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  • SVMUG Monthly Meeting August 15: Ring - Jamie Siminoff

    Hello svmug members & friends! 

    The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, August 15, 2016 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.


    TOPIC: Ring 

    This month, we have Jamie Siminoff, the CEO and Chief Inventor of Ring. Jamie will join us remotely from Southern California. Ring's mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods and empower consumers by creating a “ring” of security around homes and communities. Ring's product line, which includes the Ring Video Doorbell—the world's first and only battery operated smart doorbell—offers a unique security solution by enabling homeowners to keep an eye on and protect their homes from anywhere thanks to HD video, two-way audio, and advanced motion detection. Ring blends convenience, monitoring and security into sleek, simple and powerful devices. With Ring, you're #AlwaysHome.

    https://ring.com/

    Twitter: @ring

    As seen on:

    Fortune Magazine- Meet Ring, the connected doorbell company that just scored Richard Branson as an investor

    Time Magazine's Top 10 Gadgets

    The Truth About Daytime Burglaries

    TechCrunch Product Review

    ABC's Shark Tank (password: doorbot)

    Ring Partners With LAPD To Reduce Crime In Wilshire Park


    ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Jamie Siminoff

    Jamie is the CEO and Chief Inventor of Ring, the doorbell for the smartphone which has raised $100 million from Kleiner Perkins, Sir Richard Branson and other distinguished investors.

    In 2000 Jamie founded Your First Step, the company developed global wholesale Voice over IP networks in developing countries including, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa, the company later merged with Nobel Ltd. Becoming the world’s largest online phone card seller.

    In 2005 Jamie was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. In September of 2009 PhoneTag was acquired by Ditech Networks for $17 million.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College.


    OPEN SOURCE: Markdown Language - Robert Brown

    From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown

    “Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax designed so that it can be converted to HTML and many other formats using a tool by the same name. Markdown is often used to format readme files, for writing messages in online discussion forums, and to create rich text using a plain text editor.”

    Wanna learn more?

    http://www.markdowntutorial.com


    MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

    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" or a large black truck with a sign for “High Intensity Interval Training” (HIIT) in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk 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. 


    Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

    Google - Building 1950

    1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

    Mountain View, California 94043

    NOTE: We have heard that the regular map instructions can be confusing so please use the interactive google map url below so you can see the target building and surrounding areas. Once you get there, all the buildings tend to look alike and you may not see the building numbers as you are driving around the parking lot.


    INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

    http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


    LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

    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".

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/svmug/photos/albums/1019640305/lightbox/


    DIRECTIONS:  

    -- 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:  From 101 and the N Shoreline exit. Go Left onto Charleston Rd.

    Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. 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 or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” 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.

     

    TIME SCHEDULE: 

    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: Ring

    8:15 PM - Break

    8:30 PM - Open Source: Markdown

    8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


    2016 CALENDAR: 

    Aug 15 - Ring.com

    Sept 19 - Tech Tool Pro - Christian Pickman of MicroMat

    Oct  17 - Chuck Joiner of MacVoices

    Nov 21 - Todd Cothran of DayMap

    Dec - Open; Holiday Potluck


    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.


    NOTE TO ATTENDEES: We have replenished our raffle! Remember, 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 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!


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    ABOUT SVMUG:

    SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

    http://www.svmug.org

    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.


    FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

    http://www.twitter.com/svmug


    JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

    Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List? You can join here:

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/svmug/info

    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 svmug.org website for announcements.


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

    Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.svmug.org

    Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at http://www.macruzers.org

    Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.org 

    BMUG West, at http://www.bmugwest.com 

    East Bay Mac User Group, at http://www.ebmug.org 

    San Leandro Mac User Group, at http://www.slmug.org 

    North Coast Mac User Group, at http://ncmug.org 

    Planet Mac User Group, at http://www.planetmug.org 

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