JUNE CORNWALL TECH JAM
News from the Free Software foundation is that ActivityPub is now a web standard thanks to the W3C. If you are not sure what this is please check out the link below:-
The next Torbay tech jam is on the 14th November at Paignton Library 1 – 3 pm
More details are on the website
Open to all ages / abilities.
I am hoping to be able to present a mini workshop on Interfacing the Raspberry Pi to an LED, it is a start and hopefully the work shops can build up to more complex projects over time. Also I want to do the same thing with Arduino.
The next Exeter Raspberry Pi Jam is on 7th November 10 – 12 at Exeter Library, Rougemont room, first floor.
Check out the website for more information
Exeter Library are holding another Build a robot workshop over 1/2 term.
Today saw another really good Pi jam in Exeter.
Demonstrations included a Pi based home automation system, which also included a webcam which takes a photo of whoever presses the doorbell and e-mails you a picture.
Led Traffic lights ( I think this is PIC based) – Tom Brough
Toms latest robot (crazy Ivan) this moves around, and can turn randomly and move forward again.
Sadly marco mark 2 had a problem, so was here but just not working as planned.
Pi Ready for eager coders to use.
Lots of people with new Pi’s in need of set up. so I did quite a bit of support here, also minecraft-pi was popular and people seemed to like my modification which drops tnt blocks over grass.
Robots will make another appearance at next weeks Torbay Pi Jam 14th March, Paignton Library from 13:00
This months Pi jam was a real gem, lots of things being demoed and some excellent progress being made with various projects.
Tom, brought along his Marco 2 robot, which if you are following this blog or are a regular attendee of jams. This has now been updated to allow control via a web interface.
More information on this is on the Feb 2015 Exeter Jam write up blog post. So I will let people go there for more info.
Tom also brought along Freddie and after some basic set up this worked fine, following a green ball with his eyes.
Video taken back in July
Doodle bot also made an appearence this is really good as it works without any user interaction and can draw (or try) to draw what it has been programmed to.
We also helped a lady get up and running with her new pi,
Here is the pi being installed from the NOOBS install tool
And a picture of the pi running the Raspbian OS after install.
I also demonstrated my Minecraft Pi coding with python. I will post a video to youtube and put this on my website blog.
We also helped out a user who had an older install of GNU / Linux on his PC (Debian) and wanted a newer GNU / Linux installed so flash player would function properly.
We were unble to help fully however he will be back at the next jam iwth his PC backed up so we can install Linuxmint 17.1
One of our younger members also worked on getting a cluster of computers up and running and thanks to a router / switch donated by Rick at Wifispark he got 2 laptops and my Pi up and running and proved that by sharing the load calculations can be performed quicker. There is a dedicated page for this on the website. Where results will be posted shortly.
We also had a Dan from the TDA drop in to see what was going on with the view on how they can help further and perhaps involve some of the local hi tech companies.
So a BIG thank you for everyone involved today and everyone who came along to support the event. Hopefully next month will be more of the same and perhaps even bigger and better.
We also had Sarah from Inspiring Dreams, Achieving Change, who offered to help promote what we are doing.
The word on the Pi jams IS spreading. which is a good thing.
See everyone on the 14th March 2015 at Paignton Library. 13:00 to 15:00
Another pi jam today which went well, We had the 3 young people come along who are more serious hard core hackers so get on really well with each other
At present to get a laptop or PI to connect to the network we need to connect to the Libary wifi and enter a UID password then agree to the terms in a browser window
We tried to see if there was a different way to do this with a wifi router acting as a bridge so 4 laptops could connect to the router and that would provide a bridge between the wifi and the 4 wired Ethernet ports.
This didn’t seem to work 100 percent even though I did see the wifi router on my net book with 100 percent signal strength, compared to about 74 percent for the library wifi, So this project will carry on next month probably.
In another project they young people had a multi player mine craft game set up using the Pis.
Using the Model B for anything reminds you that if you plug and unplug things it can reset due to power issues,.
Jonathan who is an IT apprentice also came along to support and help and said he would ask about if there are any solutions to the wifi / network connectivity so that we can connect easier.
We had Raymond and his wife drop in for a chat and I showed them the DVD I am working on to explain about Creative commons / free software and the 4 freedoms.
Myself and Jonathan also helped Melvyn with his new phone and to check to see if it would charge when plugged in to his net book.
One of the visitors from last month came back and asked about suitable monitors etc so I advised him on a few options. including using a TV which i suggested is a good option if you want to use the media centre software. Some TV’s also have the VESA connectors at the back to which pi’s can be attached.
Photos are available on Mediagoblin
The next jam is on 14th February
Another pi jam today and it went very well highlights as follows
We helped on visitor get up and running and ended up re-creating an sd card with raspbian (1)on in order to get the Pi up and running. In the end Tom got everything up and running, with some help from myself as I seem to have an array of adapters and other bits and pieces which always seem to come in handy. Including various images on my netbook.
Our younger visitors were busy with various projects Arduino (6) hacking and getting Arch (2) Linux up and running in a virtual machine, (Virtual box) (3))
I have loaned out my pi-liter (4) to one of the younger visitors so he can demonstrate at school
Support repositories for the pi liter
Which has some ladder board source code, but should demonstrate the use of the GPIO.
You can also download the pi liter data sheet from the website http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/pi-liter-8-led-strip-for-the-raspberry-pi/
However you DO need to install python-pip with
sudo apt-get install python-pip
For some reason the data sheet instructions missed out this step.
The next Pi jam is on 10th January so if you get a Pi for Xmas come along and we can help you get started or show you what you can do with it. We don’t BYTE 🙂 and are happy to help.
This came through on e-mail today
Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women ====================================================== The GNOME Foundation started the Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women, OPW, in 2006. It was quite successful, and in the January-April 2013 round, many other FOSS organizations joined the program. We are happy to announce that Debian will participate in the next round (December '14-March '15) and, pending sponsorship, we'll offer up to three internships. You can find more details about the program: * http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about Debian's participation. * http://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about the program in general. Call for mentors and projects ============================= OPW allows applicants to work on any kind of project, including coding, design, marketing, web development... If you have any idea for a project and you want to mentor it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll guide you through the process. OPW provides a lot of useful information for mentors on the GNOME Wiki at https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen/Admin/InfoForMentors. Please have a look, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any question. Call for participants ===================== The main goal of this program is to increase the number of women in FOSS, so all women who are not yet a Debian Developer or a Debian Maintainer are encouraged to apply. There are no age restrictions and applicants don't need to be a student. If you want to apply, you must follow three steps: 1. Choose a project from the list of proposed projects on http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen. Those lists may change as mentors add themselves over the next few weeks. 2. Make a small contribution to Debian. Projects will add a task the applicant must complete as part of the pre-selection process. If no task is provided, you are welcome to ask the mentors of the project. You can also make a different extra task of the one listed to show your skills and interest. 3. Create a page in the Debian wiki with your application. You can do so under pseudonym, but in that case, please give us information about yourself privately by email to the people below! The Debian OPW coordinators <email@example.com> Tom Marble Nicolas Dandrimont