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Jonathan McDowell: What Jonathan Did Next

Planet ALUG - Mon, 29/06/2015 - 23:22

While I mentioned last September that I had failed to be selected for an H-1B and had been having discussions at DebConf about alternative employment, I never got around to elaborating on what I’d ended up doing.

Short answer: I ended up becoming a law student, studying for a Masters in Legal Science at Queen’s University Belfast. I’ve just completed my first year of the 2 year course and have managed to do well enough in the 6 modules so far to convince myself it wasn’t a crazy choice.

Longer answer: After Vello went under in June I decided to take a couple of months before fully investigating what to do next, largely because I figured I’d either find something that wanted me to start ASAP or fail to find anything and stress about it. During this period a friend happened to mention to me that the applications for the Queen’s law course were still open. He happened to know that it was something I’d considered before a few times. Various discussions (some of them over gin, I’ll admit) ensued and I eventually decided to submit an application. This was towards the end of August, and I figured I’d also talk to people at DebConf to see if there was anything out there tech-wise that I could get excited about.

It turned out that I was feeling a bit jaded about the whole tech scene. Another friend is of the strong opinion that you should take a break at least every 10 years. Heeding her advice I decided to go ahead with the law course. I haven’t regretted it at all. My initial interest was largely driven by a belief that there are too few people who understand both tech and law. I started with interests around intellectual property and contract law as well as issues that arise from trying to legislate for the global nature of most tech these days. However the course is a complete UK qualifying degree (I can go on to do the professional qualification in NI or England & Wales) and the first year has been about public law. Which has been much more interesting than I was expecting (even, would you believe it, EU law). Especially given the potential changing constitutional landscape of the UK after the recent general election, with regard to talk of repeal of the Human Rights Act and a referendum on exit from the EU.

Next year will concentrate more on private law, and I’m hoping to be able to tie that in better to what initially drove me to pursue this path. I’m still not exactly sure which direction I’ll go once I complete the course, but whatever happens I want to keep a linkage between my skill sets. That could be either leaning towards the legal side but with the appreciation of tech, returning to tech but with the appreciation of the legal side of things or perhaps specialising further down an academic path that links both. I guess I’ll see what the next year brings. :)

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Adam Trickett: Bog Roll: Guernsey Walking Holiday 2015 (Day 1+2)

Planet HantsLUG - Sat, 27/06/2015 - 21:49

Yesterday morning we awoke at silly o'clock to take the train to catch the ferry from Poole to Guernsey. The ferry was rather busy with people going to the Island Games in Jersey, but we got off a St. Peter Port. We walked up the hill to our B&B to discover there had been a booking error and they were actually full - so they took us to another hotel (an extra star) where we stayed instead.

The glorious weather we had for our crossing had mostly deserted us and it had become rather dull and flat. However the predicted rain didn't turn up so we were able to explore the town without getting wet and were able to find some food for dinner.

This morning was great, after our breakfast we went into town to explore further. Once we had bought lunch bits we took the bus towards the airport, getting off one stop shy, then we walked all along the southern coast back to St. Peter Port. The walking was easy and the views were beautiful - very reminiscent of the Brittany coast or Cornwall. More like the UK and less like France they were a bit stingy with with signs and it was a bit confusing in places - the French GR paint marking system is very simple and much easier to navigate with than the occasional sign!

When we made it back to town we had a look at La Valette Underground Military Museum, which was most fascinating, and packed with more stuff than you would imagine could fit in such a small place.

For dinner we decided to try eating out. La Creperie was strange, the staff appeared to be of Slavic origin, half the menu was not crepe or galette, but the galette was actually quite good though the crepe was only average. Definitely fusion food!

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Debian Bits: Reproducible Builds get funded by the Core Infrastructure Initiative

Planet HantsLUG - Tue, 23/06/2015 - 13:00

The Core Infrastructure Initiative announced today that they will support two Debian Developers, Holger Levsen and Jérémy Bobbio, with $200,000 to advance their Debian work in reproducible builds and to collaborate more closely with other distributions such as Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenWrt to benefit from this effort.

The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) was established in 2014 to fortify the security of key open source projects. This initiative is funded by more than 20 companies and managed by The Linux Foundation.

The reproducible builds initiative aims to enable anyone to reproduce bit by bit identical binary packages from a given source, thus enabling anyone to independently verify that a binary matches the source code from which it was said it was derived. For example, this allow the users of Debian to rebuild packages and obtain exactly identical packages to the ones provided by the Debian repositories.

