Mon 7 May 2012
The Saturday May 5th, 2012 Install fest saw 24 attendees! At least 8 computers were repaired, with Linux installed as the second Operating System, or, the first and only OS!
Max brought Donuts! Thanks, Max!
One Shuttle System computer was absolutely DEAD-On Arrival… Within about three minutes, it was fully functional, having been trouble shot as the CMOS was corrupted, by a dead battery, which was replaced, after which, it came up and booted with a Live CDrom of Linux Mint 12. Patrick Berry, KJ4JTK, refurbishes computers, so this was a well known problem.
Tracy installed Kubuntu on it, and proceeded to build and operate some of the Texas Instruments micro computer boards which he obtained for $4 to $28 each, including Free Shipping! Some run on UCLinux, a small programmable Operating System, for control of media, machines, and more!
Included in the LEAP membership are several HAM Radio operators! Some Linux Enthusiasts And Professionals -Central Florida (LEAP-CF.org) are licensed Amateur Radio Operators. We actively promote HAM Radio, and invite other HAMs to attend! HAM Radio is fully integrated in this club of electronics hardware and software programming enthusiasts.
Phil Barnett, N4CR is shown in photos, tuning, testing, adjusting, and repairing radios, using some of his portable workbench test equipments, A Motorola Spectrum Analyzer, Frequency Counter, and more.
Some new visitors showed an interest in both Linux, and testing for their Technician License, as Linux has 78 HAM Radio programs to control radios, log contacts, design antennas, analyze and track satellites, provide HAM radio control, and more!
Many folks brought a computer, and lots of technical questions about computing, networking, and more! We enjoy the challenges presented, and are happy to answer questions, and provide solutions!
The Install Fests are held on the first Saturday each month, at Bldg. A at Winter Park Christian Church, 760 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, Fl 32792.
Some new visitors received info and training on internet access, web browsing, and how to use features found on modern computers. No question is refused!
What do you want to know, that we could help you with?
Open at 9 AM, closes at about 5 PM. Everyone is welcome!
Free coffee, cocoa, and knowledge!
http://leap.cf.org for dates, times, locations of meetings and Install Fests!
Photos, Bill Collins, for HPIM0421, others by Patrick Berry.