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Sep 10, 2011 - 1 minute read

A bit of variety

This week, we went off track a bit and discussed classic cars, gas turbine powered cars, flying cars, harrier jump jets and a possible new vertical take off and landing plane in development. Tony still visits the Northern realisation auction and regularly turns up with interesting ‘bargains’, most recently, a very nice toshiba notebook.

Sep 3, 2011 - 2 minute read

Problems with Grub2 and dual booting

Jon has a laptop dual booting windows and Ubuntu. After upgrading to windows7, the dual boot menu was lost, and only windows was available. This is normal, and is the reason why it is preferable to install windows first, then Linux, for a dual booting system. Ubuntu was still on the disk, windows had just replaced the bootloader with it’s own, and ignored Linux. Normally in this situation, it is just a case of putting the grub boot loader back, but since the arrival of grub2, it does not seem to be as straightforward as it used to be with grub.

Aug 21, 2011 - 1 minute read


I tend to close shop for a few weeks in the school holidays, so August will be a quiet month at Ripon road.

Jul 31, 2011 - 2 minute read


Initially, I am going to look at three options. 1: Virtualization using Qemu. 2: Development boards or single board computers. (sbc) 3: Integrated development environments/ software development kits (ide/sdk) Virtualization using Qemu Both Fedora and Debian Linux have ARM ports, which means Fedora and Debian can run on ARM hardware as well as the usual Intel hardware in a PC. Here is a link to the Fedora project howto: a link to the Debian ARM project: and the Debian howto: Link to Qemu: and Gcc is a free compiler.

Jul 30, 2011 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG Meeting 30/07/2011

Today was a very busy meeting. Arduinos, banners, Python, Inkscape, Open Pandora ethernet, and lots of coffee. First things first, have you seen our new banner? If you are going to Oggcamp then you will see it in the flesh! Next, have you downloaded and played Angry Beaks, our very own game launched in association with Blackpool computer club, if not, get it here;- Android Market - Angry Beaks Donald and Jon worked on an Arduino, hooking it up to an LCD screen and sending messages to the screen.

Jul 19, 2011 - 2 minute read

Debian 6 on a G4 powermac

I bought a dual processor G4 powermac recently, with the intention of using it to backup, scan and clean Windows/Intel machines, as the powerpc architecture would be immune to infection. Unfortunately, the hard disk failed almost as soon as I started using it, and it did not come with recovery disks. Replacing the drive was straightforward, as it uses standard IDE drives and connectors. Debian came to the rescue with it’s powerpc port.