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skyblue1991

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I bought a raspberry pi but didn't really see the point of it other than its a cheap Linux box.

Perhaps that's indeed the point of it!

Want to learn to automate tasks better using python and Excel macros, say myself paying a human to do it which will end up being wrong!

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Houchens Head

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Python, Excel macros, raspberry pi, Kiwi...… all sounds over my head. Although I absolutely love technology, I really believe that at 67 I'm far to ancient to learn anything new. Don't get me wrong - I'd love to - but I have no need these days.
 

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I bought a raspberry pi but didn't really see the point of it other than its a cheap Linux box.

Perhaps that's indeed the point of it!

Want to learn to automate tasks better using python and Excel macros, say myself paying a human to do it which will end up being wrong!

Sent from my I3113 using Tapatalk
My Pi ended up as a retro console and kodi machine stuck behind my telly. Best use for it IMO. Unless you’re about to build a robot.
 

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Been working on my Spanish and Swedish most days on Duoling app. Definitely seen an improvement.

Also decided to start eating better this week but the energy to use the gym I made in the garden is slipping.
Any reason you are learning Swedish?
 

Earlsdon_Skyblue1

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Any reason you are learning Swedish?
I lived there a few years ago when I was dating a Swedish girl and picked up quite a lot. Was getting really good and then the bitch dumped me and moved to China.

Thought I would try and get back into it with some spare time.
 

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I've been trying to learn Dutch for the past thirty-something years and still only recognise the odd word or two!
 

ccfctommy

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I've been trying to learn Dutch for the past thirty-something years and still only recognise the odd word or two!
I've started watching this Belgian series on Channel 4 and they speak Dutch or a similar dialect. Literally sounds like gobbledegook.
 
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Houchens Head

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I thought I'd try to learn Welsh but only got as far as learning to pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
 
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So you need to scan the page to decide what category the product should be in?
Yes but this is more about recognising words with the keywords and then categorising them. It saves hours and hours rather than going through and doing them manually. The user intent is also very interesting
 

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BBC says 'outside the UK'
I just bought a lap steel guitar to learn on.
Can't use it though until the cable I ordered arrives.
I need that to connect it to my amplifier.
Here the one I got, mine is the same colour too.
 

Nick

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So after messing about I found an old radio controlled truck I had as a kid. Got it from radio shack in town.

Have stripped everything out of the inside and had it driving via a PS4 controller.

Just waiting on a bigger battery and steering servo from eBay and it will be flying about.

Pretty sad but also quite interesting while there's not much else to do and cheaper than a couple of pints.
 

clint van damme

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Bought a guitar.
Can strum a few chords but never learnt to play properly.
Going to give it a go. Been learning my Pentantonic scales this morning and now brushing up on my mongol history on YouTube!
 
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Covkid1968#

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South Leics...unfortunately
I’ve no spare time... just doing shit loads of jobs I’ve put off. I’m building a pond at the moment..... it’s in the planning stage. I’m a fecking accountant.... I’ve had enough of being a handy man. I’ve laid a lawn, I’ve put guttering around the outdoor bar I’ve painted all the decking and I’ve converted the garage into a gym with a wooden floor. All look badly done but an improvement on before. I’ve learnt lots of new skills and got to buy some good tools I will be able to dick around with. But I really just want to get back to producing a set of numbers and talk a load of bollox about them to people who pretend they are interested.
 
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Bertola

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DataCamp is good from a DataScience Perspective. Learn Python the hard way is a classic. There’s loads of good python resources though.

R is the most horrible language I’ve ever experienced. You can tell it was written by non programmers.

And typically we've decided on R.I've started an online course on Codecademy, and whilst it's early days, it seems fairly intuitive so far
 

skyblue1991

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Open University are offering a free course in FInanial Management in partnership with Money Saving Expert (Martin Lewis)

MSE’s Academy of Money

Only 12 hours so most should be able to compelte within a few weeks.

If not for yourself then those with teenage children would definitely benefit; they don't teach this in school!
 

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Open University are offering a free course in FInanial Management in partnership with Money Saving Expert (Martin Lewis)

MSE’s Academy of Money

Only 12 hours so most should be able to compelte within a few weeks.

If not for yourself then those with teenage children would definitely benefit; they don't teach this in school!
They do teach this in school. It’s in the Maths curriculum, the PSHE curriculum and every school I ever taught at had at least one collapsed timetable day dedicated to it.

Get so sick of that phrase. The fact is teaching it in school doesn’t work because 14 year olds don’t have any real world experience of why it’s important. Same with political education. School isn’t intended or suited to teaching every single life skill on the planet but it sure as hell tries.

/rant

(I’ll check our the course it looks good)
 

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They do teach this in school. It’s in the Maths curriculum, the PSHE curriculum and every school I ever taught at had at least one collapsed timetable day dedicated to it.

Get so sick of that phrase. The fact is teaching it in school doesn’t work because 14 year olds don’t have any real world experience of why it’s important. Same with political education. School isn’t intended or suited to teaching every single life skill on the planet but it sure as hell tries.

/rant

(I’ll check our the course it looks good)
It is something that is better taught in the home. Pay the kids their pocket money for doing chores/homework etc but at the same time make them pay towards their food/room etc. They'd soon appreciate earning money but how quickly it goes. Problem with such an approach is it can lead to an obsession with money and greed. So somehow need to add in paying them for being thoughtful and kind to others.
 
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Does anybody use uDemy?

I have found an interest Reddit sub that posts up all of their offers / freebies every day. You can just grab them while free and then watch / do them when you get round to it!

 

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My new toy has arrived..

This thing has it own cooling system.

Laser cutter/engraver..

It's quite powerful :D

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Philosorapter

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That looks really good.

It looks the same as a 3D printer but obviously cuts.

Does it work off STL files?
That's a good question. I've just go it out of the box. I am hoping files are transferable to other machines etc
I will find out whilst setting up and message the thread.

Next up is a 2000c induction furnace.
 

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That's a good question. I've just go it out of the box. I am hoping files are transferable to other machines etc
I will find out whilst setting up and message the thread.

Next up is a 2000c induction furnace.
IF its anything like a 3d Printer you will need a software which turns your design into a file the printer understands :) Full of thousands of commands!
 

Philosorapter

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IF its anything like a 3d Printer you will need a software which turns your design into a file the printer understands :) Full of thousands of commands!
I'm using YouTube as my go to guide, they say to chuck the software away and go for something else which is easier to use.
 

Philosorapter

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Has it got an SD slot or something where you would put the code / designs?
I am running virtual windows on my Mac to get around all this madness and just USB into it.

All the main stuff will be kept on the Mac. Easily transferable between machines.
 

Philosorapter

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Ah, Parallels?
Just setting it up like a normal printer :D

I'm going to ditch the software and go with


I'm guessing with a 3D printer you are dealing with 'G' and 'M' codes.
All the fun of CNCing