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Anton Piatek: Hello Pace

Planet HantsLUG - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 15:53

After leaving IBM I’ve joined Pace at their Belfast office. It is quite a change of IT sectors, though still the same sort of job. Software development seems to have a lot in common no matter which industry it is for.

There’s going to be some interesting learning, things like DVB are pretty much completely new to me, but at the same time it’s lots of Java and C++ with similar technology stacks involved. Sadly less perl, but more Python so maybe I’ll learn that properly. I’m likely to work with some more interesting Javascript frameworks, in particular Angular.js which should be fun.

The job is still Software Development, and there should be some fun challenges with things like allowing a TV set top box to do on demand video content when all you have is a one-way data stream from a satellite, for instance, which make for some interesting solutions. I’m working in the Cobalt team which deals with a delivering data from the TV provider onto set top boxes, so things like settings, software updates, programme guides and on demand content and even apps. Other teams in the office work with the actual video content encryption and playback and the UI the set top box shows.

The local office seems to be all running Fedora, so I’m saying goodbye to Ubuntu at work. I already miss it, but hopefully will find Fedora enjoyable in the long term.

The office is on the other side of Belfast so is a marginally longer commute, but it’s still reasonable to get to. Stranmillis seems a nice area of Belfast, and it’s a 10 minute walk to the Botanical gardens so I intend to make some time to see it over lunch, which will be nice as I really miss getting out as I could in Hursley and its surrounding fields.

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Steve Engledow (stilvoid): Pretty please

Planet ALUG - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 15:06

I've been making a thing to solve some problems I always face while building web APIs. Curl is lovely but it's a bit too flexible.

Also, web services generally spit out one of a fairly common set of formats: (json, xml, html) and I often just want to grab a value from the response and use it in a script - maybe to make the next call in a workflow.

So I made please which makes it super simple to do things like making a web request and grabbing a particular value from the response.

For example, here's how you'd get the page title from this site:

please get | please parse html.head.title.#text

Or getting a value out of the json returned by's IP address API:

please get | please parse ip

The parse part of please is the most fun; it can convert between a few different formats. Something I do quite often is grabbing a json response from an API and spitting it out as yaml so I can read it easily. For example:

please get | please parse -o yaml

(alright so that's a poor example but the difference is huge when it's a complicated bit of json)

Also handy for turning an unreadable mess of xml into yaml (I love yaml for its readability):

echo '<docroot type="messydoc"><a><b dir="up">A tree</b><b dir="down">The ground</b></a></docroot>' | please parse -o yaml

As an example, of the kinds of things you can play with, I made this tool for generating graphs from json.

I'm still working on please; there will be bugs; let me know about them.

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Meeting at "The Moon Under Water"

Wolverhampton LUG News - Mon, 22/06/2015 - 11:22
Event-Date: Wednesday, 24 June, 2015 - 19:30 to 23:00Body: 53-55 Lichfield St Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1EQ Eat, Drink and talk Linux
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Monthly meeting 29th June 2015

West Yorkshire LUG News - Sun, 21/06/2015 - 21:16

Once again,The West Yorkshre Linux User Group is proud to announce its montly meeting. As usual it is in The Lord Dracy on Harrogate Road, near the grammar school and a small row of shops.  The time and date are, the last monday  of the month , 29th of June at 7pm.

Steve Kemp: We're all about storing objects

Planet HantsLUG - Sun, 21/06/2015 - 17:10

Recently I've been experimenting with camlistore, which is yet another object storage system.

Camlistore gains immediate points because it is written in Go, and is a project initiated by Brad Fitzpatrick, the creator of Perlbal, memcached, and Livejournal of course.

Camlistore is designed exactly how I'd like to see an object storage-system - each server allows you to:

  • Upload a chunk of data, getting an ID in return.
  • Download a chunk of data, by ID.
  • Iterate over all available IDs.

It should be noted more is possible, there's a pretty web UI for example, but I'm simplifying. Do your own homework :)

With those primitives you can allow a client-library to upload a file once, then in the background a bunch of dumb servers can decide amongst themselves "Hey I have data with ID:33333 - Do you?". If nobody else does they can upload a second copy.

In short this kind of system allows the replication to be decoupled from the storage. The obvious risk is obvious though: if you upload a file the chunks might live on a host that dies 20 minutes later, just before the content was replicated. That risk is minimal, but valid.

