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Feb 9, 2014 - 2 minute read

Meeting 2014-02-08 BT Infinity is here

Attending: Tony, Elizabeth, Kieran, Joe and Mike. Tony spent the morning installing windows vista onto some laptops that he had bought at auction last week. Elizabeth watched Lubuntu being installed onto a Dell laptop, and then wondered about all the different versions of Linux that might available. A quick visit to showed the current top 100. Joe sat in the corner with his macbook, coding away in Python on his latest project.

Feb 1, 2014 - 1 minute read

Meeting 2014-02-01 Raspberry pi laptop

Attending: Tony, Les, Ollie, Elizabeth, kieran, Joe and Mike Les demonstrates his latest toy - a Raspberry pi laptop. This is a hack using the ill fated Motorola Atrix Lapdock with the Pi. Howto instructions are here:- Kieran and another Python/Arduino/shrimp project Ollie donated the innards of an ebook reader that had been washed and spin dried, the screen did not survive. I demonstrated a Pentium 2 300 laptop running Slackware 8 from circa 2002.

Jan 21, 2014 - 1 minute read

Hard disk wall clock

No fancy electronics, just a dismantled hard disk with a battery powered clock movement added. This now graces the wall of the Makerspace. In the top picture you can see the reflection of the filing cabinet, and my twin screen computer. The lower picture is taken from the side to avoid most of the mirror effect. I have a lot of old drives if anyone else wants to try this.

Dec 21, 2013 - 1 minute read

Blackpool LUG and Makerspace - Last meeting of 2013

Attending: Elizabeth, Keiran, Les, Tony, Ollie, Rob, James, Sam, Joe and Mike. Bacon butties, mince pies, cake, chocolate biscuits, numerous pots of coffee and a a multitude of presents marked the end of 2013 for Blackpool LUG and Makerspace. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all.

Dec 14, 2013 - 2 minute read

LUG/Makerspace meeting 14.12.13

Attending: Michael, Les, Tony, Chris, Tim, Elizabeth, Kieran Michael helped Tim with his project (see below). Les & Kieran have been working with random numbers in Python, creating number guessing games & Lottery number generation. Tony helped Elizabeth install Open Suse as a dual boot onto her laptop. He also showed Mike that Lubuntu had Microsoft TTF fonts available in the Package Manager. Discussions held with Chris & Les re the merit of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 & the Moto G phones ~ as well as a broader discussion with Les, Elizabeth & Kieran about the availability of second hand PC equipment, including laptops, from a regular local auction of ex-corporate technology.

Dec 7, 2013 - 2 minute read

LUG/Makerspace meeting 7.12.13

Attending: Michael, Les, Tony, Joe, Elizabeth, Kieran, Dev Michael installed Mythbuntu in the hopes of using a central computer as a form of “Set Top Box” to record Freeview TV programmes capable of being watched by multiple users at home. There were a few problems, but by the end of the session it was working. The following link was used as a guide:- Michael had also explored the De Longhi coffee making machine issue from last week & put in place the necessary missing part - thus rescuing De Longhi from Return to Provider or complete frontal lobotomy.