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Midlands user group formed

By Chris Williams. Published: 9th Feb 2006, 06:12:22 | Permalink | Printable

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Click for biggerHalf 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.


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Well done, its great that there is enough interest in RISC OS to create new user groups even in 2006.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 9/2/06 9:12AM
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There's a handful of RISC OS-using students at Birmingham University.

If getting from the student areas of Selly Oak and Harborne etc. aren't too difficult by public transport there's probably a couple of us who'd be interested in joining a local group too.

All the best of success to MUG!

 is a RISC OS Usertamias on 9/2/06 10:40AM
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tamias, I live in Quinton about 5 minutes away from Harborne :)

I'm also interested in this new MUG !

 is a RISC OS UserTrapper on 9/2/06 2:46PM
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Tamias, im also a RISC OS user based at the uni, just trying to find your email address now....

 is a RISC OS UserFuzzy on 9/2/06 2:47PM
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In reply to Tamias, Trapper and Fuzzy

I was one of the attendees at the event and I'm heartened that we seem to be getting more people interested. Please get in touch with John Rickman using the link in the article and he will let you know all the details.

I live in the Rubery area so if transport is an issue then we could come to some arrangements I'm sure.

Thanks Chris for the publicity it has certainly helped drum up some potential members.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 9/2/06 5:57PM
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In reply to bluenose

I would love to get in contact with John via the link to his website, but i havent a clue how to find his email address on it. Navigation on there is rather too cryptic for a simple soul like me...


 is a RISC OS UserFuzzy on 9/2/06 8:22PM
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In reply to Fuzzy

I have sent John a quick email about this and emailed you via your website address.

Hopefully we can get in touch with Tamias and Trapper as well.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 9/2/06 11:08PM
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OK give me a clue...how do you get in touch with John Rickman via the link?

From Martin - In sunny Shropshire (well it would be if it wasn't midnight)

 is a RISC OS UserMart on 10/2/06 12:06AM
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In Reply to Mart

I emailed John Rickman re-contact details and you as well.

Hopefully we'll sort outthe teething issues with contact details soon.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 10/2/06 8:13AM
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well ...the article did say ".. a web site with contact details will be appearing soon " ;-) There is now a link on the home page of my website with some information, including contact details:- [link]

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 10/2/06 6:15PM
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If anyone is interested in a quick and temporary web forum so we can all have an online chat let me know. I've got a more or less blank one lying around on my server. No idea why it's there!

 is a RISC OS UserTrapper on 11/2/06 5:50PM
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In Reply to Trapper

If you could contact me via email to discuss I would be interested in following this up - but not for a couple of days as the response to the article has rather swamped me!. I will be posting an update to the MUG web page by Tuesday this week.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 13/2/06 12:15AM
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