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Apr 13, 2014 - 4 minute read

Arranging meeting - How and why (a reason to exist)

Attending: Tony, Les, Ollie, Aaron, Joe and Mike. (Nearly forgot James.) Continuation of the discussion started on the mailing list about how to organise meetings. The main points. Discussed but not yet agreed. If an invite system is to be used, it would need to be a ‘blanket’ invite to everybody on a list. We do not want to accidentally leave someone off and have them think there is no meeting or worse, that they have not been invited because we do not want them to come.

Mar 23, 2014 - 2 minute read

Puppy Linux - Wireless and WPA Vs WEP

Geoff signed up to the LUG mailing list this week… Welcome Geoff. “Hi Mike, Got your email address from a B’pool Ubuntu site. Think we may have corresponded before. Anyway see you have meetings (with biscuits!) in Blackpool, am hoping one of your members could help if I attended the next one. I have a Satellite SP6000, I am trying to put 12.04LTS on it with no success over a number of weeks.

Mar 10, 2014 - 3 minute read

Meeting 2014-03-08 not really a LUG meeting?

Attending: Joe and me (Mike) Joe uses Apple computers, and I prefer a Windows PC, so not really a Linux meeting this week. Joe has a Virtual Private Server (VPS) and was working with Gary’s Mod on a game server. I decided to install Windows 7 on the Packard Bell imedia box pictured below to use it as a media centre at home. Windows 7 comes with a free version windows media centre.

Mar 3, 2014 - 6 minute read

Meeting 2014-03-01 Logic probe nears completion

Attending: Tony, Elizabeth, Kieran, Joe, Mike, and welcome to a new visitor, Stuart, who has just moved to Blackpool. Tony installed a LAMP stack into virtualbox with the intention of doing some web work on the likes of Drupal, Wordpress, Mambo, and/or Joomla. Elizabeth has been dual booting Suse Linux and Linux Mint for a while now, and has come to the conclusion that Mint is ‘The One’ Kieran was working on a game using Python, and Joe was working on a game server.

Feb 16, 2014 - 2 minute read

Meetings - January 2014 overview

Attending: The usual suspects I can’t believe it is the middle of February already, I took a couple of weeks off over Christmas, and it has taken me ages to get back ‘in the swing’. I didn’t write up any of the January meetings, so this is a brief overview of what we got up to. Work on the soldering/electronics area is finished. The workbench is up, the extractor is installed and general purpose tools are available, including temperature controlled iron, solder sucker, multimeter, usb oscilloscope, hand tools, cutters, pliers, clamps, tweezers, jumper wire, croc clips, breadboards, etc……..

Feb 16, 2014 - 2 minute read

Meeting 2014-02-15 - introducing the kitchen

Attending: Tony, Les, Ollie, Donald, James, Joe and Mike. I am still trying to achieve a usable Mythbuntu setup. Donald has used Myth as his primary PVR for years, and has been patiently guiding my attempts. Our first attempt at the LUG was in 2011, using Mythbuntu version 10.04, the writeup is here, I have been trying with limited success off and on ever since. For the last couple of recent attempts I used an Acer veritron which is similar to the Revo, but uses Intel graphics.