Linspire

Allen Jayme presented the Linux based operating system, Linspire, that combines security, stability in a friendly desktop environment.

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Vista

Kai Axford, Microsoft Security guru, presented the latest version of Vista and its security features.

February 2006

Brad Merkle, Visio Solution Specialist

www.microsoft.com

Visio 2003

Brad presented an overview of Visio Pro 2003, which included the common uses, power uses and custom applications. Visio has many specialized applications for developers, facility managers, network administrators, Human Resource and sales force automation.

January
2006
Scott Dockendorf, Director of Professional Services for Intelligent Inc.

VS.NET, NUnit,, and Visual Studio 2005 Team System

Scott provided an overview of Test-Driven Development ("TDD"), and its role in improving software development by reducing defects through automated unit testing.

Terry Witt, MIS Director for Thomas Reprographics

SQL Server 2005

Terry’s presentation covered building mission critical systems and scalable database systems, new enhancements in SQL Server reporting services, and managing the New Data Platform.

2005 Vendor /  Presenter Product Speaker(s) and Topic
December
2005
Ken Brack, Dallas Park and Recreation Department

Municipal Wireless

Ken Brack, Information Technology Manager, Dallas Park and Recreation Department, presented an overview of current WIFI projects and their political implications.

August
2005

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

ISA Server 2004 Keith Combs, Microsoft Technologist, presented Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004.
July
2005

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Small Business Server Matt Hester, Microsoft Technologist, presented Small Business Server (SBS)
and the new SP 1.
TEK Systems

www.teksystems.com
Recruiting Chip Norman covered the current IT job market including tips on landing your next gig in the fields of developer, network administrator, and system administrator.
June
2005

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

SQL Server 2005
Keith Combs, Microsoft technologist, presented the latest beta version of SQL Server 2005.
Perfect Backup Solutions

http://www.ugr.com
True Image, ver. 8 Gene Barlow with User Group Relations, demonstrated the ease of using True Image, version 8 for all of your backup needs for both Windows and Linux.
May
2005

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Active Directory Deploying Active Directory.

April
2005

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Active Directory

Testing Active Directory using Virtual PC 2004 or Virtual Server 2005.

March
2005
Technology Management Associates Pocket Real Estate NTPCUG member Robert Baesmann demonstrated TMA's new Pocket Real Estate application for the PocketPC and Palm platforms.

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Windows XP Media Center 2005 Charles Van Husen presented Microsoft’s XP Media Center 2005.
February
2005

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Active Directory 2003

Matt Hester and Keith Combs presented criteria for designing Active Directory 2003.
Wholly Genes Software

http://www.whollygenes.com/
The Master Genealogist Bob Velke presented Version 6 of The Master Genealogist.
January
2005

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Active Directory 2003 J. J. Antequino demonstrated planning techniques for implementing Active Directory for the first time.

2004

Vendor /  Presenter

Product

Speaker(s) and Topic

December
2004

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Windows XP Media Center Todd Bowra presented the Windows XP Media Center OS, Windows Media Player and XP SP2.
Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) Matt Hester and Keith Combs presented MOM 2005. MOM is Microsoft’s Operations Manager, which has management packs for every Microsoft backend product. MOM 2005 with the applicable management pack allows the system administrator to configure and prioritize the alert system.

November
2004

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) Matt Hester, of Microsoft Corporation, presented Microsoft Small Business Server and how you and your company can get all of the benefits and security of a big corporation at a small business cost. SBS is a cost-effective solution for small to medium size companies. It includes Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, Windows SharePoint Services, Outlook 2003 and a Shared Fax Service.

October
2004

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Virtual PC Keith Combs & Matt Hester, of Microsoft Corporation, presented Virtual PC and how it can solve your problems as a developer where you need to test your software on multiple OS's. Virtual PC can also be a solution to using older software, which only works under an older version of Windows or DOS.
October
2004

Microsoft

www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Virtual Server
Keith Combs & Matt Hester, Microsoft representatives, presented Virtual Server 2005, the cost-effective virtual machine solution designed for Windows Server 2003 to increase operational efficiency in software testing and development, server consolidation scenarios,
July 2004

Privacy, Inc.

My Privacy Policy

Doug Peckover, co-founder & Chief Scientist for Privacy, Inc. presented "Security vs. Privacy."
He demonstrated the new product "My Privacy Policy" (MPP), an Internet service that allows you to control your privacy by protecting your online identity- your e-mail address.

June 2004

Viametrix

www.viametrix.com

Vivian

Russell Fish, CEO of Viametrix, made the presentation.. With any Vivian™ broadcast channel configuration (including the free one available on the Viametrix Web site) you can create and broadcast interactive multimedia from your own Internet TV or radio station in minutes any time you want.

