As BCB was closed, Bernard, David and John gathered at Wetherspoons where, by combining battery resources, they were able to hold an online meeting with Brian, Nick and John W.
Nick gave a presentation on Conda which was originally known as Anaconda and developed for use with Python/R but is now in more general scientific computing use. It is essentially a configuration manager; it does not replace anything else but allows you to manage different packages and versions of software in different environments without conflicts. It ensures reproducibility which is important for researchers when they wish to share findings.
Brian had been able to set up Asterisk and knew that he could make outgoing calls. He demonstrated that his mobile showed up under ‘mobile shell devices,’ he was successful in calling Nick’s ’phone and the quality was all right at Brian’s end. However, when Nick tried to call him, he got Brian’s mobile voicemail. John mentioned that, in setting up some new cordless ’phones at home, he had found his provider began its answerphone message after four rings. He suggested the problem might be his provider’s settings.
David showed how far he had got using his 3D printer to create the ESP32-Cam Pan&Tilt as described in the Random Nerd Tutorials which he had first mentioned at the January meeting. He demonstrated the USB plug he had made working as intended.
Our second attempt at a hybrid meeting was less successful than our first with problems with both video and audio.
It has been great creating the shows with the other Stuffers (heh) who have become some of my most favouritest peeps.
Firstly, wow — we managed seven years worth of consistent (lol) unadulterated tech comedy opinion-based content, about 87 or more episodes in total.
We met for the first time in two years at Bradford Community Broadcasting and also had our first hybrid meeting with Brian and John W online.
Brian asked a question about searching for someone when you have their last address but are not sure whether they are still there which generated a number of suggestions, none of which appeared conclusive.
Brian said he had gone back to using a PBX as the interface for cordless ’phones and his mobile. The mobile connects via Bluetooth but the audio quality is poor.
He had discovered that the Raspberry Pi 2 is the minimum on which you can use NordVPN with which he is using the Raspberry Pi as a gateway.
Brian shared a problem he was having with tailscale which uses WireGuard; he had tried to transmit out to a network but it did not work. In Spain he can only watch the BBC on his computer but he can use Vivaldi to cast his desktop to the TV; in this way, he can log in to the BBC and then cast the programme to the TV.
Darren had been having problems with Kontact and was unable to use the Calendar; John suggested he locate the Korganizer
std.ics file which can be opened in other calendar programs. John had done something similar when there were problems some years ago with Kontact.
John went on to share a script for backing up mysql/mariadb databases:
John presented a short quiz to mark 30 years of Linux: