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Stanford/Palo Alto Macintosh User Group Newsletter
May 30, 2010
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May Meeting Report
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Dear Steve,
decorated apple laptopHappy Decoration Day everybody - (or Whitsun as we'd say in England - so I suppose I should have a picture of the soon-to- be-gone white MacBook). Anyway, summer is finally here in Menlo Park, and we may look forward, amongst other things, to long sunny days and long cool evenings  with SMUG meetings that start when it's still light.

Apple circa 1984And - lest we forget on this Memorial Day weekend, form and function worked well together back in 1984:
June 7th SMUG Meeting Agenda
Hard driveHoward Cohen builds you a replacement hard drive & more.

Howard has  a pile of tips and tricks for the Mac OS and the iPhone on his website. A popular presenter in the East Bay, he's going to focus on simplifying the backup process and how it is both simple and necessary if you don't want to lose your precious data.

Shareware - including a heartfelt plea to our members!
So far this month, only Dave Strom with his  new BetterTouchTool (only trackpads will be touched in this demo). It's not always easy for our Shareware team to come up with new items every month, so if you have any items of shareware you'd like to recommend and/or demo, please bring them along to this meeting.

Plus Q & A and raffle
May Meeting Report: Shareware & Google Social Apps
We talked about the Flash issue. You can read the article by Steve Jobs on the Apple website. You can't watch Hulu on the iPad for this reason. You can watch YouTube video since it has another way to deliver video besides Flash (called , less-memorably, H.264).
ClickToFlash. WebKit to prevent Flash content from loading. A lot of web pages have a lot of Flash, and chews up the CPU. ClickToFlash is a WebKit plug-in, so it works with Safari, but not Firefox.
BashFlash. If you find Flash chewing up your CPU, you can bash that Flash plug-in. Shows the CPU usage in a little bar graph on top menu. He went up to 720p on YouTube, and it really ate up CPU, both cores.
ShareTool. Share your home network across the Internet. Just one window, connect and share buttons, connect to your home network. It sells for $30. Owen Saxton connected to his home network; it showed up in his Shared Devices. Steve had some trouble with remote connecting since the IP address kept changing. You should be able to connect to anything you can see from Bonjour.
MiniUsage has a bar graph on top that shows the top 10 tasks on your Macintosh, battery status, CPU core usage, system memory, etc. Free.
SpaceControl shows how much space is on your hard drive. It can be set to warn you if free hard drive space gets too small.
Cinch: When Owen moved a window to the side while using Cinch, the window filled the sides of the display. Cinch had good tiling (the windows filling on each side). $7. (Note that Windows 7 does something like this, and might let you define the window sizes also.)
SizeUp: When you select a window, you can use key combinations to move the window around, full screen it, etc. $13.
QuickBoot allows you to select a hard drive that you will boot from just once on restart, then you will boot from the original hard drive. Free.
itouch. If you did not have wrist trouble before, you will! This defines a LOT of gestures you can do on your trackpad. And it shows you with a simple animation what you do.
Timothy Jordan is a developer advocate from Google. He works with the external community for Buzz. He discussed Buzz and the Conversational Web.
See his website:
The topics he covered:
Social web
Google friend connect
Conversational web
Google buzz
The web is better when it is social.
We had a web that was broadcast oriented, where we consumed our media (video, news, and other great stuff). Now, with Web 2.0, we can talk back, comment on videos and news. And we can take action: friend people, post out our photos, tweet, etc., like on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr.
Timothy uses Facebook to reconnect with old friends. (Note from Dave: I did this last summer! Someone I had not seen in over 10 years.)
Timothy likes to do thought sharing. A social/conversation web should let us share. A social conversational web needs to be distributed and occur on many different sites across the web.
Chris Messina, Google
Right now we tend to have our photos in one place, our thoughts in another, and we would like them to be connected.
The Buzz API is at
You'll notice that the "coming soon" section of Buzz API mentions a ton of protocols - activity Streams, atom, atompub, MediaRSS, webfinger, pubSubHubbub, Salmon, OAuth, XFN.
Buzz is not all Google specific. In the future, we have all these pieces that connect to everyone.
