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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,

March 13 2017: Farewell to Stephane Meet

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

Only Stéphane had announced something to share; so

John W asked about freezing rows and columns in LibreOffice Calc. This has changed recently but involves placing the cursor in the highest cell on the left hand side which you do not want to freeze and then selecting Windows->Freeze in older versions and View->Freeze cells in the newer versions.

February 13 2017: American Fuzzy Lop, SlackBuilds, LowEndSpirit, GPL violations and Jitsi Meet

Posted by John ( 4 minute read )

As only David had come with anything to share, we rambled round a wide range of topics.

Nick, who was with us for the first time since 2015, showed us the ThinkPad he had bought for £80 on eBay and told us that he had moved on from SkyBet to Leeds University Department of Engineering where there is a lot of Linux, mostly CentOS and using Puppet, and a wide range of computing resources up to an HPC cluster which is used by, among others, the European Space Agency.

January 9 2017: TU100, automatic static website creation and Slackbuilds

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Darren shared some of the problems which had appeared on the Open University TU100 My digital life forums relating to the SenseSense programming language which the Open University have developed from Scratch for use with mature students. Darren himself had had a problem because his 64-bit OS was just that; it had no 32-bit libraries.

December 12 2016: PIC micro-controller, Ham radio logging and LXQt

Posted by John ( 9 minute read )

Roger who hails from South Yorkshire and had stopped by on a return journey from Sutton Bank shared his experiences of using Linux with the PICkit and PIC microcontroller.

November 14 2016: Configuration management

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

David S did a presentation on configuration management or how to make sure that everything you need is set up as you want it to be whether on one or on a thousand devices.

October 10 2016: Manchester BarCamp and tracking intrusions on uWSGI

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

As no-one had prepared anything specially for the meeting and David S was occupied trying to get Adobe Flash to work on John W’s computer, we chatted among ourselves with Brian and Ash sharing their experiences of Manchester BarCamp. The arrangements had been better this year with half a dozen lecture rooms available. Brian had given his IoT talk which he had tried out on us the previous month and they had enjoyed sessions on Hacker Packet Radio and Git.

September 12 2016: MQTT, Node-RED, micro-benchmarks and review of the year

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Brian gave a demonstration of live messaging between ‘things’ using MQTT in which members were encouraged to participate; this involved installing Mosquitto, a message ‘broker’ for MQTT, and then connecting to the temporary wi-fi network which Brian had set up.

August 8 2016: Intel Compute Stick, Jekyll, Slackbuilds, reveal.js and Instant Messaging

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

John H announced that David C was moving back to the area after his wife had obtained a job in Leeds.

John showed his Intel Compute Stick; unfortunately, we did not have a female HDMI connector to enable it to be demonstrated.

Darren described the on-going saga of trying to get Slackware 14.2 running with LVM where he had made progress but not found a complete solution.

July 11 2016: Prototyping, VHS to DVD, Huginn, booting to LVM and UPS

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

John H shared a video he had made of a student presentation on prototyping in 1987; students had been divided into groups of four to research a topic and his group had decided to present their results by way of a series of sketches. At the time development mostly involved COBOL and programming only started after the requirements had been fully specified which normally meant that, by the time the program was delivered, things had moved on and the program no longer met the needs of the organisation. The proposed solution was prototyping of a model of the program to get user feedback before embarking on the programming or building the entire application by prototyping through a series of iterations in much the same way as free and open source software is now developed.

June 13 2016: Raspberry Pi Router, Swanky Paint, code compilation and amateur radio

Posted by John ( 4 minute read )

Brian demonstrated in this presentation how he set up a Raspberry Pi 2 as a router essentially by setting up a static IP during configuration and then handing over to a DNS server.

May 9 2016: Claude Shannon, BASH for Windows and USB WiFi dongle

Posted by John ( 6 minute read )

John W asked the best way to link together a number of computers and NFS or Samba were suggested.

John H talked about the background to and the work of Claude Shannon, the centenary of whose birth fell on 30 April 2016.

April 11 2016: BASH for Windows, Linus Torvalds and other matters

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

David S had hoped to be able to demonstrate BASH for Windows though he had found that he had to sign away all his rights to register on the Windows Insider Program and, when he had done that, found that the relevant option had not being installed on his tablet. So all he could do was point to the BASH on Ubuntu on Windows site.

