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Robert Gordon University Computer Society
Today we took a look at NAS (Networked Attached Storage).
We spend a good bit of time looking at the Synology DS207+. This particular NAS we were looking at was that of a society member with the drive being located in France, so we were accessing it through a web browser.
The video above gives a good idea of the unboxing process.
We had eight people present for our meeting this evening. A post about accessing Dreamspark was made available on the Schools blog back in February. We took a look through the tools, development environments and applications available from Dreamspark for Academic Institutitions. Quite a few interesting applications and tools are to be found on the site. It was decided to take a look at the Kinect for Windows SDK at the next meeting. We will need to check with the technical support team during the week to get the SDK installed in the B13 lab.
Programming Competition Ideas
It was mentioned that it may be fun to host a programming competition, in particular perhaps a 24hr meetup. One person mentioned that it may be interesting to take a look at http://www.topcoder.com.
We also took a quick look at one of the cineskates that was recently purchased by the school (available from http://cinetics.com). It looks like a really nice system allowing for some dynamic and interesting footage to be captured. The following are some nice examples of the cineskates in action. The following is a link to the use of suction cups with the gorilla pod focus and ballhead x.
Apple Special Event
We also watch the live stream of the Apple Special Event that began at 18:00. The new iMac that was unveiled was just amazingly thin. The edge is 5mm thin (80 percent thinner than the previous model).
Just prior to going to the C8/9 lab to watch the Apple Special Event one of the members took a photo of the following iMac. It was nice to see a slide during the special event presentation showing all the generations of iMac, with the iMac in the photo below standing out from the line.
We also took a look at http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html to get an idea of the CPU power of the new machine. It was mentioned that the iPad has made a huge impact in the world of education. Materials are now available for 80 percent of the US curriculum.
I feel that last night was a success for the society after a fantastic presentation by our very own David. Next week I am looking forward to discussing the different ways of using the Raspberry Pi and also looking into Microsoft Dreamspark so that we may fully use the resources we are given by the university to good use. I would also like to thank our newest edition to the crew: George Lawie, who will be in contact with me on how it is best to increase our online presence on sites such as Facebook.
Over the coming weeks I am sure things will be very exciting and remember to just fire me an e-mail if anyone has any fun recommendations.
At todays meeting of the CompSoc one of the Members (David) gave us an overivew of the Raspberry Pi. We took a look at the device itself and some of the software features. In particular we took a look at the Terminal, a few games and xmbc. Running under xmbc David ran a 720P video that had been created in Blender. He also mentioned about a project to build a supercomputer by connecting up 64 Raspberry Pi’s together. One site of particular interest was http://www.themagpi.com.
We also took a quick look at the revamped version of the wordpress site and twitter feed and watched a video of our recent hillwalking trip to Loch Muick. A few other bits of admin were also gone through such as membership forms, the constitution of the society and budget request forms. A Facebook page was also setup during the meeting, so hopefully that will help to attract more people to the meetings. The next meeting will take a look at some of the tools available from Dreamspark.
The Photos below should give some sense of what the meeting was like.
Some photos and a video of our recent hillwalking trip around Loch Muick. Is RGU CompSoc a Computer Society or a Hillwalking Club? That’s a question we ask ourselves every time we venture into the wilds of Scotland for a bit of adventure. This time we headed about 60km west of Aberdeen to Loch Muick, just a few miles south west of Ballater. As you can see it was quite an overcast and damp day but everybody really had a great time. In all about twenty students and academics joined in the fun, some took the easy option of just quickly going around the track that located just meters from the loch itself. The other dozen as you can see from this video decided to take a slightly more adventurous up into the cloud covered hills.
We kept on thinking that our journey through the misty and cloud covered hills around the loch were a bit like the journey of the fellowship of the ring trying to cross the misty mountains. In one scene from our adventures you can probably think of a very similar scene from the Fellowship of the Ring where the Hobbits, Humans,Dwarf, Elf & Wizard make their way in single file across the ridge of a mountain shortly after commencing their quest from the elven outpost of Rivendell. In our case we are in single file, but one of the main differences is that you can just barely see us given the cloud cover. As we all know the depiction of Middle-Earth was recorded in New Zealand, given its wondrous landscapes, it could however have been shot in Scotland as it too has some really great vistas.
2012-10-13-LochMuick, a set on Flickr.
Michal recorded the route travelled via gps as you can see we walked a distance of 17.2km in little over five hours.
