Calendar

There will be a nice fancy WordPress extension thingy installed on this page at some point I’m sure, that will show an actual calendar that you can subscribe to. We’ll get round to it, we promise!

Any completed events of any significance such as Workshops (where there was a talk or lab exercise) and trips away to places… usually get a blog post created after the event has passed. So please check that section for details as to how it went, this page is more for planning what is coming up.

Workshops

For venue and other details see the Workshop section in Events.

Although the workshop room itself is possible to be open for any Tuesday (see the Workshop section in Events for how that actually works), there are specially scheduled presentations and practical lab activities. That is what is covered here on this web page. These activities will try to be every fortnight but it’s likely only two thirds of them will actually occur due to festive periods and other clashes. You are always best checking this page and subscribing to the meetings mailing list.

Where you see the [Possible] prefix it means we’re either not entirely sure a workshop will even happen or possibly just not sure on the topic.

If the topic states Suggestions welcome! then this means a topic hasn’t yet been proposed. If you’ve a burning desire to see something as a topic that you don’t know much about, or conversely if you want to share what you know on a topic… then let us know via the meetings@ mailing list.

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK – CHECK BACK SOON
Tuesday 24th March 2020 – Topic: End of quarter activities

  • Updates on any previous workshops for that quarter.
  • Show off your latest gadgets and discovered software to the group.
  • Generally share knowledge with the help of PCs being there to jog your memory rather than a pint to hamper it!
  • Lightning talks of 5 to 10 minutes if anyone has anything they’d like to share with the group. You don’t need to be too prepared for these, but it may help to talk on the mailing lists first.
  • Plan out who is available to what workshops for the upcoming quarter.

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK – CHECK BACK SOON
Tuesday 21st April 2020 – Topic: Getting into Linux

  • Practical reasons why you should care about running Linux on your desktop.
  • Lab activity where we’ll have blank desktops and laptops ready to be installed with pre-prepared installer USB pens.
  • Cross platform applications you already use on Windows and macOS which also run on Linux natively!
  • Linux applications that can be used as equivalents of Windows and macOS applications.
  • Ways of running non-Linux applications through things like abstraction layers and emulation.
  • Handy reference of basic commands and their Windows equivalents (macOS users will find this easier as they’re mostly the same).
  • Conventions you’ll need to rewire your brain for… such as the lack of a “Drive C:\” and things or like the Registry.
  • Intentionally basic for average person off the street, bring anyone and everyone you can convince to come!

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK – CHECK BACK SOON
Tuesday 5th May 2020 – Topic: The World of Wine

  • What WINE is and what it is not (the clue is in the name!).
  • When not to use WINE and why it should be a last resort.
  • Forks of WINE including unofficial ones like Cedega and official ones like Crossover and Proton.
  • Front ends for WINE like Crossover, PlayOnLinux and others.
  • Windows dependency hell and how ‘winetricks’ can help.
  • Scripts to get Windows applications installed perfect every time.

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK – CHECK BACK SOON
[Possible] Tuesday 19th May 2020 – Topic: Suggestions welcome!

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK – CHECK BACK SOON
[Possible] Tuesday 2nd June 2020 – Topic: Suggestions welcome!

Past

Tuesday 11th February 2020 – Topic: Introduction to CAcert

  • An introduction to CAcert from one of their UK volunteers Alex.
  • We’ll also cover SSL in general for anyone unfamiliar.
  • Time for assurances (for free certificates with CAcert, you’ll need this), to participate in this you’ll need to bring some form of ID as mentioned here (e.g. Passport and Driving License).
  • Being joined by people already using CAcert who’ll be able to help issue points during the assurance part.

Tuesday 28th January 2020 – Topic: CCTV cameras and control systems

  • This will cover the better networking capable CCTV camera’s on the market which support the kinds of protocols we’ll need.
  • Also it’ll cover systems to control / manage and monitor your cameras.
  • Presented by Darren who has much experience in this field and does this for a living.

Tuesday 14th January 2020 – Topic: Introduction to OpenStreetMaps

  • Get an idea on what the project is like, how the data gathered is licensed and it’s aims.
  • Be more familiar with some of the tools which can be used to gather useful data to improve OpenStreetMaps.
  • Using it as a general user and the advantages you get (such the export functions) of using its features over other map products like those from Apple/Google/Microsoft.