March 14 2016: dBASE II, Scribus and Raspberry Pi 3 vs Odroid C2

Posted by John ( 9 minute read )

John H picked up on a discussion at the previous meeting to give a presentation on dBASE II. He had never upgraded to dBASE III because it was not backwards compatible with dBASE II (other programs of that era like WordStar and Supercalc had maintained backwards compatibility; so it was possible to use them on both CP/M and DOS machines) and because dBASE II had an operator similar to LIKE "%<substring>%" in SQL which had not been implemented in dBASE III. As he had made extensive use of this operator in his programs, an upgrade to dBASE III would have involved an extensive rewrite of all his programs.

February 8 2016: Parquet, Impala, Internet connections, Linuxone and snooping

Posted by John ( 4 minute read )

Alice started us off with Optimising Impala Queries, or a ‘Distributed Lego Community’, a demonstration of the principles behind Parquet, a columnar storage format, and Impala, an analytic database, for the Hadoop ecosystem. Columnar storage formats overcome the burden of reading every row of a table based database such as SQL.

January 11 2016: Erlang, Ian Murdock, FPGAs and openSPARC

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

With no presentations prepared, we talked about this and that, from Elixir, a concurrent programming language that runs on Erlang, to openSPARC.

2015 Christmas Quiz Answers

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )
  1. From which operating system did Linus Torvalds draw inspiration for Linux? Minix
  2. Which was the first recognisable Linux Distribution? Softlanding Linux System [the Manchester distribution is an alternative answer]

December 14 2015: Pine64, ARM GPUs, Cassandra, GPIO and GPG

Posted by John ( 6 minute read )

Brian introduced us to the Pine 64, an expandable single board computer starting at $15 for 512MB. Though a 2GB version was advertised, it appeared that only the 512MB and 1GB versions are currently available.

Stephane then recommended the Charbax videos and in particular the interview with Bernhard Rosenkränzer on the Android team at Linaro and Rob Clark of Red Hat who works on the open source GPU driver called Freedreno for Qualcomm’s ARM processors’ Adreno GPU. He noted that ARM GPUs are all bound to specific implementations of the GPU which makes producing common code very difficult.

November 9 2015: openSUSE LEAP, Realtime trains, GPIO, Libreboot and browser fingerprinting

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

John H began with a presentation on the background to the recent release of openSUSE LEAP 42.1.

Alice then demonstrated using the Realtime Trains API to download and analyse information about train movements on Train workings; the source code is on GitHub.

October 12 2015: Websites, Windows 10, Frutiger and backups

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

John H described the work he was doing on the Heath Old Boys Association website; this was a 2003 vintage frame based website which did not play well with modern devices; after he had explored various options, he had decided that the best option was to build a new HTML5 website on the lines described by Dave Fisher in his 2010 talk to BradLUG in front of the old website so that people could continue to access the old website while the new one was under construction.

September 14 2015 Seventh birthday review and Git

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

A select group of members gathered to celebrate the seventh birthday of BradLUG; there was cake and then John H presented a review of our seventh year which provoked a lot of discussion ...

July 13 2015 Cybersecurity, mesh networking, tools and snooping

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

John drew attention to the recent change in the MariaDB 10 .mysql_history file format which means that any old .mysql_history file is overwritten [he later found the following thread in the RedHat Bugzilla which suggests that the issue has been around for a while but is only cropping up as distros update to MariaDB 10].

June 8 2015: QGIS, snooping, SSD data retention and System rescue

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Paul outlined the proposed development of the Bradford CVS websites and Alice and John offered to look at ways of supporting these developments.

David described how he had dealt with the arrival of an Excel file containing images dotted about among the data about the proposed location for a dig. The first step had been to create a proper spreadsheet of the data and identify, using GPS, the latitude and longitude of two points which could then be used as reference points for the remaining data.

May 11 2015: Apache Spark, Dremelling hard drives, mixed mode UEFI and OwnCloud

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

Alice began by demonstrating using Apache Spark, an alternative to MapReduce with Hadoop, to analyse Leeds Road Traffic Accidents. Using the Scala shell, she read in the text file, created a Scala class, created an RDD (Resilient Distributed Dataset), cached it and then queried it to find the Pearson (linear) correlation between, for example, accidents with more than one casualty and the type of vehicle. It works faster because the data is held in memory and it is scalable. It can also query data held in other types of database including SQL. Since the latest version of Excel will link with Hadoop, it can be used to query Excel data.