Our second meeting of the year was focused on a lecture provided by @dcdoolan on the new Motion Capture system recently purchased by the School of Computing Science and Digital Media. A 30 minute lecture was given detailing all the hardware elements of the system, along with some videos showing the assembly process.
After a short demo of the motion capture system we went back to the C8/9 lab to take a look at the Libec Swift Jib 50 and Remo 30 that had arrived just the day before. Again @dcdoolan gave an overview of the system and everybody gota chance to try out the remote camera controls.
A new logo for the Society was also presented by @callumcoward The next planned event is a Hillwalking adventure around Loch Muick on Saturday 13th October. The following meeting on Tuesday 16th Oct will look at the Raspberry Pi. The following are a few photos from the meeting.
The first meeting of the 2012 Academic year was held on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in B13 at 17:00. Ten people turned up to the meeting and a number of plans and ideas for what the society should do was discussed. One of the big changes put forwards was to change the name of the society from CTRL Byte to RGU CompSoc. Some ideas for what we might do in the following weeks was suggested. Tuesday the 9th would be spent with a lecture on the Motion Capture System recently purchased by the School. The following week (16th Oct) would be about the Raspberry Pi. Plans were also set in motion to organise one of our usual hillwalking events on Saturday 13th Oct. We had ten people to turn up to the meeting and got a good few membership forms sorted out and membership fees paid. We concluded the meeting by taking a trip to RGU:Union for some pool.
Some photographs from our trip to Glen Clova taken today 21st May 2012. We set off at 09:30 in the morning and drove 82 miles before finally reaching our destination of Glen Clova, along the way we stopped off to get some supplies for the trip this was around 10:55. By 12:30 we were well on our way up to an elevation of 870 meters, finally reaching to top around 14:00, and finally completed our descent by 16:20, at which time we headed off to visit the Caterthuns – Hill forts. We finally made our way back to Aberdeen by 19:00. All it all it was a great day out and as you can see from the photograph the weather was great too.
2012 05 21 Glen Clova, a set on Flickr.
The society is planning to head off on one of our now bi-annual hillwalking trips on Monday 21st May. In all of our previous trips we have either headed west or north west. This trip will see us heading south west of Aberdeen. Our previous trip this past academic year saw us visiting Slains Castle just a little north of Aberdeen. Around this time last year we visited Loch Morlich (April 2011).
The following links give some indication of possible walking routes in the area
Meeting Point – Turning Circle right outside Woolmanhill Student Accommodation (Meeting up at 09:20, so we can get underway for 09:30)
Area Map of Glen Clova
Glen Clova is about 62.5 south west of Aberdeen
Unreal Tournament 5th March 2012, a set on Flickr.
The following are some photos from the Unreal Tournament held on Monday 5th March 2012. Details of the results will be posted shortly. Below is a short video from some of the games.
Breakdown of games played and points earned, as you can see the RGU eSports team won the competition as undefeated champions.
|Team Name||Games Won||Points|
|Warriors of Fu||3||9|
|The Pink Fluffy Bunnies||2||6|
The following table gives a break down of the scores achieved for Capture the Flag, Team Death Match and Double Domination
|Warriors of Fu||0||3||46||88||–||–||RGU eSports||0||2|
|CTRL Byte||0||1||100||58||3||1||Roger’s Underachievers||2||1|
|CTRL Byte||0||3||50||100||–||–||RGU eSports||0||2|
|Warriors of Fu||1||0||88||69||–||–||The Pink Fluffy Bunnies||2||0|
|Warriors of Fu||1||0||100||71||–||–||Roger’s Underachievers||2||0|
|RGU eSports||3||0||100||52||The Pink Fluffy Bunnies||2||0|
|Warriors of Fu||3||2||100||83||–||–||CTRL Byte||2||0|
|Roger’s Underachievers||3||0||33||68||2||3||The Pink Fluffy Bunnies||1||2|
|RGU eSports||3||0||100||42||–||–||Roger’s Underachievers||2||0|
|CTRL Byte||0||3||70||100||The Pink Fluffy Bunnies||2||0|
CTRL Byte and RGU eSports will be hosting an Unreal Tournament 2004 Team Competition for RGU students and staff members. The guidelines for the competition are provided here:
The tournament will consist of two rounds, the qualifiers and the finals. The qualifiers will take place on the 5th of March 2012, at 17:00 in lab C27/28 in the St. Andrew’s Street building (and Thursday, the 8th of March, if enough teams) and will consist of pool play. All the teams will be split into groups and each team will face every other team in their group. Depending on the number of groups and teams, the top teams from each group will qualify for the finals. The finals will take place on the 12th of March 2012 at 17:00 in the same lab and will consist of an elimination tournament with prizes for first and second placed teams.
