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Dec 1, 2013 - 2 minute read

Blackpool Makerspace meeting 30/11/2013

Attending: Tony, Elizabeth, Kieran, Joe and Michael. Apologies: were received from Les who was unfortunately too heavily committed with work this week to be able to attend. Michael, the perfect host as always, started the morning with a leaking new Coffee Maker ~ DeLonghi. All brains were put to the task of providing a remedy for this vital piece of equipment. By a stroke of brilliant modification the new machine was made to produce coffee, and then progress to more technical matters was made.

Nov 25, 2013 - 12 minute read

We are open

I have been looking for a way to automatically show on the blog when Ripon road is open. The project below does this by tweeting open or closed based on the light being on or off. The Arduino has a light dependent resistor and a temperature sensor which sends data to Google app engine. Appengine then tweets the time, temperature and open or closed. The temperature is also continually graphed here The blog has the tweets embedded on the top right, and by following @makerspaceFY1, you will see when Ripon road opens and closes.

Nov 24, 2013 - 2 minute read

Makerspace meeting 23/11/2013

Present Mike, Tony, Joe, Elizabeth, Kieran, Dev and Ollie. An interesting morning again. Tony kindly offered to install OpenSuse as a back up OS on Elizabeth’s laptop. Interestingly, OpenSuse refused to acknowledge a Multi System pen drive resulting in a bizarre hysterical attack in the terminal resulting in a corrupt pen drive. OpenSuse is currently being downloaded onto Tony’s laptop ready for installation on Elizabeth’s laptop next week. Tony also reinstalled Linux Mint 16 on one of his laptops.

Nov 14, 2013 - 2 minute read

Blackpool Makerspace meeting 14th November

Attending:- Tony, Elizabeth, Kieran and Mike. Les couldn’t be with us today due to a meeting elsewhere. For the novice Linux user sometimes even the simplest of tasks can prove difficult. As an “older” novice I have struggled long & hard to try to copy or move files from Mint onto a flash drive. I circumvented the issue by accessing Mint desktop via Ubuntu. Today was enlightenment day when I was shown how to simply drag a picture or file to the flash drive icon.

Nov 7, 2013 - 1 minute read

Tour of European hackspaces

Hackerspacing in Europe By James Hobson Hackaday.com tour of Hackspaces We have a long way to go judging by what other hackspaces are doing. Chaosdorf (Dusseldorf, Germany) 2. Garage Lab (Dusseldorf, Germany) 3. ACKspace (Heerlen, The Netherlands) 4. HSBXL (Brussels, Belgium) 5. Whitespace (Gent, Belgium) 6. Void Warranties (Antwerp, Belgium) 7. Open Garage (Antwerp, Belgium) 8. MadSpace (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) 9. De Ontdekfabriek (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) 10. Revelation Space (The Hague, The Netherlands) 11.

Nov 2, 2013 - 1 minute read

Makerspace and the typewriter

Elizabeth demonstrates how documents used to be produced. If you wanted two copies of the document, you needed to put 2 pieces of paper in with carbon paper between the two copies. This is where the term “cc” comes from in email, (carbon copy). If you wanted more than three copies, you had to type it all again. No photocopiers were available before the 70’s