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SVMUG Monthly Meeting April 17, 2017, eero - Ryan Okimoto

posted Apr 13, 2017, 6:28 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 3:59 AM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 


The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is April 17, 2017 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. Directions below.

A copy of this email can also be found here: 

http://www.svmug.org/announcements


APRIL TOPIC:  eero WiFi system

eero is the world’s first home WiFi system, powered by TrueMesh™. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot of your house. It’s simple to set up. Easy to manage. And gets better over time with new features and improved performance. Stream video, get work done, or swipe right in any room — not just next to your router. This home WiFi system uses mesh networking and is “The world’s best-reviewed WiFi system.”

Ryan Okimoto will join us in person to explain what mesh networking is and why it’s important to your home. He’ll cover how eero came to be and discuss the product features and benefits, including security issues.

Twitter @geteero

http://eero.com



ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Ryan Okimoto  

Ryan is eero’s National Training Manager. He is responsible for the creation and execution of all training materials used in the field and online. He partners with sales and marketing to make sure the eero vision of better home wifi is conveyed clearly while delivering in-depth training content for consumers, salesmen, and businesses.



OPEN SOURCE:  Accelerated Mobile Pages - Dan Reed

Dan will talk to us about AMP -- Accelerated Mobile Pages - optimizing for small screens

https://www.ampproject.org

Twitter: @AMPhtml



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. There is a long line of EV car parking in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is also a Google employee (only) cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


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

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: eero - Ryan Okimoto

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Accelerated Mobile Pages - Dan Reed

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2017 CALENDAR: 

Apr 17 - Eero

May 15 - Adam Christianson, of the MacCast (Topic: New Apple products?)

June 19 - open

NOTE: July 15-16 MacStock conference in Illinois

July 17 - Chris Fisher, 4th Dimension


FUTURE ROOM RESERVATIONS:

Apr 17, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday) 

May 15, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday)


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 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 

http://www.twitter.com/svmug


JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SVMUG Monthly Meeting March 20, 2017, Photos - Derrick Story

posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:45 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 


The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is March 20, 2017 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. Directions below.

A copy of this email can also be found here: 

http://www.svmug.org/announcements


MARCH TOPIC:  MacOS Photos app, editing extensions & more. It's More Powerful than You Think!

Derrick Story will join us in person to present to our group about the powerful and versatile Photos application. Many people underestimate Photos and don’t realize or know about this app’s organizing and editing capabilities. It's More Powerful than You Think.

Derrick will bring some copies of his recent book which you can purchase at the meeting. If you prefer, use the link below to purchase it ahead of time and bring it to the meeting for him to sign. He is happy to sign them for you. There is an excellent and detailed description of the book at the link he provided for us.


The Apple Photos Book for Photographers: Building Your Digital Darkroom with Photos and Its Powerful Editing Extensions

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681981181/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1681981181&linkCode=as2&tag=storyphoto-20&linkId=9d93e18599a23911af8904cb6ec94daf


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Derrick Story 

Derrick Story is a photographer, writer and teacher based in Santa Rosa, CA. He publishes a weekly podcast via The Digital Story. Learn more about Derrick here:

http://thedigitalstory.com/

http://www.thenimblephotographer.com/

@Derrick_Story



OPEN SOURCE:  FreeMind - Dan Foy

Dan will talk to us about an open source mind mapping application called FreeMind. Mind mapping is a visual organizer of information that can help you collect and clarify ideas around a topic. For example, people often use mind mapping for work or home projects and trip planning.

http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page



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. There is a long line of EV car parking in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is also a Google employee (only) cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


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

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Photos - Derrick Story

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: FreeMind - Dan Foy

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2017 CALENDAR: 

Mar 20 (3rd Monday) - Derrick Story - Photos for MacOS; Editing extensions

Apr 17 - TBD

May 15 - TBD


FUTURE ROOM RESERVATIONS:

Mar 20, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday)

Apr 17, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday) 

May 15, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SVMUG Monthly Meeting Feb 27, 2017: Video To Go-Wally Cherwinski

posted Feb 23, 2017, 11:43 PM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 


The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on the 4th Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00PM.  As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting back in our “usual” place: Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room in Building 1950. Directions below.



FEBRUARY TOPIC:  Video To Go

The iPhone has given videography a truly portable perspective. And today’s models pack the power of a 4K camera in your pocket wherever you go. The iPhone is great on its own, but it shines even more with add-on lenses, accessories and fantastic apps. In this session, you’ll hear how to get the most out of your iPhone camera and learn how to shoot video as naturally as you take photos.


