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Training Course at St. Werburghs

On 29th November 2007 we will be running a beginners’ training course from 7pm – 9pm at St. Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, St. Werburghs. The course will cover logging in and out, the desktop, the file system, word processing, setting up and using web based email and surfing the World Wide Web. Bristol Wireless […]

Saving Tech from Landfills

Author’s note: The following is an article I’ve written for an Easton newsletter being set up in the new year. I’ve posted it here because I mention Bristol Wireless and their contribution to recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment towards the end. The Problem More than a million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment […]

Chelsea Inn open access ‘net suite overhauled

The open internet access suite at the Chelsea Inn in Easton, provided and managed by Bristol Wireless, has been completely overhauled. The addition of an extra station brings the total to three now, all of which are newer-style Compaq thin clients providing access to the server upstairs via LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project). The new […]

New infrastructure coverage from The Cube, Dove St.

On Tuesday Bristol Wireless volunteer Lloyd Cohen installed an omni-directional antenna on the roof of The Cube Microplex, cinema in Kingsdown. The AP is to be used for the high-quality infrastructure-level connection of strategic points around the adjoining Dove St. flats, from which free open access wireless coverage will be provided to the residents via […]

Where Bristol Wireless leads, Tesco follows

Following on from Bristol Wireless’ sale of internet-ready Linux computers for £50, news reaches the lab that well-known supermarket chain Tesco, once described by a TV comedy programme as “the world’s first retail state”, has now commenced sales of entry level PCs with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. Tesco’s Linux machines cost slightly more than ours do, […]

Farewell to Matt

At the start of the weekend Matt Toseland sent a message to our general list announcing he wouldn’t be able to make our monthly meeting in November. Apart from being a bit early, there’s nothing unusual in apologies from people unable to attend meetings. However, Matt has a good excuse: he’s moving to Scarborough (in […]

A laptop for Sarajevo

Bristol Wireless was recently contacted on behalf of the Healing Hands Network to see if we could help provide a laptop computer for Amir, a 27-year old resident of Sarajevo and Bosnian civil war victim, to enable him to turn his life around and help him gain the qualifications to find work. After being nearly […]

LTSP goes to Manchester

On Wednesday 26th September the Bristol Wireless mobile LTSP suite went to the Beyond Engagement: Inclusion, Sport and Popular Culture conference organised by the Substance co-op at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. The aim of the conference was to explore ways of building on developments after the target audience has been found through the channels of sport, […]

Near the hedge, but not ragged

Saturday at the Ragged Hedge Fair started bright and sunny, but to misquote the late Larry Grayson: “What a grey day”. As we’re running off solar, that’s not working at its full capacity due to cloud cover, although Clive, our power supplier, still has the wind. The free first hour of internet access for kids […]

Another weekend, another field… with a hedge

It’s Friday lunchtime and the Bristol Wireless/Psand cybertent at the Ragged Hedge Fair at Abbey Farm near Cirencester has running for about 2 hours now; the suite and the site wireless access (which I’m using) are all running off wind and solar power kindly provided by Magrec Ltd., next to whom we’re pitched. The advance […]

Crystal Balls – the ref’s match report

This was supposed to be the last post from Bristol Wireless’ latest away fixture – a game of more than two halves – but is being written a couple of days later back in Bristol. The entire tournament was characterised by fair play all round. Marks (out of 10): 10 The whole team acted as […]