SVMUG Monthly Meeting June 19, 2017; Bob LeVitus-Working Smarter for Mac Users; 2017 WWDC reactions

posted Jun 15, 2017, 1:10 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 6:38 PM ]

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is June 19, 2017 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting in our “usual” place: Google's Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room in Building 1950. Directions below. 

TOPIC:  Working Smarter for Mac Users, + WWDC reactions

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will present his take on Working Smarter—tips, tricks, and techniques to save you as much as an hour every day. 

He recently released his first self-published book, Working Smarter for Mac Users. It shows Mac users how to use their Macs better, faster, and more elegantly; banish procrastination; and do more work in less time so they have more time for the things they love. 

How did he end up writing this type of book? At age forty-something he found out that he had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.), which changed his life forever. He decided to read everything he could find on the subjects and the thing that stood out most was that few of the books, blogs, and articles included advice for computer users, much less Mac users. Essential time management tools and techniques such as to-do lists, calendars, and journals—tasks that are arguably better suited to a computer than pen and paper—were often dismissed with a throwaway paragraph or two (if they were even mentioned). There was nothing—NADA—about ways your Mac can help you to be productive! That’s why Bob felt he had to write Working Smarter for Mac Users.

Join us, escape the heat wave, and bring a friend! You won’t want to miss this talk! Time permitting, we’ll get his thoughts on WWDC 2017 too.


Writer and raconteur, Bob LeVitus, often referred to as "Dr. Mac," has been writing about Apple technology for over twenty-five years. One of the Apple community’s most trusted gurus, he’s known for his trademark humorous style and unerring ability to translate “techie” jargon into usable and fun advice for regular folks. He’s written or co-written more than 80 popular computer books, with millions of copies sold worldwide in half a dozen languages. Recent books include: MacOS Sierra For Dummies, iPhone For Dummies, and iPad For Dummies all for Wiley Publishing. His latest self-published eBook, Working Smarter for Mac Users, was released March 2017. Bob has been the Apple technology columnist for the Houston Chronicle, penning the popular “Dr. Mac” column each Tuesday for over 20 years. He’s also written his “Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves” column for The Mac Observer since 2003. Bob spends most of his time today in central Texas as the author and publisher of Working Smarter for Mac Users and is working on an online course with the same name.

Twitter: @LeVitus

OPEN SOURCE:  Swift3 - Robert Brown

Learn to program in your spare time! There are many open source programming languages available. Swift is a programming language developed by Apple Inc. for iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and Linux. One of Robert’s favorites is Python. But the barrier to learning to use such languages can be steep. The release of Swift as an open source language may change that. It may surprise you, but Swift can be compiled and run on many operating systems, including Linux and Windows.


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.



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".


-- 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. There are a bunch of EV parking spots right near the building where the meeting takes place.



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: Working Smarter for Mac Users, + WWDC reactions-Bob LeVitus

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Swift 3.1 and Playgrounds-Robert Brown

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


June 19 - Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus

July 15-16 is the MacStock conference in Illinois

July 17 - Chris Fisher - 4th Dimension

Aug 21 - TBD

Sep 18 - TBD


June 19 Building 1950, Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

July 17 Building 1950, Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Aug 21 Building 1950, Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

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 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.



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

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 website for announcements.

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Stanford/Palo Alto MUG, at 

BMUG West, at 

East Bay Mac User Group, at 

San Leandro Mac User Group, at 

North Coast Mac User Group, at 

Planet Mac User Group, at