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Jan 28, 2012 - 1 minute read

Meeting 28th January

This morning at the BLUG we have been helping big Les test google plus video conferencing with Hang Out. Les also gave those of us at the meeting some stickers he has had made of the #geekupthetower logo and the BLUG ‘Special Projects Group’ Logo, all our laptops are now suitably adorned. Arron and Tony have been using figlet to create ascii art to paste into the IRC chat channel. Les and Simon were testing gtalk in Google+.

Jan 25, 2012 - 3 minute read - meetings

TowerLUG meeting 21/1/2012

Another busy session this week, mostly taken up with two consecutive meetings to review the proposed communications plan, and the hackspace initiative respectively. However, I did learn some interesting geek facts before the formal part of the session kicked-off, such as the physical difference between PCI, PCI-E and AGP edge connectors, and that VGA is an analogue video signal, so the session wasn’t completely wasted! ;-) Anyhoo, suitably reinforced with generous amounts of coffee and chocolate biscuits, the meeting(s) commenced.

Jan 14, 2012 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG Meeting 14/01/2012

Blackpool LUG kick off 2012 in style! Hackerspaces!! In what was surely our busiest ever LUG session we welcomed Simon and his young son Theo, to the LUG. Simon has been looking into starting a hackerspace in Preston, and came to Blackpool LUG as we also were looking into starting a hackerspace in Blackpool. After discussing the requirements of a hackerspace, we agreed that we shall trial a hackerspace at Blackpool LUGs premises, for a couple of hours extra every week.

Jan 9, 2012 - 1 minute read

Blackpool LUG Special Projects Group @ Hack to the Future

Blackpool LUG has a special place in UK Linux events. We are the hardest working and most pro-active LUG in the country. Hence we have this special badge, designed by Phil Newborough (@corenominal of #! Crunchbang Linux fame). For our next event we are helping and speaking at Hack to the Future This new event has drawn a massive amount of support from businesses and education across the UK, even from the BBC, Google and Microsoft.

Dec 19, 2011 - 1 minute read

Is this our 10th anniversary? - Linux in 2001

PC Recycler is the host organisation for the Blackpool LUG, and this link on the wayback machine shows the first tentative steps with linux, back in 2001. Check out the hardware and software references. Netscape Navigator 4.05, and Corel Wordperfect 8 importing from MS Word 6 here:- http://web.archive.org/web/20010602234417/http://www.pc-recycler.fsbusiness.co.uk/linux.htm I am probably ‘jumping the gun’ we might have to wait until 2004/2014 :- http://blackpoollug.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2004-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2005-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=1 What do you think?

Dec 17, 2011 - 1 minute read - meetings

Mythbuntu revisited - A Christmas LUG

For the last meeting of 2011, we tackled Mythbuntu again. We had tried earlier in the year with limited success, and there is a full write up on the wiki, here:- Mythbuntu Ubuntu and consequently Mythbuntu have been updated to a later version since our last attempt, so Jon has decided to try again. The usb dongle used is a Disgo usb2.0 DVB-T tv stick, and the base unit is a small form factor Dell P4 with 1 Gig of memory.