I have previously posted here about how Philip has recently decided to go self-employed. Until some regular, paid work starts to come in, he has decided to update and add to his portfolio so he can increase his marketing. Unknown to me, he chose to surprise me with a blog theme redesign which included links to popular social media, and he also created a new, clever plugin which broadcasts to identi.ca when I publish a new blog post. The result is awesome, I think you will agree
I have previously blogged here and here about my proposal to relaunch the Lincolnshire LUG. Whilst my idea was met with enthusiasm from most, the general feedback was that the geography and rurality of Lincolnshire as a county was too vast, and that a smaller, more localised LUG was needed that could meet more regularly.
Listening to member feedback, I am pleased to be able to announce the start of Lincoln LUG. I am currently in the process of sourcing a venue for our first meet in September, and I will post details via the Lincoln LUG mailing list of the date, time and venue.
The Lincoln LUG membership is open to any existing Lincolnshire LUG or neighbouring LUG members who can travel and want the opportunity to meet with like-minded GNU/Linux people over a drink or two.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the Lincolnshire LUG mailing list members for their support and ideas, and the lug.ork.uk admins for helping me to make this happen. I would also like to thank my husband, Philip, for his offer of taste-testing all the local hostelries in an effort to find a venue suitable for us.
So, after much deliberating between us and canvassing others opinions at Ogg Camp, Philip finally did the dirty deed today and handed in his resignation notice. Yes, that’s right, you read it correctly – Philip has given up a well paid, full time job to go self employed!
I have always had more belief in Philip’s abilities as a web developer, programmer and sys admin than he has, but he has finally listened to she-who-must-be-obeyed and agreed that now is the time to see if he can make a go of it on his own. I even managed to blag him his first job today; giving a talk about CrunchBang Linux to Hull LUG on the 6th September. Just a pity I forgot to negotiate a rate of pay!
Philip has my full support and backing, and I wish him the very best of luck as he strikes out on his new venture. Exciting times ahead and here’s hoping for a long and successful career for him as a freelancer.
Following on from my previous post about relaunching the Lincolnshire LUG, I thought I would share here the responses that I have received so far from the existing members who are on the mailing list. This is the mail I sent: Lincs LUG: relaunch?
You can see that I have had a lot of positive responses, including a couple from members of neighbouring LUGs. This has greatly encouraged me and lets me know that there is appetite out there for an active LUG in Lincolnshire.
If this is something that interests you; you live in Lincolnshire and aren’t already a member of the mailing list, please join so that you can contribute to the conversation and help us create a more active Lincolnshire LUG
I came back from OggCamp 2011 completely inspired to contribute something back to the Linux community after sitting in on Lorna Jane Mitchell’s talk about Open Sourcing your career. Now, I am not a technical geek, and know little or nothing about code, applications or programming but what I lack in technical abilities, I more than make up for in social skills, networking and making things happen. So I have joined the Lincolnshire LUG mailing list and emailed the members with an offer to take over the running/relaunch of the LUG, which has been dead for nearly 2 years! I had previously discussed whether LUG’s were still viable/useful when I guest presented on The Dick Turpin Roadshow episode six.
I’m hoping to get a few responses to see whether it is viable to establish the LUG again, and I’m optimistic that it will happen. I’m certainly fired full of enthusiasm to make a go of it. If I build it, they will come
OggCamp 2011, Farnham with Ken Fallon, Philip Newborough & Les Pounder
I have just returned with the family from attending my 3rd annual OggCamp event. This year it was held at Farnham Maltings; a fantastic venue which ticked all the boxes – location, size, layout, proximity to shops!
OggCamp is one of the geeky highlights of our year, and we always make the effort to attend. It is a unique chance for us to meet up with old friends, and a fantastic opportunity to make new ones too.
This year, I am very pleased to have made the acquaintance of Ken Fallon of Hacker Public Radio fame. I even managed to get our picture taken with him (above) before he cajoled Philip and I into giving him a CrunchBang Linux interview!
This year’s OggCamp was the best yet – the event has grown in strength year on year, increasing in professionalism and content, as well as attendance figures. Notable moments for me from this year’s event were the inspiring and fascinating talks given by Lorna Jane Mitchell on Open Sourcing your career and Digital Forensics by Freakyclown; the joint Linux Outlaws and UUPC live show recording on Saturday; me and Philip recording a special episode of The Dick Turpin Roadshow as guest presenters with the regular presenters, Pete Cannon and Matt Copperwaite, and meeting up with everyone in the pub on Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening. Not so notable moments were me having to be undressed and put to bed by our daughter on Saturday night and then throwing up before breakfast on Sunday morning due to a severe hangover – classy!
I want to pass on a huge thanks from me and my family to Dan and Fabsh of the Linux Outlaws and to Mark, Laura, Tony & Popey of UUPC, as well as all of the crew, the sponsors and the guest presenters who all helped make this event happen and contributed to its success. You all rock, and we cannot wait to see you all again next year!