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Nov 19, 2012 - 1 minute read

Fignition single board computer

Ollie built the fignition single board computer (pictured) from a kit of parts. When it works, it runs forth, a programming language: from wikipedia) “Although not as popular as other programming systems, Forth has enough support to keep several language vendors and contractors in business. Forth is currently used in boot loaders such as Open Firmware, space applications,[1]#cite_note-1)and other embedded systems. Gforth, an implementation of Forth by the GNU Project, is actively maintained, with its most recent release in December 2008.

Nov 10, 2012 - 1 minute read

Les donates some books to the lug library

Attending this week were Les Tony and Mike. Les kindly donated some books to the library:- Linux in no time. PHP and mySQL for dummies. Concurrent systems an integrated approach to operating systems, databases, and distributed systems. Using HTML4. Windows annoyances. Google advertising tools. Computer science fourth edition. The web design CD bookshelf. Flash site workshop. Windows 2000 active directory. Programming in C++. CSS anthology essential tips and tricks. Linux administration keeping your ahead condense technical guide.

Nov 4, 2012 - 2 minute read

Just like the old days - LUG meeting 3rd November

We did have a meeting this week although it was limited to Tony, Donald and Mike with Olly putting in an appearance on a hangout. Reminded me of a few years ago when I first attended the lug and most weeks it was just ¾ of us. Coffee was supped , biscuits munched and not much in the way of Linux this week, although we manage to chat our way through to 12.30 and discuss various topics from central heating to beds!!!!

Oct 29, 2012 - 1 minute read - tips

lubuntu 11.10 verbose boot

Lubuntu sits with a blank screen for more than a minute after switch on while it is booting to the desktop. to get the old fashioned verbose mode back, edit:- /etc/default/grub gksudo pico /etc/default/grub GRUB_TIMEOUT=10 #change from 10 to 0 Delete (or comment out) the whole line which contains ‘quite splash’ uncomment the line GRUB_TERMINAL=console save the file, then at the command line, do: sudo update-grub and restart

Oct 13, 2012 - 1 minute read

Redundant computers?

Here is a picture of three Dell laptops, all different models and well past their sell by date for running windows XP or later. They are all P3’s running between 600 and 800 MHz cpu and 128 and 256 memory. As you can see they are all running Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity and are perfectly usable. This is achieved by network booting from a single Linux Terminal Server (LTSP). If only more organisations would realise that this is possible, there would be a lot less equipment scrapped and the environment would benefit.