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January 8 2018 LineageOS, Classic Programmer Paintings and Let’s Encrypt Meet

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Brian described how he had reflashed his smartphone and his tablet. With the demise of CyanogenMod, LineageOS has taken taken over this space. First go to the Wiki and find the codename for your device; then click on that for the instructions for your device. Note that these are overcomplicated and many steps can be ignored.

Go to OpenGApps where you need to locate your Android version and your processor. You can also choose the level of Google service you want from minimal to maximum. Download the relevant zip file to your computer.

December 11 2017 Advent of Code, Skype for Linux and Wireguard Meet

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )
Darren suggested that we look at Advent of Code, a series of increasingly difficult programming puzzles, which he did while Alice decided to apply Test Driven Development to solving the puzzles which resulted in a solution to the first of the puzzles before he had to leave to catch his train.

November 13 2017 Krack, Algoraves and maths software Meet

Posted by John ( 4 minute read )

Darren had brought some cakes for us to celebrate his birthday and mentioned the Krack vulnerability in WPA2. David S referred to the part of this press release which refers to the early release of a patch by OpenBSD and the exclusion of OpenBSD from early notification of future vulnerabilities.

October 9 2017 MQTT, MODX and CiviCRM Meet

Posted by John ( 7 minute read )

Bernard demonstrated the software he is developing for the Todmorden Astronomy Centre to enable members remotely to control the Remscope, a robotic telescope currently being constructed at the site.

September 11 2017 WebAssembly, Node-RED, asciinema, Review of the Year and Magicbane Meet

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

Shi brought some cakes, including a beautiful chocolate cake, to celebrate our ninth birthday.

Kriss and Shi introduced WebAssembly on which all the browser manufacturers have agreed to work. WebAssembly provides a virtual CPU which maps to the actual CPU in the device on which you can run C programs compiled to run on the virtual CPU. It operates at a lower level than the Java VM and the code, which runs closer to bare metal than anything else, will run in any browser — as long as the browser manufacturers are not lying. Because it runs in a sandbox, it is as secure as Javascript.

August 14 2017:VirtualBox, Node-RED, LyX, P versus NP and Firefox Meet

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

As a result of questions by Ash at the previous meeting and John W at this one,

John H demonstrated VirtualBox with FreeDOS running inside it. He has yet to install any DOS programs to run in it!

July 10 2017:AppImage, Slackbuilds and StarPlot Meet

Posted by John ( 6 minute read )

Brian introduced AppImage which provides a way of installing packages directly from the maintainer without going through a distro.

June 12 2017:Guacamole, test-driven development, Ansible and Wireguard Meet

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

As no-one had prepared anything,

Brian mentioned that his search for a replacement for Tomboy had led him to Apache Guacamole which is currently an Apache Incubator project.

May 8 2017: Intel AMT, EdgeXFactory, Shodan and CiviCRM Meet

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )
Notes from the May meeting

April 10 2017: Creating a Git Repository Meet

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

We welcomed Ben, a Python programmer from Cambridge, who was on a working trip to West Yorkshire.

Brian asked about notetaking apps because Tomboy was no longer synchronising properly. He would prefer a web-based app and had looked at Minimatch which uses NPM.

This provoked a discussion about developers dropping features.

Then, while David S led a private discussion at one end of the room,