May 2004

Giant Raffle

www.ntpcug.org

These vendors contributed 142 raffle prizes: Ai Squared, Apress, Firetrust, Gear Software, Intuit, Microsoft, New Riders, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, PowerQuest, Que, Raxco, RoadWired, Sams Publishing, TechSmith, Virtual Training Company, and WhiteCanyon.

Kathy Brown, David Martin, Vincent Gaines, and Linda Moore chaired the first NTPCUG Giant Raffle, which raffled off 142 products to NTPCUG members. The donating vendors are among the 25+ firms that provide discounts to NTPCUG members.

In order for a member to win one of raffle prizes, they were required to answer a question about the NTPCUG vendor discount program.

Planning is currently under way to make this an annual event, and the next event will be bigger and better.

Feb. 2004

VMware

VMware Workstation
and VMWare Server Consolidation

David Banks demonstrated how VMware shortens the development cycle and increases hardware utilization.

VMware's server products can also be used for server consolidation and is also used throughout the enterprise to simplify the computing infrastructure and to reduce infrastructure costs.

Feb. 2004

The Master Genealogist (TMG)

The Master Genealogist Bob Velke is the author of The Master Genealogist (TMG). TMG is one of the highest rated Family History Project Managers. It is used in more than 30 countries in the world.

2003

Vendor /  Presenter

Product

Speaker(s) and Topic

Nov.2003

Microsoft

Microsoft Office 2003 Suite Microsoft included NTPCUG in its fall tour of Mindshare User Groups, giving us a sneak peak at the new Office 2003 Suite.
Oct. 2003

Mile2 and SMU

Mini-Seminar Seminar: "IT Security, Forensic and Counter-Hacker Training" Mile2, partnered with SMU to bring us a mini-seminar on "Techniques for Countering Hackers." More info
Oct. 2003

NTPCUG

www.ntpcug.org

DC FIVE (from Diamond Cut Productions) Alan Lummus, Audio Archivist for the Dallas Symphony Chorus and NTPCUG's Professional MIDI/Audio SIG leader, demonstrated DC FIVE and explain the right way to digitize all your analog recordings.

Aug. 2003

NTPCUG

www.ntpcug.org

NTPCUG’s members form a roundtable of Broadband experts

Clayton Nash, Doug Gorrie, Thomas O’Keefe, & Glenn Ford formed the roundtable for a Q&A session on "High-speed broadband connectivity issues & problems.”

Aug. 2003

Samsung

Latest Samsung PDA Phone combos

Samsung representative presented the latest Samsung PDA-Phone models.

July 2003

Cooter's Village Camera

Cooters online photographic services

Kirk Cooter presented Cooter's Online photographic services.

Note: NTPCUG Members are eligible for a 15% discount on Cooter's photographic services.

July 2003

Canon Cameras

Canon’s Digital Cameras, scanners & printers

David Pearson, Canon representative, presented the latest in Canon digital cameras, scanners and printers.

June 2003

Hillcast Technologies

Midcast, & AP Markets stock market wireless software for the Palm or the PocketPC PDAs

Arch Bell presented "PDA Software for Streaming Stock Market Data."

Note: NTPCUG Members are eligible for a 25% discount on Hillcast Technologies products.

June 2003

Texas Instruments

TI’s DLP Technology

Frank Moizio, TI’s Manager of Worldwide Strategic Marketing for DLP Business Products, presented "From Digital Cinema to HDTV: The Future of Imaging Technology is Here Today – An Overview of TI’s DLP Technology”

June 2003

Microsoft TechEd & NTPCUG

VS .NET and other MS Products

Q&A Session with Microsoft Gurus & MVP's at TechEd Conference -- FREE

June 2003

Microsoft TechEd & NTPCUG

Microsoft’s Visual Studio .NET

Keith Pleas’s & Billy Hollis’s presented "Windows .NET Architecture and Design” -- FREE

Keith Pleas is an internationally known writer and speaker, and one of the founders of Guided Design and has worked for more than two years on the team developing the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET.

For info on Billy Hollis, see the May 2003 presentation below.

May 2003

Microsoft TechEd & NTPCUG


Microsoft Visual Studio .NET

Adam Cogan & Billy Hollis presented "Building Advanced Data-Centric Smart Clients” -- FREE

Adam Cogan is a Chief Architect at Superior Software for Windows, a Microsoft Certified Professional specializing in .NET Solutions.

Billy Hollis is a nationally recognized consultant, author, and software developer.

May 2003

PowerQuest 

Partition Magic Pro, V2i Protector Builder – Server Edition, & Volume Manager

Gene Barlow presented PowerQuest’s Enterprise Products – Partition Magic Pro, & Volume Manager, V2i Protector Builder – Server Edition”

May
2003

PowerQuest

 

Partition Magic & Drive Image

Gene Barlow presented PowerQuest’s End-User Products – Partition Magic & Drive Image.

Note: NTPCUG Members are eligible for a 50% discount on PM, DI & V2i.

March 2003

MTSS – Panda Security Software