June 13, 2018 Meeting

Drone Technology

Manie Kohn has been the center of National Media attention as the FIRST Trained, Certified and Fully Insured Drone Pilot in the USA, a pioneer in introducing SUAV technology safely and thoughtfully into the commercial space and enjoys a reputation as a trusted “Best Practices” consultant, sharing his journey including evolving regulations, risk management concerns and opportunities. His standing in the industry as an educator, instructor and an industry leading “Drone-O-Grapher” has gained him unique relationships with Emergency Services and Law Enforcement including San Mateo County Sheriff Department, San Francisco Fire Department, San Mateo County Harbor Patrol.

For more information checkout the Drone Knowledge Center on the PPA (Professional Photographers Association) website

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video feed using ZOOM software starting at 7:15 PST.

To join the SPAUG meeting online, use the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/446757944

Or by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 446 757 944

March 14, 2018 Meeting

Preserving Old Pictures, Slides and Movies
Matt Todd

Matt will present the current options for archiving all of your old pictures, negatives, slides and movies. From doing it yourself to using Mikes Camera’s professional imaging services. We will go over cost and time line as well as quality and format making sure to keep in mind the benefits and disadvantages to each process.

Matt has been taking pictures since he was 8 years old. Every summer he would come out to Colorado and take pictures – it was a post card perfect shot from the top of Mount Elbert that hooked him to stay in the photo world. He’s currently the manager of Mike’s Camera in Menlo Park. He spends his free time shooting pictures of wildlife and nature

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software starting at 7:15 PST.

To join the SPAUG meeting online, use the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/446757944

Or by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 446 757 944

CHM Live | Technically Speaking

Minitel: The Web before the Web

Authors Kevin Driscoll & Julien Mailland
in Conversation with Internet History Program
Curatorial Director Marc Weber

A decade before the web began taking the rest of us online, France was fully connected. By 1984 six million citizens were reading newspapers, sending emails, buying train tickets, paying taxes and engaging in scandalous chat on the Minitel system. That usage grew to over half of the country’s population of 60 million by the early 1990s, most tapping away on home terminals offered for free by the French phone company. At its peak there were over 25,000 sites to choose from, and the system wasn’t fully shut down until 2012. How did this first mass online world emerge, and shape the internet we use today? Why did Minitel and its parent Videotex standard fail beyond France—and what lessons does that history hold for today’s online pioneers?

Join Marc Weber, curatorial director of the Museum’s Internet History Program, as he explores these questions with Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll. Mailland and Driscoll are the authors of Minitel: Welcome to the Internet, published by MIT Press in June 2017.

This event is produced by CHM’s Internet History Program.

This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page:  facebook.com/computerhistory.

Books Inc. will be selling copies of Minitel: Welcome to the Internet before and after the program.

We are pleased to offer event attendees free admission to our exhibits before the program.

Date:  Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location:
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043
Directions & Parking
Schedule:
11:30 AM Check-in
12:00 PM Program Begins
  1:30 PM Program Ends
  1:30 PM Book Signing

February 14, 2018 Meeting

A Review of CES 2018
Andy Marken, Marken Communications

CES has grown beyond its consumer electronics roots and today is the largest collection of new, what’s coming next, unique, positively quirky products and services. This year it was an auto show, drone show, VR show, home improvement show, kid care show, entertainment show and yes, even a computer/communications device show.

Andy will be covering:
* What happens in the convention center when the lights go out
* Who has the strongest footing in all markets/applications…right now
* Highlights and options that are coming to the US from auto manufacturers around the globe…and when
* The neatest products at CES that you’ll say “I gotta have that!”
* New toys for your kids/grandkids and their ramifications
* The newest, sexiest TV screens that will take over you living/family room
* Who is delivering streaming entertainment content everywhere and how
* highlights of home technology/smart home products
* the bathroom that handles (almost) everything for you
* Is there anything new in computers and when does the Googleplex take over
* the generation of tomorrow’s content and where will you enjoy it
* what is taking care of the kids – young and old

We’ll be honest with you. This year Andy didn’t make the round of every hall, every booth because he’d still be there when 2019 rolled around if he tried. So this year his update will focus on the key product area highlights (from his perspective), great/unique trend products, outstanding stuff and WTF items. Bring your questions but don’t always expect a straight/honest answer because contrary to
popular belief sometimes even he can’t figure out what they were thinking but he’ll still focus on the future and trends of your computers/communications devices –

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software starting at 7:15 PST. To join the SPAUG meeting, use the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/446757944

January 10, 2018 Meeting

The Internet of Things – It’s Everywhere!
Sue Kayton

In a recent review of Smart Home Devices Forbes Magazine wrote

Imagine a world where everything in our lives is connected to the internet and each other, from smartphones and computers to our home’s lights, windows, thermostats, water system and more. A world where all of these devices can be in constant communication and controlled by users remotely via voice command or the simple push of a button. With the rapid growth of the internet of things (IoT), this level of home automation has become a reality.

(Read full Forbes article)

These days you can go online to adjust your hearing aid, open your garage door, pay touchlessly at the grocery store, use your cell phone as the remote control for your TV set, have a video doorbell alert, and much more.  Is it safe?   Would it help you in your daily life?  Or is is unnecessarily complicating?

Join Sue Kayton, the Computer Doctor, in a round-table discussion.  If you have internet-connected gizmos, please plan to explain to the group what you have, and how you use it.  Are there specific questions you want answered?  Email them ahead of time.

Sue also recommends the following articles for reading before the meeting:

FBI tells parents: beware of toys spying on your children

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/07/19/fbi-tells-parents-beware-toys-spying-children/

and this second Forbes article

This Smart Doorbell Was Accidentally Sending Data To China, Until People Started Freaking Out

https://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2017/03/22/this-smart-doorbell-was-accidentally-sending-data-to-china-until-people-started-freaking-out/#7f86f2f45984

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.

For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.

For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software starting at 7:15 PST. To join the SPAUG meeting, use the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/446757944