The meeting will be at George Mason University, Enterprise Hall, Room 178.
For October, we will have a presentation on routers, those black (and sometimes white or blue) boxes with blinky lights that connect your home or office or private spacecraft to the Internet. Gabe Goldberg will explain why routers are important, and why you should know a bit more about them than "are the lights on?" In addition to connecting your Macintosh to the Internet, routers also connect your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Fitbit, bathroom scale, refrigerator, and your Tesla to useful information, and ideally help surround you with a seamless cloud of music, video, information, and entertainment.
We will begin with our legendary Questions and Answers session, with questions from the time of legends as well as more contemporary ones, such as "Is it safe to install Mojave on my Mac? I thought sand was bad for computers?"
If there is adequate bandwidth, and it isn't entirely used up by the attendees and their iPhones, iPads, iPods, etc., we will stream the meeting over the Pi's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeX9TuhjBL7n1HGlHOaNCmQ
The General Meeting will be in our usual location, Enterprise Hall, Room 178 on the George Mason University campus (#16 on the map below), in Fairfax VA. Check back closer to the meeting date for any updates or changes.
Click on the map for a much larger version of the George Mason University campus map.
Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road). Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html
A whole bunch of George Mason maps: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php
The Shenandoah Parking Garage (formerly the Sandy Creek Parking Garage because it is located on Sandy Creek) 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
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.