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Tech Talk: High Availability MySQL on a Low Budget (Terry Johnson)

July 30, 2014

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Thursday, August 7th at 6PM, join Terry Johnson for a discussion on how to build a high-availability MySQL database using Linux clustering inside a virtual environment, and why hypervisor-based HA isn’t enough.

Terry Johnson is responsible for IT and R&D at Scribendi.com, an online English editing and proofreading company based in Chatham, Ontario. Terry has a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford.

This Tech Talk is part of the Hackforge series which takes place every other Thursday. Hackforge is located in the front of the Windsor Public Library Central branch (850 Ouellette Ave). To learn more, please consult our Meetup.

Open Data Windsor-Essex Takes The Next Step

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Last night, Tuesday, July 29th, Open Data Windsor-Essex (ODWE) met at Hackforge with its members and interested people from the community. ODWE announced the Trillium funding received that will help community partners employ, access, and utilize open data. With the hiring of new Program Coordinator, Sarah Morris, ODWE is helping non-profits make their information available to the everyone.

ODWE plans for an exciting fall with a portal launch and hackathons in the works. For a more comprehensive breakdown, please take a look at the slides put together by ODWE Director, Mita Williams.

If you are interested in being a part of ODWE, have an interest in open data, or ideas about where it can grow in the city, please let us know by contacting info@hackf.org.



“This Isn’t A Deathmatch, It’s Wrestling!” – Robot Sumo at Forest Glade Libary

July 28, 2014

by admin in News

Last Saturday, July 26th, Hackforge lead over 20 kids age 10-18 in building, programming, and competing in robot sumo. According to mentor Paul, the participants took to coding like ‘ducks to water.’ With a little guidance, they were able to run wild with the Lego Mindstorm kits.

Thanks to all the Hackforge mentors Aaron, Paul, and Kevin. We also thank Forest Glade Library and the Windsor Public Library for hosting our event during their summer Eureka program.

The next Robot Sumo event is Saturday, August 9th at Bridgeview Library (1295 Campbell Avenue). The event starts once again at 1PM and goes until 4PM. We welcome kids age 10-18 to participate. This is a free event but registration is required. Register now by contacting info@hackf.org.

Follow below for more videos of the Forest Glade Robot Sumo day!


Magic Eye Colour Organ Comes Alive

July 27, 2014

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Last Thursday, July 24th, Rob Caruso gave his Tech Talk on the Magic Eye Colour Organ to a full house at Hackforge. Going through the history of the technology, we also learned about how Rob designed and constructed the organ. The Tech Talk had a few demonstrations of the organ with sight and sound, complete with Pink Floyd.

Rob Caruso is an industrial automation designer and programmer, as well as a long-time electronics enthusiast and hobbyist who has written articles for Nuts & Volts and Servo.

Tech Talks are hosted every other Thursday at Hackforge.

Follow below for more photos of the event..


OpenDataWindsorEssex – Next Steps Meeting

July 24, 2014

by admin in News, Windsor Essex Open Data


Tuesday, July 29th, Open Data Windsor Essex is meeting at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave) at 6:30PM.

We’ll be talking about some exciting projects and giving you an update on the progress from last meeting. Help us plan the next steps and determine the future of open data in our community.

This is an open meeting, so if you are interested in open data in Windsor, please join us.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mita@hackf.org.

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