Computer Drop in!

Three people came by for help on computer DIY:

  • Went over uninstalling programs that where not needed.
  • Checked to configure a yahoo email account to recieve email under queen's english time.
  • Talked about using a gnu/linux distribution instead of windows.
  • Talked about using an email client such as Thunderbird to make it easier to handle email.
  • Kindle fire tablet: without registering it to amazon we where able to browse the web and read some nice train articles! Also connect it to the local wifi network.

 Fixing stuff

We now have a working flood light in the entrance to avoid tripping on the dark nights! We replaced it with an LED light.


Printer/scanner donation!

A shout out for Anne that donated a printer! The ink seemed to be dried out but all the parts seemed to move fine.


Plantduino or garduino

 It now has only one power supply for both the arduino controller and the wifi emitter! Thank you Arthur!

plug with wireless activated switch

Overview of the circuit

Open up Remote for switch

Intermediate circuit

Arduino with protoshield

water pump


We later modified it to use a servo to open an close te valve rather than using the pump. This should be a bit better since it will not need mains power.


The code:

#include <Servo.h> 
Servo myservo;  // create servo object to control a servo
int potpin = 0;  // analog pin used to connect the moisture sensor
int val;    // variable to read the value from the analog pin
int num = 0;
void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600); //starts serial connection
  myservo.attach(9);  // attaches the servo on pin 9 to the servo object
void loop() {
  val = analogRead(potpin); 
  if(val <= 750 && num == 0){
    num = num + 1;
  }else if(val > 750 && num == 1){
    num = num - 1;
 num == 0;

 Ham radio

Paul G demonstrated his D-Star DVAP Dongle connected to his Raspberry Pi. Anyone want to talk to Australia?


Cider making

Seems to be progressing nicely.



Promoting the Makerspace

There is a piece on the Village Newsletter news.  The new website now includes blog, forum and soon wiki. We will try to move it away from meetup group.





Computer DIY contact