Teams are of 5 players who are either RGU staff or students.
Registration closes on Thursday, 1st of March, 2012 at 17:00. We will not accept any entrants after this deadline.
Please email email@example.com giving your name. We may add individuals to incomplete teams or create another team if possible.
Each team must email firstname.lastname@example.org giving the names of its members and a team name. Please choose appropriate teams names.
The entry fee is £2/person (or £10/team) and it will be collected before the draw. All the entry fees, plus an additional amount of money provided by CTRL Byte and RGU eSports, will be used for prizes – the more teams, the better the prizes!
The draw will take place on Friday, the 2nd of March 2012, at 12:30 in room C37 in the St. Andrew’s Street building. A representative from each team, together will all the individuals registered without a team, should attend the draw. Individuals will be drawn into teams and the teams will be split into groups. The complete draw will be uploaded online.
Each match between two teams will be a Best-Of-3. The first round will be a Capture the Flag round, the second a Team Death match. If a decider is needed, the final match will be a Double Domination. However, if it is not required (one of the teams leads with 2-0 after the first two rounds), then the final round will not be played. The map to be played in each round will be decided at random before the start of the round.
Team Death Match
Capture The Flag
Rule Breaking Dispute Process
Each team has one strike if they want to accuse another player of rule breaking. A player from the accusing team must flag the attention of an official and they will tell the teams to pause the current game. The official will then deal with the situation. If the person is found to be breaking the rules then the punishments (see Rules) will apply. If the person is cleared then the accusing team will lose their strike. If they accuse for a second unsuccessful time, they will be disqualified from the tournament.
Please do not accuse another team of rule breaking unless you are 100% sure.
Players may bring their own Mice and Keyboard as long as they are Plug in and Play and do not require additional software to be installed in order to use. Bringing your own mouse pad is also recommended.
System Crash Process
One Person disconnects:
Multiple people crash:
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
May the best team win!
CTRL Byte and RGU eSports
The Computer Society will host a screening of the documentary titled “Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook”. Originally aired on BBC 2 Sunday 4th Dec 2011.
When – Monday 5th Dec 2011, Lecture Room C48 at 17:00.
The Computer Society will host an open lecture on the use of LaTeX to typeset thesis reports. This should be of particular benifit to those working on BSc/MSc projects.
When – Monday 28th Nov 2011, Lecture Room C48 at 17:00.
Setting up LaTeX on Windows – The Simple Version
A simpler way of achieving an complete install is to download a self-extracting executable file. This is over a gig in size, and provides you with the latest MikTeX Distribution, Ghostscript, Ghostview, and an editor called TeXnicCenter. Available from http://www.tug.org/protext/ You can always install WinShell editor later on once the LaTeX system itself is up and running.
Setting up LaTeX on Windows – Long Version
Download the MikTeX Net Installer http://miktex.org/.
When you run the installer it will ask you for a Directory into which to download all the MikTeX setup Files (So create a folder on your Desktop Something like “MikTeXInstallationFiles”).
You will also need to select from which site you wish to download the files from, choose a UK based host. It will then download several hundred meg worth of files.
Once the download is complete, you will have to run the installer again, and direct it to the “MikTeXInstallationFiles” Folder, it will then install those files into your C:\drive.
Next download and install GhostScript (V9.00 released 2010-09-17). http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/
Finally download and install an Editor (WinShell) http://www.winshell.org/modules/ws_download/
You should now have a fully functioning LaTeX system up and running. If you take a look at the MikTeX installation on your C drive, you will see that it consists of well over 40K in files, and occupies just a few gigs.
