SVMUG Monthly Meeting April 16, 2018 Automate Life-Allison Sheridan

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

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

TOPIC & DESCRIPTION: Automate your Mac Life by Allison Sheridan

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


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Allison Sheridan - Podfeet

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

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

Follow Allison on Twitter: @podfeet @nosillacast

OPEN SOURCE:  Open Source Seed Initiative - Dan Foy

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

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

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


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

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043

The room is located in the back of Building 1950 — Looking at the Interactive Google MAP link below, this is the right "leaf" of the 3-building Charleston complex. Near the room's entrance, you'll see a large white awning/tent with tables and chairs underneath. There is also a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room.

NOTE: We have heard that the regular car/phone map instructions can be confusing so please use the interactive Google Map url below so you can view the target building and surrounding areas. Once you get there, all of the buildings tend to look alike and you may not see the building numbers as you are driving around the parking lot. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. If you are lost, call 408-480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place. Please make a note of where you parked. 



-- 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.


-- If you are driving North on Highway 101, take the North Shoreline Blvd exit and turn right at the end of the off ramp.

-- Turn Left (West) onto Charleston Rd.

-- There is a small bridge/creek crossing under the road (see the interactive map, as it's easy to miss). Turn Right into the driveway 50 ft after the creek, or turn right into the main entrance just after that.

-- Go along the right (East) side of the 1950 Google building. There are a bunch of EV parking spots and a white tent near the spot where the meeting takes place. You want to park near here, though you may need to circle around the complex to find an open parking space.



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


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

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Main Presentation: Automate your Mac Life - Allison Sheridan

8:15 PM - Break

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

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

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


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

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

Jun 18 – tbd

Jul 16 – tbd

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


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



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

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

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



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