Announcements - Upcoming Meetings

Below is the announcement for the upcoming meeting, as well as the archived announcements for past meetings. By reading the past meeting announcements, you will get an overview of what we do at the meetings.

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

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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

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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!


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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 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 

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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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SVMUG Monthly Meeting Sept 19: Christian Pickman - TechTool Pro

posted Sep 15, 2016, 1:48 PM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

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


NOTE FOR THE FUTURE: 10/17/2016  We will meet nextdoor at Building 1900 in the Asilomar Tech Talk Room <- NOTE ROOM CHANGE FOR OCTOBER ONLY!!


TOPIC: TechTool Pro

This month, Christian Pickman from Micromat will be presenting in person. His presentation will focus on TechTool Pro which is a hardware and disk repair diagnostic for Macintosh. If time allows, he will also discuss other Micromat products.

https://www.micromat.com/products/techtool-pro

Twitter: @micromat


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Christian Pickman

Christian is a Product Manager at Micromat and has many years of experience within the Macintosh community. Prior to working at Micromat, Christian worked at an Apple service provider as a lead service engineer and prior to that he was a computer consultant. In his spare time, he helps to raise money for a local service organization for underprivileged children. Every third Saturday of the month, he leads the Intermediate SIG for the North Coast Mac Users Group.


OPEN SOURCE: KeePass - Robert Brown

KeePass -- OSS password management. 

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

http://keepass.info


MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" or a large black truck with a sign for “High Intensity Interval Training” (HIIT) in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

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

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

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

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


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

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

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

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

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Christian Pickman, TechTool Pro

8:15 PM - Break

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

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2016 CALENDAR: 

Sept 19 - Christian Pickman of Micromat (TechTool Pro)

Oct  17 - Chuck Joiner of MacVoices - topic “Fall event”

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 

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

SVMUG Monthly Meeting August 15: Ring - Jamie Siminoff

posted Aug 9, 2016, 8:54 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 12:37 AM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, August 15, 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.


TOPIC: Ring 

This month, we have Jamie Siminoff, the CEO and Chief Inventor of Ring. Jamie will join us remotely from Southern California. Ring's mission is to reduce crime in neighborhoods and empower consumers by creating a “ring” of security around homes and communities. Ring's product line, which includes the Ring Video Doorbell—the world's first and only battery operated smart doorbell—offers a unique security solution by enabling homeowners to keep an eye on and protect their homes from anywhere thanks to HD video, two-way audio, and advanced motion detection. Ring blends convenience, monitoring and security into sleek, simple and powerful devices. With Ring, you're #AlwaysHome.

https://ring.com/

Twitter: @ring

As seen on:

Fortune Magazine- Meet Ring, the connected doorbell company that just scored Richard Branson as an investor

Time Magazine's Top 10 Gadgets

The Truth About Daytime Burglaries

TechCrunch Product Review

ABC's Shark Tank (password: doorbot)

Ring Partners With LAPD To Reduce Crime In Wilshire Park


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Jamie Siminoff

Jamie is the CEO and Chief Inventor of Ring, the doorbell for the smartphone which has raised $100 million from Kleiner Perkins, Sir Richard Branson and other distinguished investors.

In 2000 Jamie founded Your First Step, the company developed global wholesale Voice over IP networks in developing countries including, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa, the company later merged with Nobel Ltd. Becoming the world’s largest online phone card seller.

In 2005 Jamie was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. In September of 2009 PhoneTag was acquired by Ditech Networks for $17 million.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College.


OPEN SOURCE: Markdown Language - Robert Brown

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown

“Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax designed so that it can be converted to HTML and many other formats using a tool by the same name. Markdown is often used to format readme files, for writing messages in online discussion forums, and to create rich text using a plain text editor.”

Wanna learn more?

http://www.markdowntutorial.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. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" or a large black truck with a sign for “High Intensity Interval Training” (HIIT) in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

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

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

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

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


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

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

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

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

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Ring

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Markdown

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2016 CALENDAR: 

Aug 15 - Ring.com

Sept 19 - Tech Tool Pro - Christian Pickman of MicroMat

Oct  17 - Chuck Joiner of MacVoices

Nov 21 - Todd Cothran of DayMap

Dec - 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 

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



SVMUG Monthly Meeting July 18, QromaScan your photos - Tony Knight

posted Jul 14, 2016, 2:45 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Jul 14, 2016, 6:09 PM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our “usual” room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.


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!


TOPIC: QromaScan

Traditional photo scanners have been part of our lives for more than 20 years, and the stand alone ones are slowly disappearing from our stores.  Why then do so many people still have boxes of unscanned and unorganized photos? It’s a question that led to the creation of QromaScan; a foldable lightbox designed to help its user both scan and organize their images quickly while at the same time transferring important details into the digital domain.