There is also the risk that sudden rashes of uploads leave the system consuming all the internal-bandwith constantly comparing chunk-IDs, trying to see if data is replaced that has been copied numerous times in the past, or trying to play "catch-up" if the new-content is larger than the replica-bandwidth. I guess it should possible to detect those conditions, but they're things to be concerned about.

Anyway the biggest downside with camlistore is documentation about rebalancing, replication, or anything other than simple single-server setups. Some people have blogged about it, and I got it working between two nodes, but I didn't feel confident it was as robust as I wanted it to be.

I have a strong belief that Camlistore will become a project of joy and wonder, but it isn't quite there yet. I certainly don't want to stop watching it :)

On to the more personal .. I'm all about the object storage these days. Right now most of my objects are packed in a collection of boxes. On the 6th of next month a shipping container will come pick them up and take them to Finland.

For pretty much 20 days in a row we've been taking things to the skip, or the local charity-shops. I expect that by the time we've relocated the amount of possesions we'll maintain will be at least a fifth of our current levels.

We're working on the general rule of thumb: "If it is possible to replace an item we will not take it". That means chess-sets, mirrors, etc, will not be carried. DVDs, for example, have been slashed brutally such that we're only transferring 40 out of a starting collection of 500+.

Only personal, one-off, unique, or "significant" items will be transported. This includes things like personal photographs, family items, and similar. Clothes? Well I need to take one jacket, but more can be bought. The only place I put my foot down was books. Yes I'm a kindle-user these days, but I spent many years tracking down some rare volumes, and though it would be possible to repeat that effort I just don't want to.

I've also decided that I'm carrying my complete toolbox. Some of the tools I took with me when I left home at 18 have stayed with me for the past 20+ years. I don't need this specific crowbar, or axe, but I'm damned if I'm going to lose them now. So they stay. Object storage - some objects are more important than they should be!

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Andy Smith: F11 and F12 over serial

Planet HantsLUG - Fri, 19/06/2015 - 21:39

I always seem to forget this one.

To pass F11 or F12 over a serial connection (either real serial or Serial-over-LAN IPMI), it’s Escape followed by ! (Shift+1) or @ (Shift+') respectively.

Note that on a US keyboard ! and @ would be next to each other above the 1 and 2 keys so that would make some vague kind of sense as alternatives to F11 and F12. But it’s literally the @ that matters and since I’m using a UK keyboard then it is Shift+'.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

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Andy Smith: Fun with Supermicro motherboard serial headers

Planet HantsLUG - Fri, 19/06/2015 - 17:42
or, “LOL, standards”

TL;DR: Most motherboards have a serial header in an IDC-10 (5×2 pins) arrangement with the pins as a row of even numbered pins (2,4,6,8,X) followed by a row of odd numbered pins (1,3,5,7,9). Supermicro ones appear to have the pins in sequential order (6,7,8,9,X and then 1,2,3,4,5). As a result a standard IDC-10 to DB-9 cable will not work and you’ll need to either hack one about or buy the Supermicro one.

Are we sitting comfortably?

I bought a Supermicro motherboard. It doesn’t have a serial port exposed at the back. I like to use serial ports for a serial console even though I am aware that IPMI exists. IPMI on this board works okay but I like knowing I can always get to the “real” serial port as well.

The motherboard has a COM1 serial header, and I wasn’t using the PCI expansion slot on the back of the chassis, so I decided to put a serial port there. I bought a typical IDC-10 / DB-9 cable and plate:

Didn’t work. Serial-over-LAN (IPMI) worked alright. On COM1 I would get either nothing or a run of garbage characters from time to time. I wasted a good number of hours messing with BIOS settings, baud rates, checking if my USB serial adaptor actually worked with another device (of which I only have one in my home), before I decided to sit down and check the pin numbering for both the header and the cable.

Looking at the motherboard manual we see this:

And the cable?

Notice anything amiss?

The cable’s pins go in a row of odd numbers and then a row of even numbers:

2 4 6 8 X 1 3 5 7 9 -

The X is the missing pin (serial uses 9 pins) and the - indicates where the notch for the connector would be: next to pin 5 in this case.

The header’s pins go in sequential order:

6 7 8 9 X 1 2 3 4 5 -

As a result all but pin 1 are incorrect.

You actually need a Supermicro cable for this. CBL-0010L is the part number in my case. CBL-0010LP would be the low profile version. Good luck finding it mentioned on Supermicro’s site, but your favourite reseller will probably know of it. As it was I found one on Ebay for £1.58+VAT, and it works now.

After knowing what to search for I also found someone else having a similar issue with a Supermicro board.

