Our Next Meeting: Wednesday 16th February
Gigabit Networking, USB 2&3 All

Our next meeting will hopefully be an all hands look at the faster LAN networking technology of Gigabit Ethernet. Once the domain of high end servers this technology has now filtered down to become standard on most new desktop PCs in recent years, including the Iyonix running RISCOS and is increasingly even being included on laptops.

With high bandwidth becoming more commonplace in the home, transferring files to NAS drives, media streaming etc. this improvement in network throughput may have more uses for the casual user than you may think.

At the meeting we hope to look at some of the background behind these improvements in copper LAN technologies and discuss some of the uses for this higher bandwidth, we will then hopefully be able to demonstrate some of this in action, so please considering bringing along your own devices that support Gigabit networking.

We will also touch briefly on USB 3 which aims to bring higher performance to directly attached peripherals building on the success of the earlier USB 1 & 2 standards, and possibly have a sneak peak at Intel's own Light Peak optical standard that aims to be a viable replacement to USB/eSATA/DisplayPort and more.

Our Last Meeting: Wednesday 19th January 2011 - Annual New Year dinner

On this occasion the venue was the Ramada Hotel in Colchester. It was quite quiet which enabled a number of us to have a good informal chat in the lounge area prior to being seated, and in particular it was good that Royal was able to join us thanks to the assistance of Frank and Anne.

I'd particularly like to thank Frank and Peter for organising the evening; the hunt now begins for a venue for the our Summer event!

Here are a few photos from the event.


Our AGM is fast approaching and while we have not yet had a Committee Meeting now is the time to suggest any topics/talks for the year, so if you have any suggestions (or would be interested in joining the Committee) please do get in touch!


ICENI Future programme

16 February Gigabit Networking , USB2 & 3 All
16 March Linux update Gareth
20 April AGM plus Games All

Meetings are now on the Third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise stated.

Our meetings are held at the Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE , for a map and other details please see the website. http://icenicomputerclub.users.btopenworld.com

The first visit is free and subsequent visits for non - members is £2·50. The membership fee is £20 due from the AGM date in April, but may be reduced for those joining late in the year.


Continuing our publicity for EAUG events, there is now a full list of meetings up to the end of the year on their website.


Tea/coffee/biscuits usually available.

Visitors pay 2.00 GBP for the evening, which is deductible from the normal joining subscription if you decide to join at a later date.

See the Membership page of the website for more information:


Meetings are at the Great Baddow Village Hall, on the second Tuesday of the month

opening at 7:30 p.m. for a start at 7:45 - 8:00 p.m.

For directions see below (note the new web addresses)

http://www.eaug.org.uk or 'phone one of the contacts on http://www.eaug.org.uk/ppl.htm

Ipswich Computer Club (formerly Mid-Suffolk Computer Users Group)

They have now moved to the St. Andrew's Computer Club at Britannia Road, Ipswich. They have picked up a couple of people from the Church and are seeking to include people from the Parish.

There's not much about the Computer Club on the website (http://www.ourstandrews.co.uk), but there are a few words. (Ken Tew)

Special Notice - Insurance

"ICENI does not have any Insurance cover for computers or other equipment so please be advised that you bring machines to the club at your own risk."

However many household insurance policies will include cover away from home often with no increase in premium. (Ed.)

Our Website and Email

If anyone would like a copy of the CD of our old newsletters this could be arranged.

I am open to suggestions on what people would like to have included in the website.

Our website URL is

http://icenicomputerclub.users.btopenworld.com as a virtual domain,

it can also be reached using http://www.btinternet.com/~icenicomputerclub

Email to: iceni@woolridge.org.uk