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Dr. Wally Cherwinski 

Dr. Wally Cherwinski is a Videographer based in Ottawa, Canada. Originally trained as a scientist, he spent a portion of his career in research and teaching at the University of Cambridge, England while doubling as a freelance photographer and writer. Later, he joined Canada’s National Research Council and spent many years managing communications for the Canadian Space Program.


Starting with 16mm film, he has written and directed numerous documentaries and television features, including projects with Canada’s National Film Board. More recently, he has combined his passion for video with his love of travel.


Wally has been a Mac user since the original 128K in 1984 and his Apple “museum” includes over 30 Macs (not to mention Newtons, iPods, iPhones & iPads). He has delivered video workshops at several Macworlds (San Francisco), at Macintosh User Groups in the U.S. & Canada and on three MacMania cruises. He also writes a regular video column in the ScreenCastsONLINE monthly magazine.

https://macstockconferenceandexpo.com/speaker/wally-cherwinski/



OPEN SOURCE:  Raspberry Pi and Arduino - Robert Brown

Robert will tell us about open source hardware available. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_hardware



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. There is a long line of EV car parking in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is also a Google employee (only) cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


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

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Wally Cherwinski-Shoot better video on iPhone/iPad

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: OSS Hardware-Raspberry Pi & Arduino-Robert Brown

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2017 CALENDAR: 

Feb 27 (4th Monday) - Wally Cherwinski - Video with iPhones

Mar 20 (3rd Monday) - Derrick Story - Photos for MacOS; Editing extensions

Apr 17 - TBD

May 15 - TBD


FUTURE ROOM RESERVATIONS:

NOTE:  While you are updating your calendars, please make a note that February's meeting is on the 4th Monday due to a holiday. Note we are back to the 3rd Monday’s in Bodega Bay for March onward until further notice.


Feb 27, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (4th Monday)

Mar 20, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday)

Apr 17, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday) 

May 15, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REMINDER: Next svmug meeting is Feb 27th, not Feb 20th!

posted Feb 20, 2017, 2:13 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 


IMPORTANT! We are not meeting on Feb 20th! We’re meeting 1 week later on Feb 27th due to the holiday on the 20th. We’re back to our usual room.


Join us on Feb 27th in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room in Building 1950 at Google in Mountain View, CA. 


MEETING TIME & LOCATION:

Date: February 27, 2017

Time: 7:00PM


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room 

Google MTV (Mountain View) - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043


If you know other svmug members who often attend the meetings but might not read their emails or check the svmug website, PLEASE let them know about the date change and room for this month.



Presentation Info: 

Presenter will be Wally Cherwinski on the topic of iPhone video tips & tricks.

More info will be emailed next week & posted on svmug.org as we are working out the details now. 



FUTURE ROOM RESERVATIONS:

NOTE:  While you are updating your calendars, please make a note that February's meeting is on the 4th Monday due to a holiday


Feb 27, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (4th Monday) - Wally Cherwinski - iPhone video tips & tricks


Mar 20, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday) - Derrick Story - Photos for MacOS; Editing extensions


Apr 17, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday) - TBD


May 15, Building 1950, Bodega Bay  (3rd Monday) - TBD


SVMUG Monthly Mtg Jan 23, 2017: All About Podcasts-ASILOMAR ROOM!

posted Jan 20, 2017, 4:56 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 


The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on the 4th Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00PM.  We are meeting in a DIFFERENT ROOM & A WEEK LATER FOR JANUARY!! 

Join us in the Asilomar Room in Building 1900 at Google in Mountain View, CA. 

See below for details and directions. If you know other svmug members who often attend the meetings but might not read their emails or check the svmug website, PLEASE let them know about the date and room change for this month. 


As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. 


MAP links and a copy of this email can also be found here: http://www.svmug.org/announcements


JANUARY TOPIC:  All About Podcasts

Podcasts - three different listeners, three different perspectives. Come see and hear Charles, Dan & Lynda share their favorite podcast apps (podcatchers) and their favorite Mac/Apple/Tech-related podcasts. Their might be a podcasts mentioned on other topics too.  We’ll share our experiences and opinions, and welcome input & recommendations from the audience too.


ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:  Lynda & Charles Gousha, Dan Foy

Our speakers are svmug members and volunteers who are avid daily podcast listeners.



OPEN SOURCE:  Firefox Focus - Dan Foy

Firefox Focus is a private browser with ad-blocking for iOS. It is free, fast and easy to use. You can download Firefox Focus from the App Store.

