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SVMUG Monthly Meeting Dec 17, 2018; Dave Ginsburg-New iOS; POTLUCK!

posted Dec 13, 2018, 9:05 PM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 
The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Dec 17, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend!  This month is our annual potluck. Check the announcements page for the latest Potluck List. It will be below this posting.

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: 
http://www.svmug.org/announcements


TOPIC: New iOS 12-Top Tips & New Features plus Shortcuts
Dave will join us remotely for a talk about his Top 20 iOS Tips, review some of the new features, and briefly discuss Shortcuts. 

SPEAKER: Dave Ginsburg
David Ginsburg is an IT support professional with over 20 years of experience working with Apple, Microsoft and related technologies. He currently hosts the podcast, In Touch with iOS, in which he discusses all things iOS with different guests from the Apple community each week. In the Chicago area, he is currently president of the Suburban Chicago Apple Users Group. Dave also leads a very popular Special Interest Group, iPhone SIG, that discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch! You can find him as a guest on other podcasts including: For Mac Eyes Only, MacVoices, and others. 
Twitter @daveg65


OPEN SOURCE: Open Source Apps for the iPhone - Robert Brown
We have often presented open source applications for the Macintosh computers, but did you know there are also open source apps for the iPhone? Robert will present a selection of titles that are compiled for the iPhone and are all from open source code.                                                                                         

MEETING ROOM LOCATION:
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. 

INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:
http://tinyurl.com/co26onk

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.

OR

-- 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.

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



SPECIAL DECEMBER TIME SCHEDULE:  
6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.
7:00 PM - Introduction
7:05 PM - News 
7:20 PM - Open Source: Robert Brown - Open source apps for iPhone
7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Dave Ginsburg - New iOS
8:15 PM - Break & Holiday Potluck begins!
9:15 PM - Clean up after ourselves and go home. All done! 
NOTE: 
— NO Q&A THIS MONTH to save time for the Potluck

2018 CALENDAR: 
Dec 17 – Annual Holiday PotLuck! (speaker David Ginsburg-iOS 12)

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

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: 
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!

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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 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.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 
https://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 APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:
Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.svmug.org
Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org
Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at http://www.macruzers.org
Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.org 
San Leandro Mac User Group, at http://www.slmug.org 
Planet Mac User Group, at http://www.planetmug.org 

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12-17-18 SVMUG ANNUAL POTLUCK - WHO’S BRINGING WHAT?

posted Dec 8, 2018, 3:55 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 12:41 AM ]

12-17-18 SVMUG ANNUAL POTLUCK - WHO’S BRINGING WHAT?
 
Potluck follows our iOS 12 presentation from David Ginsburg

A separate meeting announcement will be mailed to our members later next week when the Topic & Speaker details are available. It will be also be posted to this announcements page.
http://www.svmug.org/announcements


NOTE TO POTLUCK ATTENDEES:
If you have changes to your potluck dish or need to be added to the list, or just need some ideas, please email pam@svmug.org and I will update the main list on the website. Look at what is listed below (or on the website) and bring something to fill in the blanks.  

IMPORTANT! 
- Please bring the serving spoons, serving spatulas, salad tongs, ladles for the potluck dish you bring to share. 
- There is no microwave, no kitchen, no refrigerator available to us, so plan accordingly. We will have power strips to accommodate hotplates, crockpots.


Thank you all for participating! We hope you spend some time getting to know people you don't normally get to talk to during our monthly meetings.



 * * * WHO’S BRINGING WHAT * * *

PLATES ETC. - svmug will provide
- Plates, Napkins, Plastic forks, knives, spoons; Drinking cups for hot or cold liquids - svmug provides.
- Power strips for you to plug in hot plates etc. - svmug provides.


BEVERAGES
- Hot Spiced Apple Cider - Charles & Lynda G.
- Juices - Verne A.
-

APPETIZERS
- Little smokies links in BBQ sauce - Pat A. 
- Deviled eggs - Pam A. & Dan F.
- Mexican cornbread - Steve B.
-

MAIN DISHES
- Turkey and cranberry from Boston Market - Gayle S.
- Taquitos - Earl G.
- Pepperoni Pizza - Kim S.
- Combo Pizza - Gary C.

