Meeting March 27th 2015 Computing the New Curriculum

14 04 2015

Many thanks to Bruce Nightingale for delivering an excellent talk on the new and improved computing curriculum that will be soon delivered to school children in the UK. The talk touched on the technology but also the problems in  understanding the aims and delivering them successfully, teaching the teacher and maintaining momentum in an environment which isn’t always conducive. Fifteen members turned up as well  making it one of our best turnouts at a recent monthly event.20150326_201839SMALLER

Meeting 26th February 2015 – chip sarnies pie & Pi

23 02 2015

Meeting 26/02/15 Thursday at The Cock Hotel Wellington 7pm for 7.30pm

Roger Harris  has been kindly volunteered to give us a brief talk on his Raspberry Pi Empire.

Our meetings are held in a back room of the pub away from the noise of the very busy real ale bars. We have the room on the basis that most of us will buy a meal. This is  organised early on in the evening and is a fresh pile of chips and bread and also an excellent pork pie (each). It’s not compulsary but helps us keep access to this room (there is a small outlay for this).

Do come along, we welcome visitors and potential new members!

Find your way here!

Raspberry Pi LIPO battery Pack Endurance Test

1 01 2015

It seems to be a regular question “how long will my Raspberry Pi last with battery XYZ?”, obviously the answer is “it depends” but really what kind of answer is that.

To give an indicative answer I decided to try it for my self with a standard Raspberry Pi model B and a 10AH LiPo Battery pack from Seed Studio.

Nothing fancy here just the RPI in near idle state running a clock to allow the time lapse camera to keep track of the elapsed time.

The raspberry Pi was running at around 350ma which I thought was quite low but maybe the latest Rasbian 24/12/14 has some power management foo included, also the network wasn’t in use and this can be a bit of a power hog.

Any way the final result was very nearly 17 Hours which I think is quite impressive …what do you think?

Maximising your Opportunities with Open Source-Report

18 11 2014

Big turnout for Open Source computing event at College


We worked with  British Computing Society and Shropshire Linux Users Group and Telford College for an evening of talks and debates by employers who use Open Source coding to be succeed. It was hosted by Telford College, courtesy of Head of Computing Sue Burke.

4 employers were invited who took turns presenting how they use Open Source and debated with the 60 people who came along, the future and advantages of programming in this way.

Chris Ellis of Transitiv Technologies described that the value of Open Source was to programmers so they  could share ideas and feed back into society methods of programming. These can be used without having to spend time inventing something that has been already done. This was followed by Sam Pearson of LinuxIT who described how it supported freedom and how licensing of original authored work was handled and protected.

 Hollie Whittles of Fraggle Works then described how she ran a company that developed websites based on Open Source systems and enthusiastically described how support is handled, especially that it could be anywhere by anyone in the world – where bugs and problems have a global groups of people working to fix any problems as they surface. The last employer was Ed Bedell of Genovo who described how many of the core systems in the world are Open Source at the centre and how they work with Microsoft programs – His company was able thrive using the best of both worlds.


 Around 25 or more College Higher Education Computing course students came along and took time to sit and listen to the talks and after take part in the debates with employers –  Also some networking and learning what happens in the ‘real world’ of running a company.

 The evening wound down with groups continuing the discussions in corridors and the College car park after the end. John Alexander of our group said “we were extremely pleased with the attendance for the evening, one the employers drove up from Bristol and a lot of valuable networking was done. We hope to work with the College and BCS Shropshire again to help show the value of working together, in an age of fear, uncertainty and doubt”

 The event was very positive and all took something away from it – it shown how the LUG can make things happen event without the aid of money!

OSCAR The iPad Screen for the Rest of Us!!

26 10 2014

A few months ago on Kickstarter I spotted OSCAR a device which allowed you to put an iPad screen on to a conventional PC with a Displayport adapter.

Rather than some proprietary signalling the iPad panel supports Displayport directly and you could just wire it up to a cable if everything wasn’t just so small also there is a small problem of power and control as well.

This is where the OSCAR board comes in it has connectors for the Displayport 12V input and the iPad flat flex connector as well as basic control buttons. The onboard arduino can be reprogrammed via the micro USB but I think that most will stick with stock functionality.

About a month ago my order from Oscar arrived, it had both the PCB and an iPad panel for £110. I didn’t buy the plastics as I wanted to do that my self.

Any way here’s my unboxing ..Enjoy!

The quality is amazing BTW .

Event: Maximising your Opportunities with Open Source

20 09 2014

On October 16 – a Thursday night we have a series of talks at an event at Telford College 

Please register on this link:  Maximising your opportunities with Open Source

This is organised by ourselves Shropshire Linux Users Group and British Computing Society (Shropshire) and support of Computing Dept. at Telford College


Have you ever wondered whether you are using Open Source enough? Is it the smart thing to do? Is it relevant to my business or career? Is it just for geeks? Are there risks? Well this is the event to attend full of informed students and experienced business professionals. Expect big discussions seeded by concise talks describing how Open Source is using in different sectors. You will be surprised, and hopefully inspired to go away and use some of these marvellous tools. However there is always two sides to a coin !

An event not to be missed by smart students or business.

With grateful thanks

To Telford College of Arts and Technology for hosting this event.

  1. Agenda
  2. Doors open 6.30 for Coffee etc.
  3. Intro/Safety – Ed Bedell MC (BCS Committee)   and Telford College representative – 5 mins.
  4. Shropshire Linux Group Why you need to partake  – 5 min
  5. BCS, Why you need to join – 5 mins – Hollie Whittles (BCS Shropshire Chair)
  6. Open source, An overview – 15 mins – Adam Sweet (Transitiv Technologies)
  7. Open source for Infrastructure and the Corporate  – 15mins – LinuxIT
  8. Open Source for the Microsoft Startup – 15mins – Ed  Bedell (CreaNova)
  9. Open Source for the Website provider. – 15mins – Hollie Whittles (FraggleWorks)
  10. Q&A  with Adam Sweet, LinuxIT, Ed Bedell, Hollie Whittles

Thanks and End.  Ed Bedell & Telford College

Finish at 9pm.

Should groups of visitors want to further network – there are local pubs nearby:

 See you there!

SLUGs @ TDARS Radio Rally

17 09 2014




John testing the  selfie cam with Don at the Hamfest before the event opened. The popularity of this on the day  with young people seemed to show that there is an interest in technology as long as you make it relevant to them in their terms or at least  in a way they can understand and see a result.



Shropshire Linux User Group(Yeah SLUG!!) had a stand at the local Radio Rally(TDARS) on the 1st.

We had a 3D printer,QSSTV decoding images from our visitor operated “SSTV Selfie Cam” running on a Raspberry Pi and FLDIGI  busily decoding data from the attached radio. Around 1000 visitors came through the doors so we had our work cut out demonstrating and showing all things Linux to the  Radio crowd!



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