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2016/11/17/introducing-firefox-focus-a-free-fast-and-easy-to-use-private-browser-for-ios/



MEETING ROOM LOCATION:  !!ROOM CHANGE FOR JANUARY!!

We will be meeting at Google, in the Asilomar Room which is in Building 1900. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room.  Please make a note of where you parked.  Building 1900 is next to our usual place (Building 1950) so you can park where you might normally park if you have been to our meetings before.


* * Asilomar Room * * 

Google MTV (Mountain View) - Building 1900

1900 Charleston Rd  (same as 1900 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP for Building 1900 - Asilomar Room:

https://tinyurl.com/h9pjvbb


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


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

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation:  Favorite Podcasts

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Firefox Focus 

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2017 CALENDAR: 

Jan 23 (4th Monday) - All About Podcasts - ROOM: ASILOMAR

Feb 27 (4th Monday) - Wally Cherwinski - Video with iPhones

Mar 20 (3rd Monday) - TBD


FUTURE ROOM RESERVATIONS:

Jan 23, Building 1900, Asilomar

Feb 27, Building 1950, Bodega Bay


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DATE & ROOM CHANGE! Jan 23, 2017 is the next svmug monthly meeting in the Asilomar room!

posted Jan 13, 2017, 7:09 AM by Pam Ailes

DATE & ROOM CHANGE! January 23, 2017 is the next svmug monthly meeting in the Asilomar room!


Just a reminder that our next meeting will be on the 4th Monday for both January and February due to Google Holidays that occur on the 3rd Monday which is when we usually meet. Please note that the January meeting is in a different building than usual. We have met in the Asilomar room before. It is the auditorium room in Building 1900 adjacent to our usual building so you can park in the same vicinity. It has the big lobby where you enter and then walk to the Asilomar auditorium.


UPCOMING MEETINGS on the 4th Monday:


Jan 23, Building 1900, Asilomar Auditorium

Feb 27, Building 1950, Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

More details about the January 23rd meeting topics will be forthcoming next week.


2016 SVMUG ANNUAL POTLUCK - WHO’S BRINGING WHAT?

posted Dec 11, 2016, 9:33 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 10:08 PM ]

EVENT DATE:  12-19-16 following our speaker

NOTE: Monthly Speaker and Meeting Schedule can be found following the potluck posting or directly by going to this url:

http://www.svmug.org/announcements/svmugmonthlymeetingdecember192016owc-thunderbayandsoftraidproducts

----------------------------------------------------------

NOTE: If you have Potluck updates, please email pam at svmug.org


 *  *  *  WHO’S BRINGING WHAT TO THE POTLUCK? *  *  *


PLATES ETC.

- Plates, Napkins, Plastic forks, knives, spoons; Drinking cups for hot or cold liquids - svmug provides.

- several power strips for you to plug in hot plates etc. - svmug provides.



BEVERAGES

- Hot Spiced Apple Cider - Charles & Lynda G.



APPETIZERS

- Little smokies links in BBQ sauce - Pat A. 

- Appetizer (not specified) - Ken J.

- Deviled Eggs - Pam A. & Dan F.



MAIN DISHES

- Turkey and Cranberry from Boston Market - Gayle S.

- Mac and Cheese - Dave S.

- Chinese BBQ pork chow mein - Mark S.



SIDE DISHES (salads, veggies, etc)

- Mixed green salad - Jim G.

- Chicken salad - Ivan F.

- Mexican cornbread - Steve B.



DESSERTS

- Cookies - Ed B.

- Fruit bowl - Robert M.


SVMUG Monthly Meeting December 19, 2016: OWC - ThunderBay and SoftRAID products

posted Dec 11, 2016, 9:24 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 10:04 PM ]

Potluck details of "Who is Bringing What" is in a separate post to this site.

http://www.svmug.org/announcements/2016svmugannualpotluck-whosbringingwhat

-----------------------------------

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our “usual” room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. There will be some special holiday raffle items this month too! See below for details and directions. MAPS and a copy of this email can also be found here: http://www.svmug.org/announcements


DECEMBER POTLUCK:  Did someone say FOOD?? This is the month for our annual potluck. Something homemade is always appreciated. You can bring whatever you are able to bring that you think others will enjoy. You can see the updated list of the items people are bringing on the svmug site. 

http://www.svmug.org/announcements/2016svmugannualpotluck-whosbringingwhat



DECEMBER TOPIC:  ThunderBay and SoftRAID

Otherworld Computing (OWC) will be with us in person to show their ThunderBay and SoftRAID products. Why is this important? With the appearance of Thunderbolt on Macs, it is easier than ever to attach many disks to a single Mac.  We now routinely have 20 - 100 TB of storage directly attached to our computers (on 4 - 16 disks).  This can result in huge business losses when disks fail.