You could of course instead hack any existing cable’s pins about or fit an adaptor in between (as the person in the above link did).

Thanks Supermicro. Thupermicro.

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Wylug monthly meeting: 25th MAY

West Yorkshire LUG News - Mon, 18/05/2015 - 15:30

Time has come once again to announce WYLUG’s monthly meeting. As usual it will be held in the Lord Darcy. As usual it will start at around 7pm. There will be no obligation to book in advance. However, the man with the red hat lanyard will not be there to guide you steps, this month.

London Linux/podcaster meet up – Thursday Feb 26th at the Mulberry Bush pub near Waterloo station from 6pm

Greater London LUG News - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 21:58
In celebration of Scott’s visit to the UK, we have decided to organise a meet up. Confirmed attendees so far are Scott Newlon (mintCast), me (mintCast/Linux Luddites), jesse (Linux Luddites) and Matthew Copperwaite (The Dick Turpin Road Show).

The plan is to have a relaxed and informal evening of drinks and conversation. We’ve reserved a booth with a table that should be perfect in a really nice pub on the South Bank, a few minutes from Waterloo Station. Everyone is welcome so please spread the word!

Directions to the Mulberry Bush:

Leave Waterloo via the original main entrance in order to head towards the South Bank. The main entrance is found by turning left after coming through any of the ticket barriers, and is at the far end of the concourse beyond platform 18, on the right next to the lost luggage. Head through the glass doors and down the stone steps, if you find yourself on a bridge you’ve gone the wrong way, come back and look on your left for the glass doors.

Once down the steps head to your left, cross some zebra crossings and generally follow what is likely to be the main crowd towards the traffic lights to cross York Road. The aim is to stroll along Sutton Walk, the pedestrian walkway under the blue lattice bridge, towards the South Bank. Once under the bridge continue straight towards the Royal Festival Hall and you will shortly reach a T-junction with Belvedere road before you actually get to the hall.

Turn right and walk along that road – this is the home straight, except it’s the longest section of the trip! I’m afraid this part isn’t much to look at, you’ll pass the National Theatre, IBM and ITV and just when you think you’ve gone wrong, the Mulberry Bush will appear on your right hand side.

To find the booth that we have reserved, walk to the end of the bar and look to your left.

Hopefully see you there!
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Meet Up Thursday 29th January 2015 Ye Olde Cock Tavern from 6.30pm: Pre-FOSDEM Drinks

Greater London LUG News - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 13:36
After a bit of a break and after much interested we've put together a drink/meet up. It is right before FOSDEM so hoping we can get a few people from out-of-town too who might be down to head off on the EuroStar. So do let others know if they're travelling this way.

Feel free to bring laptops and gadgets to show off or get help with, but mainly bring yourself to meet other people with similar interests to your own.

We have booked an area of the ground floor and you should be able to find us pretty easily but we will have a plushy tux just in case.

Ye Olde Cock Tavern
22 Fleet Street

29th Jan 2015
From 6.30pm
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David Goodwin: Automated twitter compilation up to 16 June 2014

Planet WolvesLUG - Mon, 16/06/2014 - 16:22

Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 16 June 2014


  • RT Proud my 8yo girl failed this worksheet. Wish she had failed it even “worse.” #GenderBias
  • 2012/11/03

  • RT #PHP devs. Please satisfy my curiosity and let me know about the frameworks you’ve used recently. Ta. (plz RT) 2014/06/15
  • RT Best banner at the World Cup so far
  • 2014/06/14

  • RT RT if you believe in freedom & democracy. #Falklands #LiberationDay
  • 2014/06/14

  • RT WordFriday: crosspathy
  • Attempt to pass homeopathy off as credible by combining it with empirically valid medicine.

  • And back home. Zzzz. Bromsgrove 2014/06/12
  • And now. Time to catch a plane. #snackTime Cyprus 2014/06/11
  • Thankfully I don’t use tweetdeck. Cyprus 2014/06/11
  • RT “US invasion and occupation cost Washington close to a trillion dollars ” – enough to address climate change… #iraq 2014/06/11
  • RT #Iraq army capitulates to Isis militants in four cities – what a disaster…well done, Bush and Blair… 2014/06/11
  • RT Twitter worms are so 2011. 2014/06/11
  • RT Tweetdeck XSS flaw leaves users vulnerable to account hijacking 2014/06/11
  • RT If one searches for CityLink on Google right now, you get this rather marvellously off message cartoon.
  • 2014/06/10

  • This morning we saw some Roman ruins and a Byzantine castle (mosaics etc)
  • Cyprus 2014/06/10

