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Poughkeepsie Chapter of the Association For Computing Machinery aaa ccccccc mmmmm mmmmm a a cc cc mm mm mm mm aa aa cc c mm mm mm mm aaaaaaaaa cc mm mmm mm aa aa cc c mm m mm MEETING NOTICE aa aa cc cc mm mm aa aa cccccccc mm mm Program: Infobrella: A User Customizable Information Manager www.infobrella.com Speaker: Dr. Sushil Bhatia, sb@infobrella.com About the Topic The main idea behind Infobrella is that every individual works with information in his or her own way. Everyone has different needs and preferences and these may change over the life cycle of a project. At present, it is usually left to developers to make such decisions and to hard-code them into applications. For example, the developers of Windows Explorer decided it should display folders in alphabetical order, and it should only display details that the developers decided were important such as filesize and last modified date. Explorer doesn't allow users themselves to add or display any information that is significant to them. For example, if you're sending price quotes to clients, you would want to keep track of the people to whom a document has been emailed. Or if you're receiving quotes, you would want to track details you might have discussed on the phone, such as discounts. Windows Explorer has no such capability to let users customize how their information is stored and displayed. This is, of course, an issue with all applications, and so everyone is left powerless over their information. We believe that no developer can predict all the ways a user will want to record, view, annotate, and manipulate information, and that as a result, the hard-coded information designs interfere with users’ ability to make the most effective use of their information. Infobrella aims to give end users significant control over all of the aspects mentioned above. It stores objects of interest to the user, and it records user-defined properties and relationships between the stored information. The Infobrella interface flexes to display and support data in a way that is meaningful to each individual user. A short demonstration of the software will be given. Every attendee will be able to download a free 30 day trial version of the software from www.infobrella.com. Anyone who uses the software and provides feedback will be given a free copy of the software with free lifetime upgrades. About the Speaker Dr. Sushil Bhatia started working in the technology field by lending his visionary prowess to IBM, leading a series of research and development projects designed to increase microchip performance. He received honors for his extraordinary ability to solve “un-solvable” technology challenges. He continues to develop ground breaking products and services for an ever evolving, dynamic, and global market. Dr. Sushil Bhatia has been a persistent entrepreneur ever since he left IBM more than 30 years back to follow his entrepreneurial passion. His latest endeavor, as principal architect of Infobrella, Inc., started when he found himself spending too much time searching for information already stored on his own PC. Out of sheer frustration, he asked himself this question “What kind of information age is this that we waste so much time just searching for our own information. rather than spending our time on productive activities?” His inability to find a truly excellent information management tool led him to develop Infobrella. Sushil earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. from ITT Bombay, both in electrical engineering. When: 7:30 pm, Monday, Sept 16, 2013 Where: Board Room (1st floor, Rm 1022) <=== Note new room Hancock Center, Marist College Directions: Building 15 on the map at www.marist.edu/welcome/map.html Parking: You can park on the east side of Route 9, across from the former Main Entrance, or at the black dot, Number 27, on the map at www.marist.edu/welcome/map.html Cost: Free and open to the public Dinner: 6 pm, Palace Diner, 845.473.1576 Map and menu: www.thepalacediner.com All are welcome to join us for dinner. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings. Refreshments are served after the meeting. For further information, email collier@acm.org or call 845.522.1971. P - L - E - A - S - E P - O - S - T

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