April 13 2015: emscripten vs Native client and other things

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

Alice sent their apologies via Twitter as she was still in Kazakhstan time.

Brian asked about Swanky Paint and asked for help with hostapd which was no longer working as he expected.

March 9 2015: Audacity, LyX, Pirate Box, Dead drops and snooping

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

John H began with a short demonstration of cleaning up digital transfers of LPs using the noise removal and repair effects of Audacity to remove noise and eliminate clicks from the transfer. He then did a presentation arguing that LyX outforms any other software in document production though there are a few uses cases for which it is not suitable.

February 9 2015: Raspberry Pi 2, APL and more snooping

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Kriss and Shi demonstrated the Raspberry Pi 2. It is faster and more stable, the power issues have been fixed and it has four USB sockets. However, the separate composite socket has gone and it is obvious that more work needs to be done on the video drivers.

January 12 2015: SWAPI, Beyond PNR and Blender

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

Alice first introduced the Star Wars API which claims to have ‘All the Star Wars data you've ever wanted’ and gives you a chance to try out with claim and then the Beyond PNR presentation which takes you through the ways in which data is handled by the airline industry and the governments who want to know who is travelling where. (Click to advance the slideshow.)

December 15 2014: Haptic compass, BIOS flashing, Google calendar and the Regin malware

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

Alice brought in a North Paw haptic compass which he passed round. Worn on the ankle, it contains eight mobile vibrators each of which is turned on when it is the nearest one to north enabling the wearer gradually to learn the direction of north.

November 17 2014: CouchDB, CAP Theorem, passwordless proxy service, capacitor plague and MPD

Posted by John ( 4 minute read )

Alice talked about the past three years working for a company which supplies a lot of entertainment. Every evening they get a spike for ‘Game of thrones’ as people log in and a double spike for football matches where people leave during the interval.

October 20 2014: BarCamp Manchester, GPIO, GIMP and permissions

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

After a period of general chat Brian talked about his visit to the BarCamp Manchester where he had given two talks and heard an interesting talk about building a house with straw bales; it needs to be rendered with lime and have stakes to support it.

September 15 2014: Sixth Birthday, HTML and CSS and British Science Festival

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

After we had cut the cake John did a review of 2013–2014 suggesting, among other things, that people who had not already done so should take a look at the IT Stuff website.

This led into a discussion of security, passwords and the iCloud breach.

August 18 2014: Introduction to Linux, A computer called LEO and snooping

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

John H summarised his experiences of the Linux Foundation LFSx101: Introduction to Linux course.

David C reminded people not to forget that the function keys on their devices sometimes control whether hardware is or is not available for use.

Brian warned people that the permissions relating to SD cards have changed in KitKat.

July 21 2014 Slackware at 21 and snooping (again)

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

David S celebrated Slackware’s 21st birthday with a slide presentation in which he pointed out that, among other things, it:

June 16th 2014 Art, Encryption and Aviation

Posted by Alice ( 1 minute read )

Without our regular note taker present, the minutes from June’s meeting is a little lacking.  We spoke about Leeds Art Crawl, Flight Radar, Truecrypt, and secure VoIP whilst attempting to install Android on an EePC (and getting slightly further in doing so than WYLUG).

May 19th 2014 CLI discoveries and No place to hide

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Brian presented a number of recent discoveries:

March 17th 2014 Manchester Space Programme, Pi Nest, G-BJVT and the strange tale of systemd

Posted by John ( 5 minute read )

Shi brought in the first edition of Linux Voice.

John H did a brief history of MIME Types in response to a question at an earlier session and then

David B introduced the Manchester Space Programme using the slides which had been used at the 27 February 2014 launch. MADLAB has considerably expanded and Makerspace has moved to new premises.

February 17th 2014 Desktop, NSA (again), BCB, AWK and Haiku

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Brian used recordMyDesktop to demonstrate his Gnome desktop with the Cairo Dock desktop interface, BitTorrent sync syncing all his devices, Gigolo, a GUI for remote servers, to demonstrate how fast the Raspberry Pi is accessing a 2TB drive, and creating and applying a password in KeyPassX.

