Our Next Meeting : Wednesday 21st March 2018 -
Backup systems - Cloud/ CCTV, Acronis etc. - All

The need for easy and secure backup of files and data is becoming more and more important now in the light of viruses and other malware infections and the increasing number of cyber crime attacks. Also the file sizes for photographs and videos means that backing up requires is more space and demands faster networks. Please come along and discuss this and let us know what measures you put in place for secure backup

Our Last Meeting: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Arduino/Raspberry Pi / BBC :Microbits -All

This was largely a discussion evening. Gareth showed his installation of Ubuntu version 16.04.2 32 bit on his Raspberry Pi 3. using a USB Bluetooth Dongle with a remote logbook as keyboard and mouse. This download is available from https:ubuntu-mate.org/download. There are two types of image which allows you to try it out without changing or install permanently later. Both 64 bit and 32 bit desktop images are available as well as for Mac. See the link for more info.

Peter then had another go at running Arduino software although admitting that he had little opportunity to advance it since last year. He had bought some newer stepper motors which would take less current and were more suitable to run from the Adafruit Motor drive shield on the Arduino Leonardo.

Trying a connection from his MacBookPro produced an sketch which would not load correctly and after some retries it was suggested that he update the software. A new version of Arduino was downloaded from the web and this proved successful. Peter then remembered that it had been run previously from his old MacBookPro (c. 2008) last time and not his newer one.

There were quite a few helpful suggestions on where to look for various files.

However it had taken so long to get this far and look for the library files on the Mac that there was no more time to try out the shield. So not very satisfactory as a demonstration, but I learnt a lot! When I get a more interesting set up I shall bring it to another meeting.


ICENI Future programme

ICENI Future programme 2017/2018
March 21st Backup systems - Cloud/ CCTV, Acronis All
April 18th This is to be rearranged as the Secretary can't make this date now.
AGM - Virtual Reality and secure password storage
May 16th Computer surgery evening

Committee Meeting

We shall be having a Committee Meeting on Wednesday 28th March mainly to plan our future programme and rearrange the AGM date. If anyone wishes to see any particular topic aired or would like to present something themselves please let me know.


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.

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

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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.