Tuesday 17th December 2019 – Topic: End of quarter activities

  • A look back to previous workshops this quarter and any updates to add to them.
  • Bring in any gadgets and toys so we can have a play (think of it like the last day of School before Christmas when you were a kid!).
  • A Christmas atmosphere to be sure 🙂
  • Lightning talks of 5 to 10 minutes if anyone has anything they’d like to share with the group.
  • This will be the first of this kind of meeting, so please share via the meetings@ mailing list how you’d like these to go!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – Topic: Introduction to the LAMP stack

  • An introduction to what the basic components that make up a traditional Linux web server, such as Linux, Apache, MySQL (or MariaDB) and PHP… i.e. L.A.M.P.
  • A brief talk on things to consider when setting up a server in general and also possible web based control panels for your webserver.
  • A lab exercise where we install the basic components from packages, and set up a minimal amount of config for a server that can serve multiple sites.
  • If there is time show quickly WordPress running on what we’ve made as an example.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – Topic: Virtual Tabletop Gaming (inc. VASSAL)

  • Introduction to ways tabletop games can be played on a computer.
  • A look at the VASSAL open-source board game engine.
  • Q&A with Darren who develops mods for VASSAL.

Tuesday 8th October 2019 – Topic: DNS Sinkholes (inc. Pi-hole)

  • Installing and using Pi-hole on both Raspberry Pi hardware and other installs
  • Taking a look at what it blocks and monitors
  • Advantages and disadvantages of DNS-level blocking

Tuesday 24th September 2019 – Topic: 20 years of StaffsLUG and Relaunch

  • Get to know new faces and re-introduce to the concept of a LUG.
  • Look back at early StaffsLUG history with Dave Roberts.
  • Getting feedback for the future.

Prior to Monday 26th August 2019…

Before StaffsLUG relaunched in 2019 there would sometimes be workshops graciously held at the offices of Navaho. At some point we’ll fill out this section with reminders of what those past Workshops were about (likely by looking through the old mailing lists!).

Socials

For venue and other details see the Socials section in Events.

Planned

There aren’t any bullet points for these really as the agenda is simply to drink (and eat if you like), chat and be merry!

Tuesday 10th March 2019 – KPA Clubhouse from 6pm onwards

Potentials

These don’t have any dates decided yet but it should give you an idea as when they’ll roughly happen. They should always be a Tuesday, as we know people are free on those days. They also should not conflict with a workshop event that is planned to have a presentation or lab session.

Tuesday June-ish 2020 – KPA Clubhouse from 6pm onwards

Tuesday September-ish 2020 – KPA Clubhouse from 6pm onwards

Tuesday December-ish 2020 – KPA Clubhouse from 6pm onwards

Past

Tuesday 19th November 2019 – KPA Clubhouse from 6pm onwards

Older

Often held at a place called ‘The Yard’ which doesn’t exist any more in Stafford. Was usually on the first Monday of the month, something is being resurrected. More details on past events will appear here when we’ve been though the older mailing lists a bit.

Trips

Planned

Nothing at the moment, see the potentials section below.

Potentials

Human-Computer Interaction Conference 2020

Got an idea?

If you’d like to add something here as a potential trip to go on, then give us the idea via the trips mailing list!.

Past

OggCamp 2019

  • A few StaffsLUG people are going on the Saturday 19th October if you want to join us.
  • Two possible CrossCountry trains which you can get from either Stoke or Stafford…
    1) Stafford (8:28am) -> Stoke (8:44am) -> 2 other stops -> Manchester Piccadilly (9:24am)
    2) Stafford (9:02am) -> Stoke (9:20am) -> 2 other stops -> Manchester Piccadilly (10:00am)
  • A bunch of us will wait at Manchester Piccadilly until 10:10am at the main entrance/exit which exits on to the road “Station Approach” – we’ll make sure at one of us is holding a Tux penguin for ID! It is just a short 9 minute walk from there and we can show you the way.

Older

Trips have taken place to places like the The National Museum of Computing at Bletchy Park.

At some point we’ll fill out this section with reminders of where those past trips were (likely by looking through the old mailing lists!).