SIDE DISHES (salads, veggies, etc)
- Beans - Barry B.
- Spinach pie - Steve Q.
- Chicken salad - Ivan F.
-

DESSERTS
- Pumpkin Pie - Chris S.
- Homemade Pecan Pie - Robert B.
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STILL READING?
WHAT INFO CAN YOU FIND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS LIST?
A reminder to update your January and February 2019 Calendars to include the svmug meeting on the 4th Monday of those two months. Our host, Google, has a company holiday on the 3rd Monday so we move to the 4th Monday only on January and February.

Jan 28, 2019 svmug meeting
Feb 25, 2019 svmug meeting

SVMUG Monthly Meeting Nov 19, 2018; Chuck Joiner - Buy what you use & Use what you buy.

posted Nov 14, 2018, 5:49 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 8:08 PM ]

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: 
http://www.svmug.org/announcements

THINKING AHEAD TO DECEMBER AND POTLUCK TIME!
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


MEETING ROOM LOCATION:
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. 

INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:
http://tinyurl.com/co26onk

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.

OR

-- 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.

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


TIME SCHEDULE: 
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.

NOTE TO ATTENDEES: 
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!

*************************************************************

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 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.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 
https://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 APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:
Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.svmug.org
Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org
Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at http://www.macruzers.org
Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.org 
San Leandro Mac User Group, at http://www.slmug.org 
Planet Mac User Group, at http://www.planetmug.org 

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SVMUG Monthly Meeting Oct 15, 2018 Creating Digital Art on the iPad - Kim Smith

posted Oct 11, 2018, 5:14 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 5:17 AM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Oct 15, 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



TOPIC: Creating Digital Art on the iPad

iPad artist and instructor Kim Smith joins us in person to discuss some popular art-making apps for the iPad. She will give a demonstration using the Procreate app and highlight the benefits of digital art. She will also review options for bringing your artwork into the real world in the form of prints, cards, clothing, phone cases, and more. Download Procreate ($9.99 for iPad) or Procreate Pocket ($4.99 for iPhone) and bring your device if you’d like to paint along. Bring a stylus if you have one!



SPEAKER: Kim Smith

Kim Smith has been attending SVMUG meetings since 2015. Her artistic talents started emerging as a child (who loved to doodle - mostly horses) and continued during her college art classes. Then real life and demanding jobs took over, and she spent 30 years working as a public servant for the cities of Oxnard, San Buenaventura, and Cupertino. In the last few years of her employment as the Cupertino City Clerk, she transitioned the City Council and Planning Commission to digital packets and iPads, resulting in thousands of dollars saved per year on paper and printing costs. She also taught other city clerks and council members how to use an iPad and soon her encore career as a trainer was launched!

She channels her creative energies into photography and creates photo greeting cards which are sold in a few boutiques in the Silicon Valley Bay Area. Most of her best-selling cards were created using photographs taken with an iPhone and edited on her computer, iPad or a variety of specialty apps that manipulate digital work. Kim continues to teach iPad skills to individuals and groups, and has expanded this into the world of digital art and photography as well.  

www.kimmariesmithconsulting.com

NOTE: Download Procreate ($9.99 for iPad) or Procreate Pocket ($4.99 for iPhone) and bring your device if you’d like to paint along. Bring a stylus if you have one!



OPEN SOURCE: Simplenote - Dan Foy

Simplenote is a cross platform note taking app with built-in cloud synchronization. It’s fast, even on older machines, supports Tags, and does not lock your text up in a proprietary format - your notes are available as text files. Simplenote is now available for iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, and the web.

https://simplenote.com/

https://www.slant.co/topics/697/viewpoints/5/~best-cross-platform-note-taking-app~simplenote



MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

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. 


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


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.


OR

-- 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.


 

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 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".

