SVMUG Monthly Mtg Dec 16, 2013 Joe Kissell - Take Control of Mavericks

posted Dec 13, 2013, 4:54 AM by Pam Ailes

Hello svmug members & friends! 

NOTE this month has a new meeting room & building!

The next meeting (and annual Holiday Potluck) of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. We are meeting in a NEW BUILDING AND NEW ROOM for December: Benghazi Tech Talk Room, Building 43. See below for details on how to get to the room and info on the Holiday Potluck.

SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Joe Kissell - Take Control of Mavericks

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is here, and with it come some welcome improvements as well as potentially frustrating problems. Joe Kissell joins us, remotely via iChat link, to lay out the whole story so you can take control of Mavericks. He explains what you need to know before upgrading (if you haven't already), describes the 10 best new features in Mavericks, and tells you about issues with Mail, Messages, iOS syncing, and more.

OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:  Wikimedia Commons (WikiCommons) - presented by Dan Foy

From their site:

The Wikimedia Commons (also called "WikiCommons," "the Commons" or just "Commons") is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. Like Wikipedia, it is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikimedia Commons is one of the world's largest collections of freely usable media. Anyone can contribute!


We will be meeting at Google, in the Benghazi Tech Talk Room, which is just down the street from where we usually meet. Please allow for some extra time to find the room.  If you are lost, please call 408-877-6377 and we will try to get you to the right place.

Benghazi Tech Talk Room


1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Building 43

Mountain View, California 94043 


MAP and Building picture:


If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign which should be posted somewhere near the street or building entrance. 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) or make a U-Turn as needed to get to the Google complex with Building 43. 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), this building is BEFORE you cross the creek's bridge and hence before you get to our usual buildings. Turn RIGHT at the driveway. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.


It's that time again! We will have our annual holiday potluck with foods provided by our members.  Please bring a dish to share. Something homemade and large enough for 6-8 people is ideal. Bring the serving utensils you need for whatever potluck dish you provide. 

We will have power strips with us in case you need to keep your items warm by plugging them in via your own crock-pot or warming tray. There is no microwave oven in the area so please bring your own warming device if needed.

Try to keep the sweets to a minimum. We'll all get plenty of that in the next 2 weeks!

We'll supply the power strips, plates, cups, napkins, plastic forks, spoons, and knives. You supply the food and the serving implements.

NOTE: There is an email trail via the yahoo group for svmug, about who is bringing what to the potluck. If you know what you are bringing, please chime in. 



6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News

7:15 PM - Presentation - Joe Kissell (remote via iChat link) - Take Control of Mavericks

8:00 PM - Open Source corner - WikiCommons - Dan Foy

8:15 PM - Holiday Potluck begins

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



Jan 27*  - open

Feb 24*  - Ted Landau - 30 years as a Mac pundit (topic is secret)

Mar 17 - Peter Tamte - NoteSuite

Mar 27-29 - Macworld

Apr 21 - open

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. 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 people can ask questions from the members at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there.


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 


NEW Meeting Room is  Benghazi Tech Talk room in Building 43.