Annual Holiday Party

Come join us for an even with your IT peers. Bring your friends and coworkers (two for $40). Scion has 12 beers on tap, 63 different elegant beers, and a variety of wines and spirits. A variety of sophisticated comfort food will be served.

There will also be door prizes.


December 19, 2013


6:00 - Eat, drink, and be merry
9:00 – Adjourn


Scion Restaurant

1200 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 585-8878


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Cost (Pay by cash or check at the door):

$25 per person or two for $40.

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Quantum Dawn 2 - Testing Computer Security in the Financial Services Sector


Our speaker, Ms. Emily Mossburg, Principal, Federal Technology Risk Group, Deloitte & Touche, will discuss survival planning for banks and financial institutions in case of a massive cyber attack.  Deloitte & Touche was an independent observer of Quantum Dawn 2 exercise.

In addition to big banks such as Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, there were 50 participants, including major exchanges, clearinghouses, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Join us November 14 for a very informative presentation.


Unfortunately our scheduled speaker had to cancel his Oct. 10 appearance, and we were unable to find another speaker on short notice.

The meeting planned for Thursday, November 14, will be held as scheduled.

Potential members and guests are welcome at our monthly meetings.  Come and network with your IT peers.   Invite your friends and make your reservations early.

Windows 8.1


On October 18th of last year Microsoft launched Windows 8.  As with any major change this one had a lot of good features and some which could use improvement.  So on this October 18th Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 as a free update.  

So, what's in this release?   

  • Windows 8.1 features a single search feature that will return results for a search from your computer, your applications, and the web.
  • The standard Windows 8 apps are updated and retooled in 8.1, including the mail, photo, people, and calendar.
  • You can turn your PC or tablet into a picture frame by making your Lock screen a slide show of  your pictures - either locally on the device or photos from Microsoft SkyDrive.
  • Internet Explorer 11 will ship with Windows 8.1, offering even better touch performance, faster page load times and several other new features.
  • Support for 3-D printing is provided. 

And the Start button returns!

Our speaker, Mr. Yung Chou of Microsoft, will give us a preview of these and other features in the upcoming release.

Join us September 12th for a very informative presentation.


Free Organo Gold Coffee will also be provided at this event!

What Coffee Does To Your Body

Regular Coffee:

  • Dehydrates
  • Very Acidic
  • Raises Blood Pressure
  • Raises Stress Level
  • Coffee Jitters & Caffeine Crash

Organo Gold Coffee:

  • Balances PH Levels of the Body
  • Natural Detoxification
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Provides Energy
  • No Jitters or Caffeine Crash due to Ganoderma
  • Oxygenates the Body
  • Certified Organic Ganoderma
  • 150 All-Natural Antioxidants


The Full Monty on Python

Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs. Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and has been ported to the Java and .NET virtual machines.

Python is free to use, even for commercial products, because of its OSI-approved open source license. A major advantage is when Python is used for quick development where ideas must be evaluated rapidly or applications built on aggressive time frames.

Sometimes programs are left in Python. Where execution speed is paramount, Python is used to prove the concept and then is moved to C or C++. Python is used for all scripting and quick fixes. At the site there are several jobs for Python programmers all over the world.

Our speaker, Vijay Rao, will provide an introduction to the Python programming language. He will discuss some key advantages of the language - readability, conciseness, rapid development and a philosophy of 'batteries included'. He will cover some common usage scenarios of Python in web, sysadmin, and scripting cases. He will review Python's data types and quickly talk about core libraries, and use the 'repl' , i.e. the interactive prompt. He will step through a couple of sample programs to clarify the typical program structure. Python's simple but powerful object oriented features will be described. He will touch briefly on Python tool-chain aspects like package management and virtual env.