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Right to repair

Dear Blackpool Makerspace, I am getting in touch with you on behalf of The Restart Project, a London-based charity and social enterprise that aims to fix our relationship with electronics. Last year, we held Fixfest UK, a UK-wide event in … Continue reading

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Virtual Arduino

Design and test Arduino circuits using the Tinkercad simulator.  https://www.tinkercad.com/  Here I am testing the use of inline assembler instructions in the Arduino IDE to blink the onboard LED.

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A RISC-V CPU For Eight Dollars

New Part Day: A RISC-V CPU For Eight Dollars The big deal here is the Sipeed MAix-I module with WiFi, sold out because it costs nine bucks. Inside this module is a Kendryte K210 RISC-V CPU with 8MB of on-chip SRAM … Continue reading

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RISC Vs CISC – Why Instruction Sets no longer matter

For a long time I believed RISC (reduced instruction set computing) was superior to CISC (complex instruction set computing) by being faster and more efficient, this article suggests otherwise. https://ethw.org/Why_Instruction_Sets_No_Longer_Matter “Having looked briefly at some samples of both the RISC … Continue reading

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Vulca Makers mobility program visit Blackpool Makerspace

“Vulca’s main objective is to understand the impact of makers & hackers on mobility throughout Europe. To demonstrate this impact, we plan to launch a research project about makers & hackers and their mobility via several networks, including Fab Labs, … Continue reading

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Trusting Linux

It is November 2018. I was searching for articles on linux security and came across reproducible builds here :- https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/07/reproducible-builds-solving-an-old-open-source-problem-to-improve-security/ “Inconsistent Compiling Environments Lead to Inconsistent Behavior. different compilers will produce different machine code, even from identical source code. These … Continue reading

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3D printer is finished and operational.

The 3D printer which the Makerspace bought as a kit, had suffered intermittent problems with the drive belts. The problem has now been resolved. The repair involved replacing the drive wheels with wheels which have two locking screws instead of … Continue reading

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