  • Oh Jesus. It’s raining men ! Cyprus 2014/06/08
  • It’s fun to stay at the YMCA …. You can get yourself clean. You can have a good meal …. Cyprus 2014/06/08
  • Wedding time.
  • Cyprus 2014/06/08

  • RT
  • 2014/06/07

  • The sun lounger things have already been stolen.
  • Cyprus 2014/06/08

  • It is dark early here. #landed Cyprus 2014/06/07
  • Our trusty steed for the next few hours.
  • Solihull 2014/06/07

  • RT Did… Did MongoDB just kill itself because it couldn’t rotate its log file? It did! It fucking did! 2014/06/07
  • Trying to scan this qr code causes my phone to reboot. #nexus4 #android #bug
  • Solihull 2014/06/07

  • Great weather this morning.
  • We woke to continual thunder.

    I think it is time to leave the country.

    Solihull 2014/06/07

  • Airport grammar fall. #bhx
  • Solihull 2014/06/07

  • RT HTTP/1.1 just got a major update. – Evert Pot 2014/06/07
  • RT I love cycling, but it does really piss me off when cyclists cruise through red lights with an arrogance & nonchalance that boils the blood! 2014/06/06
  • RT – Help build a resource for the IT community to combat burnout: 2014/06/06
  • It has arrived ! (@TheMikeBennett‘s awesome book).
  • Bromsgrove 2014/06/06

  • RT But for the sacrifice of many, we may not have been born free. Think of that today if nothing else. #DDay70 #DDay #LestWeForget East, United Kingdom 2014/06/06
  • RT At turned midnight 6/6/2014 my biggest worry is getting home tomorrow. 70 yrs ago many didn’t, I doubt my day will be as life changing #DDay East, United Kingdom 2014/06/06
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    Jono Bacon: FirefoxOS and Developing Markets

    Planet WolvesLUG - Fri, 13/06/2014 - 00:40

    It seems Mozilla is targeting emerging markets and developing nations with $25 cell phones. This is tremendous news, and an admirable focus for Mozilla, but it is not without risk.

    Bringing simple, accessible technology to these markets can have a profound impact. As an example, in 2001, 134 million Nigerians shared 500,000 land-lines (as covered by Jack Ewing in Businessweek back in 2007). That year the government started encouraging wireless market competition and by 2007 Nigeria had 30 million cellular subscribers.

    This generated market competition and better products, but more importantly, we have seen time and time again that access to technology such as cell phones improves education, provides opportunities for people to start small businesses, and in many cases is a contributing factor for bringing people out of poverty.

    So, cell phones are having a profound impact in these nations, but the question is, will it work with FirefoxOS?

    I am not sure.

    In Mozilla’s defence, they have done an admirable job with FirefoxOS. They have built a powerful platform, based on open web technology, and they lined up a raft of carriers to launch with. They have a strong brand, an active and passionate community, and like so many other success stories, they already have a popular existing product (their browser) to get them into meetings and headlines.

    Success though is judged by many different factors, and having a raft of carriers and products on the market is not enough. If they ship in volume but get high return rates, it could kill them, as is common for many new product launches.

    What I don’t know is whether this volume/return-rate balance plays such a critical role in developing markets. I would imagine that return rates could be higher (such as someone who has never used a cell phone before taking it back because it is just too alien to them). On the other hand, I wonder if those consumers there are willing to put up with more quirks just to get access to the cell network and potentially the Internet.

    What seems clear to me is that success here has little to do with the elegance or design of FirefoxOS (or any other product for that matter). It is instead about delivering incredibly dependable hardware. In developing nations people have less access to energy (for charging devices) and have to work harder to obtain it, and have lower access to support resources for how to use new technology. As such, it really needs to just work. This factor, I imagine, is going to be more outside of Mozilla’s hands.

    So, in a nutshell, if the $25 phones fail to meet expectations, it may not be Mozilla’s fault. Likewise, if they are successful, it may not be to their credit.

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    Jono Bacon: Community Management Training at OSCON, LinuxCon North America, and LinuxCon Europe

    Planet WolvesLUG - Wed, 11/06/2014 - 18:55

    I am a firm believer in building strong and empowered communities. We are in an age of a community management renaissance in which we are defining repeatable best practice that can be applied many different types of communities, whether internal to companies, external to volunteers, or a mix of both.

    I have been working to further this growth in community management via my books, The Art of Community and Dealing With Disrespect, the Community Leadership Summit, the Community Leadership Forum, and delivering training to our next generation of community managers and leaders.

