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October usergroup action

By dgs . Published: 19th Oct 2003, 23:01:10 | Permalink | Printable

Networking, Cino, spam, emulation and more

Usergroup motifIt's often easier to organise a user group meeting featuring a product demonstration, than a practical tutorial session, particularly if the company selling the product bring everything required for the presentation (as Castle, RISCOS Ltd and MicroDigital tend to do these days).

But, even where numbers are sufficient to arrange a visiting speaker every month, practical tutorials are still immensely important to user groups. If it's something that people really want to know more about - and that will help them with their own computing in a way that "just buying stuff" won't - then tutorials can also help to attract visitors who might not normally find time to visit a user group just for a product demonstration.

London (Borough High Street)
An evening on practical networking can be one of the most complicated to arrange (particularly if you plan to network half a dozen computers and demonstrate a similar number of ways of using the resulting network), but it's also one topic where there's no shortage of users keen to learn more.

ROUGOL's networking evening on the evening of Monday 20th October will be focusing on networking RISC OS systems to Windows XP systems; largely because that is what people have asked to see, but also because no-one has yet offered to bring along computers running Linux, MacOS, or anything else. So, if you are able to bring along your own computer, it would make an interesting addition.

Neil Spellings will be helping with the demonstration (which will be run by Andrew Davis), so this is also your chance to ask any additional questions about Cino for the Iyonix (or about Aemulor). We've also heard rumours there's a possibility that Adrian Lees from Aemulor might also make an appearance.

ROUGOL meets on the third Monday evening of each month, at The Blue-Eyed Maid, 173 Borough High Street, London SE1 1HR. For more information see the ROUGOL website (now regularly updated) at rougol.jellybaby.net or email info@rougol.jellybaby.net

The ICENI Computer Club also have a practical focus for their meeting on Wednesday 5th November; Frank Watkinson will be talking about and demonstrating vector graphics under RISC OS (presumably accompanied by the sound of fireworks).

The ICENI club meet on the first Wednesday evening of every month, at the Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. The December meeting will be a bring and buy auction. More information can be obtained from iceni@woolridge.org.uk or by phoning Peter Dunn on 01473 728 881.

Also meeting on Bonfire Night are the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC). They will be covering anti-virus software, spam filtering and CD burning; quite a combination! More details can be found on their website at www.wrocc.org.uk

Stuart Tyrrell will be visiting the RISC OS North West User Group (RONWUG) in Sale on the evening of Wednesday 19th November 2003. On the agenda will be the newly announced "A6", as well as USB products and established Advantage Six product lines such as Risc PC mouse adapters.

RONWUG meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the Trafford Metrovick Rugby & Cricket Club, Finnybank Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 6LR. Admittance and membership are free. RONWUG can be contacted as info@ronwug.org or by phone on 0161 969 9820.

Also in the north west of England, the Blackpool RISC OS user group will be meeting on Friday 31st October at the Victoria Hotel in Cleveleys. Their secretary, Maureen Lewtas, can be contacted as maureen@lewtas50.freeserve.co.uk

Kent (Petts Wood)
The North Kent Amateur Computer Club (NKACC) will be holding their AGM, open evening and quiz night on Thursday 13th November 2003 at the Petts Wood Memorial Hall, Woodlands Way, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent. More information can be found on their website at www.nkacc.roundel.net

Surrey and Sussex
Increasingly a familiar face in the RISC OS user group scene, Joe Taylor will be visiting the Surrey and Sussex group (SASAUG) on the evening of Monday 10th November. Joe is best known for AppBasic, billed as the easiest way to write standard RISC OS applications for the desktop, and we're told the title for this meeting is "Desktop Publications". The group meets in Horsham, and more information can be found on their website at www.poppyfields.net/sasaug

Quiet - too quiet
A lot of user groups seem to have gone somewhat quiet over the last few weeks, so do remember to send us your user group news for next month's roundup. As always, the more detail the better - many groups' websites seem not to get updated very often, so up to date information is essential. If your group sends out monthly bulletins by email, I'm very happy to be added to the distribution list.


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Are we to suffer this irrelevant usergroup crap every month now?

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 20/10/03 12:24AM
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IMJ: Usergroups are the backbone of the RISC OS community. If you are not a member. then why comment. If you are a member, why not do something other than making stupid comments -- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 20/10/03 3:51AM
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Living on the other side of the world sections such as this are of little direct use to me. However they may attract someone to attend a group near them and become active in the RISCOS scene. For that reason they are useful. If you don't want to read them just skip them. The heading is sufficient of an alert to their content.

 is a RISC OS Userrmacf on 20/10/03 5:08AM
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imj: It may be irrelevant to you, but judging by the number of "How do I network my RiscPC to my Windows XP machine" on c.s.a.networking, meetings such as ROUGOLs networking evening are of interest to a large number of people.



 is a RISC OS Userspellinn on 20/10/03 9:13AM
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Although the user groups listed are not of direct use to me, it is encouraging to see what other groups are doing - and gives ideas for our own user group.

 is a RISC OS Userlibrarian16 on 20/10/03 10:30AM
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It is good to see what the user groups are up too. I keep waiting for the time when I am energised enough to go and attend one. :D Unfortunatley they seem few and far between these days.

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 20/10/03 1:24PM
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Following the recent derailment at Camden Town, anyone planning to use the Northern Line to reach the ROUGOL meeting, should probably have a look at [link]

Although Northern Line trains across the Thames (and south of it) are still running, they're apparently affected by "severe delays" for the foreseeable future (check the website for full details).

An alternative for some people is the Jubilee line, which stops at London Bridge station.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 20/10/03 3:18PM
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imj: why are there so many "How do I network my RiscPC to my Windows XP machine" questions on csa.networking? It's been answered in full detail so many times, can't people use Google or something.....

-- C'mon, mod me down, PUNK!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 20/10/03 4:40PM
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-Simo: Nope, people can't. :rolleyes:

-dgs: The "city branch" of the northern line between Euston and Morden seems to be working with only minor delays. :)

-imj: If you can't find your 'usergroup crap' :doody: on drobe.co.uk, you can always check the Iconbar forums where I sometimes mention it :wink: [link]

 is a RISC OS UserMENTAT on 20/10/03 5:31PM
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I think there is only so much you can learn reading web pages. I can see how some people might want to see how to set up a network first hand. Personally I can think back to times when such help would be useful to me.

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 20/10/03 5:40PM
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Indeed, first hand help is usually far better than reading web pages or manuals etc. Specially if you can't get it working and the solution isn't listed ;)

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 20/10/03 5:47PM
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It was a very well-pitched talk and the audience ranged from nervous beginner to expert. We've been promised some notes on the ROUGOL website to help with networking as well...

Well done to the organizers

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 21/10/03 5:44PM
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