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  5. <title>FSFE Newsletter - October 2011</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE Newsletter - October 2011</h1>
  9. <h2>Laundruino - The laundry hack and laser sharks</h2>
  10. <p>FSFE Fellow Michael Clemens has a solution for all of you out there who want
  11. to know when their laundry in the washing machine is done. <a
  12. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/clemens/2011/08/05/the-arduino-enabled-washing-machine/">In
  13. his article he explains </a> how to build get a "Laundruino", based on the
  14. Free Software microcontroller <a
  15. href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino">Arduino</a>, which informs you of
  16. the status of your laundry cycle. </p>
  17. <p>During his research for a <a
  18. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/mk/?p=828">radio interview (German) </a> about a
  19. teenager who built a Free Software earthquake detection system for under 100
  20. EUR, your editor was delighted to find many similar projects, such as how to
  21. make free hardware based <a
  22. href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-wall-avoiding-Robot!/">simple
  23. robots</a>, <a
  24. href="http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Arduino-Weather-Station-Thermostat/">weather
  25. stations</a>, <a
  26. href="http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=mkca1">a
  27. blimp</a>, an <a
  28. href="http://hacknmod.com/hack/high-speed-photography-how-to-trigger-using-arduino/">installation
  29. to make high speed pictures </a> and <a
  30. href="http://wiki.makerbot.com/thingomatic">3D-makerbots</a>.</p>
  31. <p>These creative and educational guides are the result of people sharing
  32. blueprints and source code, and are made possible by the fact that the authors
  33. are able to change how these computers work. They can modify them, and share
  34. their knowledge and ideas with others. With Free Software and free hardware,
  35. people can really understand the technology that surrounds them, and change it
  36. to meet their needs. And who knows, maybe soon your editor's dream of sharks
  37. with lasers will become reality.</p>
  38. <h2>Euro 2012 champion to speak at FSCONS</h2>
  39. <p>Guido Arnold from FSFE's <a
  40. href="/activities/education/eduteam.html">Education Team</a> presented the
  41. results of the Euro 2012 qualification in Free Software and Open Standards for
  42. <a
  43. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2011/09/euro-2012-in-free-software-qualification-results-sep-2-2011/">September
  44. 2nd </a>, <a
  45. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2011/09/euro2012-in-free-software-qualification-results-sep-3-2011/">September
  46. 3rd </a> and <a
  47. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/guido/2011/09/euro2012-in-free-software-qualification-results-sep-6/">September
  48. 6th </a>. On November 12th, he will give a presenation in FSFE's track at <a
  49. href="http://fscons.org">FSCONS</a> about the developments of Free Software
  50. in education and how to participate in the team's activities.</p>
  51. <h2>Something completely different</h2>
  52. <ul>
  53. <li>"In Facebook you are not the customer, you are the product", writes our
  54. President Karsten Gerloff in <a
  55. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2011/09/23/facebooks-opengraph-time-to-get-out/">his
  56. article</a> on recent announcements by Facebook, and decentralised <a
  57. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/CloudComputing/">social networks</a>.</li>
  58. <li>Check out the latest Fellowship Interview with <a
  59. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/fellowship-interviews/?p=422">Stefan
  60. Kangas</a>, who talks about <a href="https://fripost.org/">Fripost</a> as a
  61. new community developing Free, privacy-preserving email services in a
  62. reliable way. </li>
  63. <li>A selection of interesting blog entries from our <a
  64. href="https://planet.fsfe.org">planet aggregation</a>:
  65. <ul>
  66. <li>Two Fellows doing analysis: Henri Bergus introduces us to <a
  67. href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/business_analytics_with_couchdb_and_noflo/">business
  68. analytics with CouchDB and NoFlo</a>, and <a
  69. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/padams/?p=237">Paul Adams analyses SVN
  70. commits in KDE</a>.</li>
  71. <li>"Dr. Danz" wrote a daily journal about the KDE-telepathy sprint: <a
  72. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/drdanz/?p=542">day 0</a>, <a
  73. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/drdanz/?p=555">day 1</a>, <a
  74. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/drdanz/?p=576">day 2</a>, and <a
  75. href="https://blogs.fsfe.org/drdanz/?p=587">day 3</a>.</li>
  76. <li>Read <a href="http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/business_analytics_with_couchdb_and_noflo/">Henri's view</a> on
  77. who is winning the war between tablets and laptops, and share your views
  78. with our <a href="/contact/community.html">mailing lists</a>.</li>
  79. </ul>
  80. </li>
  81. </ul>
  82. <h2>Get Active: New merchandise - Laser sharks with Fellowship logo?</h2>
  83. <p>We want to think about some new merchandise, and we would really like your
  84. fresh ideas. So please help us brainstorming; send proposals for t-shirt
  85. designs and other merchandise ideas to discussion@lists.fsfe.org, or if you
  86. prefer, directly to me at the address below. It does not matter if your ideas
  87. are crazy or unrealistic. Send them in and help us to be creative.</p>
  88. <p>Thanks to all the <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/donate">Fellows</a> and
  89. <a href="donate/thankgnus.html">donors</a> who enable our work,<br/>
  90. <a href="/about/people/kirschner">Matthias Kirschner </a> - <a
  91. href="/">FSFE</a>
  92. </p>
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