The LaTeX Command Summary http://www.ntg.nl/doc/biemesderfer/ltxcrib.pdf
LaTeX wikibook http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX
Wikibook pdf http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/LaTeX.pdf
Online LaTeX Math Generator http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php
The Field Trip – A summary
After looking around the Garthdee campus in the morning we eventually found the Minibus, consequently we set off from the Woolmanhill turning circle about 10mins later that we had planned (roughly 09:40). Our first stop was to visit Frovie Sands. During our walk along the dunes and beach we wrote a few equations in the sand as well as “CTRL Byte”, also had the opportunity to take some photos of a seal who happened to be on the beach. After that we took a break for a quick spot of lunch before heading on to Slains Castle followed by a 3.5km further trek north to see the Bullars of Buchan. We got back to the minibus around 17:30 and headed to Ellon for a spot of fish & chips before making the journey back to Aberdeen, arriving shortly after 19:00. All in all it was a great day out and the sun was shining all day long, couldn’t have asked for better weather. Should probably starting thinking about our next trip, but the next thing on the agenda is for tomorrow – bowling at Codonas!
2011-10-16-Forvie-Slains, a set on Flickr.
General Ideas in the two weeks leading up to the field trip
As has become the custom now we will celebrate the start of the new semester by heading off into the wild on one of our field trips. At present the exact plan is being considered but we may head north up along the coast and see what we find. Tune in again for further updates on what we plan on doing (weather permitting of course).
Some initial ideas
Abernethy forest, near Inverness http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/abernethy-forest.shtml
Could do a stop at Balmedie Beach (weather permitting) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balmedie
The Sands of Forvie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sands_of_Forvie
Slains Castle Cruden Bay http://www.aboutaberdeen.com/slainscastle.php
North East Scotland Coastal Trail http://www.aberdeen-grampian.com/pdf/Coastal-Trail.pdf
Lonely Planet Northeast Scotland http://media.lonelyplanet.com/shop/pdfs/scotland-6-northeast-preview.pdf
Scotlands Castle Trail http://surprise.visitscotland.com/pdf/castle-trail%202011-12.pdf
Roundabout in front of Woolmanhill.
This is the beginning of the 3rd week of the semester and Monday 10th Oct will be our second meeting (given that Mon 26th Sept was an Aberdeen Holiday). So the plan is to meet up in C17 as usual and then head to Codonas for an evening of Ten Pin Bowling (http://www.codonas.com/Ten_Pin_Bowling.html). The great thing is that with a student card one can play a game of bowling for just £1 + the hire of the shoes again at just £1. So hopefully we will have some pic’s / video of this uploaded soon.
On Thursday 21st July at 20:00 three of us set off on a run along the beach. We set off from the T-Junction between the Beach Boulevard and the Esplanade. From our starting point we headed north for a bit over 2Km until we got to the northerly end of the Esplanade, then headed back to the South end and returned to the starting point for a total distance of 6.4km. It was a really nice evening with the sun setting, not too warm and the beach itself was fairly quiet.
This evening – Saturday 23rd July we expanded to a group of five and set off at 19:30 along the same route. On both occassions we did the 6.4Km in about an hour. It was however much cooler than Thursdays run and the high winds made the northerly leg of the run that much harded (check out the photo below).
More photos of our runs will be available to see on our Flickr account (Flickr – Aberdeen Run).
Hopefully the size of the group will grow as time moves on. The age-old saying ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ is well known by many, if we can keep running every second day with a bit of luck we should be in much better shape than we are now for the coming semester (beginning Tue 27th Sept 2011). Our third run (Monday 25th July) went well, it had been raining up to a few minutes before we set out. It however remained dry for our run and turned out to be quite a nice evening.
Check out the events calendar https://rgucompsoc.wordpress.com/events-calendar/
The following link (http://www.pol.ac.uk/ntslf/tides/?port=0038) provides details on the tides. So we can pick out some times when it is suitable to run on the beach rather than the footpath. This particular site (http://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Aberdeen-Scotland/tides/latest) provides a nice graphical display of the tides for the coming week, identifies sunrise/sunset as well as having a countdown clock to the next high and low tide.
Aberdeen Weather Forecast
BBC Weather Forecast (http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/14)
Met Office (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk)
A few of us undertook a Harry Potter Marathon during the weekend of 16th/17th July. On the Saturday we watched the first four films on Blu-ray. On the Sunday we watched the remaining three films before heading off to the cinema to see in 19:30 showing of the final installment. In a single word Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was Awesome (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1201607). Check out (IMDB Viewer Comments) for more reviews on the film.
There were some really cool effects and the battle sequences were epic. This was certainly a fantastic end to what was a decade long journey. The Harry Potter marathon which consisted of about 20 hours of viewing was fairly tough going but has given us mind to perhaps try a few others such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or the Matrix.