January 20th 2014 Tor, TrueCrypt, BGP and gaming

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Alice demonstrated how to download Tor; it is better to download it directly into your own user rather than from repos because the direct download gives you everything you need and is likely to be more up-to-date than the versions in repos. The download comes with a start-tor-browser script to run. The Vidalia graphical controller is included in the package and acts as a control panel.

December 16th 2013 Answers to the Quiz

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

Here are the answers to the quiz:

December 16th 2013 FOSS, IP, IXLeeds and much more

Posted by John ( 4 minute read )
Without a programme for the evening but with plenty of cakes, we started with some questions from Will about MS Office.

November 18th 2013 logstash, money and SlackBuilds

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

Alice introduced logstash, a tool for managing logs, parsing them and storing the results for later use, in their case to produce graphs using graphite; logstash has good documentation. In response to a question, she also mentioned using splunk to find errors in logs.

October 21st 2013 Ogg Camp, Libertree and snooping (again)

Posted by John ( 8 minute read )

Brian described his experiences at the Liverpool Ogg Camp from which he had just returned. His choice of accommodation in the Youth Hostel had not proved entirely satisfactory. Open Street Map had worked well and got him to the University Arts Building; most of the arranged speakers were not very interesting but reps from Canonical and Mozilla were there to show off Ubuntu Touch and Mozilla OS. He had met Graham Morrison from LinuxFormat and Ben Nuttall who organises the Manchester Raspberry Jam.

September 16th 2013 Fifth Birthday, snooping and wearable technology

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

After we had cut the cake John H did a quick resumé of the events of the past year.

August 19th 2013 Pi PBX, Turing's curse and HTML5 update

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

Brian told us ‘the things that don't go into the guides’ as far as using FreePBX on the Raspberry Pi is concerned, including:

July 15th 2013 Vector graphics programs and Audacity

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

John H demonstrated the very different approaches taken by two very different vector graphics programs, Inkscape and Xfig, by tackling the first two exercises in Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program (Third Edition) in both programs.

June 17th 2013 Big Data and Development Environments

Posted by Alice ( 1 minute read )
Alice spoke about how it can be slow and painful setting up development environments, and gave a brief demo of her Hadoop development environment which lets anybody deploy a virtual machine with all the necessary tools in minutes.

May 20th 2013 Oculus Rift, GRAMPS, 100 top sites and ‘snooper's charter’

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

Shi and Kriss demonstrated the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with a number of brave souls taking up the challenge; their recording of the session is at copy.com.

April 15th 2013 UEFI, JavaScript 1K demos and vector animation

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

We had a general discussion around installing UEFI secure boot and then looked at a couple of April Fool RFCs: RFC 1149 and RFC 1925.

March 18th 2013 Show and tell

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

We had an impromptu Show and Tell this month. Alice explained how the classical approach to scaling websites was no longer appropriate for websites serving many pages. The time taken to generate material from a database, render it and despatch it was typically 6-800ms. You could reduce the load where many of the requests were for the same data by adding a cache or squid proxy. But this could create further problems keeping the cache or proxy up-to-date.

February 18th 2013 memtest86+, FabLab, BCB and SUSE

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )
David S introduced memtest86+ which can diagnose faulty RAM which may cause random crashes, the storage of faulty data, incorrect checksums and a range of inconsistent errors.

January 21st 2013 Raspberry Pi Winners, LMMS and CLI

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )
Kriss and Shi introduced the co-operative Spies vs Ghosts game they had devised for the Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Hack Day.

November 28th 2012 FabLab, Centos and CLI

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )
David C gave us a photographic tour of Airedale Fab Lab and suggested that we should organise a trip there one Saturday.

October 31st 2012 CLI, GIMP and more

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )
Andy kicked us off with a look at GIMP 2.8 and some of the new features. We also got a demo on using the GIMP to produce simple web graphics and for photo enhancement. There was some interesting discussion about how this versions allows GIMP to look and feel more like Photoshop, but also about how the integration of Photoshop into the Adobe suite of tools means that, while GIMP can easily create print ready artwork, hard core Photoshopers are still not likely ot make the switch. Gimp 2.8 is not available in some distros, so the PPA for Ubuntu 12.04 (also works on Mint 13 (Maya) is: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-gimp-2-8-2-in-ubuntu-12-04-precise.html David gave us the 4th instalment in his series on the introduction to the command line. Alice pre-empted much of his talk as becoming customary, and as usual, 'we all learned something' Downloads:

September 26th 2012: Testing Testing

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
Alice showed us how to use Selenium to record actions on a webpage and turn them into tests. These are the links you need: Some talk about Cuttlefish: https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/cuttlefish/  - which will adapt your environment to your changing circumstances. Dave continued his command line talk which was NOT called the Human Centipede, but had a lot to do with pipes. A link to the presentation is coming. Also it was our Birthday. Thanks to Richard for the Cake (it was not a lie!).

