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May 14, 2012 - 1 minute read

Saturday 12th May

Another busy morning at the BLUG including 11 physical attenders and several who joined the hangout. As usual several threads going on, John continued his Python tutorial and Les after several false starts managed to demo his Raspberry Pi sort of going on a very old B&W 14” TV Mike had lying around. He’s bringing it again next week as this was not a huge success so he’ll have another go with a PC or TV monitor we can hook up to the HDMI port on the Pi.

Apr 21, 2012 - 1 minute read

Blackpool LUG Meetings 31/03/2012 to 21/04/2012

It’s been a while, lets catch up. Join continued his 3rd part of his fantastic Python tutorials. You can see pictures from that meeting here. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615 We also met for two meetings at a local coffee shop called Toast in Blackpool town centre. Conversations ranged from the upcoming release of Ubuntu 12.04 on April 26th, to children learning to program. April 21st. The group met at the LUGs home on Ripon Rd, and it was a laid back meeting today.

Mar 24, 2012 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG Python Workshop Part 2

This week Jon led another Python workshop, and Mike, James and Les were there to learn more. We created a loop that allowed players to have multiple chances at guessing the correct number. If you’re guess was too high it said If your guess is too low And if you got it right Jon’s workshop was a great introduction to programming, and you can clearly see how easy it was for us to make our little game by looking at our code below.

Mar 24, 2012 - 2 minute read

ToweLUG Meeting 17/3/12

So this week we had two activities ongoing at the same time (one hardware and one software), whilst people popped in and out of the Google Hangout. The hardware one was the continued efforts by various members to reverse-engineer the LED display boards donated by Les. This week, Mike was soldering (!) on single-handedly, analysing the circuit design of each of the display modules, and confirming how to light each LED and I think had some discoveries around how to drive the display using some form of multiplexing and the on-board shift registers, and also how to produce different colours the display is capable of.

Mar 18, 2012 - 2 minute read

Kogan 7" Android tablet working with O2 3G dongle

http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=atoarm-21&o=2&p=8&l=as1&asins=B004YGR7ES&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr These are the steps needed to get the O2 3G dongle working with the Kogan tablet, which is a great device for the price. Please note all steps must be completed to ensure the settings are correctly configured. Please ensure that when entering O2 into the settings that the letter O is selected and not azero. When entering the following information do not press Save until told to in the instructions.

Mar 10, 2012 - 2 minute read

This week, everyone is a GIT

Blackpool LUG met once again, and this time we learnt GIT), the version control system. Git is a powerful version control framework, that allows users to branch off from the main trunk of code, write their own changes, then request to merge them with the original trunk. Today we setup our GitHub accounts and used the easy to follow Linux instructions (mainly for Ubuntu/Debian) to setup a test repository. Following this we tried out the command line tools We created an empty folder to contain our Git work.