Oldham Libraries Magazines

Posted on January 31, 2017

I've noticed recently an advert on the TV for a subscription based app that allow you to download magazines for free to either Android or IOS tablets, a bit like Netfix for magazines. It's priced around £7 per month which means its around the price of two magazines a month so not too expensive if you tend to read a few each month. Anyway it just so happened @oldhamlibraries (not to be confused with @oldhamlibrary) tweeted the following. ...

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Availability to work

Posted on January 25, 2017

I thought it was about time I gave people an update as I’m getting asked questions left right and centre, and at times feel as though I’m letting people down because I’ve not   been able to give straight answers. I started Hack Oldham almost 2 years ago, and when it started it was just an interesting side project, to create a space that my friends and I, along with our families could get together to share resources and skills. Like ...

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Virgin Media junk mail-o-meter

Posted on January 5, 2016

So last year I had a bit of a rant at @virginmedia, the reason for this was the ridiculous amount of junk mail that Virgin were sending us, so I decided I was going to keep all the mail they sent me for the next 12 months. Here we are 12 months later and I have a draw full of Virgin Media Junk Mail. [supsystic-tables id='1']   So thats 89.165g or 15 items of junk mail trying to get us to buy Virgin Media, when as you may have notices, ...

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Blurred lines

Posted on November 9, 2015

Wow its been a long time since I've blogged, I really should sort that out. Anyway, I need your advice, As you know I'm a web developer, I'm also the founder of the local hackspace, and organiser of the WordPress user group, so basically I'm a man of many hats. But here is the problem, people keep asking the hackspace social media accounts for web site advice, some are random people, some are actually clients of ours, but Im really not ...

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My blog… an update… its been a while.

Posted on September 19, 2015

So its been a while to say the least since I last updated my blog, I'm rubbish I know, but I'll try harder. For now an general update ready for a fresh start. Home We're still here in Oldham, in a mad house full of kids and pets, The eldest thing has just started college the youngest thing finally cut all his hair off and the middle thing is still missing from our lives, but thats just the way things are. Mr's P has finally got back in to ...

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I accidentally a Hack Space

Posted on April 12, 2015

Back in October 2014 I game a talk at Barcamp Manchester  about how I had accidentally made a hack space, it was a little tongue in cheek at it wasn't so much a physical space as a group of people who wanted a space to happen. This year there will be a follow up. It turns out if enough people want something you can make it happen, with a little help from Oldham Council  we have just opened the doors at Hack Oldham, at the moment its a ...

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If encryption was a key

Posted on January 18, 2015

Since the Charlie Hebdo attack in paris you may have seen stories in the press like this and this about David Cameron's plan to ban encryption, which it seems President Obama now supports, specifically Cameron said: “[I]n our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” From what we understand about this, it isn't that they want to ban encryption outright, what they want is a backdoor to be ...

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Building 3d printers at #HackTheLibrary? | HackOldham

Posted on January 17, 2015

I'm going to be building a 3d printer with my son at the monthly #hackthelibrary events and wrote this post about the idea. There is no doubt that 3d printing is an amazing leap forward in technology and as prices come down and usage goes up I’m sure that more and more people will be doing interesting things like this… Building 3d printers at #HackTheLibrary? | HackOldham.

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Im an equalist

Posted on January 11, 2015

A couple of friends GirlGeekUpNorth, and cubicgarden, have recently posted their thoughts on feminism, first there was why Im not a feminist followed by why she is not a feminist, so I suppose this post should be called why i'm not a feminist either. Cubic Garden said: I don’t know what it is but so many women really hate the term and will never consider themselves feminist. Personally I find that pretty easy to answer, like with any group ...

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Virgin Media Junk Mail

Posted on January 10, 2015

I'm not particulally an environmentalist, I'm not particularly against junk mail but Virgin Media seem to take the piss. I though it was bad when I wasn't a customer of theirs but now I am it seems ridiculous, not only to we get the 'To the occupier' loophole mail but we still get mail trying to sell the service to my wife who happens to be the account holder. Virgins response to this is kind of shocking. https://twitter.com/virginmedia/stat...

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