August 29th 2012 Commandline, HTML and CSS

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )
David pointed out that in Unix everything is either an operation or something being operated on. The things being operated on are files in the filesystem which he pointed out resembles the humble potato.

July 25th 2012: Commandline and Ada

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )
The first instalment of David's introdution to the command line and the latest adventures with Raspberry-Pi followed by a look at Ada Lovelace's contribution to computing are among items on the agenda.

June 27th 2012: Windows 8

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
Richard gave us a guided tour of a pre-release version of Windows 8. There was a lot to be said about what Microsoft is trying to achieve, and how that relates to the rest of the IT world, devices and operating systems. Mike gave us a culture quiz - to help keep us all well rounded human beings, as well as geeks! Well done to Andy for winning and taking the prizes, and thanks to Mike for organising. Dave S suggested a monthly set of short 'How the Command Line can be your friend' talks, which everyone seemed to welcome.

May 30th 2012: Pi anyone?

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
Nigel demonstrated Raspberry Pi running a variety of programs. John demonstrated LXDE and Parted Magic and Brian demonstrated Cinnamon. Thanks to Nigel for letting people play with/explore/use his new toy/gadget/computer.

April 25th 2012: Show and Tell

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
This month we had a general show and tell session. John showed us how to convert a bitmap to a vector, Dave S showed us around XFCE and some crazy patents, Darren showed us KDE, Nigel demoed Linux Mint, and Dave C showed his Ubuntu 10.04 desktop. We also had an interesting presentation on Maser (Microwave Laser) from Brian.

March 28th 2012: Go search

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
Graham introduced Munzee, a 21st century scavenger hunt; it is similar to geocaching except that one uses a QR code; placing Munzees can overlap with Geocache as long as you get the geocacher's permission. Munzee can be played individually or in a group. It requires an Android or iPhone with 3G reception. Graham has planted 22 Bradford Monopoly Munzees if you fancy finding them! David C demonstrated how he had...

February 29th 2012: SqueezePlayer, BubbleUPnP, Raspberry Pi, Scratch and WPS

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

Brian demonstrated SqueezePlayer, the Logitech version and BubbleUPnP running on a mobile ’phone to play/control a media centre.

November 26th 2011

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
In the last meeting of 2011... Dave S showed us some of the documents in the Barnes & Noble dispute with Microsoft over infringement claims. Interesting stuff. There was then a bit of discussion about the Apple v's Samsung dispute in Australia.

October 26th 2011

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
Nigel showed the video of RepRap, the 3D self-replicating printer: http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page Alice demonstrated Munin, which provides updates every ten minutes of the performance of a server: http://munin-monitoring.org/ and also Damn Vulnerable Web App (DVWA), a php/mysql tool for testing website vulnerabilities. http://www.dvwa.co.uk/

3rd Birthday Meeting, Sept 2011

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
BradLUG Third birthday cakes Happy Birthday to us, and thanks (once again) to Andrea for the baking. Yum! During the meeting we learnt lots about:

31st August 2011 - Darktable, buses, desktops and HTML5

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
David Spencer presented Darktable, which does similar things to DigiKam, Shotwell and F-Spot but generally does them better. Its key feature is that the original photos remain untouched; instead Darktable manipulates a history stack of changes, including changes to the metadata, which can then be exported elsewhere....

July 27th 2011 - Distros, Raspberries, and Microsoft

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
A select group discussed distributions, including Galpon Minino, a Debian based Spanish distribution which will run on old computers and their version for children ( http://gruvi.galpon.org/minino/miscelanea/PicarOS.avi) and the Turkish produced Pardus distro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viEQ-DWxX50), progress with Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org/), due out in November, and setting up Myth TV.

June 29th 2011 - Open VPN, Truecrypt, Bitcoin...

