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Dec 11, 2010 - 3 minute read - meetings

Meeting - ubuntu quickly software development + Jolicloud

This week, Les, Tony, Colin, Peter and Mike. Coffee supplied by Colin, Blueberry muffins courtesy of Tony. Mince pies on the menu for next week. The first half of the meeting was general Linux chitchat, then we moved on to look at Jolicloud in a virtual machine, then on a netbook. Quickly is to be an ongoing project, in the projects section. Finally, Colin has still not achieved his objective with Tiny/Microcore Linux on the ancient IBM thinkpad, so decided to take a free Toshiba to experiment on.

Dec 7, 2010 - 1 minute read

O'Reilly Announces Global Ignite Week 2011

O’Reilly Media announces Global Ignite Week 2011. From February 7-11, over 100 cities will host community-powered Ignite events attended by upwards of 12,000 technologists, entrepreneurs, DIYers, and creative professionals on at least six continents. Participating cities in our area include Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Lisbon, Oporto, Paris and Warsaw. Global Ignite Week happens online as well as in person, which makes Ignite talks available to the whole world. Local Ignites will stream live video during their events, and then add those talks to the 1300+ five-minute videos archived on igniteshow.com Global Ignite Week is an annual celebration of the energy, interaction, and fervor of the Ignite community.

Dec 3, 2010 - 1 minute read

Arista – A Two-Click Video Conversion Tool For Linux

the simplicity of Arista Transcoder. Select your file, select what you’re converting to and you’re ready to go. Best of all: you can queue a number of files and then walk away, knowing the conversion will be handled for you. Select your source file or disc, select the device you want to play your video on and, if you want, pick a preset. When you’re done simply click “Add To Queue” and Arista will get to work converting the file.

Dec 3, 2010 - 1 minute read

No meeting Saturday 4th December

Snow on the ground in Blackpool is not a common sight, but this is the view on my way in to work today (Friday). It is snowing heavily now, so no meeting tomorrow, Sorry! [![]( ]( From [meetings](

Nov 27, 2010 - 1 minute read - meetings

Meeting - Solwise NET-3G-3G11nMRW 3.5G

Jon brought in his Solwise NET-3G-3G11nMRW 3.5G, which is apparently available for the knock down price of £34. Link to Solwise 3G router This wall/desk mounted router accesses the internet using the USB dongle supplied by your mobile service provider. The service is then available to share via Ethernet or the integrated 802.11n Access Point. A Fail-Back mode is available to automatically back up a fixed internet connection when that service is interrupted.

Nov 27, 2010 - 2 minute read


App Engine is a service provided by Google, which serves as hosting for web applications. As Google are experts in the field of scalable web applications, they provide an environment and the technology required to create applications that can scale to a large number of users. The service is currently in preview stages but it still provides a very stable working environment. With a free account there are certain quotas (database storage, bandwidth, etc…) that your application must adhere to.