Back when we relaunched we said we'd have social meetings too... much in
the same style that StaffsLUG used to have before the relaunch.
Due to a recurring (every November) diary conflict for using the WRS
(the room we use for workshops)... now is a perfect time for a purely
So if you fancy a pint... then I'm suggesting we meet at the KPA
Clubhouse <https://www.kpa.org.uk/the-clubhouse> (some of you went there
after the first workshop meeting in September with Richard)... from 6pm
onwards on Tuesday 19th November 2019.
Basically the KPA Clubhouse <https://www.kpa.org.uk/the-clubhouse> is a
pub ran by a post-graduate union (the KPA <https://www.kpa.org.uk/>),
but it's open to the public. In short you're unlikely to find any crazy
drunken university students here, it's more likely people that work on
the campus and senior academic types.
They've also got an upstairs function room, so if there are enough
people we can always move things up there too.
I've actually ran the odd social at this venue in the past and it's a
great place... so much that I've managed to find an old leaflet (that I
made for another group) and I've butchered it into being a LUG leaflet,
see below! :P
It's got the directions on it at least!
If you're got other dates/place in mind - now is the time to say... but
assuming there isn't a general consensus for something else... this'll
About your friends MacBook2,1 you brought in last night...
Basically if you want Linux Mint on it then following these instructions
should work just fine (as it's based on Ubuntu anyway)...
- Install the rEFIit! <http://refit.sourceforge.net/#download> mac app
- Use the Disk Utility to shrink the filesystem of macOS so you've got
some free space at the end
- Boot your Linux installer from USB pen or DVD and install into that space
- Reboot and pick it from the rEFIt boot loader
That link goes into the needed detail though, and generally it's the
same process whether it's something Debian/Ubuntu based or not.
I've only ever done this on a more modern MacBook14,1 which has it's own
problems <https://github.com/Dunedan/mbp-2016-linux> but works well
enough if you ignore the power usage issues and lack of audio!
I expect that MacBook2,1 will probably have everything working due it's age.
If anyone else has any experience doing this kind of thing, feel free to
Just a quick message to say a new post is available, nothing special -
but just in case you were wondering what OggCamp looked like.
Hopefully we'll have notes on the last workshop up soon, I think Richard
is just polishing up some notes regarding the Pi-Hole installation.
Also a quick reminder that there is a Workshop meeting tonight about
playing board games / tabletop games... via the VASSAL game engine :)
Look at the website / meetings@ mailing list for the details.
OK so only 3 days after the relaunch and already got a trip on the cards :)
Sounds like a few of us are going to OggCamp 2019
<https://oggcamp.org/>. I've never been personally myself but Keira and
Darren are veterans and this will be their 6th year :)
I've popped some details on the website for anyone interested in tagging
along on the day we're going...
If anyone wants to discuss/chat about it, etc... please join the trips@
mailing list (either via the web interface on
https://lists.staffslug.org.uk or e-mail
New logo looks fine to me.
20 years ago I and (mainly) another member designed a logo for Stafford
Bridge Club incorporating the 4 card suits with the 'Stafford' knot.
I was told very seriously by a member with legal experience that we
should get permission from Lord Stafford to use the knot as it was the
property of ' the family'. We did nothing & I think its still in use
with no complaints.
At the absolute worst you could be asked to 'desist' and then change it.
I was always of the opinion that 'It's better to ask forgiveness than
Just wanted to drop a message to say someone's registered staffslug.org
(rather than .org.uk) back in July.
I wouldn't have noticed, except I was sending a message to the mailing
list earlier and put .org. instead of .org.uk by accident - instead of
our mail server refusing to send the message... instead it bounced.
So yeah, don't know who it is - I do have a guess though... but in any
case letting you know in case any dodgy stuff turns up there - it's not us!
So it's been decided to make a little blog post every time there has
been a workshop meeting (sometimes it may be made before hand - if
there's a lot of useful information to digest before attending).
The point is that it shouldn't be a laborious task in articulating every
detail of what occurred...
But rather much like a quick diary entry... to recap/remind those who
came, about what occurred and attach any slides, files, images, etc...
that were used in any presentations.
First one has been published.. and on this one occasion (to celebrate
the relaunch) there is also a lovely photo of some of the people who
attended who didn't mind being in a group photo :)
More blog posts will be coming soon, including some more polished ones
about past preparation work the LUG has undergone in the last few
years... and also posts from older versions of the site.
*p.s. If you'd like to continue the chat's we were having on the
whiteboard about workshop meeting topics, remember to use the meetings@
So for the past few weeks I've been chatting with Dave Roberts who
started the LUG back in 1999. One idea he had was to commemorate the
last 20 years, possibly with some sort of logo made by a graphic designer
in the LUG (if we have any)... in particular an idea for our Tux/Knot logo
atop a pair of Roman numeral X's.
I did briefly mentioned this idea at the last meeting, but no idea if
anyone heard me (as it was towards the end as we were taking pictures).
So I've had a quick go at making something in any case... the PNG should
open fine in anything but the SVG isn't quite websafe yet - so if you want
to open that, use Inkscape which is what it was created in.
Feedback would be great, or even alternatives?
Will give it about a week and then use whatever we've got on the
right-hand side panel of the website... not much of 2019 left now anyway
to celebrate 20 years!