Manchester BSDUG - 4th April 2006

Paul Robinson paul at
Tue Mar 28 11:45:17 BST 2006

Manchester BSD User Group - 4th April 2006

The next Manchester BSD User Group meeting will be held on the 4th  
April at our now usual venue - the SandBar, Grosvenor St., Manchester  
at 7:30pm.

What is it?

If you've never been before, this is an occasion where a group of  
people who work with, play with, develop with and tinker with the  
various BSD operating systems (Free, Net, Open, Darwin and OS X) meet  
up and talk about anything and everything. This month the favourite  
contenders for 'most likely to be discussed issues' are:

* The 2006 'April 1st' RFC (never going to be better than RFC1149)
* An assortment of issues discussed at the 65th IETF meeting last  
week that looked like they *could* be April 1st RFCs, but sadly  
weren't (classic thread on one list last week entitled "Why don't we  
revive T/TCP?")
* If Apple do hold a product launch on their 30th birthday, whatever  
it is they announce will no doubt be ridiculed, scorned, criticised  
and mocked whilst we all work out how we're going to get the money to  
buy one.
* Life without watching TV. This meme is strong this moon.
* Experiments in polyphasic sleep so as to be able to write more  
code. Hint: OhgodIjustwanttosleep....
* I really need a very low-power Windows box to do some testing on.  

Talk is often not particularly technical, although technical topics  
do come up
and are welcomed by all. In short, we're a bunch of geeks who've  
agreed to
meet down the pub, numbering half a dozen or so typically.

When is it?

The Manchester BSD User Group meeting happens on the first Tuesday of  
every month. The next one is therefore on the 4th April. The one  
after this will be in April. Put it in your calendar now. There is an  
iCal feed that makes sweet, sweet love to your calendar application  

The drinking, talking and general festivities will commence at  
7:30pm. Typically, we tend to finish up some time around 9pm, with a  
few sometimes staying on later.

Where is it?

We now meet at the SandBar on Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HL.  
It is a friendly bar, bohemian style furniture, real ale, imported  
draught and bottled lager and WiFi. It is a large place with a "no- 
smoking" back room where we may be hidden if it is a busy night.

Unfortunately, if you put the postcode for the SandBar into any  
online mapping tool, it actually directs you to the middle of the MMU  
campus, so if you don't know where you're headed, please feel free to  
email me or one of the lists (last month somebody did this and it got  
marked as spam in my inbox, so mail the list!). You won't get  
directions, we'll just photo you being lost in the middle of MMU  
campus... :-) No, really, we'll help.

Anything else?

Attendance has been patchy in recent months, so if you could let us  
know if you're coming so we can look out for you. If it looks like  
only 2-3 people are going to make it, we may decide to postpone it so  
it is worth letting us know if you want to attend.

You can get updates and announcements of new meetings by joining our  
mailing list - just send 'subscribe manchester' to  
majordomo at

The meeting's home page is  
and it has been recently updated with dates for the first half of  
2006. Woo Sam!

Look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday!

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