Zero Dollar Laptop Workshops Reusing old, unused laptops with Free, Open Source Software

October 14, 2011

Discussions continue at the conference of Urban Furrows

The conference of Urban Furrows took place over two days (5/10/11 & 6/10/11) when we had the chance to listen to representatives of the other groups who told us about their discussions. Each group had been working on one of the projects with the people they had invited from other organisations and countries.

Panel presentation at the Urban Furrows conference 2011

The discussions and generous exchanges that took place within each group and during the conference left everyone feeling thankful. The feeling was we were getting out of it more than we actually put. As an example of an ecology of sharing it definitely proved useful.

Surrounded by a group of activists, theorists, creative and social practitioners, and generally enthusiasts, Nicolas started his very critical evaluation of the project Città dell’altra economia. (more…)

February 26, 2010

Week 7 Plan. Working with and Sharing Audio and Video

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OVERVIEW – Continuing from the previous week’s session.

Media files created by internet users are an increasingly important part of social networking websites and the internet in general.
Video editing is probably the most challenging activity in this set of sessions. Download pdf version.

February 25, 2010

Week 6. Spraying our stencils!

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Today we cut out and tested the stencils we created with Inkscape last week to customise our laptops.

Joseph preparing to spray his stencil.

February 18, 2010

Week 5. Creating our own stencils with Inkscape

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Today we looked online for work done by stencil artists to get some inspiration. Then we did an image search and we used GIMP to turn our findings into bitmaps (much more suitable to cut out). This is a useful process to customise our laptops by the end of the course. These are the first results:

Leo’s bird stencil.

February 12, 2010

Week 5 Plan. Spreading the Word, Sharing an Image

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OVERVIEW – Creating Stickers. Logos and Spray Painting Stencils
This week participants continue learning image processing and continue to personalise their computer. Download pdf version.

January 22, 2010

Week 2 Plan. DIY or DIWO (Doing It With Others)?

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OVERVIEW – Getting Help, Sharing Knowledge, Technical Forums, Basic Hardware Maintenance
A tour of the installed Linux operating system and how to get help on-line. De-mystifying what is inside a laptop computer. Sharing the process with others through the blog. Download pdf version.

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