- Intro to Mastodon and the Fediverse
Mastodon is a fully open source social media platform, with no advertising, monetizing, or venture capital. Although each Mastodon server is independent of all other Mastodon servers, they can be federated for intercommunication with each other via a suite of standard protocols.
It is a part of the Fediverse, a social network that is truly a network, by incorporating ideas and protocols that allow users and information to freely spread throughout a wide diaspora of servers and services. Explore how you might wish to join into the rich, new world that has more of a resemblance of the internet as it was envisioned to be.
- NoVaLUG informal meeting
The link for this Saturday's meeting (9 October 2021) is actually:
Sorry about that.
These meeting are just a chance to hang out and chat about Linux and ask questions or get help with problems you are having. There is no formal talk or subject, just a free form hang out.
- ShropshireLUG presents - Going off Grid a practical guide
The talk will cover the design and installation of renewable energy in
my home in South Shropshire. It will start with the overall energy
requirements for power and space heating, cover the design and
implementation then discuss how well everything works.
There were some issues during implementation and predicted performance
which required some re-engineering. Also demand changed when an EV was
purchased. The talk will cover these changes and issues which arose.
In summary it is possible to run 100% solar power with a small generator
boost at the end of December at a reasonable cost. However the
implementer needs to really understand their needs and design
accordingly. This talk will describe the key requirements and design
features required for a successful project.
As a child I used to rip apart anything electrical to see how it worked
and on occasion even put it back together afterwards. Became a licensed
radio amateur at the age of 16 and worked designing PMR radios and
infrastructure since the early 1980s. Involved public safety network
design and operations for various organisations for around 20 years.
First played with Linux in 1995 (Slackware 0.98 kernel). Managed the
ongoing Linuxbierwanderung mailing list since 1998. Linux has been my
daily driver since about 2000.
I developed a strong interest in the decarbonisation of energy over the
last decade and now live off grid (100% solar) in South Shropshire.
I recently got back into embedded design after a gap of about 20 years
and am really enjoying the rediscovering those skills.