June 2017 – Bagels & Bytes “Open Source Summer Fiesta” Meeting Notes

Bagels & Bytes attendees at Computer Reach

About the June Meetup

We had a great time visiting Computer Reach on June 7! It was pretty cool seeing their facility and learning more about the organization. A big thank you to the Computer Reach staff for hosting us and to Shawn for telling us about their programs and for the Linux demo!

We have no meetup in July and will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, August 2 at Jewish Residential Services at Rodef Shalom. Have a good summer!

Here are the notes and resources from this meetup:

Linux

  • Clonezilla to put Linux image on networked machines
  • There are hundreds of versions of Linux, a lot are command line
    • Ubuntu” version – looks like a Mac, functions like a PC
    • Mint” – works like Windows
    • Some better for low resource machines
    • Could set up a computer as a dual boot for experimenting (try EaseUS for partitioning)
  • Libre Office for productivity (can convert back and forth from MS Office)

Computer Reach

  • Computer Reach accepts donations from schools, companies, colleges
  • Re-images and sends to countries to bridge digital divide
  • Wipes them before shipping – talk to Dave about certificates for wiping
  • Especially need laptop power cords and monitors right now
  • Goodwill no longer recycles tech
  • Salvation Army and Evolution do accept tech to recycle
  • Westmoreland Cleanways has free e-cycling if you feel like making a trip to Greensburg

Salesforce

VoIP

  • Better to host on-site or offsite?
  • Several group members host offsite (vendor Full Service Network was mentioned
  • connecTel – telecom broker – will do research for NPOs, no charge to the organization
  • Need good Internet speed
  • Expect some downtime on implementation
  • To keep service up all the time, have backup Internet

Security System Upgrades

  • Video call box on door where can dial extension of people meeting with
  • Full Service Network Installs this

 

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Bagels & Bytes Meeting Notes – May 2017

Meeting attendees at the FrickAbout the May Meetup

We had a great meetup at the Frick Art & Historical Center on May 3! Many new faces and lots to discuss. A big “thank you” to Linda and the Frick staff for hosting us! Next month we will be at Computer Reach for our “Open Source Summer Fiesta” meetup, where we will have our usual meeting and spend some time receiving a demo of open source software and a tour of Computer Reach’s facility. Mark your calendar for June 7!

Here are the notes and resources from this meetup:

Salesforce

  • An attendee Googled their organization’s name recently, only to learn that their Force.com site was set up improperly and that their entire database was open for the world to access. Warned the rest of us that Force.com should not be set up as the main CRM tool for an organization and that when used along with core Salesforce, should still be made secure and be given 2 factor authentication.
  • If implementation goes poorly (as mentioned above), document, document, document. Also have cybersecurity insurance in place in case records are accidentally hacked or released and the organization faces a lawsuit.
  • See if old sites are on the Google Wayback Machine, which is like a cache for websites.
  • Local implementers of Salesforce include:

HTTPS/SSL Conversion

  • HTTPS protects data being transmitted to and from a website.
  • Having it in place can help to boost public perception and build trust.
  • Still need security to protect site from hacking attempts.
  • Let’s Encrypt tool is a free SSL option.
  • Need a dedicated IP with the host to do SSL.
  • Can be expensive to implement, depending on what you decide to use for SSL certificate. Hosts aren’t generally too helpful about support re: site conversions.
  • Dreamhost is a good host – very good at support and they offer Let’s Encrypt.

Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)

  • One channel for Internet and voice data (phone systems).
  • Vendors are selling phone services based off their own servers, but it’s better to have an in-house server.
  • Cisco is a VoIP phone vendors, as is Avaya. Avaya seems to be better for smaller organizations.
  • An in house server also has the advantage of being a capital expense (can be depreciated).
  • You still have to have a really good Internet connection for VoIP to work well.
  • connecTel is a local telecom broker – will assess your contracts for free and advise you on best configuration and how to save the most money in the process.
  • DQE Communications and Level 3 Communications are fiber-optic Internet providers.