Genealogy SIG

photoDayton Microcomputer Association Meetup

The Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG) meets at the Belmont Library on Wyoming Ave in Dayton.  We discuss genealogy and using computers to help locate your ancestors.  

We also discuss other genealogy activities in the area.

Jay Finley is our SIG leader.  He recently helped Brian Cranston of "Breaking Bad" locate his ancestor buried in the Dayton VA National Cemetary.

Dayton 45410 - USA

Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 PM


Webdesign with WordPress

photoDayton Microcomputer Association Meetup

Webdesign with WordPress

Presented by Brent Kerlin

WordPress is an open source website creation tool built on PHP and MySQL.  But it is probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS) in existence today. 28% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress. WordPress is available in 40 languages. 74.6 million Websites depend on WordPress.

Well known sites using WordPress include:

The Wall Street Journal

The New Yorker



National Geographic

The Official Star Wars Blog

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code and a handful of users. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world.

Brent Kerlin is the current webmaster for He has been working hard to migrate our HTML website to WordPress. Brent is SIG leader for the Dayton Diode SIG,and also a candidate for DMA Trustee.

Feel free to join us for dinner before the meeting. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm at TJ Chump’s.

Huber Heights, OH - USA

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 PM


Dynamic Languages / meeting

August 2017: Simplified Regular Expressions

Regular expressions - or regexes - are a powerful, sophisticated cross-language technology for searching for patterns and extracting information from text.
They’ve been a mainstay of all dynamic languages since advanced regular expressions were introduced to Perl in the 1980s.

Unfortunately, they also look like the squawks of an angry R2 unit.

So a newer technology, Simple Regex Language (SRL), provides an alternate way to specify regexes - easier to write and easier to read, with all the same functionality under the covers.

We’ll introduce ourselves to simplified regexes, and at the same time review the classic syntax. Soon no text will be beyond your power to parse.

As always, we’ll take some time for your general thoughts, questions, and ideas. See you there!

Dayton Diode

Official scoreboard from the Boneyard Build-off

Below is the official scoreboard from the Boneyard Build-off (with a few team edits I fear *cough* Bam Done *cough*) saved from oblivion by the Mini Maker Fair staff.

Bam Done - 39?!? (+/- 30 I think...)
Bonds - 12
Constant Variables - 18
Dayton Diode - 13
Little Fox - 12

Overall every team did great!  It's not easy to build with recycled materials let alone using them in "creative" (mostly safe) ways usually not what the manufacturer intended.  We were all winners no matter the scores, but applause officially goes to the Constant Variables!

We'll see you all next year we hope...