Harrogate Cybercafe

Posted By Grant Forrest on 24-Sep 2010 at 13:47

A few years since I've been to Harrogate. Still haven't managed to get into Betty's Tea Room. One of these years though !

The AAGBI meeting had one of the quietest trade exhibitions that I've seen, but the SCATA Cybercafe was busy as usual.

Chris Hopkins and I had a minor panic attack on the Wednesday when our brand spanking new pull-up display stand came apart within an hour of going up. Fortunately we did a DIY job on it and it survived the remaining two days.

We experimented with Webalizer to collect some usage stats from the PCs which was a success, but a bit limited in terms of what information it recorded. Next time we're going to push the boat out and set up Squid as a proxy web server so that we can get a better idea of what the overall traffic is like for the three days.

Paul gave us a laugh with the Ubuntu "XP skin" which is pretty convincing - you had to look hard to detect the Linux hairy underbelly. I doubt that many users even noticed that they weren't using Windows.

The venue's connection was once again tip-top quality: speedy and reliable all three days.

The highlight of my trip was an evening visit to the Hydro pool on the road north out of Harrogate. There's a separate diving pool with a 5m platform. Edinburgh's Commonwealth pool has been closed for over year for refurbishment so I enjoyed re-aggravating my old shoulder injury which has been fine since I gave up platform diving.

Next Cybercafe will probably be the WSM in London in January.

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