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Another Hackathon-Weekend passed by and the DSpace-Client and its backends are really shaping up nicely. A lot of code was refactored during the weekend, taking full advantage of amd, backbone and ender now. The first real-time data sharing overlay was tested successfully as well, so we managed to get a lot of the basic features we imagine to have in DSpace working.


DSpace aims to enable people to find, collect, edit, structure and share any kind of information in a real-time, massive-collaboration, augmented-reality-environment (like wikipedia), based on a very common ground: The map of the area, where people actually are, around their Geolocation.

DSpace Development Updates

After the last collaborative hacking session on DSpace, the client developed and changed a lot. We've already integrated automated testing, using phantomjs and travis, the primary git repo changed from Apollo to github, in order to facilitate Pull-Requests and combined issue tracking. From now on, please don't push DSpace stuff to the Apollo-NG Repo's but use the github repo's as your origin. Every push to develop branch on github is automatically synced to the Apollo-NG repo and then automagica…

DSpace Progress

A lot is happening and a a few more people have started to contribute their time, skills and knowledge to push DSpace into the realm of reality. Last Saturday, Niklas Cathor, also a strong supporter of federated technology, dropped by and joined the hackparty to just start hacking on moving us to amd.

Exciting News: MediaGoblin moves to SQL tomorrow

A7B5BC2V79RH. Helping upstream projects directly seems to be a much more logical choice to put work into, instead of rewriting code to enhance it for oneself only. Today, the development time was invested into the new video.js interface for MediaGoblin, to give it a real “production grade” finish with MediaGoblin visual identity and to make it easier for other hackers in the future, to change the skins to their liking.

HOWTO: Hacking seamless SVG background tiles

Image creation/manipulation is an essential part of UI design and, with Photoshop gone, GIMP and Inkscape came to the rescue. Almost all graphics used in the Apollo-NG realm are created with Inkscape. With many people already using Inkscape and it being a vector oriented tool creating SVGs, it was just a matter of time until the SVG standard and its implementations matured and spread. Some features, such as SMIL animation and SVG Fonts are not as widely supported. There are many SVG authoring to…

Intelligent Turn Signal

While watching some fast cars on a multi-lane street from above today, one observation came up with repetition: Fast movers, that wanted to overtake slow movers (on the right line) almost never used their turn signal (blinker) to indicate their intention to move to the left lane and afterwards to move back to the right lane. Why is that and how could that be helped?

More PiGI Geiger counter modules in the Wild

It's truly awesome to see how the PiGI - Raspberry Pi Geiger-Müller Interface, born under ghetto-style conditions with zero prior knowledge or budget, has not only spread to hackers and other individuals with a sense of independence and prudence worldwide, but was now adopted by a special working group of Computer Professionals for Peace and Social Responsibility (FIfF) called Tihange-Doel Radiation Monitoring Network.

More PiGI PCBs available

If you've missed the opportunity to get a PiGI PCB of the first batch, here's your next chance to turn your Raspberry PI into a versatile Geiger-Counter. All hail Fehlfarbe. pigi geiger pi raspberry hardware radiation monitoring research development

More PiGI prototype boards finished

Last Saturday, instead of breakfast, we wanted to have more geiger counters. So we had an early morning soldering session in the open air and with plenty of sunshine we finished two more 1.0 prototype boards so that we have more active PiGI's for tests and further development.

Off-Board build-environment for ARM

To compile your own image you have to build a toolchain able to produce binary files that can run on the Netus G20. It's powered by a ARM926EJ-S™ ARM® Thumb® Processor, which means that you have to prepare a (cross)compiler for ARMV5TE architecture. Although it's possible to compile a lot of packages on the SKU itself, it's far more convenient and faster to compile the packages on a more powerful system

Project Release: PiGI Module

Thanks to Maximilian Batz from <>, who sponsored two Raspberry Pi B models for the cause of Apollo-NG, it was time to see what more could be done with them. This essentially forked two subprojects: * Raspberry Pi based autonomous Antenna Tracker (following a MAVLink enabled UAV/Drone) * Raspberry Pi based geiger-counter