We normally meet every second Tuesday of the month for talks and demonstrations from 7:00pm onwards at BCB Radio in February, May, August and November and online in other months.
Why not come along to a meeting?
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:
Darren reported that his DVD drive door opens whenever the machine is returning from sleep; a couple of suggestions were made: that he checks the BIOS firmware and that he checks the boot order to see if the DVD is selected prior to the hard drive.
He is continuing to explore Picroft.
He showed a Bluetooth speaker he had acquired to amplify smartphone audio.
Darren began by sharing what he had been looking at in machine learning and AI: Siri/Alexa/Picroft and a number of personal projects including
As no-one apart from Brian had brought anything to share, the conversation roamed across a range of non-computing topics.
Brian had however solved the problem he had had over booting a Raspberry Pi from a USB drive.
David shared the rather underwhelming photo of BepiColumbo skimming past Venus.
Bernard shared some more of his work for the Astronomy centre, focusing on the Aladin client. One of the problems in astronomy is determining a zero point from which coordinates can be calculated. Traditionally the zero point had been determined as the equinox but it is now determined by using a catalogue of distant objects which are apparently stationary but whose positions can be determined. This has led to a formal definition of the International Celestial Reference System (ICRS) which the Python package astropy will convert by using a website which gives the earth’s position at present.