The lights are on but nobody’s home

How many out there have chat accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, Messenger etc? I have some myself and they’re great for for speaking to people quickly and, in most cases, instantly.

Now how many out there don’t shut their computers down? How many don’t close, or at least, logout of their chat programs? Loads! Every time I log into my Gmail account there are *Buddies* logged in they’re either marked as away or do not disturb its the same for IRC pop into your favorite room and low and behold members logged in but marked as away.

Now its not a ‘Hanging’ offense but it niggles me slightly when I see someone logged in who’d I’d like to speak too yet given the god forsaken time of the morning I know full well they’re not there.

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LUG Finder

I mentioned in my last post that I had an idea for a LUG Locater or as its now called Finder, well things have moved on a pace Stewart Langridge (AKA Aq ) very kindly threw some code together and gave it away to me and I now have a basic search module.

lugfinderI need to make some of the front-end elements smaller so it will fit on the site however before that I’m busy trying to get the rough Longitude and Latitudes of all the LUG’s listed on https://lug.org.uk from here https://www.npemap.org.uk There are, at the moment, 129 live LUG’s listed and I’ve done 100 so far. I’m having to guess locations as most LUG’s meet in pubs houses and the odd police station Wink

I’m pretty excited about it although as I’ve said its not that huge in the grand scheme of things. What would be really cool is if somebody from the Joomla community offered to make it into a proper module as all I will do is create a module on the site, probably static content or something and then display it in the relevant position. That will work but its a workaround rather than a proper Joomla Extension.

I have had some other offers of help but it would not be fair to mention the individuals here yet as I haven’t asked them if they want their names blazed across the internet. I’m hoping to have something ready by the end of this week or at least the beginning of next week so stay tuned.

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