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


TIME SCHEDULE: 

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: Creating Digital Art on the iPad - Kim Smith

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open SourceSimplenote - Dan Foy

8:45 PM - Q&A, followed by a raffle at the end

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


2018 CALENDAR: 

Oct 15 – Kim Smith - Creating artwork on the iPad

Nov 19 – Chuck Joiner - Buy What You Use, Use What You Buy

Dec 17 – Annual Holiday PotLuck! (speaker to be determined)


2019 CALENDAR: 

Jan 28 – open

Feb 25 – open


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: 

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!

*************************************************************


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 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.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

https://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 APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:

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

Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org

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

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

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

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


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SVMUG Monthly Meeting Sept 17, 2018; QromaTag - Tony Knight

posted Sep 12, 2018, 3:36 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 3:46 PM ]

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Sept 17, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. 

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


TOPIC: QromaTag
Your photos are a mess. Admit it. No titles, no tags, no associated events. How great would it be to add all of that easily? QromaTag is here to help with an app that uses natural language and voice orders to make your tagging a simple task.
Adding photo metadata to photos is key to finding them later, but traditionally the process has been similar to filling out a form. QromaTag for MacOS is a new product that helps you create photo metadata using voice recognition and a new process called Natural Language Tagging. Instead of typing field by field, QromaTag parses through your own natural photo description and detects and tags key details like the photo’s date, location and people.
See it in action here: 
Introducing QromaTag for MacOS: A Smarter way to tag photos.

SPEAKER: Tony Knight
Tony Knight is a veteran developer of software technology, having worked for Apple, Adobe, Kodak and others in a wide variety of development roles. Today, Tony leads Qroma LLC, which develops software and devices that help scan and tag images using Natural Language Tagging.

OPEN SOURCE:  Audacity - Robert Brown
Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. 
https://www.audacityteam.org/

MEETING ROOM LOCATION:
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. 

INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:
http://tinyurl.com/co26onk

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.

OR

-- 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.

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


TIME SCHEDULE: 
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: QromaTag - Tony Knight
8:15 PM - Break
8:30 PM - Open Source: Audacity - Robert Brown
8:45 PM - Q&A - followed by a raffle at the end
9:30 PM - All done! Clean up after ourselves and go home.
2018 CALENDAR: 
Sept 17 – Tony Knight of Qroma with a new app: QromaTag
Oct 15 – Kim Smith - Teaching artwork on the iPad
Nov 19 – Chuck Joiner -- Buy What You Use, Use What You Buy
Dec 17 – PotLuck! (speaker to be determined)

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: 
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!

*************************************************************

ABOUT SVMUG:
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.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 
https://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 APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:
Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.svmug.org
Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org
Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at http://www.macruzers.org
Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.org 
San Leandro Mac User Group, at http://www.slmug.org 
Planet Mac User Group, at http://www.planetmug.org 

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SVMUG Monthly Meeting Aug 20, 2018; Bert Monroy-Workflows & tips for creating hyperrealistic paintings

posted Aug 11, 2018, 3:50 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 3:57 AM ]

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Aug 20, 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

NOTE“Bert’s presentations have been described as “riveting” " according to Anne Griffin-leader of DVMUG

TOPIC: Workflows & Tips For Creating Hyperrealistic Paintings

In 1984 the Mac was promoted as a graphics computer. Bert will prove that claim by showing the progression from MacPaint to Photoshop. He will also take us through the process he employs while creating his works of art. We’ll see how the computer plays a major role in his work flow from the preliminary research to the final art piece. Bert will be here in person to demonstrate how, with little effort, amazing effects can be created!