This session will go through some of the studies on disk drive failure (with 10,000 to 100,000 disks) and explain how we can use those studies to help predict when a disk is more likely to fail.  We will also cover some steps you can take to avoid disasters and review what we've learned while supporting our customers during the past 20 years.

https://www.macsales.com/


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:   Tim Standing

Tim Standing has been writing drivers and storage utilities for Mac OS since 1986. He is the creator of SoftRAID for Mac OS X and is currently VP of Engineering at OWC Holdings, Inc., the company which develops and sells SoftRAID.



OPEN SOURCE:  Google DeepMind - Robert Brown

“Alphabet Inc.’s artificial intelligence division Google DeepMind is making the maze-like game platform it uses for many of its experiments available to other researchers and the general public. DeepMind is putting the entire source code for its training environment -- which it previously called Labyrinth and has now renamed as DeepMind Lab -- on the open-source depository GitHub, the company said Monday. Anyone will be able to download the code and customize it to help train their own artificial intelligence systems. They will also be able to create new game levels for DeepMind Lab and upload these to GitHub.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-05/google-deepmind-makes-ai-training-platform-publicly-available



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. There is a long line of EV car parking in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is also a Google employee (only) cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


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

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

 

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 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation - OWC ThunderBay TB2 Dock, and SoftRAID

8:15 PM - Open Source - Google Deep Mind

8:30 PM - Potluck Party Time

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


2017 CALENDAR: 

Jan 23 (4th Monday) - TBD

Feb 27 (4th Monday) - Wally Cherwinski - Video with iPhones

Mar 20 - TBD 

Apr 17 - TBD


FUTURE ROOM RESERVATIONS:

Dec 19, Building 1950, Bodega Bay

Jan 23, Building 1900, Asilomar

Feb 27, Building 1950, Bodega Bay


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: For December, we will have some special holiday raffle items for you to win. You’ll receive 2 raffle tickets when you bring food to share. Please feel free to bring in items for raffle if you have them or obtain them from a vendor. When in doubt, ask one of the volunteers if the item would be good for raffle. If you have something else that you think would be good for the FREE pile, bring it, mark it FREE and place it on one of the tables near the food table. Just be sure to remove it at the end of the meeting if it does not go to a new home. We have enough to carry in and out each meeting. Thanks!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SVMUG Monthly Meeting November 21, 2016: DayMap - Todd Cothran

posted Nov 17, 2016, 10:54 PM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 


The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our “usual” room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.

MAPS and a copy of this email can also be found here: http://www.svmug.org/announcements



DECEMBER’S POTLUCK:  Did someone say FOOD?? Start thinking about what you would like to make for our annual potluck. Something homemade is always appreciated. We’ll have a sign-up sheet at the November meeting. Lynda and Charles said they would do their usual Hot Apple Cider. Plates, napkins, cups, and eating utensils will be provided. You’ll bring the serving dishes & utensils for your potluck dish.



NOVEMBER TOPIC:  DayMap

Have you ever been confused by your day planner? Do you think and plan visually? DayMap was created because we believe visual people deserve an organizer tailored to their strengths. This month, we have a remote presentation from the Eastern U.S. by Todd Cothran of DayMap fame.

DayMap is a visual planning application which helps you plan your days and weeks for optimum productivity. The project outliner places your projects side by side in columns so that you can see more information with less scrolling. The calendar located below the project outliner makes it easy to schedule important ToDo’s. DayMap is truly unlike any other productivity app.

Whetstone Apps - Sharpen Your Focus   www.whetstoneapps.com

@daymapapp



ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Todd Cothran

Todd Cothran lives in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia - home of The University of Virginia and Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. He has been married to Renee for 22 years and has four children. Todd has worked in the field of education as a curricula author and teacher trainer. He now serves as a full-time pastor. He is passionate about helping people make the most of the time we all have been given. DayMap was born out of that passion when he could not find a productivity app that worked in the way he thinks. He figured there were more people than just him that could benefit from such an app. The feedback from DayMap users confirms he was right!



