Association for Computing Machinery - California State University Northridge

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Join us for the Los Angeles Chapter of ACM September Meeting

About key technologies in Computing, Communications, and Business Applications

Wednesday September 13, 2006

Come at 6:00 PM to network with your fellow professionals. A round table with Peter will start promptly at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and talk.
LAX Plaza Hotel (formerly the Ramada)
6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City


With products like Windows® Vista and chip-based security, the battle of the PC is still going strong. Long-awaited breakthroughs in nano-scale manufacture and high-speed communication are finally leaving the laboratory, the Internet is maturing into a distributed computing platform with industry standards for remote Web services interaction. Major players in every industry are moving aggressively to exploit the efficiencies of being online.

Making sense of it all in an evening of analysis and comment is Peter Coffee; he will provide an insider's view and forecasts for key technologies in computing, communications, and business and technical applications. His talk will span the range from nanometer chip fabrication techniques to worldwide multi-gigabit networks and will include time for questions.

Peter Coffee is Technology Editor at e-Week (formerly PC Week), the national newspaper of enterprise computing. He serves as an internal consultant to the editorial staff and as the technical liaison between e-Week and its advisory panel of corporate IT architects. He is the author of "How To Program Java" (ZD Press) and "Peter Coffee Teaches PCs" (Que) and has received many professional awards. He has assisted CBS News, MSNBC, and the PBS News Hour in covering events as diverse as the Microsoft antitrust trial and the worldwide attacks against high-profile Internet sites. His commentaries appear on e-Week's website at

Before becoming a full-time writer in 1989, Peter held project management and technical positions with Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation. Peter holds degrees from MIT and the Pepperdine School of Business and is active as an amateur radio operator, community web site operator, and euphonium soloist and composer.

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