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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. 

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  • SVMUG Monthly Meeting May 18, 2015 Google Search Strategies; Apple Watch

    The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, May 18, 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.


    SPEAKERS & TOPICS:  Robert Brown - Apple Watch Experiences; Lynda Gousha - Google Search Strategies

    We have two of our own members presenting tonight!

    PRESENTATION 1: Initial impressions and practical experiences with the Apple Watch - Robert Brown

    Yes, Robert was one of the first to order and receive his Apple Watch! Whether you are thinking about getting one or are just curious what it’s all about, join us for his thoughts after almost a month of living with the watch.


    PRESENTATION 2: Modern search strategies on Google; How to get better at Google search - Lynda Gousha

    Many of us would like to be better at Google search. Using resources from a Google research scientist, Lynda will offer tips, tricks, and even more resources to help us all get better at searching with Google. Bring any searches you haven’t been able to solve and if time allows, we’ll try them out and see what solutions can be provided for you.



    OPEN SOURCE:  Seashore presented by Robert Brown

    Seashore is an open source editor designed for Mac users to easily edit images using basic tools. Download.cnet writes: “Suitable for basic image editing, Seashore for Mac offers some useful tools and options that will appeal to less experienced users.”

    From Mark Pazolli Software: Seashore is an open source image editor for Cocoa. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP's technology and uses the same native file format.



    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" 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


    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:  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.


     

    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 - Presentations by Robert Brown & Lynda Gousha

    8:15 PM - Break

    8:30 PM - Open Source: SeaShore - photo editing software - Robert Brown

    8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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



    2015 CALENDAR:  

    Jun 15 - Jason Snell - highlights from WWDC

    Jul 20 - Jason Rich - topic: TBD

    Aug 17 - TBD

    We are busy working on getting speakers for the rest of the year!


    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? 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 May 14, 2015, 9:19 PM by Pam Ailes
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