Midlands user group formedBy Chris Williams. Published: 9th Feb 2006, 06:12:22 | Permalink | Printable
Insert Brummy stereotyping hereHalf a dozen RISC OS users gathered last Saturday in a house south of the M42 to huddle intrigued around an A9home. The inaugural meeting of MUG, the new RISC OS Midlands User Group, was held after ARM Club committee member Ralph Sillett called in an issue of Eureka magazine for nearby fellow enthusiasts to get together. The venue was the home of Robin Edwards, of Serious Statistical Software, and if the group grows, they hope to find a larger meeting place later in the year.
The event highlights how easily punters can meet up in between shows and talk about their computer platform and software of choice; various user groups exist although it's not always clear how one should go about kick starting a new group. The majority of groups have an elected committee and a secretary who takes care of the team's affairs. They may even have a newsletter or website editor, depending on how organised they are. The Midlands area of the UK appears to have enjoyed a user group around 1997, although in recent years there have been a couple of attempts to found a new active user group.
John Rickman attended the gathering, which he described as being a friendly and positive experience. Although the group hasn't been "formalised very much yet", John said Ralph and Robin are taken to be 'in charge' at the moment.
He commented: "This inaugural meeting was informal and included a demonstration of an A9home machine. This nearly came to grief when a screen mode was chosen which the A9home didn't like. Fortunately, an F12 and a spot of blind typing of Wimpmode 21 restored the screen. There was a lively discussion of how to run a router off the back of a dial-up modem and a discussion of USB device support comparing Iyonix with A9Home.
"It looks likely that this will be the area chosen for most meetings as it is the geographical centre for the current members. The spread of members is 70 miles from north to south."
MUG will be meeting again on April 1st at the same venue, and a website with contact details should be appearing soon. The first members were Doug Webb, Chris Dale, John Rickman, Dave Mullard, Peter Borcherds, and Robin Edwards - Ralph couldn't make the first outing despite his best efforts to found the group.
John Rickman's personal website - if you want to get in touch
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