OPEN SOURCE:  Using Linux On Older Intel Macs - Dan Foy

What do you need to do to be secure if your Mac is older and no longer supported by Apple? Dan will demonstrate how to use Linux on your older Intel Mac for the times that you want to safely use the internet. Dual booting between OSX and Linux will be discussed as well. Dan will have a way to test your older Mac’s ability to run Linux, so bring your machine if you'd like to check for compatibility during our Break.

https://www.linuxmint.com/



MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. There is a long line of EV car parking in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is also a Google employee (only) cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


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

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge from our host.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: DayMap - Todd Cothran

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Linux on older Macs - Dan Foy

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2016 CALENDAR: 

Nov 21 - Todd Cothran of DayMap - visual map of your life, one week at a time

Dec 19 - Holiday Potluck;  Podcasts - Info and Favorites


2017 CALENDAR: 

Jan 23 (4th Monday) - Todd Olthoff *Possible*

Feb 27 (4th Monday) - Wally Cherwinski - Video with iPhones


FUTURE ROOM RESERVATIONS:

Dec 19, Building 1950, Bodega Bay

Jan 23, Building 1900, Asilomar

Feb 27, Building 1950, Bodega Bay


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SVMUG Monthly Meeting Oct 17: Chuck Joiner - Apple Does It Right

posted Oct 12, 2016, 11:17 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 11:25 PM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are meeting in a DIFFERENT ROOM FOR OCTOBER!! Join us in the Asilomar Room in Building 1900 at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.


TOPIC: 10 Things That Apple Does Right

This month, Chuck Joiner of “MacVoices” will be joining us remotely. His topic will be: “10 Things That Apple Does Right”. 

With all the Apple analysis and examination that flows through the Internet every day, it is easy to get lost in the criticisms that are directed at Apple. Chuck Joiner of MacVoices thinks different about Apple, what they do, how they do it, and why. In this session, he will provide some much-needed perspective on Apple’s successes and the challenges that face them going forward.

NOTE: If Apple has a special announcement during the days prior to the meeting, then if we’re lucky, Chuck will talk about that too!


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Chuck Joiner

Chuck Joiner has been creating original Apple, Macintosh and tech-oriented audio and video content since 2000. He is the Producer, Host and Voice of MacVoices.

http://www.macvoices.com/

MacVoices, delivered in both audio and video versions, includes one-on-one discussions with authors, developers, pundits, and panel conversations. Discussions cover 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. 

Chuck’s credentials include over four years as Chairman of the Apple User Group Advisory Board, speaking appearances at Macworld Expo, User Group University and Macstock Conference and Expo. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The MUG Center, one of the longest-running Apple User Group resources sites on the web. Professionally, he serves as Vice President of The Insurance Alliance of Central PA.

@chuckjoiner


OPEN SOURCE: Sigil E-Book - Robert Brown

https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_(application)

“Sigil is free, open-source editing software for e-books in the EPUB format. As a cross-platform application, Sigil is distributed for the Windows, OS X and Linux platforms under the GNU GPL license. Sigil supports both WYSIWYG and code-based editing of EPUB files, as well as the import of HTML and plain text files.”


MEETING ROOM LOCATION:  !!ROOM CHANGE FOR OCTOBER ONLY!!

We will be meeting at Google, in the Asilomar Room which is in Building 1900. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room.  Please make a note of where you parked.  Building 1900 is next to our usual place (Building 1950) so you can park where you might normally park if you have been to our meetings before.


* * Asilomar Room * * 

Google MTV (Mountain View) - Building 1900

1900 Charleston Rd  (same as 1900 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP for Building 1900 - Asilomar Room:

https://tinyurl.com/h9pjvbb





LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.


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

Look at the Interactive Google Map (above) so you can find the creek as a landmark. If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van or black mobile fitness truck called “HIIT” parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge in the lobby.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Chuck Joiner on Apple

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Sigil E-Book - Robert Brown

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2016 CALENDAR: 

Oct  17 - Chuck Joiner of MacVoices - Apple

Nov 21 - Todd Cothran of DayMap - visual map of your life, one week at a time

Dec 19 - Open; Holiday Potluck


NOTE:  We are busy working on getting speakers for future months! Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Do you have a contact for us? Let us know.


NOTE TO ATTENDEES: We have replenished our raffle! Remember, you’ll receive 2 raffle tickets when you bring food to share. Please feel free to bring in items for raffle if you have them or obtain them from a vendor.  When in doubt, ask one of the volunteers if the item would be good for raffle. If you have something else that you think would be good for the FREE pile, bring it, mark it FREE and place it on one of the tables near the food table. Just be sure to remove it at the end of the meeting if it does not go to a new home. We have enough to carry in and out each meeting. Thanks!


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

ABOUT SVMUG:

SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

http://www.svmug.org


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


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


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

http://www.twitter.com/svmug


JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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