    Last year I ran my first community management training course, and it was very positively received. I am delighted to announce that I will be running an updated training course at three events over the coming months.


    On Sunday 20th July 2014 I will be presenting the course at the OSCON conference in Portland, Oregon. This is a tutorial, so you will need to purchase a tutorial ticket to attend. Attendance is limited, so be sure to get to the class early on the day to reserve a seat!

    Find Out More

    LinuxCon North America and Europe

    I am delighted to bring my training to the excellent LinuxCon events in both North America and Europe.

    Firstly, on Fri 22nd August 2014 I will be presenting the course at LinuxCon North America in Chicago, Illinois and then on Thurs Oct 16th 2014 I will deliver the training at LinuxCon Europe in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    Tickets are $300 for the day’s training. This is a steal; I usually charge $2500+/day when delivering the training as part of a consultancy arrangement. Thanks to the Linux Foundation for making this available at an affordable rate.

    Space is limited, so go and register ASAP:

    What Is Covered

    So what is in the training course?

    My goal with each training day is to discuss how to build and grow a community, including building collaborative workflows, defining a governance structure, planning, marketing, and evaluating effectiveness. The day is packed with Q&A, discussion, and I encourage my students to raise questions, challenge me, and explore ways of optimizing their communities. This is not a sit-down-and-listen-to-a-teacher-drone on kind of session; it is interactive and designed to spark discussion.

    The day is mapped out like this:

    • 9.00am – Welcome and introductions
    • 9.30am – The core mechanics of community
    • 10.00am – Planning your community
    • 10.30am – Building a strategic plan
    • 11.00am – Building collaborative workflow
    • 12.00pm – Governance: Part I
    • 12.30pm – Lunch
    • 1.30pm – Governance: Part II
    • 2.00pm – Marketing, advocacy, promotion, and social
    • 3.00pm – Measuring your community
    • 3.30pm – Tracking, measuring community management
    • 4.30pm – Burnout and conflict resolution
    • 5.00pm – Finish

    I will warn you; it is an exhausting day, but ultimately rewarding. It covers a lot of ground in a short period of time, and then you can follow with further discussion of these and other topics on our Community Leadership discussion forum.

    I hope to see you there!

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    Dick Turpin: Old Tom

    Planet WolvesLUG - Thu, 05/06/2014 - 12:58
    So most of you will have heard my complaints about the difficulty in simply being able to order fish and chips from the chip shop? Well it would seem there are many other opportunities out there to eat up your lunch hour when trying to buy something.

    A well known UK car accessory outlet.

    Me: "Hi there can I have a Tom Tom Start 25 UK & ROF @ £99.99 please?"
    Assistant: "Do you want the maps for life?"
    Me: "Oh Christ, here we go! No thank you."
    Assistant: "Do you want the European maps?"
    Me: [Sobbing gently] "Could I just have the Tom Tom I asked for please?"
    Assistant: "OK I'll go and fetch one."
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    David Goodwin: Automated twitter compilation up to 04 June 2014

    Planet WolvesLUG - Wed, 04/06/2014 - 12:41

    Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 04 June 2014

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    David Goodwin: Automated twitter compilation up to 01 June 2014

    Planet WolvesLUG - Sun, 01/06/2014 - 06:00

    Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 01 June 2014

    • RT Apologies but the #psychic fayre at Finstall Park has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. 2014/05/31
    • RT 2 great PHP conferences this autumn in the UK: #Symfony_Live & #PHPNW14. Wonder if I either will let me do a talk 2014/05/30
    • RT As we await the Apple iWatch, don’t forget that in 1984 Seiko made an iWatch — of sorts. And boy it was awesome.


  • RT One of the best #PHP conferences in the world is back for 2014, and is looking for sponsors. 2014/05/30
  • The coop parking enforcer is out and going to be quite rich today it seems. Bromsgrove 2014/05/30
  • Sainsburys at Hundred House (Stourbridge road, Bromsgrove)? Alcohol licence application notice.
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/29

  • New Hair ! #goodHairDay #selfie
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/29

  • Haha. It appears my evil plan involving a weakened beer bottle and a car boot worked ! #brotherlylove Bromsgrove 2014/05/26
  • Whoops! Didn’t vote ukip. #noukip West Midlands, United Kingdom 2014/05/22
  • .@moreteadoctor the children have been shouting “‘ERE SHEILA!” for 10 mins in this playground. You have a lot to answer for. #memoryLivesOn Bromsgrove 2014/05/22
  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip DISGRACE!!!! This is one of meny!1!
  • 2014/05/20

