Thursday, 23 December 2010

Systems Thinking Sheffield, Inaugural November Meeting


An unusual and interesting mix of technologists and business thinkers. One to watch in the new year.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Graduation Day, Manchester 2010


Snowy Thursday for the graduation (party), cold but good to catch up. Postgraduate diploma in Advanced Computer Science (with distinction) expected by post early new year.

Graduation Day Snow
Graduation Day Snow
Graduation Day Snow
Graduation Day Snow
Graduation Day Snow
and some more...

Friday, 3 December 2010

Apache Retreat, IBM Hursley

littering dark the winter snow memories of colourful summer


and some more ...

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Javascript Leeds december meetup

sam foster to geekup 4:12 PM (16 hours ago)

Time/Date: 6:30 -8:30pm, Wednesday December 8th
Place: Mr Foley's Cask Ale House, 159 The Headrow, Leeds

twitter: @leedsjs

This month (only) we'll meet at Foley's for Javascript-related
chatter. I'm not planning a formal talk, but feel free to bring a
laptop/portable thing if you want to share something. It's been a busy
month in Javascript-land so there's lots to discuss.

I'm not going to cross-post and spam communities I don't know
personally, but if you're on a list with people you think might be
interested, *please forward / tweet / mention* etc.

In the New Year we'll be back to our regular Old Broadcasting House
location, and I'm lining up a couple speakers I think should be of

Hope to see you there,


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

[Wylug-announce] ShefLUG - December 2010 Meeting

Richard Ibbotson 2:47 PM (20 hours ago)

Sheffield Linux Users Group (ShefLUG)
Meetings are free and open to anyone to attend
Saturday 4th December 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
We thought that our December meeting might go down well at the
Walkley Cottage. The address is...
Walkley Cottage Inn
46 Bole Hill Rd
Sheffield, S6 5DD
0114 234 4968

If you don't have a car then you might like to know that the No: 94
and 95 buses run from High Street and Church Street (across from the
Cathedral) through the city centre to the pub. This is a frequent bus
service every 10 to 15 minutes during the day. Call 01709 515151 for
bus information. Use Google maps if you don't know where the Walkley
Cottage is. Tea and coffee is available. There is a good selection of
beers which are well looked after. Look out for someone sitting next
to an Hewlett-Packard penguin with a laptop in front of him.

The topic of the meeting will be a general discussion or we can fix
some hardware or software. If you need some help with that we can
most likely point you in the right direction. If you want to know
more about anything else come along and ask questions. We seem
to have a keen and interested band of EeePC and other netbook people
who bring them along to meetings. Also some GNU/Linux and Android
tablets. We can discuss any version of GNU/Linux that you might be
interested in such as Fedora 13 or openSuSE 11.3. Possibly even
Ubuntu 10.10. A quick look around Distrowatch should give you some
idea of what's happening just now...

If you want to know about firewalls or related network security we
can answer those sort of questions as well. Have a look here first...
Always worth talking about. Any version of BSD is also
welcome. Hope we see you at our meeting.



OpenCoffee {December}

Imran Ali, Nov 29 (1 day ago)

OpenCoffee {Leeds} Logo

Hey everyone, we wanted to remind you all about December's edition of OpenCoffee Leeds, coming up next week from 10am to 12pm! Our hosts are nti Leeds at Old Broadcasting House and we'd love to have you join us for some Xmas cupcakes - remember these bad boys!
RSVP @ Eventbrite / Facebook
{ 10am-12pm; Tuesday 7th December 2010 }
Following OpenCoffee, Old Broadcasting House's coworking and hot-desking areas will be free to use for all OpenCoffee visitors wishing to work privately, continue the conversations, setup a meeting or just hang out and meet the other residents.

I hope we'll see everyone turnout to share, demo & network! Let us know if you're coming at the Eventbrite or Facebook listings and see you next week!

Imran Ali ∙ ∙ @imran

Monday, 29 November 2010

[Fsuk-manchester] MFS Christmas Party. Madlab. Tuesday, *14th* December

Michael Dorrington, Nov 27 (2 days ago)

Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.

December 2010 starts on a Wednesday, causing the 3rd Tuesday of the
Month to be very near Christmas, so we will have our December 2010
meeting a week earlier, on Tuesday, *14th* December.

This meeting is our Christmas Party but we will use the opportunity to
review the year gone and discuss next year.

* Discussion: MFS: Review of year gone. Discussion on next year.
* Participants: Michael Dorrington and other interested parties
(hopefully that's you!).

* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory). Upstairs.
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
* Date: Tuesday, *14th* December 2010 (*not* 3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30

The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
philosophy. So how did we do in 2010? What can you do in 2011?

The meeting will take place at the usual time (but a week earlier than
normal!), 7pm, at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter.
"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called
Common)". We will be located upstairs. The venue provides wifi.

Parking: Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero
cost after 6pm on Tuesday but get full up. There are paid parking lots
around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap centred on
A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP
. If you can't decide otherwise then park in
Manchester Arndale .

Public Transport: Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill
tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close
to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far either.

Further details at .

More Information
General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
on our website.


Lightning Talks
If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please
contact us at .

Fsuk-manchester mailing list

Friday, 26 November 2010

Thursday, 25 November 2010

[GeekUp] Open Data Manchester - 30th Nov - Madlab

Julian Tait to geekup 11:15 AM (22 hours ago)

There is an Open Data Manchester meetup at Madlab on Edge Street, Manchester on Tuesday 30th November at 6.30 pm

Come along if you are interested in doing stuff with, or getting hold of Open Public Data. At the moment, with the cold weather coming we are trying to get hold of Gritter information.

