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May 12, 2011 - 1 minute read

Meeting 7-05-2011

This week, Jon gave a talk on the Solwise multifunction plug. Jon first introduced it to us at an earlier meeting, notes here:- http://blackpoollug.blogspot.com/2010/11/meeting-solwise-net-3g-3g11nmrw-35g.html and since then, several members have bought these plugs as the price continues to fall, currently £24.99 on Amazon:- http://www.amazon.co.uk/3-5G-wall-mount-11n-router After a short discussion, it was decided that the wiki was a valuable resource, and was the preferred way for project collaboration, rather than trying to do project collaboration on this site.

May 7, 2011 - 7 minute read - projects

Setting up a MythTV system based on Mythbuntu

Introduction This document records the steps that the Blackpool Linux User Group took to get a MythTV system up and working. Guide http://www.mythtv.org/docs/ Goals of our MythTV machine: To provide a usable EPG (electronic program guide) for upcoming programmes To schedule and record Freeview programmes directly or via the EPG To play DVD’s (and retrieve info from online sources, e.g. IMDB) To play video files (formats?) Note: Playing music and viewing images is not a priority for the group (and MythTV is notably weak in this area).

May 7, 2011 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG - Coffee Mornings

Mike took some time off over the extended bank holiday period, but some intrepid souls needed their fix of Linux and general geekery. Tony, Jon, Arran and Les met for coffee on two occasions. April 23rd Barista Coffee Shop, Birley St, Blackpool. Les talked about his recent trip to Gadget Show Live http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 He said that he enjoyed the day, but felt that the event focussed to much on large tech items, rather than smaller niche items.

Apr 30, 2011 - 3 minute read

Very basic Linux

These links should help you in your quest to understand how Linux ‘ticks’. http://ftp.lanet.lv/ftp/mirror/Slackware/bootdisks/ If you download the kernel ‘bare.i’ from the Slackware/bootdisks link, then put it on a floppy with :- dd if=bare.i of=/dev/fd0 you will then have a floppy with a linux kernel that can partially boot. This endorsement from Colin indicates that the download link works, the ‘dd’ command works and the resulting floppy disk boots. Now we need to use this command on a second floppy disk, this will format the disk.

Apr 30, 2011 - 3 minute read - projects

Very basic Linux

These links should help you in your quest to understand how Linux ‘ticks’. http://ftp.lanet.lv/ftp/mirror/Slackware/bootdisks/ If you download the kernel ‘bare.i’ from the Slackware/bootdisks link, then put it on a floppy with :- dd if=bare.i of=/dev/fd0 you will then have a floppy with a linux kernel that can partially boot. “I managed to get this far on Sunday!- Colin” This endorsement from Colin indicates that the download link works, the ‘dd’ command works and the resulting floppy disk boots.

Apr 30, 2011 - 2 minute read

Project suggestions

Media box Front end graphical interface for non Linux users (no menus) Plays – All video formats Plays – All audio formats Plays – ISO files Plays – PDF files and other text files Areas to learn from Creating an interface that doesn’t look like a Linux/windows desktop, just pictures/icons Learning how to get files to work by using the CLI/scripting Work out additional modes of control via things like touch screen,remote control, mobile phone (via Bluetooth etc) Emulator box Front end graphical interface for non Linux users (no menus) Plays – arcade games Plays – pre – 8 bit computer software Plays – home 8, 16 bits computers software Plays – 8, 16, 32 bit games console software Areas to learn from Creating an interface that doesn’t look like a Linux/windows desktop, just pictures Learning how to get files to work by using the CLI/scripting.