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SMUG Pizza Party at California Pizza Kichen Palo Alto
A good time was had by all:
SMUG Party at CPK

Lorrie Bleiler
Lorrie It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death of our beloved colleague and long-time SMUG board member Lorrie Bleiller, who with the help of husband Dell has produced our newsletter for as long as anyone can remember and certainly at least since 1992. This has been a great shock to all of us - Lorrie was a great person and personality who brought a lot to the club, including a great many guests and she will be much missed.

The Memorial Service for Lorrie will be held at Mountain View Masonic Center 890 Church St (on the corner with Franklin), Mountain View 94041 on Sunday August 9th at 1pm. Reception to follow. Please RSVP Dell at 650-948-1400 if you are intending to come.

Here's a link to the announcement in the San Jose Mercury News: Lorrie Bleiler




At MacWorld January 2009
Apple booth
Crowds at the Apple booth Day 1

Apple presentation
Waiting for the next Apple presentation.....

David Pogue
David Pogue at MacWorld Live Wednesday morning - a sold-out show as usual

Ge Wang plays "Yesterday" on the Ocarina he invented for the iPhone, accompanied by David Pogue

Crowds trying out the new version of iLife

Breen's Bungalow
The popular video series by Macworld Senior Editor Christopher Breen is now a video podcast. You can now enjoy it as soon as it becomes available by subscribing on iTunes here: http://tinyurl.com/ynu4a8 (unfortunately, the url given in the May newsletter does not work).

Recent editions of Macworld Video include Apple TV, a special on the coolest software from Macworld Conference & Expo, email spam and more.

You can hear Chris talk about the evolution of the Bungalow & the ins and outs of podcast production on MacNotables #725. (Again, apologies for the wrong link in the newsletter)

At the Palo Alto Apple Store
At the Apple Store on University Avenue in Palo Alto on Sunday 21st January
Apple Store Apple Store
Apple Store Studio Apple Store 3

New address for SMUG

Effective January 1, 2007, SMUG's new P.O. Box address is:
P.O. Box 19466
Stanford, CA 94309

SMUG at MacWorld Expo

We manned our traditional booth on the opening Tuesday:

SMUG at MacWorld SMUG MacWorld booth
And we can't forget this:

SMUG Board Votes to Turn Off Voicemail

Effective January 1, 2007, the board has voted to disconnect the club voicemail. The SMUG telephone number dates back to a pre-internet and email era when SMUG had its own office on California Avenue. When the office closed in the late 90s, it was decided to keep some telephone presence, and for nearly 10 years Phil Geller has been updating the voicemail message with news of upcoming meetings, answering occasional queries and responding to the odd computer problem. However, with the growth of email, this resource has been used less and less, and it has been decided to discontinue it. All the board members can still be contacted by telephone, mail or email (see the Contact Us page for details).

SMUG Board Votes to Reduce Yearly Dues

Effective January 1, 2006, the board has voted to reduce membership dues from $45/year to just $30/year. The board was able to reduce dues as a result of changing the meeting location from the Panofsky Auditorium—which has a per-meeting rental of $130.00—to the Redwood Room, which currently has no per-meeting fee.

Special Shareware Coupon for New Members

New members joining SMUG will receive a $10.00 coupon. This coupon entitles the new member to a free shareware CD of their choice. The shareware CD comes out four times a year.

SMUG Co-Hosts Special David Pogue Event

by James Higgins

SMUG, in association with O'Reilly Media and other area user groups, co-hosted a special presentation by David Pogue, columnist for the New York Times, Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News, and prolific author of numerous Macintosh publications. His most recent release is an update to his best-selling Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, which he has extensively revised to include information on Tiger.

This special presentation was held on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 7:00pm in the Panofsky Auditorium at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). This was a very popular event, and the first 75 people to arrive received a free copy of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition.

SMUG, Commonwealth Club Hosts
Evening on Digital Privacy

The Stanford/Palo Alto Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) in co-sponsorship with The Commonwealth Club hosted an evening devoted to digital privacy on February 2, 2004 in the Panofsky Auditorium at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), 2575 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA.

California Assemblymember Joe Simitian was the featured speaker. Simitian is co-author of recent digital privacy legislation for which he was recognized in Scientific American (Dec. 2002) as one of the top 50 tech leaders of the year.

Simitian's remarks and follow-up question-and-answer period were taped for later re-broadcast on public radio.

Directly following the audiotaped presentation, SMUG hosted a 30 minute moderated panel discussion featuring high-level technology leaders and influencers involved in digital privacy issues.

The panel included:

For its members and other Macintosh users, SMUG experts Robert Brown and Gavin Carothers also gave a special presentation entitled "Digital Privacy and Your Mac."

About SMUG

Stanford/Palo Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) began as a campus organization twenty years ago shortly after the introduction of the original Macintosh. Due to the tremendous interest of people in the larger community, the group moved off-campus to become an independent organization. SMUG's monthly meeting site is the SLAC Auditorium, the historic meeting grounds of the Homebrew Computer Club. In the mid-1970s, the Homebrew Computer Club was home to many pioneers of the personal computer revolution, including two Steve's: Jobs and Wozniak, who first demonstrated both the Apple I and later the Apple II to their colleagues at Homebrew meetings.

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