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  • SVMUG Monthly Meeting Apr 18, 2016; Bryan Chaffin-Encryption, Security, SW subscriptions

    Hello svmug members & friends! 

    The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, April 18, 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. See below for details and directions.


    TOPICS:  

    Bryan Chaffin will be joining us in person to discuss a few recent topics in the news. The San Bernardino iPhone has been cracked and the FBI has dropped its demand that Apple create tools that bypass iOS security. That doesn't mean the encryption fight is over, however; in fact, it's just getting started! Bryan Chaffin and Lynda Gousha are going to do some back and forth on the topic. Bryan will come armed to cover software subscriptions, CarPlay, and anything else the good folks of SVMUG want.


    ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  

    Bryan Chaffin is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Mac Observer (TMO), which makes him a geek. (That’s what he said!) He’s been writing about Apple, Macs, iPods, iPhones, iPads, and other technology topics since 1997. He has contributed to MacAddict and MacFormat, as well as tech-edited and co-authored books with and for the awesome Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. More recently, he completed his first novel, Accidental Intelligence, and is busily shopping it out to agents.

    http://www.macobserver.com/

    Follow Bryan on Twitter: @TMOBryan


    OPEN SOURCE: GnuCash – presented by Robert Brown

    “GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

    Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.”

    https://www.gnucash.org/


    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 Training (HIT) 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: Bryan Chaffin, FBI update and Smile subscriptions

    8:15 PM - Break

    8:30 PM - Open Source: GnuCash – Robert Brown

    8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


    2016 CALENDAR: 

    May 16 - ProSoft (DataRescue, Data Rescue One, Drive Genius, Clean Exit)

    May 21 - Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/

    June 20 - Topic TBD

    July 16-17 - MacStock in Chicago, IL http://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/

    July 18 - 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.


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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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    Posted Apr 14, 2016, 7:00 PM by Pam Ailes
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