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Neil Darlow

Does anyone know if The TCT Show 2017 is going to feature anything from the RepRap community.

I know this aspect of the show has been dwindling over recent years despite +Richard Horne​'s efforts to keep things alive.

I received a Show Guide today and I see that all the Open Source players have their own stands (BCN3D, E3D Online, Prusa Research and more) but there seems to be no mention of Community Groups as there used to be.

I've been reading about Firefox transitioning to WebExtensions by the end of 2017.

I really can't see the vast number of addons that exist being ported by then.

If the Mozilla Developers actually prevent Legacy addons from working this soon there's going to be a lot of unhappy Firefox users.

Had a bit of a break from 3D Printing over the last year. I was getting a little less enthusiastic about designing and printing little nick-nacks.

In the meantime I've decided that multi-material printing isn't for me and I haven't yet decided if a dual machine for printing with separate support is justified.

I will update my Mendel90 to Marlin-1.1.0-release (currently on RC8) and do some useful printing for my other hobby of airgun target shooting. Just to rekindle my enthusiasm.

Must be the week for big updates. Fedora 26 has been released today.

Currently performing a dnf system-upgrade on my Toshiba Satellite laptop.

Just two package conflicts in over 3000 installed packages. I've allowed dnf to remove those and will reinstall them after the update is completed.

Update: One of the conflicting packages was meshlab which I use for my 3D printing activities. Unfortunately it won't install after the update and the upstream package build is broken.

3D printing support in fedora has taken a nosedive recently. Cura is broken, pronterface hasn't transitioned to GTK3 well and now meshlab. A pity because it showed great promise.

Android 7.0 (Nougat) appeared for my Sony Xperia XA Ultra today and I'm hugely impressed.

Not only is the performance better than the previous version, Sony have done a superb job on the aesthetics and ergonomics in this release.

It really is a pleasure to use. Well done Sony!

Well, I'm impressed!

"banklinersa. co. uk" was registered today, has a valid DKIM record and has already started sending phishing e-mails before the domain has propagated into DNS fully.

Is this a clever scammer? I'm not sure because whois information returns a home address for the registrant who is an individual.

At least the domain has found its way into the Spamhaus blocklist now. I wonder if the registrant considers the effort whorthwhile?

Is it just me, or have the Linux kernel 4.10 updates come at a faster pace than normal?

I use both Arch Linux and fedora and it's been about once a week on kernel updates.

Sure, you'll say that a LTS kernel is an option if I'm that concerned about the situation but I wonder if 4.10 has been a problematic kernel series.

Updated my desktop and laptop to fedora 25.

Generally a good update but I cannot use Wayland as the graphics server due to incompatibilities with Diodon (a clipboard manager) and Lazarus (a Pascal IDE) which I am quite reliant upon.

All my existing applications are there and work as before. There was some breakage of Bumblebee (co-existing Intel and NVIDIA graphics) with Xorg-1.18 which has been resolved with a Xorg-1.19 update.

I am currently testing builds of Marlin firmware because the underlying avr-gcc has been updated from 4.9.3 to 6.2.0 which is quite a leap. The code compiles and is, interestingly, a few hundred bytes smaller but whether it runs correctly is to be determined.

Anyone have an ARTEMIS PP700SA?

I'm referring to the newer model PP700 with black grips.

I am interested in opinions on accuracy and shot power consistency before I purchase one.

Making excellent progress with building Marlin-1.1.0-RC7 for the Mendel90!

Actually, it's built and printing a test object right now. Just need to merge in my Panelolu2 display changes and tidy-up then I can publish it.
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