Our Next Meeting: Cloud Computing - Gareth , Michael et al

Gareth writes:

"I was planning to do a little on public clouds and some of the more popular cloud providers, then move on to the technologies used in private clouds. All this will be of a Linux flavour, while I am sure Michael will mention Microsoft's Azure platform.

One of the best known cloud providers is Amazon, offering both data storage and transfer per megabyte and virtual machines of various sizes charged by CPU time. The APIs and technology behind this have spawned a number of semi-compatible open source cloud platforms and the one I wish to talk about during the evening is called Openstack."

This seems to me to be an up and coming technology and should be an interesting evening. I don't think we have ever had an evening on cloud computing before.


Our Last Meeting: Social Evening at the Brantham Bull.

This was held on Wednesday January 23rd. It was very good to see such a good attendance, probably our best yet with 15 of us. It was nice to meet up again and in particular to see Royal. Royal came with two guests, Daisy and Bob who had very kindly driven him from Dovercourt.

Also Anne and our friends from EAUG, Dick, Betty, Gerald and Sarah, who have all been very loyal in giving their support to our social events. I think it made for quite a lively evening.

The food was very good and all freshly cooked, although I have to admit that we did have to wait an awfully long time to get served. The room was very comfortable and not at all noisy which made for easy conversation. Maybe we should all move around a bit more though since with such a large group we couldn't talk to everyone.

Here are a few photos to mark the occasion.



The Committee will be meeting soon to arrange the programme for next year. If you have any suggestions for talks and/or would like to give a talk on your favourite subject then please let us know.

ICENI Future programme

February 20th "Cloud computing" TBA
March 20th "RPC Emu" TBA
April 17th AGM + extras All
Emergency topic - "Slideshow" 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.


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.


We are continuing our publicity for EAUG events , however their website has not been updated for a year now. So if you wish to know information please phone one of their contacts.

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

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:


St Andrews Computer Club (formerly Ipswich Computer Club and prior to that Mid-Suffolk Computer Users Group)

They have now moved to the St. Andrew's Computer Club at Britannia Road, Ipswich.

They have a full programme on the parish website

(http://www.ourstandrews.co.uk), We may be able to make new contact with them to arrange something in common.

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

Our website has had to be moved since BT is no longer giving free hosting to customers and Peter was running the old website on his account. So Gareth has been fortunate to register a web address of our own and has generously hosted it on his own woolridge domain. All our old website data has been ported to the new site and a redirection placed on the old address. The old site will disappear some time soon

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


Email to: iceni@woolridge.org.uk