Posted by Dave ( 2 minute read )

At last night's meeting we discussed OpenVPN, Truecrypt, Bitcoin and Tomboy Notes.

The slides from the talk on OpenVPN are available from Github, but probably don't make any sense on their own.. We covered the use-cases for OpenVPN, along with discussion on problems setting it up people had encountered and tricks and tips. We also quickly installed a server on the night, so hopefully people feel more comfortable setting it up now.

May 25th 2011 - Open source, intellectual property and all that jazz – the MIT licence

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
Robert concluded his presentation on IP law by looking at US, European and UK law and taking a detailed look at the structure and content of the MIT licence. Members digested the news that Linus is thinking of starting kernel 3.0.0, John summarised where we are with the FOSS articles for Bradford CVS and invited contributions and Nick introduced the Raspberry Pi computer: http://www.raspberrypi.org/

April 27th 2011 - Open source, intellectual property and all that jazz

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
Robert took us through the first part of his presentation on the legal fiction of IP covering copyright, patents and trademarks pointing out that IP law is framed by lawyers for publishers to maximise investor returns and imposed on consumers, producers and distributors. John then introduced the Cabinet Office survey on open source standards which is very much aimed at integrators rather than individual users and David demonstrated Quantum GIS.

March 30th 2011 - KDE 2000

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
John demonstrated KDE 1.2 from 2000 comparing applications as they were in 2000 with what they look like today. Download: KDE 2000 Presentation (.odp 0.8MB) There were some other things we did at that meeting, can you remember what?

February 2011 - IPV6, BGP and BAS

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
[BAS = Bursting At the Seams] 36 people packed out the meeting last night to hear a really good talk about 'how your mother will never notice' as the internet infrastructure makes the switch from IPV4 to IPV6. Andy Davidson of Hurricane Electric gave the talk, and a demo of their IPV6 Tunnel Broker that people can use to try the IPV6 net. Anyone got any plans to do something locally on World IPV6 Day, 8th June 2011?

January 26th 2011

Posted by Dave ( 2 minute read )
Nice to see everyone again in the new year. Last night's meeting was a bit of a mish mash of news and new ideas. So: Dates for your diary: First Saturday of March, June, September, December 2011 will be days when we can spend some more time looking in depth at things of interest (yes it's a vague as that). We'd like people to suggest topics, offer their services, etc and then the group will offer help and support to make it happen. We'll get these dates on our calendar, it's looking like Arduino might be the first day (March 5th) Nige agreed to draw together a calendar of big events and to get those on the calendar as well (this after Martin informed us that UKLUG is going to be in Leeds this year, 22nd-24th March) Bradford Jelly - next meeting 11th Feb, Bradford Uni.

November 24th 2010

Posted by Dave ( 2 minute read )
Firstly, wow - 28 people crammed into the room for last night's meeting. Lovely to see you all. We had half a dozen or so new faces, so I hope you all felt welcome and enjoyed what was on offer. If you have any feedback for us please let us know via a comment here, a message via the contact form or on the mailing list. Secondly, wow - and thanks to Thomas Mangin (Non-Executive Director at LINX and Technical Director at Exa Networks), and David Farrar, (head of R&D at Exa Networks), ...

October 27th 2010

Posted by Dave ( 2 minute read )
Yesterday's meeting saw presentations about the history of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Macbuntu, and (even more) on the Cycle of Change.

September 29th 2010: Happy Birthday

Posted by Dave ( 3 minute read )
The meeting on the 29th gave a chance to look to both the past and the future. See Andrea's post for the pre-meeting agenda. Quite a lot of things came out of the meeting, and if thought's suggestions and ideas are to be taken forward then people are welcome to get cracking on them. Attached we have John's presentation that was ammended as the meeting progressed and a PDF of the post-it comments that people made. (svg file also available - please contact us if you want it.).

August 25th 2010: HTML 5: The Hype and Some Alternative Realities

Posted by John ( 4 minute read )

David Fisher and Jeff introduced HTML5, saying that it was estimated that HTML5 will only receive full approval in 2022 because W3C standards now require full compliance from two browsers.

