Greetings Everyone and well wishes for the New Year,


GatorLUG will start off the year with our own Jim Wilson presenting. Come early and enjoy the food and drink at Virtually Cuban. Virtually Cuban is located at 2409 SW 13th ST inside the Village Park Plaza.


Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.


GatorLUG Meeting Agenda for January 17, 2007


6:00 - 6:35 Announcements, News


2006 Year In Review, Goals for 2007 | Clinton Collins


6:35 - 7:35 Presentation | Finite Fields and Elliptic Curve Groups -- A Programmer's Perspective | Jim Wilson


Evariste Galois flunked out of college and spent much of his adult life in prison before he was killed in a duel at the age of 20.


Yet, based on a meager 60 pages of published work, Galois is considered one of the world's greatest mathematicians. His insights form the foundation for modern public key cryptography.


Bits can be used for other things than storing numbers or their memory addresses; they don't have to be used for web pages, word-processor documents or spreadsheets.


Jim Wilson will discuss the bizarre "new math" of Evariste Galois. Specifically, he will examine the thorny problem of cryptographic key exchange.


You're not in Kansas anymore!


7:35 - 8:00 Equipment Auction