Bagels & Bytes & Critters – June 2016 – Meeting Notes

About Bagels & Bytes & Critters

We held our second annual summer meetup, “Bagels & Bytes & Critters,” on June 1 at the Animal Rescue League. During our meeting, we had a visitor (see pics below) named Elvis, who is frisky, fun, 6 years old and available for adoption!

We are so grateful to Dan Rossi, ARL’s executive director, and to all of their staff for hosting us again this year!

Enjoy these photos, which are followed by the notes and resources from the meeting. (And get in touch with ARL if you’d like to adopt Elvis!)

Meeting Photos (click any photo to open gallery mode)

Meeting Notes and Resources

Warm-up Topics

  • Johna brought us a copy of a new report by Allegheny Conference on Community Development entitled: “Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region” – among other findings, it reports that our local workplace shortage could hit 80,000 by 2025.
  • We then had an informal discussion about network architecture and options – someone in the group is upgrading soon and asked for ideas and equipment options.

Generational Gap in Technology Usage

  • A member observed that the generation graduating from high school right now mostly knows the tech they have learned in school to do necessary tasks (write papers, etc.) and communication tools related to their smart phones. We shouldn’t necessarily assume they know how to use other kinds of tech.  Even if they pick it up fast, training will still be necessary in the workplace.
  • Another attitude difference – older techies seem to have more curiosity about how things work – the inner workings of tech – while the younger ones don’t seem to understand and also don’t care. They want tech to work well, be flexible and powerful, but not have to deal with the guts of things.
  • Random item of interest – someone mentioned an NPR story about how someone recently translated the entire Christian Bible into emojis.

Collaboration / Productivity Software

  • Real-time collaboration is now possible in Office 2013/2016 (Word/Excel, etc.) desktop versions. You need SharePoint if you want more than a few people working on a doc or spreadsheet at one time. There’s now a chat feature built in too.
  • Google Drive has had real-time collaboration capabilities for years. Someone asked about HIPAA compliance with Google Drive/Apps. Yes – there is a version that is fully HIPAA-compliant. It is encrypted and exempts your organization from automatic participation in Google’s data mining.  (Yes, Google mines everyone’s data.)

Windows 10

  • Someone asked: how is Windows 10 being received?
  • Seems to be fairly okay – some agencies have upgraded, some are still trying to prevent the auto-upgrade from turning on in the notification tray. There is concern that some programs and devices may not work upon upgrading to Win 10.
  • Orgs need to be careful with some hardware manufacturers – some have fine print on their equipment that they won’t support it if you upgrade to Windows 10.
  • If you want to stop the prompts to upgrade, you have a few options.  You could remove Windows Update #30355803.  You could also try a free program like GWX Control Panel, which is a more permanent blocking solution for that update.
  • It was noted that you need more memory to run Windows 10.  6 GB is the minimum generally agreed upon by the group, even though MS’s specs state 4 GB minimum.

Storage Drives

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