Meeting October 15, 2012

posted Oct 6, 2012, 9:46 PM by Robert Brown   [ updated Oct 12, 2012, 5:27 AM ]

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:00PM. Same time and same place as usual at Google (see below for details). As always, meetings are free to attend. Bring a friend!

SPEAKERS & TOPICS:  svmug members: Lynda Gousha and Cortland Klein. It's the Lynda and Cortland show!  Are you using iOS6 yet? Come learn some new features, tips, and tricks for the latest flavored Apple software, iOS 6.  Topics to include some or all of these (time permitting):  Siri; Shared Photo Streams; A favorite photo editing app; Mail tips for both iOS and Mobile Safari; New Accessibility Options; Find my Friends Geofencing; Offline Maps; Panorama; Passbook.

In addition, Cortland will show "mrFlashcard", his new app that enables you to learn and study using flashcard-based quizzes. Remember paper flashcards? Now, you can learn at your own pace with small chunks of information that fit on a typical flashcard without killing any trees. It's so easy to do that you can use this app while you are waiting in line, traveling on public transportation, or even at home in your favorite comfy chair. Whenever you have the time and inclination to learn something new, mrFlashcard will be there for you. 

   Blender 3D software presented by svmug member, Robert Brown

Blender is a free open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation. Blender is used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications or video games. Blender's features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, video editing and compositing. It also features a built-in game engine.

I like what cnet has to say about it:  "If you've ever thought about making professional-quality animations but decided not to because of the cost of the software, your excuse just got up and walked out the door." 

     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 and please please please look at the specific map and pictures mentioned below. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair Cut van" parked in the lot near where the cafeteria for Google employees and the Bodega Bay room are located. If you are lost, please call 408-877-6377 and we will try to get you to the right place.

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room
Google - building 1950
1950 Amphitheater Parkway
Mountain View, California 94043

MAP and pictures are on a SVMUG Wiki entry (see link below)
NOTE: link below is not working as of this message posting. We hope to it fixed soon. In the meantime, go to and look for the Map link.

If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the hair cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the meeting room is located. The room is behind the trees in the photo. 

-- 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, third driveway entrance.
-- Go to the position A in the map shown.
-- Look for the entrance shown on the map.

NOTE:  If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food. With the holidays approaching, let's focus on some healthy choices instead of all the sweet stuff. Several people have asked for something better for us than sugary items. There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.

6:45 PM - Doors open around this time
7:00 PM - Introduction
7:05 PM - News
7:30 PM - Presentation by Lynda (iOS 6) & Cortland (mrFlashcard)
8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food
8:30 PM - Open Source corner - Blender 3D software - Robert Brown
8:45 PM - Group Q & A
9:30 PM - All done!  Clean up after ourselves and go.


Nov 19 - Dan Frakes (possibly on Mac Gems)
Dec 17 - Don Wood - Sandvox (Karelia)

Jan 21 - BusyCal (John Chaffee, iChat, from east coast)
(Jan 31 - Feb 2) - Macworld Expo
Feb 18 -
Mar 18 -