Our Next Meeting 15th March - Mac Evening. Peter et al.

This meeting has now taken place and will be written up in the April Newsletter.

It was quite a good meeting.

Our Last Meeting 15th February 2017 Arduino/Raspberry Pi update - All

This did indeed turn out to be an interesting evening.

It began with Gareth demonstrating Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS running on a Raspberry Pi 3. Mate (pronounced Ma-Tay) is a desktop derived from the Gnome desktop and uses the Chromium Open Source browser and RPi Foundation kernel, although there is actually a Canonical Ubuntu one for RPi.

Band steering won't work on the WiFi, so you need to pick one which works O.K. manually. Sound over HDMI works all you get is a hissing noise. He had not had much time to try everything out yet. Using Z-RAM.

It is a bit slower than an Intel machine but not too bad when it has settled down.

Uses a wireless keyboard and mouse, Maplin Logitech K400 plus. The RPi3 has 1GB Ram Quad Core and is using 15GB SD card. "Handbrake " - short bits of video.

John showed his RPi2 (older version from Peter which has support for the older ARM processor ). He is using Chromium 32 bit browser. He is interested in replacing his PC XP and Risc PC (c. 1993). The RPi2 is set up to dual boot in either Raspbian or Risc OS. Both his old XP machine and his Toshiba Laptop will link with his All-in-one A3 printer printing sideways which is useful for Family History. But he wants to get it to print from the Pi. There is a driver but inside it refers to Intel packages, which are not present. He tried to send an email to a forum on this, but it comes up void. John puts all his photos and documents on a USB stick which is common between all his computers. He finds it easiest to keep all the programs on an SD card. Shutdown is not clean either as shutting in Raspbian shuts down completely and does not drop back to the dual boot level.


Had a broken USB socket on his printer which uses Postscript (so no drivers needed) EXT 103 I-V. Although out of warranty he did not like to open it up. The broken socket had shorted out but had not done permanent damage.

Peter had managed to get an API from Leica for the Leica Disto for his project by signing a non-disclosure agreement, which he couldn't talk about in detail, but did not find it very clear how to use it. He only really needed a couple of commands to achieve what he needed to make everything work.

Peter had been soldering up the headers for his Adafruit motor shield and had intended to show some stepper motors running on this driven by the Arduino Leonardo board. However he found that motors he had bought required too much current for this and he did not want to risk burning out the hardware.


Advanced Notice of the AGM

7.30 p.m. Wednesday 19th April 2017
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.

ICENI Future programme

We have now had a committee meeting and updated the future programme.

ICENI Future programme 2017/2018
March 15th Mac Evening Peter et al
April 19th AGM + IoT- Devices All
May 17th RISCOS update - New !Impression - ARMX6 All
June 21st Security, Antivirus,Ransomware, Botnets and Firewalls All
July 19th Windows update - The Creators update Michael
August 16th Summer Social Event - The Last Anchor , Ipswich -(Provisional)
September 20th Alternative software applications,
Model Railways, Amateur radio and Telescope control.
October 18th Linux /Ubuntu updates. Gareth et al
November 15th Slide/Video Evening All
December 20th Gadgets and Party Evening All
January 17th Winter Social Evening - The Wooden Fender, Ardleigh (Provisional)
February 21st Arduino/Raspberry Pi / BBC :Microbits All
March 21st Backup systems - Cloud/ CCTV, Acronis All
April 18th AGM - Virtual Reality and secure password storage All
May 16th Computer surgery evening 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.


Membership fee currently £10, visitors free.


We are continuing our publicity for EAUG events , however their website has not been updated for a years 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.

Their website has not been updated since 2011


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 URL is


Email to: iceni@woolridge.org.uk

I am open to suggestions on what people would like to have included in the website. If anyone would like a copy of the CD of our old newsletters this could be arranged.