We will start with a quick look at photo metadata standards, and then move onto a demonstration of QromaScan.

http://qroma.net

http://twitter.com/qromascan

http://facebook.com/qromascan


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Tony Knight

Tony Knight is a veteran developer of software technology, having worked for Apple, Adobe, Kodak and others in a wide variety of development roles. Today, Tony is the inventor of QromaScan; the world’s photo scanner that captures and tags images in one step using your iPhone and your voice.

https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/qroma



OPEN SOURCE: GrandPerspective - Dan Reed

GrandPerspective is a small utility application for Mac that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. It can help you to manage your disk, as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space.

http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/



MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" or a large black truck with a sign for “High Intensity Interval Training” (HIIT) in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

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

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

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

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map or you will end up on the opposite side of the complex.


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: Qroma.net - QromaScan iPhone scanner app

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: GrandPerspective

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2016 CALENDAR: 

July 18 - Tony Knight of Qroma - QromaScan

Aug 15 - Ring.com

Sept 19 - Open

Oct  17 - Chuck Joiner of MacVoices

Nov 21 - Todd Cochran of DayMap

Dec - 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.


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

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 

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

SVMUG Monthly Meeting June 20, 2016; WWDC Follow-Up - Joe Kissell

posted Jun 15, 2016, 8:28 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Jun 16, 2016, 6:23 PM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, June 20, 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.


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!


TOPIC: WWDC Follow-Up

Joe will be joining us via a remote presentation to review the announcements and news from WWDC, share his reactions and opinions, and answer your questions. He’ll talk about MacOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, WatchOS 3, and tvOS 10 (all due in the fall)—as well as other upcoming changes in the Apple ecosystem and a few things that were conspicuously absent from WWDC. In addition, Joe will share details on his newest books—Speeding Up Your Mac and Are Your Bits Flipped?—both of which cover topics that should be of great interest to any Mac user.


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Joe Kissell 

Joe Kissell is a best-selling author and speaker known for writing about Macs, iOS devices, and other high-tech topics. He has a very detailed About page on his site which you can read to learn more about him and his busy life. You can also sign up for his “joeMail” where he keeps his readers up to date on the latest books, articles, occasional discounts and more.

Follow Joe on Twitter: @joekissell

http://joekissell.com/about/


OPEN SOURCE: Open Whisper Systems – presented by Robert Brown

Open Whisper Systems is an OSS framework for secure device-to-device encryption of messaging.

https://whispersystems.org/

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



MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" or a large black truck with a sign for “High Intensity Interval Training” (HIIT) in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

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

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

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

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


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

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

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

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

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: WWDC Follow-up

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Open Whisper Systems

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2016 CALENDAR: 

June 20 - Joe Kissell -- WWDC response, and JoeStuff (remote)

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

July 18 - Tony Knight of Qroma - QromaScan

Aug 15 - Ring.com

Sept 19 - Open

Oct  17 - Chuck Joiner of MacVoices

Nov - Open

Dec - 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.


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

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 

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

SVMUG Monthly Meeting May 16, 2016; ProSoft: DataRescue, Data Rescue One, Drive Genius, Clean Exit

posted May 10, 2016, 3:52 PM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, May 16, 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.


NOTE TO ATTENDEES: In the past, our ProSoft presenters have brought their products for sale to the meeting and had a special price for us. I don’t know if that is happening this time, but you might want to be prepared to purchase if you have the opportunity and interest.


TOPICS:  

We’ll be covering ProSoft’s Data Rescue 4, Drive Genius 4, Data Backup, Hear, and the New Data Rescue ONE - all-in-ONE recovery solution. Prosoft Engineering, Inc. has been in the Mac industry since 1985.  They are a software company focused on data recovery software and other utilities that help protect and manage your important data. Prosoft takes pride in its award-winning products, excellent customer service and ease of use. 

http://www.prosofteng.com


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  

Matt Wagner will be talking about what’s new at Prosoft Engineering, Inc. Matt has been with Prosoft for two years on the Sales and Support team.  



OPEN SOURCE: NoScript – presented by Dan Reed

“The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank). NoScript's unique whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality. You can enable JavaScript, Java and plugin execution for sites you trust with a simple left-click on the NoScript status bar icon or using the contextual menu, for easier operation in popup statusbar-less windows.”

https://noscript.net/



MEETING ROOM LOCATION:

We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" or a large black truck with a sign for “High Intensity Interval Training” (HIIT) in the parking lot near where the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room is located. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 


Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

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


INTERACTIVE GOOGLE MAP:

http://tinyurl.com/co26onk


LOCATION PHOTOS & HOW TO JOIN SVMUG YAHOO GROUP:

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

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


DIRECTIONS:  

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

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

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

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


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

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

 

TIME SCHEDULE: 

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

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: ProSoft (DataRescue, Data Rescue One, Drive Genius, Clean Exit) - Matt Wagner

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: NoScript – Dan Reed

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


2016 CALENDAR: 

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

June 20 - Joe Kissell -- WWDC response, and JoeStuff. (remote)

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

July 18 - Tony Knight of Qroma

Aug 15 - Ring.com

Sept 19 - Open

Oct  17 - Chuck Joiner of MacVoices

Nov - Open

Dec - 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.


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ABOUT SVMUG:

SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

http://www.svmug.org


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


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


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @SVMUG 

http://www.twitter.com/svmug


JOIN THE SVMUG EMAIL LIST & YAHOO GROUP:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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