July 28th 2010: Show and Tell

Posted by Dave ( 2 minute read )
No formal speaker this month, so those with something to show, got up and told us about:

June 30th: Creative Applications

Posted by Wayne ( 2 minute read )
Tonight we were joined by Huw Davies, creator of the Bunny web comic to talk to us about using open source products in the creative space, with a focus on images for the web and for print. He spoke about GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus and a few useful command line tools. He gave a run down of the pro's and con's of each from his perspective, but demonstrated his enthusiasm for each of the products in the phrase 'It just works!".

May 2010: Law, Open-Source, Linux

Posted by Dave ( 1 minute read )
No. Attending: 19 We had David Forbes giving us the main talk of the evening: Law, Open-Source, Linux. In (very) brief: David put technology into sides -the Force and the Darkside The Force covered much on bringing technology to all people. He spent some time talking about making the web accessible - with reference to a case study of a blind person. The Dark side focused on licences, copyright, and how people fall foul of these legal instruments. He covered the SCO claims around Linux needing to be licensed to them. Summed up by "Establishing provenance is a about documentation"

April 2010 – Show and Tell

Posted by Wayne ( 1 minute read )
Among other things....

March 24th 2010 Privacy and the Web

Posted by John ( 3 minute read )

Alice told the story of privacy and the Web. In the beginning, ownership was confined to a few with most people in serfdom; then mortgages allowed people to begin to own things. In computing, one started with the mainframe where you didn’t own anything; then people got PCs which allowed them to own the hardware but not the code; Linux allowed people to own the hardware, the code and the data. With Web 2.0 you once again don’t own the hardware or the code or even your data; with the cloud you don’t own the hardware. In future IPv6 will be able to be used as ID numbers.

January 2010: 40 years of Unix

Posted by Wayne ( 1 minute read )

History is a useful tool for helping us find out why we do what we do today. If it we’ren’t for Unix, there’d be no GNU/Linux.

November 2009: Show and tell and Group Business

Posted by Wayne ( 4 minute read )

We started with a demo of Google’s ChromeOS, (built from the recently released source), by both Dick and Wayne. we saw a  machine boot up to a login screen that uses your googlemail details to get straight into a familiar Google Chrome browser. And that’s about it – for people that live on line.

October 2009: Introduction to Web Services

Posted by Wayne ( 1 minute read )

Lorna Mitchell gave us a introduction to ‘web services’, and some idea about how to go about consuming them using PHP as your language of choice. This was run through of the talk she’s due to give at the PHP Barcelona Conference on the 30th/31st October. She can describe it better than I can….

September 30th 2009 Show and tell

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

John demonstrated Xfig which provoked some interest but also dislike of the interface.

Mike talked about FreeSWITCH, a rewrite of the Asterisk code which, when combined with a billing package, can provide an alternative. Currently people are restricted to Skype and Gizmo [no longer available] as there aren’t many subscribers to open systems or gateways between the different providers.

August 2009: Introduction to Python

Posted by Wayne ( 1 minute read )

This month Bernard Czenkusz, of Skipole Networks gave us an introduction to the popular programming language Python

July 2009 : Show and Tell

Posted by Wayne ( 1 minute read )

With the abscence of a speaker/presentation we went for a ’show and tell’ session with people spending roughly 5-10 mins showing the rest of us something good!

June 2009: Media Creation using Linux (Video)

Posted by Wayne ( 2 minute read )

Martyn Ranyard talked about video in Linux.

May 27th 2009 Digital photography

Posted by John ( 7 minute read )

David S gave a full length presentation on Digital photography: the free software perspective which is too big to upload but which can be supplied on request.

He started by pointing out that:

March 2009: Open Source Gaming

Posted by Wayne ( 1 minute read )

As part of the talk on Open Source Gaming, Richard used the presentation below to tell us about Oolite, a space sim game, inspired by Elite (http://oolite.org/).

February 2009: LyX and LaTeX

Posted by Wayne ( 1 minute read )

John gave a fascinating talk. If you missed it, check out the handout: Updated 26th Aug 2010

November 26th 2008 Cycle of change, desktops and a meeting place

Posted by John ( 1 minute read )

David C welcomed people to the meeting and shared the The Cycle of Change.

October 29th 2008 A meeting place and what we should do

Posted by John ( 2 minute read )

David C welcomed people to the meeting noting that people continue to sign up; there are now about 30 people on the list. The monthly meeting on a Wednesday had ten people at its last meeting; the Friday pub meeting had six.