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Oct 26, 2013 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG and Makerspace

Present are Mike, Les, Tony, Ollie, Elizabeth & Kieran. This is an extremely varied morning in progress as I type with varied activities by all interspersed with explanations; knowledge sharing & much laughter as the jokes fly about. Mike had set up openSUSE as Tony had wanted to see an RPM Distro. Les has his Raspberry Pi set up - he has installed an Raspbian interface as well as PIP (packaging manager with Python for connecting with Twitter); Tony is installing Lubuntu on an old computer for Kieran’s Grandma as well as clearing Elizabeth’s laptop of Windows XP & Linux Mint (Mate) with the intention of reinstalling Mint 14 in Partition 1 (where XP was) & creating a new partition ready to install openSuse as a back up OS (& something new for me to play with).

Oct 20, 2013 - 1 minute read

Oggcamp Liverpool and Network upgrade

This weekend was oggcamp at Liverpool http://oggcamp.org/, I didn’t go, but took the opportunity to finish the network upgrade at Ripon road. A while back, the ISP almost doubled my broadband speed which now runs between 13 and 15 M download. I have replaced the old wireless G router with a newer wireless N type which seems to have improved the wireless speed. Last time I tried to watch video over wireless, it couldn’t handle it, now it can.

Oct 12, 2013 - 3 minute read

Spring Cleaning...The Inside of a PC

So, this is the 2nd “winter” that my puter has been noisy on start up - it doesn’t happen in summer. Michael said he thought it would be the fan & invited me some weeks ago to bring my Tower into LUG. Today was the day! So we took it apart - and I was shown 2 fans - one for the main casing & one for the processor. The casing fan wasn’t and never had been connected even.

Oct 6, 2013 - 2 minute read

Blackpool Makerspace - getting busy

Attending: Elizabeth, Kieran, Sam, Les Tony, Dev, Mike and making this meeting an international one, Jon joined us from New Zealand via Google hangout, and Ollie joined in from Chorley (UK) Les helped Sam make his laptop dual boot windows and Linux mint. Tony helped Kieran wipe his windows laptop and switch solely to Linux mint. Les has been developing/working on a Pi powered fortune telling Arcade type machine, and has supplied some details here:- here Sam is trying to come up with a project for university, and is currently researching three different prospects.

Sep 30, 2013 - 1 minute read

Macro phone photography with laser lens

A Makerspace project: CD and DVD drives have a laser focusing lens. This photograph shows the size of the lens next to a ruler. It is an ideal size to fit over some camera phone lens. Below is the same ruler photographed with the lens in place, showing the MM under the graded scale. The tip of the screwdriver used to dismantle the CD drive to extract the lens. With the lens in place, the focal range is so narrow that the lens has to be almost touching the item being photographed, and lighting/focusing is difficult.

Sep 29, 2013 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG and Makerspace

Attending: Elizabeth, Kieran, Les, Patrick, Mike, and a warm welcome to Sam who traveled from Preston for the Makerspace meeting. Les gave a demo of Minecraft running on a Raspberry Pi, and also donated an Arduino to be left here for anyone to play with. At last weeks meeting, we discovered that Patrick’s Raspberry Pi problem was probably related to his SD card. Patrick brought a new SD card this week, and the Pi worked perfectly after loading Raspbian onto the new card.