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SVMUG meets once each month, at 7:00 PM Pacific time, on the third Monday of the month. Meetings are held on the grounds of Google Corporate Headquarters, in Mountain View, California. A form for submitting questions to our Q&A session is provided in the "files" area of this web site.

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  • SVMUG Monthly Meeting Nov 19, 2018; Chuck Joiner - Buy what you use & Use what you buy.
    Hello svmug members & friends! 
    The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Nov 19, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! 

    We are meeting in our “usual” place:  
    Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room
    Google - Building 1950
    1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)
    Mountain View, California 94043

    This information along with any subsequent updates will be found here:

    A signup sheet will circulate at the November meeting where you can sign up to bring something from a Potluck category. No worries if you don't know yet what that will be. Just be sure to respond to the Potluck email that Pam will send out after the November meeting.

    TOPIC: Buy what you Use, Use what you Buy
    You have already spent a great deal of money and time with your tech, and are going to spend even more in the future, but are you getting the value from it that you should? This session will look at how to maximize your investment from both the productivity and dollars and sense perspectives by helping you make better use of what you have, avoiding what you don’t really need, and being more productive as a result.

    What You’ll Learn:
    - How to spend smart on your tech: when a deal is a deal and when it isn’t
    - How to avoid unnecessary and wasteful purchases
    - Sources for training on your hardware and software
    - The types of hardware and software you should invest in, and the ones to avoid.

    SPEAKER: Chuck Joiner
    Chuck Joiner has been creating original Apple, Macintosh and tech-oriented audio and video content since 2000. MacVoices, delivered in both audio and video versions, includes one-on-one discussions with authors, developers, pundits, panel conversations on current trends in tech, and real-world hardware and software reviews. With interviewing skills honed by a career in insurance investigation, negotiation and litigation management, and a passion for technology, Chuck delivers content that is curiosity-driven and designed to both inform and entertain.

    Professionally, he serves as Vice President of Claims & Operations for The Insurance Alliance Network. Chuck’s credentials include over four years as Chairman of the Apple User Group Advisory Board, speaking appearances at Macworld Expo, User Group University, Macstock Conference and Expo, and The National Association of Broadcasters Show. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The MUG Center, one of the longest-running Apple User Group resources sites on the web.

    Check out the latest episodes of him interviewing others on his MacVoices website. “MacVoices is the internet show that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry as well as the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community.”

    Twitter: @chuckjoiner

    OPEN SOURCE: Top 10 new OSS technologies ...or Imaging tools - Charles Gousha

    Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room
    Google - Building 1950
    1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)
    Mountain View, California 94043

    The room is located in the back of Building 1950 — Looking at the Interactive Google MAP link below, this is the right "leaf" of the 3-building Charleston complex. Near the room's entrance, you'll see a large white awning/tent with tables and chairs underneath. There is also a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room.

    NOTE: We have heard that the regular car/phone map instructions can be confusing so please use the interactive Google Map url below so you can view the target building and surrounding areas. Once you get there, all of the buildings tend to look alike and you may not see the building numbers as you are driving around the parking lot. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. If you are lost, call 408-480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


    -- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.
    -- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.
    -- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.
    -- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


    -- If you are driving North on Highway 101, take the North Shoreline Blvd exit and turn right at the end of the off ramp.
    -- Turn Left (West) onto Charleston Rd.
    -- There is a small bridge/creek crossing under the road (see the interactive map, as it's easy to miss). Turn Right into the driveway 50 ft after the creek, or turn right into the main entrance just after that.
    -- Go along the right (East) side of the 1950 Google building. There are a bunch of EV parking spots and a white tent near the spot where the meeting takes place. You want to park near here, though you may need to circle around the complex to find an open parking space.

    If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay) is, as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

    6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.
    7:00 PM - Introduction
    7:05 PM - News 
    7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Chuck Joiner - Buy what you use & Use what you buy.
    8:15 PM - Break
    8:30 PM - Open Source: Charles Gousha - Top 10 new OSS technologies ...or Imaging tools
    8:45 PM - Q&A, followed by a raffle at the end
    9:15 PM - All done! Clean up after ourselves and go home.
    2018 CALENDAR: 
    Nov 19 – Chuck Joiner - Buy What You Use, Use What You Buy
    Dec 17 – Annual Holiday PotLuck! (speaker David Ginsburg-iOS 12)

    2019 CALENDAR: 
    Jan 28 – Microsoft-Topic TBD; NOTE, WE MEET ON THE 4TH MONDAY FOR JAN & FEB
    Feb 25 – Speaker & Topic TBD; NOTE, WE MEET ON THE 4TH MONDAY FOR JAN & FEB
    Mar 18 - David Sparks - Topic TBD

    NOTE:  We are busy working on getting speakers for future months! Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Do you have a contact for us? Let us know.

    You’ll receive 2 raffle tickets when you bring food to share. Please feel free to bring in items for raffle if you have them or if you obtain them from a vendor. When in doubt, ask one of the volunteers if the item would be good for raffle. If you have something else that you think would be good for the FREE pile, bring it, mark it FREE and place it on one of the tables near the food table. Just be sure to remove it at the end of the meeting if it does not go to a new home. We have enough to carry in and out each meeting. Thanks!


    SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

    SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions such as Jan and Feb). Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.
    SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.


    Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List? You can join here:
    The email list is where the announcements are sent and members can ask questions at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the special announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there. You can always check the website for announcements.

    Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at
    Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at
    Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at
    Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at 
    San Leandro Mac User Group, at 
    Planet Mac User Group, at 

    Posted Nov 15, 2018, 8:08 PM by Pam Ailes
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