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Create a Digital Noticeboard using a Raspberry Pi

Introduction Digital signs and notice boards are used in many places, such as shops, community centres, and leisure centres, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to create your own. It is relatively cheap and easy to create a … Continue reading

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DFS3 at the Festival of Thrift

On September 26th & 27th 2015 members of the Durham Free Software Skill-Share project demostrated their work at a stall at Darlington’s Festival of Thrift. The event which is now in its second year celebrates sustainable living, re-use and recycling. … Continue reading

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Learn to program the DIY way

Starting this week, some of Durham’s Free Software Skill-Sharers will be learning to program together. We’ve formed a small study group which will have face-to-face meet-ups for peer support, and we’ll be keeping in touch by email as well. At … Continue reading

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First Skill-Share Event A Success

Thanks to Mick and Robbie at Unite Community Branch for writing up this summary of our first big event on the Community Support Centre Blog. Here’s a photo of some of the participants outside the entrance. Had it not been … Continue reading

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Programme for July 26th – final

  The day will be structured to have two pre-planned teaching sessions which form an introduction to Linux aimed at absolute beginners. There is also some time available to work in small groups on specific tasks, e.g. for people who … Continue reading

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Computers for Durham Community Support Centre

Here is an example of a project that we’ve completed, taking two old computers out of retirement and putting them to a good use. We’re affiliated to the Durham Community Support Centre, a joint venture between Durham Miners’ Association and … Continue reading

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Free software for everyone: a DIY computer project in Durham

Have you ever wondered why you have to buy a new computer every few years, even if the new one doesn’t do much more than the old one? Perhaps you’ve put an old computer in a cupboard because it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Things you don’t have to pay for, and why

The internet has a lot of services that claim to be “free” in the sense that you don’t have to pay up-front to use them. These are mostly funded by advertising revenues from the websites and by selling information about … Continue reading

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Draft programme for skill-share day on July 26th 2014

UPDATE: This is a draft. The finalised programme is different. Read it here.   Some people like to start the day with a blank flip-chart and take it from there. Others prefer everything to be set out beforehand. In an … Continue reading

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Getting a phone number

One of the objectives of this project is to put computers into the hands of people who don’t have them, and help people into electronic communication who don’t yet use it. So we need a way for people to contact … Continue reading

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