  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip Because the weather’s really starting to pick up, and I don’t want it ruined by gays. 2014/05/21
  • RT Because if the gays obtain control over the weather it might start raining men, and they will probably be Romanian #WhyImVotingUkip 2014/05/21
  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip Because these immigrants can’t speak proper English! Oh wait a minute…
  • 2014/05/21

  • RT #WhyImVotingUkip because my university is being overrun by Librarians and we need to send them back to Libraria 2014/05/21
  • RT Worrying signs that the girl will be a javascript programmer. “Sometimes, Daddy, 5 and 5 makes 55 and sometimes it makes 10.” 2014/05/17
  • RT eBay hacked. They say that stolen user passwords were encrypted, ask users to change passwords anyway. 2014/05/21
  • At school early for once. No doubt they’ll be late out today. #schoolrun West Midlands, United Kingdom 2014/05/21
  • RT Virgin Media #facebooknews
  • 2014/05/21

  • RT Tried as I might, I could not get this damn thing to work. Seen at airport.
  • 2014/05/20

  • Somewhat surprised that a government information site ( has been offline for ~6 days. #fail #hygiene Bromsgrove 2014/05/20
  • RT Just finished my second listen-through of ‘Harvey’ by Phil Rossi. I still love the story. You can listen free here: 2014/05/19
  • RT Computer timings in perspective:
  • 2014/05/17

  • Lawn mowed. Decking had a second coat of brown stuff. 25% of study painted. No children drowned. Forest explored. Den made. #today Bromsgrove 2014/05/18
  • TIL – don’t mess with massive lizards. #Godzilla2014 Birmingham 2014/05/17
  • Godzilla o’clock. 2014/05/17
  • “Couldn’t think of an image for this slide”… Thanks. @jukesie #port80
  • Newport 2014/05/16

  • RT Amazingly clever, and somewhat manipulative talk by @roy on neuro-marketing in user experience. #mindblown #Port80
  • 2014/05/16

  • “Don’t worry it’s only marketers collecting our personal information … ” #port80 (thanks @kwe)
  • Newport 2014/05/16

  • RT Watching someone try to get through a spam captcha using voice commands is painful! Cc/ @kimberleytew #port80 2014/05/16
  • RT Next up at @Port80Events is @roy talking about the human brain & what makes people click
  • 2014/05/16

  • Cool brain anatomy lesson with @roy at #port80 … Hopefully we won’t be fighting bears to design websites … #betterSafeThanSorry Newport 2014/05/16
  • Now: @nathan_ford “Mastering the dark art of fluid layout.” — if only I could learn everything about it in a 45min talk #port80 #webdesign Newport 2014/05/16
  • RT Recommended reading from @hereinthehiveElement Queries, From the Feet Up
    #port80 2014/05/16
  • Thank you @hereinthehive #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • Css Breakpoints. Responsive & fluid design. Progressive enhancement. Device type. Reusability. Modularity. #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again intelligently.”
    “Do it again …like a baby” … #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • Power pose time!
    Thanks @denisejacobs #port80 Newport 2014/05/16
  • RT Letter of the week, from May 10 issue of @TheEconomist.
  • 2014/05/15

  • It looks like the parking attendants are fining people today who are parking incorrectly outside coop. #bromsgrove Bromsgrove 2014/05/15
  • Yesterday I mowed the lawn (1st time for me), stained the decking and fitted a new light. Today may be tame in comparison. Bromsgrove 2014/05/15
  • throw new TooHotForAJumperException(“missing the rain ?”); Bromsgrove 2014/05/15
  • RT Bloody Polish: coming over here and teaching us proper English. Vote Ukip, and stop this outrage via @georgephilipb
  • 2014/05/12

  • RT “@mental_floss: U.S. banned the sale of lawn darts in 1988. Parents were urged to “destroy them immediately.”” – meanwhile assault rifles.. 2014/05/13
  • The woman driving k80 anm would do well to look before crossing mini roundabouts. #ifOnlyInsurersCheckedTwitter #driving Bromsgrove 2014/05/13
  • RT How to use friendship.js
  • 2014/05/13

  • Real life HITMAN via @YouTube (it was an awesome film) 2014/05/13
  • RT artificial intelligence, technology of the future — always has been, always will be. #DualismTheBook 2014/05/13
  • The early bird is tired. #airport #taxi #conscript Bromsgrove 2014/05/13
  • RT OK. I give up. Just put the apostrophes where you like Dorothy Perkins.
  • 2014/05/09

