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SVMUG Monthly Meeting July 21, 2014 Jason Rich - iPhone & iPad Photography Tips and Tricks

posted Jul 18, 2014, 2:05 AM by Pam Ailes

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our "Normal" room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM. See below for details on how to get to the room.


SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Jason Rich - iPhone & iPad Photography Tips and Tricks

Jason’s talk is based upon his book, “iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks”  (Que Publishing).

He’ll start with a brief overview of the Camera and Photos apps for the iPhone and iPad. Next, we’ll learn 10 photography tips for taking better pictures with our iOS devices. He’ll also highlight a few of the more powerful third-party photography-related apps. Plus, we’ll get a preview of the new iOS 8 Camera and Photos app features!    


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  

Jason R. Rich is from Foxboro, MA, and travels extensively for work and pleasure. He is the author of more than 55 books, as well as a frequent contributor to several national magazines, major daily newspapers and popular websites. He’s also an accomplished blogger and photographer. 


His books are currently available from bookstores, iBookstore, Amazon.com, BN.com. Recently published books include: 

- Your iPad At Work: 4th Edition (Que)

- iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks (Que) 

- The Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business (Entrepreneur Press)

- How To Do Everything Digital Photography (McGraw-Hill) 

- How To Do Everything iCloud: 2nd Edition (McGraw-Hill) 

- The Crowd Funding Services Handbook (Wiley) 


www.JasonRich.com

www.jasonrichphotography.com

Twitter: @JasonRich7

Blog: “Jason Rich’s Featured App of the Week”      www.FeaturedAppoftheWeek.com



OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:   presented by Robert Brown

What will Robert come up with this time? You’ll just have to wait and see…


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, please call 408-877-6377 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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


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.


BREAK TIME:  

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Presentation: Jason Rich: iPad & iPhone Digital Photography

8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source corner: Robert

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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


2014 CALENDAR: 

Aug 18 - Todd Olthoff (remote), topic will be DevonThink or ScreenCast

Sep 15 - TBD 

Oct 20 - DriveSavers


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.


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

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



JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

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.



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

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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SVMUG Monthly Meeting June 16, 2014 Dan Frakes - Q & A about WWDC

posted Jun 13, 2014, 5:45 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 


The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our "Normal" room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM. See below for details on how to get to the room.



SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Dan Frakes - Q & A about WWDC announcements and news

The Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) was June 2-6, 2014 in San Francisco. Whether you are a developer or not, the announcements will affect you in the future! Join us for an informal Q & A session with Dan Frakes about what’s new and what's so important about the announcements made at WWDC. Lots of enthusiasm and positive reviews for this event occurred. Apple's stock is up!  


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  

Dan Frakes is a Senior Editor at Macworld and an editor for the Take Control series of ebooks. He has been writing about Macs and Apple for nearly two decades! 

http://www.macworld.com/author/Dan-Frakes/

http://www.macvoices.com/wordpress/macvoices-14049-dan-frakes-apple-tvs-impact-home-automation/


OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  AppleJack presented by Robert Brown

AppleJack automates the process of repairing a system disk, fixing permissions, checking preference files and deleting caches. However, it not for the timid!

http://applejack.sourceforge.net/man.html


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, please call 408-877-6377 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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


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.


BREAK TIME:  

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Presentation: Dan Frakes - WWDC news and Q & A

8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source corner: AppleJack (OSS utility/diagnostic app) - Robert Brown

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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


2014 CALENDAR: 

Jul 21 - Jason Rich, iPad/iPhone digital photography

Aug 18 - Todd Olthoff, topic will be either DevonThink or ScreenCast

Sep 15 - TBD 

Oct 20 - DriveSavers


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.


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

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



JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

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.



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

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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SVMUG Monthly Meeting May 19, 2014, Macphun Software - Dan Hughes

posted May 16, 2014, 4:09 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our "Normal" room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM. See below for details on how to get to the room.


SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Dan Hughes: Photo editing software

Macphun Software is quickly becoming a powerhouse in the photo post-processing realm. They have several of the top 13 photo editing apps in the Mac App Store. This special presentation for svmug will cover Macphun's three professional quality tools: Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro, and Focus 2 Pro. These work as standalone photo editing applications or as plugins to Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. Join us to learn the benefits of using this powerful yet simple software to get the most out of your photos.

www.macphun.com  


ABOUT Dan:  

For the past 5 years, Dan has shared his knowledge of photography and post processing with the public. He's created and given over 2,000 presentations for Macphun Software, Nik Software, Google, and various photographic companies and groups. With a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Advertising Photography, Dan lives and breathes all things photography. He actively studies photographic history and aesthetics, while continuously photographing and post-processing his own images. Classically trained, Dan is knowledgeable in both film and digital technologies. He is as much at home with his 4x5 cameras as he is shooting with a cell phone or cutting-edge DSLR cameras. His ability to teach and share his passion for photography has made him highly respected in the photography industry.


OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  Timesheets - HTML5 slideshows presented by Dan Reed 

http://wam.inrialpes.fr/timesheets/markup/


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, please call 408-877-6377 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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


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.


BREAK TIME:  

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Presentation: Dan Hughes, MacPhun Software

8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source corner: Timesheets - HTML5 slideshows

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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


2014 CALENDAR: 

Jun 16 - TBD

Jul 21 - Jason Rich, iPad/iPhone digital photography

Aug 18 - Todd Olthoff, topic will be either DevonThink or ScreenCast


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.


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

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


JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

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.


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

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 


SVMUG Monthly Meeting Apr 21, 2014 - Backblaze Online Backup

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:59 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our "Normal" room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM. See below for details on how to get to the room.


SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Yev Pusin: Adding Online Backup To Your Backup Strategy

We know we should do it, back up our laptops and desktops, but only 10% of us do it even once a day.  So what's your back up plan?  Do you follow the 3-2-1 program for data backup?  We'll take a look at how easy it can be to have online backup added to your backup strategy.  We'll also look into how Backblaze stores customer data more economically than nearly anyone on the planet, as little as $0.05 per GB, and how you can do the same thing. 

http://www.backblaze.com/internet-backup.html

http://www.backblaze.com/mac-online-backup.html


ABOUT Yev:  Yev has been proselytizing the virtues of online backup for the past 3 years while running social media and online advertising for Backblaze. His speaking career includes emceeing at RootsTech, presenting at Vator Splash, speaking at a variety of start-up events and conferences, and guest lecturing at the University of Iowa, his alma mater.


OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  NameBench - DNS benchmark, presented by Robert Brown

NameBench hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use.


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, please call 408-877-6377 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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


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.


BREAK TIME:  

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News and Heartbleed Info

7:30 PM - Presentation: Yev Pusin, Backblaze

8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source corner: NameBench - DNS benchmark

8:45 PM - Macworld Review & maybe a little Group Q & A

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


2014 CALENDAR: 

Apr 21 - Backblaze 

May 19  - Need to confirm: probably Que Publishing - iPhone photograph

Jun 16 - TBD

Jul 21 - TBD

Aug 18 - Todd Olthoff, topic will be either DevonThink or ScreenCast


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.


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

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.


JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

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.



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

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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SVMUG Monthly Meeting Mar 17, 2014 - Peter Tamte & NoteSuite

posted Mar 13, 2014, 3:45 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! WE ARE IN OUR "NORMAL" ROOM: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM. See below for details on how to get to the room.


SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Peter Tamte: NoteSuite

We are very fortunate to have Peter Tamte in town for an in-person presentation. He'll show the Mac and iPad versions of NoteSuite. NoteSuite debuted last summer as the #1 selling iPad and Mac productivity app. It combines powerful note-taking, task management, document annotation, and web clipping together in one app, and it syncs your notebook across devices through iCloud. Apple recently gave NoteSuite a "Best of 2013" award, and TUAW called it "one of the most powerful and well-thought-out apps on Mac and iPad."

ABOUT Peter:

Peter Tamte is a former Apple executive who has built three successful software companies. Peter founded MacSoft, the #1 publisher of Mac consumer software in the 1990s, reported to Steve Jobs as Apple's senior director of consumer marketing, was executive vice-president of Halo creator Bungie Software, and created Destineer, which was one of the world's 25 largest videogame publishers from 2008-2010. He is currently president of Theory.io.



OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  Calibre presented by Robert Brown

"Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books."

http://calibre-ebook.com/

"Calibre is a free and open source e-book computer software application suite for multiple platforms. It allows users to manage e-book collections, as well as to create, edit and read e-books. It supports a variety of formats, including the common EPUB and Amazon Kindle formats, e-book syncing with a variety of e-book readers and conversion between e-book formats, within DRM restrictions."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calibre_(software)



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, please call 408-877-6377 and we will try to get you to the right place.


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


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.



BREAK TIME:  

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.


 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News

7:30 PM - Presentation: Peter Tamte, NoteSuite

8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source corner: Calibre

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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



2014 CALENDAR: 

Mar 27-29 - Macworld Expo

Apr 21 - Macworld review by members who attended

May 19  - open


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.


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

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.


JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

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.


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

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 


SVMUG Monthly Meeting Feb 24, 2014 - Ted Landau, Confessions of an Apple Writer

posted Feb 20, 2014, 4:46 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 4:47 PM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

Due to the holiday last Monday, the next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! WE ARE IN OUR "NORMAL" ROOM: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM. See below for details on how to get to the room.


SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Ted Landau, "Confessions of an Apple Writer"

Ted wrote:  After over 20 years of presenting at Macworld/iWorld, I’ve decided to call it quits. During that time, I've covered a lot of ground and witnessed an incredible amount of change. In this “preview” version of my final Macworld session, to be given next month, I'll try to share what little bits of wisdom I’ve managed to acquire — tracing my own career path along side of the evolution of tech media—from writing for magazines to writing books to doing a website. Along the way, I’ll relate personal behind-the-scenes anecdotes, including some I have never publicly revealed before. Finally, I’ll offer a few thoughts as to the future direction of the Apple universe

ABOUT TED:

Ted Landau has been writing about Apple products since the 1980′s, starting as a contributing editor for MACazine and MacUser. He is currently a Senior Contributor for Macworld (Bugs & Fixes, op-eds, etc.). He is a regular guest on podcasts, most notably MacNotables with Chuck Joiner.

In 1996, Ted founded the MacFixIt website where he remained as editor for the next 6 years. Ted is the also the author of several troubleshooting books — from the #1 bestselling Sad Macs, Bombs and Other Disasters to Take Control of iPhone iOS.


OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  

LICEcap -- by Cockos software; presented by Daniel Reed

The LICEcap application can capture an area you select on your screen and save it directly to .LCF or animated GIF for later viewing in web browsers, etc. 

http://www.cockos.com/licecap/


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, please call 408-877-6377 and we will try to get you to the right place.


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


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.


BREAK TIME:  

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News

7:20 PM - Presentation: Ted Landau, 30 years as a Mac pundit, "Confessions of an Apple Writer"

8:20 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source corner:  LICEcap

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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


2014 CALENDAR: 

Mar 17 - Peter Tamte - NoteSuite

Mar 27-29 - Macworld Expo

Apr 21 - open

May 19  - open


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.


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

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.


JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

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.


OTHER LOCAL MAC GROUPS:

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 

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

February 24, 2014 Meeting

posted Feb 18, 2014, 10:31 AM by Robert Brown

Agenda for Feb 24, 2014
Place: Bodega Bay, 1950 Charleston
7:00 - Introduction
7:05 - News - Lynda
7:30 - Presentation: Ted Landau - 30 years as a Mac pundit
8:15 - Break
8:30 - Open Source: LICEcap -- Cockos software -- animated screen caps. (screen to animated GIF)
8:45 - Q&A - misc.
9:30 - done!  get out!

SVMUG Monthly Mtg Jan 27, 2014 - Kyle Wiens & Gwendolyn Gay - iFixit

posted Jan 24, 2014, 4:49 AM by Pam Ailes

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! WE ARE IN OUR "NORMAL" ROOM: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM. See below for details on how to get to the room.


SPEAKERS & TOPIC:  Kyle Wiens & Gwendolyn Gay - iFixit

iFixit helps thousands of people repair their devices every day. Why do they do it? Because Apple doesn't provide repair parts and documentation to end users. They believe everyone should have the right to maintain and repair their products, whether or not they are made by Apple.

What's next? Well, it turns out that most companies are just like Apple. They make great products, but they never quite get around to telling the rest of us how to fix them. But you can help!

iFixit wants to show the world how to fix anything. Nobody knows how to fix everything. But that's OK, because most people know how to fix something. Maybe it's just a stapler. Or a bicycle. Or a cell phone. What do you know how to fix?

http://www.ifixit.com/


About our presenters:

Kyle Wiens:  http://www.ifixit.com/User/2/Kyle+Wiens

Gwendolyn Gay:  http://www.ifixit.com/User/627769/Gwendolyn


OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  svg-edit - presented by Dan Reed

SVG-edit is an online vector graphics editor that works directly in the browser and uses only JavaScript, HTML5, CSS and SVG. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SVG-edit 

https://code.google.com/p/svg-edit/


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, please call 408-877-6377 and we will try to get you to the right place.


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Amphitheater Parkway

Mountain View, California 94043


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


PHOTOS:

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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


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.


BREAK TIME:  

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News

7:30 PM - Presentation - iFixit

8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source corner: svg-edit

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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


2014 CALENDAR: 

Feb 24* - Ted Landau - 30 years as a Mac pundit (topic is secret)

Mar 17 - Peter Tamte - NoteSuite

Mar 27-29 - Macworld Expo

Apr 21 - open

May 19  - open

* DATE CHANGED DUE TO GOOGLE HOLIDAY


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.

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

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.


OTHER LOCAL MAC GROUPS (Are there more?)

