SVMUG Monthly Meeting October 20, 2014 - DriveSavers Data Recovery

posted Oct 16, 2014, 4:45 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Oct 17, 2014, 3:00 AM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our "Normal" room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.

SPEAKERS & TOPICS:  Mike Cobb and Dave Bradley from Drive Savers Data Recovery

Emerging Data Storage Technologies:  New HDD Technologies, Hybrid Storage Technologies, New SSD Technologies, and Apple's new Fusion Hard Drive. They will be giving away nice goodie bags to everyone!


Mike Cobb has a Computer Science B.S. degree from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining DriveSavers in 1994, Mike gained invaluable experience creating software and hardware solutions for mirroring and compression while working at Golden Triangle Software. Currently, Mike is the Director of Engineering at DriveSavers Data Recovery where he runs the Macintosh single drive department and the Unix/Macintosh multiple hard drive software recovery department. He plays a major role in the continuous upgrades of all internal software and some hardware recovery tools used in the clean room and the software departments. He ensures that each claimant’s data loss problem is given a proper solution. Mike’s engineering team have all supported customers as System Administrators prior to working at DriveSavers. They have certifications for the operating systems they work on and the hardware they run on. Each engineer has been trained by Mike to make the successful and complete recovery of the claimant’s data their top priority.

Dave Bradley has a Business Marketing B.S. degree from Chico State University. He was a District Manager for GlaxoSmithKline Beecham Products USA, leading a sales force, managing brands, and launching new products in the San Francisco/Northern California market. At Kraft General Foods, he was a Regional Sales and Marketing Manager in charge of category management and new brand launches. Now, at Drive Savers Data Recovery, Dave is a Corporate Account Executive managing the Reseller Sales Partner Program including the two largest Reseller Partners: Fry’s Electronics and Office Depot/Office Max. Traveling to nearly all of the lower 48 states, Dave visits and educates existing partners and qualifies new potential partners to join the Reseller Program. He also manages to call on all of the Apple Stores in every market he visits.


Robert Brown presents AngularJS - JavaScript development system

“AngularJS, commonly referred to as Angular, is an open-source web application framework, maintained by Google and the community, that assists with creating single-page applications, which consist of one HTML page with CSS and JavaScript on the client side. Its goal is to simplify both development and testing of web applications.”


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" parked in the parking lot near where a 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 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043



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:  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. 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: DriveSavers — Dave Bradley and Mike Cobb

8:15 PM - Break time 

8:30 PM - Open Source: AngularJS presented by Robert Brown

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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


Oct 20 - DriveSavers: Dave Bradley and Mike Cobb — recovery services

Nov 17 - Chris Breen — Mac OS X Yosemite

Dec 15 - Annual Holiday Party & possibly a guest speaker

2015 CALENDAR:  *Date changes

*Jan 26 - 4th Monday meeting due to Google Holiday; topic TBD

*Feb 23 - 4th Monday meeting due to Google Holiday; topic TBD

NOTE:  Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Let us know.



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

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.



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