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FLOSSUK Spring Conference

In just under three weeks time there will be the FLOSSUK Spring Conference: DevOps held in York and once again it will be heartily attended by the Shadowcat Team.

Heading to York for this year's event will be, Tom Bloor, Ian Norton, Matt S. Trout and Mark Keating. Once again the Shadowcat team will be heavily involved in all the conference activities which include, speaking, presenting, running workshops, organising as well as attending external conference activities.

Registration for this event is still open so there is still chance to grab a ticket. If you contact Mark you can get a special conference discount code from him (there are still a few left). Local attendees from user groups, students and the unemployed can apply for a special discounted rates (excludes the conference dinner).

This is an essential event for learning more about the Open and Free Technologies and to get access to workshops run by the likes of Google and Shadowcat.


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The Lancaster Social

The Lancaster Social will be held at the Chapel on the White Cross Business Estate in Lancaster on Thursday, 26th February. This is the first Lancaster Social of 2015 and we at Castle Shadowcat think there are some compelling reasons that you must attend.

  • It's free to attend, though there may be a small contribution required for a drink/biscuit
  • You can network with other people of Lancaster;
  • You can bring promotional material about your own events, causes, business or interests;
  • There is a section of free/cheap tools to help you in your connected life;
  • We have a Q&A session where we collectively pool our knowledge to help each other (there is no absolute requirement);
  • Free promotion via our website, free to register and we will help you to do that on the night;

The Lancaster Social is intended as a cross-sector event. We don't just want businesses to connect, we aim to encourage the wider community to interact, therefore anyone is welcome.

Make sure that you Register for a ticket on EventBrite ( so that we can accurately judge the number of attendees in advance and prepare appropriately.

The Shadowcat team will see you there.


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The Animated Errietta

It has only been a couple of weeks, though behind the scenes there has been an extended period of construction, since we saw the last Caricature from our beloved Jack knight of Knight Time Creations, so let's have another.

Castle Shadowcat has the pleasure of presenting the latest caricature to our growing list of images, our talented intern Errietta:

Errietta cartoon

Jack has once again done an amazing job of capturing Erri's likeness and of adding the whimsical elements that identify her love of gaming - I'm sure you can guess of which series of games this is a homage. Of particular note is the tiny fairy that accompanies our intern in her daily tasks. A mixture betwixt Sprite and Pooka one wonders what name we should call it, and how would it sound, like a electronic kitten or a huffing bass tiger. Why don't you help us to decide?

Please feel free to add your comments as they are always gratefully received.


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The Animated Tom

Next in line in the increasingly inaccurately named[1] series of images that have been created for Shadowcat Systems by the wonderfully talented Jack Knight of Knight Time Creations is our own dear Tom.

Tom is an unusual, but not for our merry band, individual with a strong love of technology and engineering. He seems to spend his days thinking of the technology of the future while dwelling fondly on the machinery of the past. In this regard he is not unusual to Shadowcat and this is perhaps evident in his stong preferences for his cartoon self.

Jack has once again done an amazing job of capturing Tom's likeness and of adding the whimsical elements that identify his particular demeanour. Please feel free to add your comments as they are always gratefully received.


[1] I say inaccuratly named as they are caricatures, cartoons, avatars or images, they don't in fact move so have no animation. Perhaps they were named that way as they seem so full of life and there is a glimmer of a hope that one day they may be animated, if we can ever find the time.

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Mark Keating joins the FLOSS UK

Shadowcat's Managing Director, Mark Keating, was recently voted onto the council for FLOSSUK. Mark has been involved with FLOSS for some time and has even presented at FLOSSUK conferences including Spring 2014 and the upcoming Spring 2015 events.

Shadowcat Systems Limited are corporate members of FLOSSUK, Ian Norton has served on the council for three years and Matt S. trout has also been a regular attendee and speaker at FLOSSUK (and the former UKUUG) events for a number of years.

This year Shadowcat Systems and FLOSSUK will be organising a conference, the Dynamic Language conference, together. Mark has also been involved in discussing using new media techniques for FLOSS. It was for these two reasons that Mark felt it wisest to agree when he was co-opted to a place on the council so that he could further help at a recognised position.


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