Event: Friday January 5th 2018 at 5 PM GMT

Simon Monk has a bachelor’s degree in cybernetics and computer science and a Ph.D. in software engineering. He has authored more than 25 books, including Programming Arduino, 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius, Hacking Electronics, and Programming the Raspberry Pi. Dr. Monk also runs the website monkmakes.com, which features his own products and can be followed on Twitter where he is @simonmonk2.

Visions Under Construction is pleased to have nabbed Simon for our first guest of 2018! His last visit dates back to four years ago.

Simon’s two most recent books are The Electronics Cookbook (O’Reilly) and Programming the BBC micro:bit (TAB/McGraw-Hill).

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Event: Wednesday December 27th 2017 at 11AM EST, 4PM GMT

What benefits are we reaping from the technology that surrounds us and does it justify the time and money spent getting it, setting it up and maintaining it?

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After taking to Amit Rathore about Presscoin, it was interesting to hear more about it from investigative journalist and author Nafeez Ahmed whose Insure Intelligence is well-known to Medium and other readers. Dr. Ahmed has written 6 books about the political state of the world and is a former columnist at The Guardian. In this chat we talk about his academic beginnings and his move to investigative journalism, leading him first to found crowd-funded Insurge Intelligence and now Presscoin, a platform that will federate several journalistic and creative efforts.

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Event: Friday December 22nd 2017 at 12 Noon EST, 5 pm UK

Alan Quayle works at the bleeding edge of IT and Telecoms, building new businesses and services. His work experience includes: BT, Lucent Technologies, Cambridge Technology Partners, founder of Teltier (sold to Cisco) and 10 years as an independent focused on the intersection of IT, Web and Telecoms.

A longtime friend of VUC and the mind behind TADHack and TADSummit, Alan will share his “Tech Ikigai” with us.

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Event: Friday December 15th 2017 at 12 Noon EST

Dave Täht and Jim Gettys chat about bufferbloat-related developments to expect in 2018

Dave Taht and Jim Gettys have “put 6 years of beating bufferbloat on every piece of gear we can fix, with network latency reductions of orders of magnitude on fiber, ethernet, cable, dsl, and now, some wifi chipsets.” This discussion will talk about what might happen in 2018, and for all we know, devolve into some select ranting on network neutrality. Jim Gettys joined us, too and we had a great session!

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Event: Friday December 8st 2017 at 12 Noon EST, 5PM UK, 6PM Paris/Berlin

Longtime friends from the Zoiper team join us to talk about the newest version of their successful softphone.

Download Zoiper 5 for Windows, macOS and Linux. The application has been designed with attention to detail, brand new UI that is easy to use and stays out of your way, so you can focus on what matters the most – the calls.

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