SPEAKER: Bert Monroy

Bert discovered computers with the introduction of the Apple Macintosh 128 in 1984. He embraced the computer as an artistic medium and is now considered one of the pioneers of digital art. His work has been seen in every major trade publication of the computer industry and featured in books which include Making Art on a Macintosh, The Photoshop WOW Book, The Illustrator WOW Book, The Art of Digital Painting, The Grey Book and The Photoshop A to Z in Japan. You’ve probably also seen his artwork during these software product introductions: Photoshop, VideoWorks (predecessor to Director), PixelPaint, SoundCap and ImageStudio (predecessor to Painter). Bert is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bert is an accomplished teacher and lecturer and currently teaches at San Francisco State University. He has an extensive library of video tutorials on Lynda.com. He was a monthly regular on Tech TV and he hosted Pixel Perfect with Bert Monroy, a weekly Photoshop podcast for Revision3.com. He consults with and trains corporate clients, including Pixar and Disney Animation. Film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Associates. His installed base of clients includes Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Epson, and Wacom. 

http://www.bertmonroy.com/

PAM’S NOTE: Please check out his site to see what hyperrealistic art looks like. At first glance, you might think you are looking at a photo, but you aren’t! Click on one of the images and zoom in over and over and over again. It really looks like you are there!

OPEN SOURCE:  MermaidJS - Dan Reed

MermaidJS is a way to generate diagrams and flowcharts from text in a similar manner as markdown.

https://mermaidjs.github.io/

MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

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. 


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


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.


OR

-- 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.


 

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 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".

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


TIME SCHEDULE: 

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: Bert Monroy

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open SourceMermaidJS  - Dan Reed

8:45 PM - Q&A - followed by a raffle at the end

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


2018 CALENDAR: 

Aug 20 – Bert Monroy - Workflows and tips for creating hyperrealistic paintings

Sept 17 – Tony Knight of Qroma with a new app: QromaTag

Oct 15 – Kim Smith - Teaching artwork on the iPad

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: 

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!

*************************************************************


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 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.


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

https://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 APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:

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

Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org

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

Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.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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SVMUG Monthly Meeting July 16, 2018; Mail ActOn & MailTags - Beth Wall

posted Jul 11, 2018, 6:39 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Jul 11, 2018, 10:53 PM ]

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is July 16, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. 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


TOPIC & DESCRIPTION: How the SmallCubed plugin suite helps you manage your email and inbox

Overview of how the plugin suite helps to manage email and lets you take control of your inbox. 

From their site: 

Use MailTags integrated tagging interface to add keywords, reminders, and more to your email.

Use Mail Act-On's powerful rule system to make simple keystrokes apply complex actions to your email.

Use Mail Perspectives to turn mailboxes into compact windows and keep critical email close at hand.

Use SigPro to manage and personalize signatures for all your email messages.

https://smallcubed.com/


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Beth Wall

Beth started out at a company called, Indev which later merged with another company to ultimately become SmallCubed Software. SmallCubed is a 3-person team now consisting of Scott Morrison, Scott Little and Beth Wall. SmallCubed emerged as an independent software development company in 2015 when Indev Software (makers of MailTags, Mail Act-On, & Mail Perspectives) merged with Little Known Software (makers of SigPro & Tealeaves). Beth wears a lot of company hats and does “Everything but the code.” 


OPEN SOURCE:  Solid - Robert Brown
Solid is a platform, not code. Tim Berners-Lee (best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web) is working on this new platform to run on the internet. This new platform is open source and named "Solid”. It will provide a means for people to store their personal information and completely control the access to this information. 


MEETING ROOM LOCATION:
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. 

INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:
http://tinyurl.com/co26onk

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.

OR

-- 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.

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



TIME SCHEDULE: 
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: Beth Wall - SmallCubed Software
8:15 PM - Break
8:30 PM - Open Source: Solid  - Robert Brown
8:45 PM - Q&A - followed by a raffle at the end
9:30 PM - All done! Clean up after ourselves and go home.

2018 CALENDAR: 
July 16 – SmallCubed Software: Mail ActOn and MailTags shortcutting software for Apple's Mail app
Aug 20 – Bert Monroy - workflows and tips for creating hyper-realistic paintings
Sept 17 – Tony Knight of Qroma-New app: QromaTag
Oct 15 – Kim Smith - Teaching artwork on the iPad
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: 
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!