There will Christopher Osborne from ITO World will be showing some of the stuff that they have been doing Open Street Map and various bits of transport data and Ric Roberts will talking about Linked Data.

There have been a lot of developments over the last couple of months especially with the mooted Greater Manchester Datastore.



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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

[Wylug-announce] Christmas / Birthday Meal: Monday 13th December 2010

James Holden (to wylug-announce) Nov 16 (7 days ago)


The next meeting will on Monday 13th December 2010 and will be the traditional
Christmas / birthday meal (13 years old!).

We have used various venues in the past, some satisfactory, some less so. This
year, following some discussion at the last meeting, the venue will be
determined by a poll.

The possible venues are listed below, chosen by location and prior experience
or recommendation.

* Brio Pizza, The Light (Italian)
* Bianco, Great George Street (Italian)
* Chaophraya, Swinegate (Thai)
* Red Chilli, Great George Street (Chinese)
* Spice Quarter, Millennium Square (Chinese / Italian / Indian / Thai Buffet)
* Akbars, Eastgate (Indian)

Please vote on the website at where there is more
information about each restaurant including links to their respective websites
and pricing information.

To ensure that there is time to book, the poll will close at 11pm on the 29th
November 2010.



[agilist] Agile for Embedded Systems Development Workshop

Zoe Stephenson, Nov 17 (6 days ago)

Hi gang,
Some of you will no doubt remember Nancy van Schooenderwoert from a little while back. I've arranged a much more extensive 2-day hands-on workshop here in York at a very affordable price, and SMEs in the region should be able to apply for additional funding through the European Regional Development Fund. We're pretty keen to get a wide spread of businesses represented, so do please get in touch if you're interested. Thanks,

Agile for Embedded Systems Development Workshop
A practical, hands-on two-day workshop: 15-16 December 2010
Presenter: Nancy van Schooenderwoert

This workshop will enable you to envision real, practical Agile planning for embedded systems development, including for safety-critical applications. Many of the practices that work for desktop software systems do not work well for embedded system development, and this workshop will show you:

* How Agile methods must differ when developing embedded systems
* How user stories pave the way for you to complete ALL the work you commit to in each iteration
* What Agile "story points" really are, and why you need them
* How to estimate a large Agile project several years long.

Through a project simulation exercise, you'll experience Agile estimation, release planning, and execution of two iterations. You can also submit some of your actual project requirements to be transformed into Agile user stories as a class exercise.

Each place is just Ł175 per person for the two days, including refreshments.

We currently have funding of 60% from the price of this workshop for SMEs based in Yorkshire and the Humber region. SMEs are those with 250 employees of less. Please contact Alex King on for more details on how to book a place with this funding.

You can book through our online store, or call 01904 325402 or email to ensure your place. See the event website for further information:

and the store to book your places:

Dr Zoe Stephenson, Research Associate
High-Integrity Systems Engineering Group,
Department of Computer Science, phone:01904 325424
University of York, Deramore Lane, York YO10 5GH fax:01904 325599

[agilenorth] Free Event - 10th Dec 2010

From: katieuclan
Date: 19 November 2010 12:41

Friday 10th December 2010 - Adelphi Conference Room - UCLan, Preston

Welcome from 9.00 am with 9.30 am start

A highly interactive and practical day allowing delegates to experience a number of Agile techniques and practices. Feedback and reflection together with experiences from others with a range of implementation know-how should make this a useful day for anyone contemplating or at the early stages of Agile adoption.

Whilst no prior knowledge or experience is assumed, it is required that delegates are prepared to get involved, take part in practical exercise and contribute to feedback sessions.

This is a free event but numbers are strictly limited due to the team focussed approach of the day, so book your place now. More details on

[GeekUp] Digital Christmas 2010

GeekUp is joining Manchester Digital, Northern Digitals, CING and Social Media Cafe to celebrate a year of hard work.

16th December at Mint Lounge in Manchester. There'll be DJs throughout the night (and until the small hours) plus a few special surprises. Best of all, it's free.

Details and Tickets

Andrew Disley
Freelance Front-end Web Developer


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Systems Thinking Sheffield

Wed Nov 24th is the first meeting of the new group Systems Thinking Sheffield[1]. Here's a bit of intro before the details.

Systems Thinking is a way of looking at organisations as cohesive units with a goal. It lets you ask questions such as "do the departments in our company work together, or do they fight?", "do we reward the behaviour we actually want, or something else?", "how do we learn and adapt as a group to be more effective?". Alternatively, a much better explanation is a short and very entertaining video someone linked to me recently of Russell Ackoff[2] called "Beyond Continuous Improvement".

Systems Thinking encompasses a whole range of subjects, including Theory of Constraints, Lean, Action Science, Cybernetics and and many areas studying the behaviour of people in organisations. It's gaining a lot of interest in software lately, but it has been successfully applied in many diverse situations.

Enough blurb - our first meeting[3] is in two weeks, and runs from 6.30pm-8.30pm at the GIST Lab in Sheffield. As it's the first meeting, this is mainly to get to meet each other, find out everyone's interests, and plan future content. So it's a great time to get involved :)

If you're coming, please sign up on the Eventbrite page[4] so we have an idea of numbers. (You don't *have* to, but it helps us plan.)

Many thanks to the GIST Foundation[5] for providing the venue and for helping kickstart the group.

See some of you there :-)


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