[SWLUG] Cardiff Meeting this Wednesday

ilyan ilyan.thomas at virgin.net
Thu Feb 3 14:49:13 UTC 2011

If there is an urgent Linux problem there is this list.
There are not many non urgent problems so monthly meetings limited to 
Linux fail unless there is a stream of newcomers to be introduced.

Otherwise the value / success of the meetings depends on the quality of 
the people who turn up.    And what they talk about.   THere might be 
hours ofconversation about  avoiding stress or buying a car or rescuing 
people before someone triggers a small computing query.

Years   ago I did the Amateur Radio course at Aberporth.   Once 
qualified and in the other room I found no one talked radio, but a wide 
range of education was available just for being present and available to 

On 03/02/2011 13:58, Paul Connell wrote:
> Organise - I've been told several times that it woould be like trying to
> 'herd cats' - is this the case?
> Bueller?
> On Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:48 +0000, "Justin Mitchell"
> <justin at discordia.org.uk>  wrote:
>> On Thu, 2011-02-03 at 12:40 +0000, Paul Connell wrote:
>>> My problem with the meetups,
>>> I can go for a drink with blokes any time at a pub - and I know we talk
>>> about open source 'stuff' but for me the technical meetings we were
>>> having in Swansea were the most 'relevant' thing to me about the LUG.
>>> Apart from 'The Penguin, what marks the LUG out as different to any
>>> other group of people at that bar?  They talk about football, we talk
>>> about<insert latest open source thingie here>  - not enough of a
>>> difference to me really, especially when we drift off topic or have five
>>> conversations going on at the same time - 'what am I missing over
>>> there?'
>>> Does that sound harsh?  It is not meant to be, but I need 'more' to
>>> justify my attendance.
>>> Call me fickle (no, really)...
>> I think it's obvious that we need to do something different if we are to
>> remain relevant, first the swansea meetings dwindled and got cancelled,
>> now it seems cardiff is headed the same way.
>> Whilst the technical meetings were popular, they take a lot more effort
>> to arrange as well as involving money, and thus need someone to actively
>> organise them.
>> I don't know if the answer is a different format, a different venue, or
>> simply the need for someone to step forward with the time and energy to
>> organise.
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