SVMUG Monthly Mtg Oct 16, 2017 Michelle Carter-Author & Mac Pioneer

posted Oct 12, 2017, 2:13 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 4:11 PM by Charles Gousha ]

Hello svmug members & friends!

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is Oct 16, 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 at Google in Mountain View, CA. Directions below. 

MAIN TOPIC: Tales of an early Mac Powerbook journalist in 1990’s Russia

Author, Michelle Carter, will be presenting in person about her experience as an early Mac pioneer and a U.S. Information Agency's Journalist-in-Residence while living in Russia during 1995. She spent a year there, “midwifing the birth of an independent press in that post-Soviet, pre-Putin bubble of freedom.” She trekked across the 11 times zones of the planet's largest country to meet with newspaper editors and their staffs. She traveled with her Mac Powerbook 150 (a first-generation laptop that weighed what most desktops do now), a 2400-baud dial-up modem, 10 floppy disks holding PageMaker software, and one of the first AOL email accounts (AOL was the only ISP with a local access number in Moscow). Michelle says, “My story of that year, recorded in my memoir From Under the Russian Snow, is underscored at every turn by my attempts to explain my Mac (as much as my free press message) to my Russian press colleagues. I was a most unprepared Mac pioneer.” 

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:  Michelle A. Carter (author)

Michelle Carter is a professional journalist with a thirty-year career in daily newspapering (The Kansas City Star and The San Mateo Times) and a twelve-year stint as a journalism instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. From Under the Russian Snow is the second book to grow out of her experiences in the former Soviet Union. She is also a magazine editor and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. In case you were wondering about the book title, “Under the snow” (podsnezhnik) is the name of the first flower to appear in the spring in Russia. It is a symbol of hope and renewal and an appropriate metaphor for her memoir.

OPEN SOURCE:  Creative Commons Licensing - Dan Foy

​Have you seen documents or pictures with letters like "CC-BY-SA”? What do these mean? Dan Foy will talk to us about how a Copyright is different from a Creative Commons License.


We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. This is located in the back of Building 1950 — the right "leaf" of the 3-building Charleston complex. You'll find a large white tent close to the room's entrance. There is a Google employee cafe next to the Bodega Bay Tech Talk room.

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. 

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.



-- 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: Michelle Carter - Early Mac Pioneer in Russia

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Creative Commons Licensing - Dan Foy

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

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


Oct  16 – Michelle Carter – From Under the Russian Snow: Tales of a Powerbook User in 1990’s Russia

Nov 20 – Open

Dec 18 – Open; Holiday Potluck

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.



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