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Jan 19, 2013 - 1 minute read

Raspberry Pi and RISC OS

Attending this week: Les, Ollie, Jon, Tony, James and Mike. On show was RISC OS running on a Raspberry Pi (512) If you think Puppy Linux is fast, you should try this to see what ‘really’ fast is like. The startup screens From Blackpool GNU Linux User Group From Blackpool GNU Linux User Group The Desktop [![]( ]( From [Blackpool GNU Linux User Group]( [![]( ]( From [Blackpool GNU Linux

Jan 15, 2013 - 6 minute read - podcasts projects review

Full Circle Podcast Update

We haven’t posted much about the how the podcast recordings have been going since Blackpool LUG took over producing the main show of Full Circle Magazine back in May of 2012. We have now produced four episodes, the last being released between Christmas and New Year. We have learned alot of lessons during in that time, the first show was recorded in Tony’s front room using a Zoom H2 portable audio recorder which was positioned on a coffee table in the middle of the group of presenters.

Dec 27, 2012 - 3 minute read - books projects

Book Review: Podcasting Hacks - Tips and Tools for Blogging Out Loud By Jack D. Herrington

In July the LUG took over presenting the Main Podcast for the Full Circle Magazine, the four hosts: Les, Jon, Olly & Tony all had their own ideas about how a podcast should sound but had little idea of what was involved in producing a good quality podcast. So it was decided that a bit of background research was required, this book by O’Reilly came up quite a few times as recommended reading for people intending to start out podcasting.

Dec 16, 2012 - 3 minute read - Hacks

Upgrading Linux Mint 13 "Maya" to 14 "Nadia"

Olly finally got around to “Upgrading” his Sony Vaio VPCZ21MPE Ultrabook to Linux Mint 14. he tried the upgrade path, admittedly it’s not recommended and his experience highlights why. The upgrade instructions on Linux Mint’s site were basically how Linux Power Users used to upgrade their Distro’s back in the day, edit your sources.list file and then perform apt-get update, upgrade, dist-upgrade and then reboot. This worked fine up to the point where VirtualBox upgraded and tried to restart the service but couldn’t as the version of the kernel it needed wasn’t running as it had only just installed it.

Dec 8, 2012 - 1 minute read

Blackpool LUG meeting - reinstating G+ hangouts

This week at the Blackpool LUG: Just Ollie Tony and Mike attending. The numbers are dwindling as the weather gets progressively worse, so we decided to reinstate the Google hangout sessions that we ran throughout the summer. We set up a Linux Mint machine with KDE and twin monitors to handle the job, and Peter Cannon of Wolverhamptom LUG fame joined us. If anyone wants an invite for future meetings, just contact us, you know where we are!

Nov 24, 2012 - 2 minute read

Burning arduino boot loader

Attending the LUG meeting this week: Jon,Les,Tony,Ollie,Mike, and a brief appearance from Les’s new boss. Using an Arduino as a programmer to burn the bootloader onto a blank chip. The Arduino IDE has a sketch to turn an Arduino into a programmer, so you upload that sketch to the Arduino, then connect up as described here. Full wiring details on the Arduino site here:- Once connected, use the Arduino IDE, and select tools, programmer, Arduino as ISP.