*************************************************************
ABOUT SVMUG: 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.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:
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 svmug.org website for announcements.

LOCAL APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:
Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.svmug.org
Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org
Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at http://www.macruzers.org
Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.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 

*****************************************************

SVMUG Monthly Meeting June 18, 2018; Jeff Gamet - WWDC reactions

posted Jun 13, 2018, 2:53 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 6:42 AM ]

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is June 18, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. 

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

TOPIC & DESCRIPTION:  WWDC Recap & Reactions
Jeff Gamet will be presenting remotely from Colorado. He attended Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose, CA earlier in June and will talk to us about his reactions to what he heard and saw and what we all need to know.
 
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Jeff Gamet
Way back in 1998, two guys named Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin started The Mac Observer (TMO), the best Apple-oriented site on the web. Jeff Gamet is the Mac Observer's Managing Editor. He is the author of "The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X" from Peachpit Press, and has presented at events such as Macworld Expo, the RSA Conference, and the Mac Computer Expo. He also hosts TMO's Daily Observations podcast and co-hosts The iOS Show and Apple Context Machine podcasts. If that weren’t enough, he also makes guest appearances on several other shows, and writes about the crazy things people do in coffee shops at freshbrewedtales.com. 
Follow Jeff Gamet on Twitter: @jgamet

OPEN SOURCE:  Magenta - Robert Brown
“Music and Art Generation with Machine Intelligence. Magenta is a research project exploring the role of machine learning in the process of creating art and music. Primarily this involves developing new deep learning and reinforcement learning algorithms for generating songs, images, drawings, and other materials. But it’s also an exploration in building smart tools and interfaces that allow artists and musicians to extend (not replace!) their processes using these models.”

MEETING ROOM LOCATION:
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. 

INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

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.

OR

-- 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.

 
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 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".

TIME SCHEDULE: 
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: Jeff Gamet - WWDC reactions
8:15 PM - Break
8:30 PM - Open Source: Magenta  - Robert Brown
8:45 PM - Q&A - followed by a raffle at the end
9:30 PM - All done! Clean up after ourselves and go home.
2018 CALENDAR: 
Jun 18 – Jeff Gamet WWDC news & reactions
Jul 16 – SmallCubed Software: Mail ActOn and MailTags shortcutting software for Apple's Mail app
Aug 20 – 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.
NOTE TO ATTENDEES: 
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!


*************************************************************
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 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.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:
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 svmug.org website for announcements.
LOCAL APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:
Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.svmug.org
Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org
Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at http://www.macruzers.org
Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.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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SVMUG Monthly Meeting May 21, 2018 Bryan Chaffin - All Things Apple

posted May 17, 2018, 2:42 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated May 18, 2018, 2:03 AM ]

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is May 21, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting in our “usual” place: Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room in Building 1950 at Google in Mountain View, CA. 


TOPIC DESCRIPTION: All Things Apple

Bryan will be talking in person about recent developments in the Apple world. For instance, what Apple's $100 billion stock buyback plan should tell you about the future. Other topics that currently interest him include Apple's ever-expanding fleet of self-driving cars and the possibility of an Apple ride-sharing service. And, he'll happily take questions about anything and everything Apple-related.

 

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Bryan Chaffin

Bryan Chaffin is the cofounder and copublisher of The Mac Observer (TMO), and he's the cohost of the Apple Context Machine podcast. He's been writing about Apple and technology for more than 20 years, and—don't tell anyone—he is a Certified Geek! Bryan has contributed to 5 "For Dummies" books, and co-authored "iPad for Dummies - 11th Edition" with Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus.

Follow Bryan on Twitter: @TMOBryan


OPEN SOURCE:  The Open Source Screwdriver - Robert Brown

We like to expand your ideas about open source. We have instances of open source software, open source design, open source hardware, and even open source farming. Today, we will show an example of open source software and hardware, in particular, device controller firmware combined with an actual device: the open source screwdriver. The screwdriver is a motorized device that senses your hand motion to start/stop and reverse direction. It also digitally controls the maximum torque applied. 

MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. 

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. 


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


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.


OR


-- 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.

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 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".

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


TIME SCHEDULE: 

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: All Things Apple - Bryan Chaffin

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Open Source Screwdriver  - Robert Brown

8:45 PM - Q&A - followed by a raffle at the end

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



2018 CALENDAR: 

May 21 – Bryan Chaffin - a current state of Apple, including CarPlay

Jun 18 – tbd, maybe WWDC news, and maybe DNS descriptions

Jul 16 – SmallCubed Software: Mail ActOn and MailTags shortcutting software for Apple's Mail app

Aug 20 – 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.

NOTE TO ATTENDEES: 

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!


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ABOUT SVMUG:

SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

http://svmug.org/

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.


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

https://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 APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:

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

Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org

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

Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at http://pa-smug.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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SVMUG Monthly Meeting April 16, 2018 Automate Life-Allison Sheridan

posted Apr 12, 2018, 6:33 PM by Pam Ailes

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is April 16, 2018 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting in our “usual” place: Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room in Building 1950 at Google in Mountain View, CA. Directions below. 



TOPIC & DESCRIPTION: Automate your Mac Life by Allison Sheridan

Allison took her last formal training in programming when she learned Fortran IV in 1978, but that hasn't kept her from finding ways to automate things on her Mac. In this remote presentation, Allison will walk you through her “dipping her toe into automation” from TextExpander to using Hazel to manage her files, to using Automator to launch and arrange apps. She will also talk about how she wrote her own app. After hearing her talk, it's guaranteed that you'll find ways to automate your own Mac life.


 

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Allison Sheridan - Podfeet

Allison Sheridan is the host of the Podfeet Podcasts. Her primary solo show, the NosillaCast Apple Podcast has been running without interruption every week for 13 years and coming up on 700 shows. She also hosts Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite, which is an interview show with interesting people in tech, and Programming By Stealth, where Bart Busschots is teaching the audience to program in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. All of these audio shows can be found at https://podfeet.com along with extensive blog posts of each subject. 

You may also have seen or heard Allison on Tech News Today and MacBreak Weekly on the TWiT Network (This Week in Tech), the Daily Tech News Show, Let’s Talk Photography and Let’s Talk Apple, Clockwise, Mac Geek Gab, Cordkillers, the SMR Podcast, Tech’s Message, The Productive Woman Podcast, as a screencaster on ScreenCasts Online and as a columnist in SCO Magazine. She was a speaker at Macworld and on the Mac Geek Cruise and is a foundational speaker at MacStock Conferences and Expo. She is very generous with her time and has presented to many Mac/Apple user groups, including ours, several times!

http://podfeet.com

Follow Allison on Twitter: @podfeet @nosillacast



OPEN SOURCE:  Open Source Seed Initiative - Dan Foy

Have you ever thought about open source in terms of our food? Many seeds used to grow fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and more, are part of the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI).

This month in our open source segment, Dan will be talking about how open source is being used as a way to counteract the patenting of genetic material (seeds) and why this is so important for our food supply.

“Inspired by the free and open source software movement that has provided alternatives to proprietary software, OSSI was created to free the seed – to make sure that the genes in at least some seed can never be locked away from use by intellectual property rights.”

https://osseeds.org/

https://osseeds.org/faqs/



MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. 


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. 


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


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.


OR

-- 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.


 

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 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".

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



TIME SCHEDULE: 

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: Automate your Mac Life - Allison Sheridan

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Open Source Seed Initiative - Dan Foy

8:45 PM - Q&A - followed by a raffle at the end

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



2018 CALENDAR: 

Apr 16 – Allison Sheridan - Automate your Mac/Apple life

May 21 – Bryan Chaffin - a current state of Apple, including CarPlay

Jun 18 – tbd

Jul 16 – 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.



NOTE TO ATTENDEES: 

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!


*************************************************************

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 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.

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 APPLE/MAC USER GROUPS:

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

Diablo Valley Mac User Group, at http://www.dvmug.org

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

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