  • Drawing Eyebrows On Babies – The Best Of via @TheAnorak 2014/05/12
  • RT 10 Great Reasons to vote #UKIP. I don’t know who made it – so I referenced it from official #UKIP websites
  • 2014/05/05

  • Achievement unlocked : Plumbing 102.
    Fixed leaking stop tap gland.
    Fixed leaking hot water joint. #relieved #EasyFix Bromsgrove 2014/05/11
  • Rowan ran 5km today in his first fun run. He was very happy to have a medal.
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/11

  • RT Wow. Such elePHPants. Much PHP.
  • 2014/05/06

  • With my psychic powers I predict there will be more painting taking place soon. Bromsgrove 2014/05/11
  • I can’t see the tires on this light. Tier perhaps?
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/10

  • RT UK surveillance oversight in action (yes, this is a real exchange):
  • 2014/05/09

  • Bromsgrove has a fair this week.
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/08

  • RT when someone says “giving 110%” this is what they mean 2014/05/06
  • RT A wood near Bromsgrove yesterday. The colour & scent were amazing! @WoodlandTrust
  • 2014/05/06

  • Now to see if the house has flooded while I’ve been out. #noPuddleYet Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • There’s nothing like chasing another runner (and beating them) to make you speed up and push yourself that bit more. #sweatingLikeAPig Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • Arrangements sorted for @Port80Events … May 16th. Newport. All the cool kids will be there (and me). #port80 #webdesign Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • RT They were planning an attack on an EDL demo with guns, knives, and an improvised explosive (pictured) #WMCTU
  • 2014/05/06

  • And now …. to run. Run like the wind. Bromsgrove 2014/05/06
  • Achievement unlocked: Plumbing 101 – outside tap replacement. #WorkingHose #BewareCat
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/06

  • RT Gotten quite a few photo requests for this underdoge: @dogecoin @Josh_Wise @PPR98. #VeryDega #SuchWow #NASCAR
  • 2014/05/04

  • RT Check out the product placement on this…
  • 2014/05/04

  • RT How very very true — who the slave and who the master? (via @elvis717)
  • 2014/05/04

  • RT Learning how to map disease breakout areas using #OpenStreetMap at @ukodi with @msf_uk 2014/05/03
  • RT Hey @ITISLENNYHENRY. You’ve got to to see this. Genius via @beaubodor #YouKip
  • 2014/05/03

  • Unimpressed by The Amazing Spiderman 2 (not worth paying for). Divergent seemed better. Bromsgrove 2014/05/04
  • This is good Bombay mix like stuff. (Farari Chevra).
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/04

  • Yum yum. Tasty chocolates from Brussels. (Van Dender)
  • Bromsgrove 2014/05/04

  • RT “£130?! For one night?! I paid less for her. NO F*CKING WAY!” Shouts the drunk guy, with a hooker, at Premier Inn reception. Oh dear oh dear 2014/05/03
  • My house has been invaded by lots of noisy women. Time to plan my escape to the cinema or something …. Bromsgrove 2014/05/03
  • RT 2048 for Atari 2600:
    2048 for Commodore 64
  • 2014/05/03

  • RT Everyone has to work.
    That’s what family farms do.
  • 2014/05/03

    Categories: LUG Community Blogs

    Dick Turpin: Four coaches.

    Planet WolvesLUG - Sat, 31/05/2014 - 18:15
    I am living proof of those people who say "You know if I wrote a book about it nobody would believe it!"

    So I went to visit my daddy today in Birmingham QE hospital. I caught the train to Birmingham and had to change for University station. I spied a guy in blue offering platform information at Birmingham and made my way towards him. Mr Blue coat (I have no idea what they're called?) was just about to help a very smartly dressed guy who looked to be in his early twenties.

    Passenger: "Can you tell me where to go for the 13.20 to blah blah blah?" (I forget where now)
    Mr Blue: "Platform 7 sir."
    Passenger: "Platform 7? You sure?"
    Mr Blue: "Yes sir, platform 7"
    Passenger: "It says four coaches?"
    Mr Blue: "That's right sir."
    Passenger: "So there's no tracks at platform 7 then?"
    Mr Blue: "I'm Sorry?"
    Passenger: "I've never heard of coaches stopping at platforms before?"
    Mr Blue: "The train is made up of four coaches sir."

    Me and Mr Blue pissed ourselves silly once he was out of reasonable earshot.
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