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Nov 27, 2018 - 8 minute read - LUG

Trusting Linux

It is November 2018. I was searching for articles on linux security and came across reproducible builds here :- https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/07/reproducible-builds-solving-an-old-open-source-problem-to-improve-security/ “Inconsistent Compiling Environments Lead to Inconsistent Behavior. different compilers will produce different machine code, even from identical source code. These inconsistencies are one of the many sources of unreliable software, because these different compiled applications all have different behavior and different introduced problems. An app that behaves perfectly when compiled one way may not work at all with another compiler.

Oct 6, 2018 - 1 minute read - 3D printer

3D printer is finished and operational.

The 3D printer which the Makerspace bought as a kit, had suffered intermittent problems with the drive belts. The problem has now been resolved. The repair involved replacing the drive wheels with wheels which have two locking screws instead of one screw. Then realigning all the belts and the drive wheels to enable free movement of the print head.

Sep 9, 2018 - 1 minute read

Hello from Poland

Blackpool Makerspace received an invitation from Poland to attend a financial services conference to be held in London on Thursday 4th October. The invite generated much discussion about the media the invite arrived on. A 3.5 inch floppy disk! One of our younger members, Josh, had never seen a real floppy disk before. Some suggested the floppy was a stunt to make the invite stand out and become a talking point, as only geeks would have the ability or hardware to read a floppy.

Sep 1, 2018 - 1 minute read - meetings

Busier than usual

This week the meeting was busier than usual, and we almost ran out of chairs. Dave and his son Josh, Dave2, Mike1 and Mike2, Tony, Les, Anthony and Jon paid us one last visit before returning to New Zealand.

Aug 19, 2018 - 2 minute read

Energy Self-Sufficiency in an Urban Environment

2018/8/18 meeting Some of the members of Blackpool Makerspace have been considering undertaking one or more energy self-sufficiency based projects with reference to a Blackpool Town-House. Water recycling, Solar hot water generation, Solar electric generation, wind generation of electricity, other types of generators which can or could use a range of different fuels. Also considered as possible projects: How to store the energy for later use, using batteries, water tanks, piles of bricks and other yet to be thought of ideas.