Ignite Oldham – November 2017

Posted on November 22, 2017

https://youtu.be/S_yl3sVMJTE

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Cutting corners can be costly

Posted on November 19, 2017

I've seen this gif doing the rounds over the last couple of weeks and while it is somewhat humorous it does demonstrate a frequent problem business owners face when they cut corners when it comes to paying for services such a design or content. While nobody has come up with a source for this GIF I would suspect it originally came from a website such as fiverr, and while not knocking fiverr specifically as I do use it myself for certain tasks ...

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National Citizenship Service Dragons Den

Posted on November 12, 2017

Today I volunteers as a dragon for the National Citizenship Service, this is a scheme that sees young people take part in a wide range of projects including fundraising to run their own projects.  Part of this was a dragons den pitch where they pitched their proposal to a panel of local businesses who would then decide how a small pot of funding was allocated. We saw a range of ideas proposed ranging from a library reading group to a ...

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Do you need a secure website(SSL)?

Posted on November 12, 2017

I came across this tweet the other day and it got me thinking,  The response from Halifax was fairly standard, If you are not submitting information to a website, ie filling in a form or logging in you shouldn't worry about SS, The little padlock in the address bar that verifies a secure connection between your browser and the website. But is this still the case?     One of the first responses blew that argument out of ...

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Installing WordPress on Cpanel

Posted on November 12, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6OjeUxxP_g&t=81s

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CheerLights cinema message board

Posted on August 27, 2017

I've had the idea of doing something with CheerLights for quite some time and finally came up with a project to make use of it. For those who don't know CheerLights is an IoT project that synchronises the colour of lights connected to the internet by monitoring twitter for given pre-defined phrases. Simply put if you were to tweet "@cheerlights blue" every light connected to the internet worldwide would turn blue. So back to my build ...

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Tabletop Robot Arena

Posted on August 23, 2017

I've recently been working with Rochdale Youth service delivering a number of workshops where young people have been building Raspberry Pi powered robots using the CamJam 3 Edukit. At the end of the project we plan to have a sumo competition which means we needed a ring of some sort. We've mentioned this a few times at Hack Oldham so I thought it would be worth pushing the boat out. I started looking at various option for cutting large ...

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Running Raspberry Pi Pixel as a virtual machine

Posted on July 7, 2017

Pixel is a version of  the operating system that runs on the Raspberry Pi that has been configured to run on Windows and Mac, in this blog post I'm going to explain how you can run it on your computer as a virtual machine. This means you will keep your current operating system, but be able to run pixel as though it was any other computer program. To get started you will need to install VirtualBox, if you haven't already done so you can find ...

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Installing VirtualBox

Posted on July 7, 2017

VirtualBox is a peice of software that allows you to create virtual computers within your own real computer, this is useful if for example you want to run Windows software on a Mac, or in our case to create a virtual Raspberry Pi. To get started you need to download Virtual box from Oracles website, you'll find packages for windows, Mac, and Linux here. Once downloaded start the installation and work through the steps below. ...

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Old… Oldham Library, 360 degree imaging

Posted on April 11, 2017

Sometimes my job involves doing some very boring stuff involving risk assessments and proposals... Today was not one of those day, today I got to wander round the library of my childhood capturing 360 degree images as soon much of what I remeber from my child hood will be lost as work begins on the new arts & heritage centre. Lots more 360 images were taken, hopefully we can share those after the Transformation Party

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