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July General Meeting

Google Docs: What a world-wide cloud can do for you

July 28, 2012, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

Google doodle locomotive

Google is the largest cloud vendor in the world (next to NOAA's National Weather Service...). Best known for the Google search engine, it also hosts a vast array of cloud-based services, ranging from Blogger to YouTube to Google Maps to Picasa.

Beyond these services, however, the most widely used cloud services are Google Docs. Using nothing more than your Web browser, you can write word processing documents, create spreadsheets, create presentations, create drawings, create forms and surveys, and either simply store them in the cloud or share them with people around the world.

We'll demonstrate Google Docs, with particular attention to the value it brings to Mac users.

Ouline of the meeting. Note: this is only an outline, and was created as a Google Docs presentation, then exported to PowerPoint format, inported to Keynote, and then re-exported as PDF, PowerPoint and QuickTime.

Bonus: we'll also cover a few social media topics left over from May, particularly those concerning security in social media.

Once again, we will attempt to stream it over the Internet: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wap-general-meeting.

George Mason University Essential Information

The meeting will be held in Enterprise Hall, Room 178.

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road). Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

Here is a campus map with annotations (PDF, 2.8 MB). Interactive map of campus: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Sandy Creek Parking Garage is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $4.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A (see map below)

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings. The sidewalk route takes you directly to the side of Enterprise Hall, on your left. The meeting room is located on the second floor, accessible via outside stairs or via an elevator on your right as soon as you enter the building through the doors behind the outside stairs. We will endeavor to have signs posted to help guide you to the right location. It is at least a five-minute walk from Lot A and up a slight incline. We will be using a golf cart along the route, to offer rides to those who want or need a lift.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.

George Mason Map