Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Short Takes: Birdbox; The Cult of 5G; Simulating Quantum Computing with Linux and FOSS

Date and Time

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Online at Jitsi
Bob Frankston
Seth Elkin-Frankston - selkinfr gmail com
Kiran Thakur , Undergraduate Research Assistant , University of Rhode Island - kiranthakur uri edu


Seth, Bob, and Kiran discuss several topics of interest


Seth discusses BirdBox, a Raspberry Pi-based smart bird feeder he developed. BirdBox is a camera set up in his parents' backyard, built to live-stream 24/7 video to detect and classify birds, provide high-level bird statistics, and serve as a gallery of detected birds.

Bob discusses how 5G is essentially a deceptive effort to revive the obsolete businesss model of the pre-Internet telephone system.

Kiran discusses his research at the University of Rhode Island on quantum computing and quantum algorithms.


Kiran Thakur is studying electrical engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He's an Undergraduate Research Assistant at URI's Wearable Biosensing Lab under Professor Kunal Mankodiya, working on research in linear optics, photonic band gaps, physical implementations of quantum systems, quantum computing, and quantum algorithms.
Seth Elkin-Frankston is Bob Frankston's son; he was was born and raised in Boston, has a PhD in Neurobiology, is a Research Scientist for the U.S. Army, and has zero background in ornithology.
Bob Frankston is probably best known as co-creator of the original spreadsheet application, VisiCalc. His detailed bio is at []

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