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  • SVMUG Monthly Meeting Sept 21, 2015; Joe Kissell - Preparing for El Capitan

    Hello svmug members & friends! 

    The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our “usual” room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.

    TOPIC & SPEAKER:  Preparing for El Capitan - Joe Kissell

    Joe will be joining us via a remote presentation to get us all prepared for El Capitan. Apple will release OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” on Sept 30th. Public beta versions have already been circulating for months and most people who have been following Mac news have a pretty good idea what to expect. What you may be wondering, however, is whether the upgrade is safe, useful, and worth the effort—and what problems it's likely to cause. Joe Kissell, author of "Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan" (and more than 50 other books) will present a thorough preview of El Capitan, highlighting the best new features and pointing out surprises, both good and bad. 

    In addition, he will discuss what's new in iCloud, Safari, Mail, Notes, and more, and shed light on some of El Capitan's hidden features. For those who plan to upgrade to El Capitan, Joe will explain how to do so safely and confidently (and how to get back to your previous version of OS X if something goes wrong). He'll also talk about his new Joe On Tech website and ebook series. If time permits, we’ll see if we can get his reactions to the Sept 9th Apple announcements too.


    Joe Kissell is a best-selling author and speaker known for writing about Macs, iOS devices, and other high-tech topics. He has a very detailed About page on his site which you can read to learn more about him and his busy life. You can also sign up for his “JoeMail” where he keeps his readers up to date on the latest books, articles, occasional discounts and more.

    Follow Joe on Twitter: @joekissell

    OPEN SOURCE:  Inkpad presented by Dan Reed

    Inkpad is a vector illustration app designed from scratch for the iPad. It supports paths, compound paths, text, images, groups, masks, gradient fills, and an unlimited number of layers. It can easily handle drawings with hundreds to thousands of shapes without bogging down. Export your finished illustrations directly to your Dropbox as SVG or PDF.


    We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" parked in the parking lot near where a cafeteria for Google employees and the Bodega Bay room are located. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place.

    Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

    Google - Building 1950

    1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

    Mountain View, California 94043



    If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), 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".


    -- 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.

    NOTE:  If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.



    6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge in the lobby.

    7:00 PM - Introduction

    7:05 PM - News 

    7:30 PM - Main Presentation - Joe Kissell - Preparing for El Capitan

    8:15 PM - Break

    8:30 PM - Open Source - Dan Reed - Inkpad

    8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

    9:30 PM - All done!  Clean up after ourselves and go.

    2015 CALENDAR:  

    Oct 19 - to be finalized; NOTE: Intuit needed to postpone until 2016 due to current business changes.

    Nov 16 - Michael Ellard - Swift 2.0

    Dec 21 - PotLuck; Bryan Chaffin (tentative)

    We are busy working on getting speakers for future months!

    NOTE:  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.

    2016 CALENDAR: 



    Mar 21

    Apr 18



    SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

    SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions). 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.

    LOCAL MAC GROUPS (If yours is not listed, let us know!)

    Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at

    Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at

    Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at 

    BMUG West, at 

    East Bay Mac User Group, at 

    San Leandro Mac User Group, at 

    North Coast Mac User Group, at 

    Planet Mac User Group, at 


    Posted Sep 16, 2015, 12:05 AM by Pam Ailes
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