Any host on the web should be able to implement these open protocols. DeWitt Clinton, Google.
The protocols are standard web protocols, the messages can contain whatever crazy stuff people think to put in.
Timothy and his team maintain it.
Friend Connect: How do you make your web more social? Timothy cut and pasted some friend connect code; you can do this and get those features on your website right away.
When you land on such a site and have an identity on that site, you can comment with others on that site. You can add social features, such as, this is your site and where your site is located.
Most websites on the net can use the Open Social standard.
There are tens of thousands of sites and millions of blogs that use Friend Connect. There are 9 million 30-day-active friend connected websites as of Dec 2009. 160,000 joins /day (> 1 / second, Dec 2009).
There are lots of gadgets to put in, like eBay.
With HTML5, you can have geolocation. Maybe this can do meetup help sometime. This is not currently in Friend Connect. You might have to build a gadget. It is feasible.
Twitter is based on short info websites. You can post 140 characters at a time. You have a thought and put it out there. This seems simple, but it is a powerful idea. There is a lot of growth in these microblogging services.
The conversational web is different from microblogging. Timothy has a buzz account and is connected to his friends. Timothy has a thought, and he can have its content threaded to his friends. Threading means he says something, then a friend says something to say about that. It occurs in single unit, a feed is several of these units.
Buzz is integrated with Gmail, will be into inbox, click on it and brings you into the buzz. Like a friend mentions the author of article, the friend can get connected to him and correct mistakes in the article.
You can embed an image or a YouTube video. This is more than just status updates. You bring more people onboard.
Timothy showed a Droid phone article with some Buzz. He showed images, you can select the ones you want on the buzz.
Timothy took us to his buzz. This is close in hand with his Google profile.
Roller Derby rocks! He had that linked in a video.
We took a look at his interface. He showed his Gmail. Right below his inbox, there is Buzz. He follows people, like Steve Cressan (OK, I know that is misspelled!) and Kate Gardener, and he can check in with them.
He wrote a quick buzz. In the screen at top, he said he was posting a buzz from pa-smug. He can insert a link or a photo. He put in the link, and it included a description and graphic from the website. And he can make it public or private. Private is for family/friends only. (Note from Dave: And you can see that buzz when you go to and scroll down.)
The friend you connect to with Buzz has to have Gmail and Buzz. (Note from Dave: Well, they are free!)
Salmon" syndicating comments. Blog, and cool if someone can write comments in several places can update all of them
Blog and buzz are different. Blog is more for long form articles. Buzz is more casual.
Timothy asked, what is a technology that was invented one way, but used in an entirely different way? On Buzz, there are lots of conversations about that. You can do public Buzz, or just friends and family Buzz.
Where does chat fit in? Google chat, in Gmail. Or in iChat (Google chat). On buzz outside of time and space, where chat is an instant conversation.
Timothy would not compare Buzz to Facebook. Facebook is one of many social networking hubs. They are part of an entire web, where Buzz is more focused, it is all about the conversation. Timothy on Facebook did a video roller derby, tagged in video, can friend people tagged in video.
He can engage in conversation with people, not really done that way in Facebook. Not discussing in Facebook.
Buzz is not in competition with Facebook, really. Buzz, can thread the comments, address the web at large and it is searchable, on a blog it is only an inline post.
Twitter: Timothy has all his tweets in his buzz.
About how to get critical mass on the web, get people onto your network: Google is looking at that DEEPLY.
Twitter can go into Buzz, but not Facebook.
Buzz syndicates out and in
Can pull in a lot of services.
The goal is to have these loosely connected pieces connected.
Big thing for your website: HAVE GOOD CONTENT FOR YOUR AUDIENCE! Timothy pulled up a website with some very interesting content: people post photos of coffee art, those cool pictures that coffee houses draw into the foam in your coffee.
Try to get people to follow your conversations. You can use Buzz for a public discussion platform.
Buzz has been out since about Feb 2010, so it is still pretty young!
(Note from Dave: on May 19, Timothy posted that the Google Buzz API is out.

Dave Strom/SMUG Vice-President

As advertised, June 7th in the Redwood Room.
Steve Bellamy
SMUG President
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