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 

January Meeting

posted Jan 20, 2014, 3:37 AM by Robert Brown

The monthly meeting this month will be on the 4th Monday, Jan 27th, 2014 due to a Google holiday during our normal day.

More details to follow next week, but in a nutshell:

Vendor/Speaker:  iFixit, the speaker is Kyle Wiens

This will be a remote presentation to us.


Open Source: svg-edit

Location: 

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Amphitheater Parkway

Mountain View, California 94043


NOTE: for those who like to plan ahead, please make a note that February's meeting is also moved to the 4th Monday due to a Holiday. Feb 24th is our meeting date and will also be in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room.


2014 SCHEDULE thus far:


Jan 27 - Kyle Wiens - iFixit

Feb 24 - Ted Landau - 30 years as a Mac pundit 

Mar 17 - Peter Tamte - NoteSuite


Mar 27-29 - Macworld Expo

SVMUG Monthly Mtg Dec 16, 2013 Joe Kissell - Take Control of Mavericks

posted Dec 13, 2013, 4:54 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

NOTE this month has a new meeting room & building!

The next meeting (and annual Holiday Potluck) of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting in a NEW BUILDING AND NEW ROOM for December: Benghazi Tech Talk Room, Building 43. See below for details on how to get to the room and info on the Holiday Potluck.


SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Joe Kissell - Take Control of Mavericks

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is here, and with it come some welcome improvements as well as potentially frustrating problems. Joe Kissell joins us, remotely via iChat link, to lay out the whole story so you can take control of Mavericks. He explains what you need to know before upgrading (if you haven't already), describes the 10 best new features in Mavericks, and tells you about issues with Mail, Messages, iOS syncing, and more.

http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/mavericks-upgrading

http://joekissell.com/about/


OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  Wikimedia Commons (WikiCommons) - presented by Dan Foy

From their site:

The Wikimedia Commons (also called "WikiCommons," "the Commons" or just "Commons") is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. Like Wikipedia, it is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikimedia Commons is one of the world's largest collections of freely usable media. Anyone can contribute!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikimedia_Commons

commons.wikimedia.org


** NEW MEETING ROOM & BUILDING LOCATION **

We will be meeting at Google, in the Benghazi Tech Talk Room, which is just down the street from where we usually meet. Please allow for some extra time to find the room.  If you are lost, please call 408-877-6377 and we will try to get you to the right place.


Benghazi Tech Talk Room

Google 

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Building 43

Mountain View, California 94043 


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/mwdty6d


MAP and Building picture:

http://www.svmug.org/meeting-map


MORE PHOTOS:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign which should be posted somewhere near the street or building entrance. 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".

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug/photos/album/1019640305/pic/list


DIRECTIONS:  

http://tinyurl.com/mwdty6d

-- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) or make a U-Turn as needed to get to the Google complex with Building 43. 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), this building is BEFORE you cross the creek's bridge and hence before you get to our usual buildings. Turn RIGHT at the driveway. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.


** HOLIDAY POTLUCK ** 

It's that time again! We will have our annual holiday potluck with foods provided by our members.  Please bring a dish to share. Something homemade and large enough for 6-8 people is ideal. Bring the serving utensils you need for whatever potluck dish you provide. 

We will have power strips with us in case you need to keep your items warm by plugging them in via your own crock-pot or warming tray. There is no microwave oven in the area so please bring your own warming device if needed.

Try to keep the sweets to a minimum. We'll all get plenty of that in the next 2 weeks!

We'll supply the power strips, plates, cups, napkins, plastic forks, spoons, and knives. You supply the food and the serving implements.

NOTE: There is an email trail via the yahoo group for svmug, about who is bringing what to the potluck. If you know what you are bringing, please chime in. 

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News

7:15 PM - Presentation - Joe Kissell (remote via iChat link) - Take Control of Mavericks

8:00 PM - Open Source corner - WikiCommons - Dan Foy

8:15 PM - Holiday Potluck begins

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


2014 CALENDAR: 

* NOTE DATES ARE CHANGED DUE TO GOOGLE HOLIDAYS ON THE 3RD MONDAY IN JAN & FEB

Jan 27*  - open

Feb 24*  - Ted Landau - 30 years as a Mac pundit (topic is secret)

Mar 17 - Peter Tamte - NoteSuite

Mar 27-29 - Macworld

Apr 21 - open


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.


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

ABOUT SVMUG:

SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

http://www.svmug.org

SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month. Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.

SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.


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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/svmug

The email list is where the announcements are sent and people can ask questions from the members at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there.


OTHER LOCAL MAC GROUPS:

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 

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

NEW Meeting Room is  Benghazi Tech Talk room in Building 43. 



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