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Aug 18, 2013 - 1 minute read

Extended Arduino session

Attending: Les, Tony, Elizabeth, Keiran, Aaron, James, Ollie and Mike. This week we extended the session to three hours to introduce Arduino projects. Thanks go out to Cefn at for providing the kits, and to Les for the introductory course notes and guidance. First, the Arduino IDE software package was installed on Linux and Windows. Everyone built a minimal Aurduino on a breadboard with the components provided, then uploaded and ran the obligatory blink LED sketch provided as one of the example within the Aurduino IDE software package.

Aug 3, 2013 - 1 minute read

Barcamp Blackpool and hackspaces

Attending: Tony, Les, Elizabeth, Keiran, Joe and Mike. We were closed last week for Barcamp Blackpool, held at the Norbreck castle hotel. This was the most popular #bcblackpool to date. Ben Nuttall gives a full description here. There were numerous interesting stalls in the main hall, including hackspaces from around the country demonstrating their capabilities. Last year, some of our members discussed the possibility of forming a hackspace, but eventually compromised to include hacking at the LUG meeting on Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, LED boards and anything else the turned up.

Jul 15, 2013 - 1 minute read

Blackpool LUG dismantle a computer

Attending: Crawford, David, Les, Lally, Keiran, Tony, Elizabeth, Donald, Aaron and Mike. Elizabeth and Keiran wanted to see what is inside a computer, and how to replace components. The 3 videos below show the computer being dismantled and reassembled with a running commentary, questions and answers session. Introduction Dismantle Reassemble

Jul 6, 2013 - 1 minute read

meeting 2013-07-06

Attending: Tony, Elizabeth, Crawford, Keiran and Mike.

Jun 30, 2013 - 1 minute read

Android and Raspberry Pi. LUG meeting 2013-6-29

Attending this week: Tony, Elizabeth, Keiran, Crawford and Mike. First up was installing a 32” TV with 3 HDMI inputs. Below, turning the TV into a smart TV/computer. Android is running on the small Black device with the white sticker that can be seen to the bottom left of the TV. Connecting with a HDMI cable enables sound for Youtube etc. out of the TV speakers. The device is the size of a USB stick, and has built in wifi for internet access.

Jun 18, 2013 - 1 minute read

Free Windows XP

I have set up a petition to try and persuade Microsoft to release the core functionality of Windows XP as Open source. If you have legacy applications that will only run on XP, Please sign the petition here:-