SVMUG Monthly Meeting May 15, 2017 - Adam Christianson-The MacCast

posted May 11, 2017, 9:26 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated May 11, 2017, 9:42 PM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

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

MAY TOPIC:  Artificial Intelligence in Apple Technology

Our Macs and iOS devices are becoming smarter and more useful everyday. As we begin to ask them to do more things for us, like reminding us about our schedule, telling us who's in our photos, or turning off the lights at night, we'll want them to be more intelligent too. In fact, Apple has already begun adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into their products, services, and operating systems. Via a remote connection this month, Adam Christianson will highlight some of the ways Apple currently uses AI to make our technology smarter. Plus, he’ll discuss Apple’s possible plans for future applications in things like Home Assistants or Augmented Reality (AR). He'll finish up his talk with some cool "Things of the Moment" including hardware and software he likes, uses, and thinks you may like too. 

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Adam Christianson, Podcaster / The Maccast

Adam Christianson is the host of the popular and top-rated Maccast podcast. Beginning in 2004 and each week since, Adam has continued to offer insights and tips for all Mac fans. Adam's user-to-user approach and his ability to appeal to both beginning and advanced Mac users has made The Maccast a two-time Apple iTunes "Best Of" podcast! Adam has spent years in the Mac community serving on the board of directors of several Mac Users Groups. The Maccast serves as his latest effort to help grow and give back to the Mac community.

Twitter: @maccast

OPEN SOURCE:  Spectacle: Another Mac Window Tiler - Dan Reed

Dan will talk to us about a way to organize our Mac windows using Spectacle.


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: Adam Christianson

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Spectacle - Dan Reed

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


May 15 - Adam Christianson, of The MacCast

June 19 - Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus

July 15-16 is the MacStock conference in Illinois

July 17 - Chris Fisher - 4th Dimension


May 15 Building 1950 Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

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.

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

Silicon Valley Mac User Group, at

Santa Cruz Mac User Group, at

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