Our Next Meeting: Wednesday 18th September 2013
AGM and Mac Update - OS X Mavericks

7.30 p.m. Wednesday 18th September 2013
Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of the last meeting

3. Matters arising

4. Chairman's Report

5. Treasurer's Report

6. Election of Officers and Committee

7. AOB.


Please make every effort to attend the AGM and help us continue to run the

club. If you are interesting in joining the committee or have suggestions

for things you would like to hear about over the next year we would welcome

all input at the meeting.

Following our AGM Gareth will be giving an overview of the forthcoming

update to Mac OS X 10.9 codenamed Mavericks to be released this autumn.

Our Last meeting: Wednesday 28th August 2013
Social Evening at Dedham Boathouse

Our summer social event last month was held at the Boathouse in Dedham, a

venue we haven't visited in quite some years now but a lovely evening was

had with excellent food. Gareth and Sophie, Peter and Sheila and Michael

were present from Iceni, with Gerald and Sarah joining us from the EAUG.

A most enjoyable evening catching up with friends.


Our Last technical Evening: Wednesday July 17th: An Impromptu Evening on Computer Issues

John started off our evening with his laptop running with both Ubuntu and

Windows. The default boot option was to boot into Ubuntu but John would

prefer it to default to Windows Vista. The laptop was using the grub

bootloader from Linux to boot both Operating Systems so Gareth took a look

at the config file for grub and the variable GRUB_DEFAULT=0 looked to be

the culprit, as Ubuntu was the first option in the boot menu. John knew

that Windows was the 5th option, so counting from 0 we changed the config

to GRUB_DEFAULT=4, crossed our fingers and rebooted with success.

John also brought along his RISCOS laptop - a Raspberry Pi with a Motorola

Lapdock. The Lapdock connects to the Pi with USB and HDMI externally and

powers the Pi. CJE supply a USB power/data lead with an inline switch to

turn power on and off. The Raspberry Pi has a USB hub attached and 2 USB

sticks, one for Data and one for extra programs, with RISCOS booting from

an SD Card.

Opening the Lapdock and powering on the dock and then the Raspberry Pi

yielded the expected RISCOS boot process and quickly a very high resolution

desktop, the display native resolution being 1366x768. John had many apps

and lots of data and photos installed and with ShareFS he can exchange

files with his other RISCOS machines.

With the Pi running via the battery in the Lapdock John has managed to get

5 hours run time in testing so far.

When he first got the "LaPi" installed he had a lot of problems with power

glitches and corrupted cards caused by the delicate connections and leads,

but he had since got these replaced by CJE and was now reliable. There was

also an issue with the keyboard being designed for Android phones not

RISCOS, so no Break to exit failed apps. John installed a keymapper and

mapped F10 to Break to work around the issue.

John also had an SD Card with Rasbian installed, which is Debian Linux for

the Pi, and by swapping cards was able to boot the system into Linux. This

is useful for times when WiFi is needed, when in hotels for instance, as this

is not supported by RISCOS, although the wired ethernet port works fine for


John is currently using Midori as a browser in Linux, which is a similar

level to Netsurf so was looking for a lightweight browser with Javascript

as reports are that Firefox is very slow.

Peter and Gareth had their Android tablets with them on the evening which

we were able to compare. Gareth's tablet is a Nexus 7 from Google which

has the latest Jelly Bean 4.2.2 version of Android while Peter's was

running the older Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.x release. Peter's tablet is

expandable with SD Card but Gareth's was not, it also featured a HDMI port

for playback on TV which was not available on the Nexus 4.

Since the meeting Gareth has looked at Midori and I believe it should be

possible to get Javascript in this, as it can support Flash, Java etc.

provided the external plugins are installed and is used as the default

browser in a number of Linux desktops. Gareth will install the version

available in Ubuntu and investigate further. Also while the Nexus 4 tablet

does not have a HDMI port, a cable is available for the USB/charge/dock

port to connect to HDMI TVs and monitors.


We hope you have all had an enjoyable Summer and are keen to join in our Autumn programme of evenings.


ICENI Future programme

September 18th AGM and Mac Evening Gareth
October 16th Raspberry Pi, Linux and RISCOS All
November 20th Video Editing Peter et al
December 18th Gadgets and Party Evening All
January 15th Winter Social Evening - Venue TBA All
February 19th Windows Evening Michael
March 19th Computer Surgery All
April 16th AGM + 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