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Aug 29, 2016 - 2 minute read - Hacks projects

Home made solar (thermal) panel

In January 2015, I posted an update of my attempts to make my home more energy efficient. So far, I have concentrated on insulation, and monitoring the effects. This link describes the progress. https://blackpoolmakerspace.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/temperature-monitoring-display-using-old-android-tablet/ This summer (2016), I decided to try out an idea mention by another member, Donald. The idea was that you could make a solar thermal panel by painting a central heating radiator black, and putting it in a double glazed, insulated box.

Aug 28, 2016 - 1 minute read - Makerspace

Make-Shift-Do, October 2016

Most of 2015 was taken up preparing our new space at Tyldesley Road. October 2015 was especially busy as we hurried towards our opening deadline, timed to coincide with the Craft Council sponsored Make-Shift-Do event. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/makeshiftdo/ Membership declined in 2015 as we concentrated on building work rather than making. From October onward, we concentrated on meeting every Saturday in an attempt to rebuild the membership numbers, and so the finishing touches to the space did not happen.

Jun 4, 2016 - 1 minute read - meetings

Saturday June 4th

Only 4 of us today, Mike Hull, Richard, Tony and Geoff. Geoff brought a laptop that he wanted to restore a windows 7 install on. The problem was while the key was readable the version of W7 it was had rubbed off the COA sticker. After a false start with windows 7 home basic which would not take the key, we were successful in installing W7 home premium. All drivers installed out of the box, and we activated the installation with no problem, but due to time constraints we left the full update untill Geoff was at home.

May 13, 2016 - 3 minute read - LUG podcasts

Hacker Public Radio

HPR is a podcast community for those that want to have a go at podcasting but don’t have the resources or skills to be able to go it alone from the start (although some of the regular contributors do also have their own independent podcasts). Setting up and managing a podcast site is quite a commitment if your not sure if you want to do more than the occasional show, and as it already has regular listeners you’re sure to have someone listen to what you record.

May 1, 2016 - 1 minute read - LUG

Linux Presentation Day at Blackpool LUG -April 2016

Nine people attended during the course of the day, and Linux was discussed in detail. Multiple Linux distributions were on display: Slackware, Debian, Suse, Fedora, Ubuntu, Lubuntu and one of the highlights, Linux Mint running on a quad core Raspberry Pi. We had four computers to give away with Linux Mint installed (available free of charge), but there were no takers. We will have to try harder at the next LPD in October.

Jan 26, 2016 - 7 minute read - LUG

Is Linux being helped or hijacked by corporate involvement?

Is Linux being helped or hijacked by corporate involvement? AKA has Linux lost its way? Who knows, but here are some thoughts: Linux started as a student project and gathered an enthusiastic band of volunteers …..but look at it now. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/who_writes_linux_2015/ “The Linux kernel is growing and changing faster than ever, but its development is increasingly being supported by a select group of companies, rather than by volunteer developers. That’s according to the latest survey of Linux kernel of development by the Linux Foundation, which it published to coincide with the kickoff of this year’s Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit on Wednesday.