[Wlug] The speaker for the February meeting has been lined up!
jeffa.maillists at gmail.com
Sat Jan 24 13:34:42 EST 2015
I don't get to the meetings that often, but any of those subjects would
be great IMHO.
While not specifically Linux related, maybe one on 3D printing would be
cool? I don't have a 3D printer myself as of yet, but a buddy of mine
does, and it's pretty awesome. It's amazing what you can create once it's
'dialed in' and you learn how to use it properly. (IE: The proper
temperatures for the hotend and bed for different filaments and how to get
the plastic to stay 'stuck' to the print bed.) And actually, there _is_ a
Linux component to his printer now, lol. We setup a Raspberry Pi running
"OctoPrint" on Raspibian to not only control his printer, but it gives it
an HTML interface, wireless networking, a webcam monitor and time lapse
function. It's really cool!
Speaking of the Raspberry Pi, maybe a night about the Pi, the various
models (A, B, B+ and the new A+) and some projects that use them would be
For instance, one of my current projects is taking a Dummy Security
Camera and converting it into a real HD Wireless Security Camera by putting
a Raspberry Pi A+ with a camera and Wifi inside the dummy camera. (the A+
is quite small, so it fits quite well - all the other models won't fit
without some potentially serious modifications to the Pi, the Camera case,
One of my other projects is what I've named the 'ScamStopper', it's
basically a smart call blocker. It's my solution to stopping the Jamaican
Lottery Scammers from getting through to my 93yo Grandmother. It answers
any 'unknown' caller with a message (even a custom message for the Jamaican
scammers) and doesn't even ring her phone. Only "Known" phone numbers are
passed through, sans the first ring. (And yes, we've changed her number a
couple of times, but she replies to these 'surveys' and lottery 'entries'
all too often, so they end up getting her new number.) Anyways, It's quite
a hack in it's current incarnation, but it works well. It cost me about
$125 just in components to build this working proof-of-concept. I am
working on refining it to cut the cost down and hopefully produce a product
I can bring to market. (IE: I'm currently using a $20 USB Modem to get the
CallerID, a $40 Call Blocker device to suppress the first ring on her
phone, and a $10 USB sound card [as the built-in audio was causing kernel
panics, plus I wanted to be able to record on the Pi too, but haven't
worked that out yet.])
It might also be cool to cover the Banana Pi, which is a more expensive,
but more powerful version of a Pi (dual core processor, 1GB ram, SATA, etc)
I have one, but really haven't done anything with it yet, unless you count
installing the "Bananaized" version of Raspibian and tinkering a little
bit. It's much faster than a Raspberry Pi, thanks to the dual cores and
1GB ram... I haven't decided what I'm going to use it for yet.
Anyways, sorry about the 'book', and I hope you find my suggestion(s)
helpful. I hope to be a more frequent attendee now that I actually live in
On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Tim Keller <turbofx at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Everybody,
> Great news! Andy will be speaking at the Feb. meeting! He's going to be
> doing a talk on Mesh networking. I figure this will "mesh" nicely with
> Frank's talk about 802.11*[nn]* networking. Once I get the official
> title for the talk I'll send out a more official reminder.
> On a different note... Is there anything that people are interested in
> that we could work on lining up speakers for?
> Here's a couple of ideas...
> * Software defined networking
> * Robotics
> * Home automation
> I am leery of the allegiances of any politician who refers to their
> constituents as "consumers".
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