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Jun 8, 2014 - 2 minute read

Makerspace and LUG meeting -2014-06-07

Present: Mike, Les, Tony, Joe, Elizabeth, Kieran, Michael, Richard, Mark, James Les worked with Kieran programming a Robot using an application called Scratch. The Robot was programmed to move forward, then turn 90 degrees right at regular intervals. The robot successfully drove around a square shape on the table. Richard also helped Kieran with the Robot programming. Tony & Elizabeth upgraded 2 laptops & a Netbook to Linux Mint 17. Joe has been attempting to make apps for iPhone & took a video of the Robot in action.

May 31, 2014 - 2 minute read

The teenagers take over - Blackpool LUG and Makerspace

Attending: Mike, Joe, Tony,Elizabeth, Kieran, and a warm welcome to new visitors Michael and his son Richard, and Mark and his son Ben. This week, the teenagers almost outnumbered the oldies and I had to break out the reserve chairs! The first important task of the day was generated by golden oldie Elizabeth who brought a “broken” model car clock in the hopes of finding a suitable screw to unite clock to car.

May 31, 2014 - 1 minute read

The OWL-535 (Maplin) Robot Arm

The OWL-535 (Maplin) Robot Arm Mark and his son Ben came from Preston to visit the Makerspace. Ben had finished the build of the robotic arm, and intended to use Linux and Python to drive it. More on this as it happens,

May 26, 2014 - 4 minute read

Linux was getting fat in 2004 - Now it is obese

“Consider these memory requirements for Fedora Core 2, as specified by Red Hat: _Minimum for graphical: 192MB_ and _Recommended for graphical: 256MB_ Does that sound any alarm bells with you? 192MB minimum?” In 2004, Microsoft XP ruled, and Windows 98/2000 computers were being retired. Bob Marr wrote that this could have been an opportunity for Linux to revitalise all those retiring computers. Unfortunately for Linux, it was too bloated to do so.

May 21, 2014 - 4 minute read

Ubuntu on XP capable hardware

Now that support for XP has been ended by Microsoft, there has been talk of how Linux (Ubuntu) could step in to fill the void. If your XP capable hardware has two or more Gig of ram, you should be good to go. Don’t bother trying if you believe the Ubuntu minimum specification page here:- https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements Ubuntu Desktop Edition 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better) * 512 MiB RAM (system memory) * 5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach) * VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution * Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media * Internet access is helpful.

May 18, 2014 - 1 minute read

LUG (Blackpool Makerspace) 17.5.14

attending- Mike, Les, ,Ollie, Arran, Joe, Elizabeth, Kieran Les worked with Kieran on a robot project. Together they built a robot using an add-on board for the Raspberry Pi called pibrella. Ollie wrote up the Makerspace blogs for the previous 2 meetings and was also using Linux Mint in a virtual machine to explore the new features and updates in the Release Candidate for Mint 17. Also had a discussion with Mike regarding the progression of Linux over the years and Hardware featured in the latest edition of Linux Format.