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News and Events for SVMUG
News and Events for SVMUG


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O'Reilly is excited to announce they're holding three two-day workshops for designers in San Francisco this fall. It's a great opportunity to get out of the office and into the classroom, where you'll learn essential skills that can take your design practice to the next level.

Choose from among these three deep-immersion workshops on October 20–21:

BENJAMIN YOSKOVITZ Product Strategy for Designers: Learn to bridge business strategy and design to create products people love. Ben Yoskovitz, coauthor of Lean Analytics, leads this in-depth exploration of tools, techniques, and processes for understanding and mapping business strategies, measuring what matters, and building quality products for the right markets.
—Our most popular online design training yet. Now you can participate in person.

KRISTIAN SIMSARIAN & HAAKON FASTE Design Thinking: Work on what matters. Learn how to implement this proven process that fosters creativity and harnesses teamwork. Led by pioneering design and innovation consultants Haakon Faste and Kristian Simsarian, you'll gain a tacit understanding of how to identify opportunities for new user experiences and prototype solutions that address underlying human needs.
—This technique builds collaboration and gets teams working together on the right stuff.

C. TODD LOMBARDO Design Sprints: Learn to streamline the new-product cycle. C Todd Lombardo, designer, scientist, and coauthor of Design Sprints, will give you hands-on experience in this process for rapidly answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. Participants will break into small groups to work through each phase of a Design Sprint.
—One of the most highly rated workshops at the O'Reilly Design Conference 2016.

These workshops will sharpen your business and design acumen. They take place concurrently, so choose the one that's right for you. But don't wait too long; registration is limited to ensure the highest-quality hands-on learning experience.

Find out more about O'Reilly's Design Training Days.
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From our partner O'Reilly Media:
Fundamentals of Java 8
Join O'Reilly authors Richard Warburton and Raoul-Gabriel Urma on February 16th for a day-long course where students will develop a firm working knowledge of the latest—and most groundbreaking—features in Java 8: lambdas, streams, and collectors. By the end of the tutorial, students will be able to put these features into practice in their jobs. They'll also be familiar with the cutting-edge programming tactics needed to produce functional code that is both flexible and concise.

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Hello SVMUG members and friends, I going to try ramping up our use of social media to communicate with you. I will be posting more on vendor discounts, news and events. Upcoming, we will have Joe Kissel presenting, via Skype or FaceTime, at our next meeting, September 21. Also, there is one week remaining, until September 18, for the O'Reilly Back to School sale: Save 50% on All Video Training & Ebooks -O'Reilly's Back to (Tech) School Sale #backtoschool 
-- Robert Brown
-- Editor for SVMUG
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Our monthly meeting -- with a specially important presentation from Joe Kissell!

The news is full of reports about hacked accounts, stolen password lists, malware, and other security threats that can affect Mac users. Don’t panic! You can keep your data safe and protect your online privacy if you understand some basic principles. In this essential session on privacy, Joe Kissell discusses the risks and how best to deal with them. You'll learn what went wrong in some of the best-known security failures and how to avoid becoming the next victim.

The talk will include creating, storing, and using excellent passwords—and managing weak links such as password reset systems and security questions. Joe will cover when and how to use two-factor authentication, other one-time and ongoing steps you can take to improve your privacy, and what to do if you find out (or suspect) that your security has been compromised.

We'll also cover Frescobaldi, the open source music notation program. Now you can take those songs in your head and write them in proper form, without having to spend $1000 on a professional app to get it! Dan Reed will show us the details.

And we’ll finish with our usual rounds of news, Q&A, and a raffle at the end!
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Our meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month. However our room does jump around the Google campus a bit. Here's an interactive map of our room locations.

Do check our web page at for the specific room we'll be in.
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