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It’s Ada Lovelace Day

Today, 16th October is Ada Lovelace Day, which is a worldwide event about sharing stories of women β€” whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians and has the aim is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics […]

GNOME + Beers = GBeers

Although the favourite tipple (outside working hours of course! Ed.) of our regular volunteers is cider, we do have a couple – notably Messrs Treasurer and Secretary – who are fond of beer and real ale in particular. Consequently we were intrigued when Phoronix reported that beer and open source are being combined in GBeers […]

Snooper’s Charter – 19,000 emails against

Some time ago we wrote to our local MP, Dawn Primarolo, about the Government’s proposed Draft Communications Bill, aka Snooper’s Charter (news passim), and we’re still awaiting the courtesy of a reply (or even an acknowledgement), Dawn! However, that’s by the by and there are other matters of greater import to report on the Snooper’s […]

Election news – the open source angle 2: questions for the Bristol mayor

After looking over the Channel at the forthcoming Belgian local authority and provincial elections (news passim), we’re coming a bit closer to home. It cannot have escaped the attention of any Bristolian who hasn’t been in a coma for many months that an election will take place in November to select an elected mayor for […]

A letter to Dawn

Earlier today, Bristol Wireless wrote to its local MP, Bristol South’s Dawn Primarolo (affectionately known to Private Eye readers as Red Dawn. Ed.) regarding the coalition Government’s draft Communications Data Bill, aka the “Snoopers’ Charter”, which seems to be more draconian than the previous Labour government’s proposals along similar lines (and rejoicing in the name […]

How not to do an ‘online’ consultation

Yesterday, the last day for responses, Bristol Wireless responded to the Department for Education‘s consultation on internet blocking in the cause of keeping children safe online. The consultation arose from a campaign called ‘Safety Net‘, run by Premier Christian Media and SaferMedia, and supported by the Daily Mail. The campaign, and now the consultation is […]

Happy 19th birthday Debian

On August 16, the Debian community will celebrate that epic Linux distro’s 19th birthday since Ian Murdock’s original founding announcement. As is tradition, the Debian communities all around the world will be celebrating it with Debian Birthday parties. A Debian Birthday party is a fun event, globally marking the appreciation and the joy of being […]

We’ve been working somewhere secret

Regular readers will recall that we paid a site visit to Somerset wildlife sanctuary Secret World a couple of weeks ago (news passim) to do a survey for some networking they wanted doing. Bristol Wireless’ Rich and Acesabe paid a return visit earlier today to carry out the actual work. It’s worth mentioning here that […]

We survived the leap second change

The BBC is reporting that the leap second change and poor weather on both sides of the Atlantic last weekend caused chaos, knocking out the likes of Reddit, Foursquare and Amazon Web Services‘ cloud computing servers. Besides, internet and IT giants, the bug also affected many other businesses, such as Quantas, whose check-in system crashed. […]

Are You Experienced?

Quite unknown to the co-op Bristol Wireless I walked in not knowing what to expect. After my last placement of data input for week I was dreading another week behind a desk. I was surprised to find, that instead of an open spreadsheet, a small cardboard box containing another new toy to cram onto Bristol […]

It’s Pi day

Now that “Queenie’s little bash” (© Mr Treasurer πŸ˜‰ ) is over, we Bristol Wireless volunteers are shaking off our torpor and shuffling back to the lab. When the chief scribe arrived, he was most taken with a hardware donation we’ve had. We’re no strangers to hardware donations: indeed, some of our earliest kit came […]