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The folks at TOG have extended an open invitation to all makers and would-be-makers to come along on Saturday, January 30th at 7:00 pm to TOG’s 7th birthday party and official opening celebration of the new location. The gang at TOG want to to make it a party to remember.


It is all hands on deck following the move last November from its last location in Chancery Lane to a new hackerspace on the ground floor at 22 Blackpitts. . The guys and gals are busy partitioning off the varrious “spaces” and hope to have some shape on No:22 for the party.


Check out the TOG page for directions and travel info.


The Raspberry Pi + The Brick Pi + LEGO Mindstorms / LEGO Technic

Amazing boards and applications for today and tomorrow.



My tried and trusted Antex CTC-40 Precision Soldering Iron ( seen here on the left ) gave up the ghost last Saturday. I shouldn’t have been surprised as I bought it over 40 years ago when I was a teenager. The old blue metallic stand is a bit of a give away – they don’t make them like that anymore.

Different components require specific tips and may be temperature or static sensitive. I prefer to use dedicated irons for specific tasks so its loss will be felt sooner or later. Besides the mains powered irons I also have 3 temperature controlled irons but my oldest and favourite Elecktor homemade station was designed to run the trusty CTC-40. It may run on the new models but I will have to re-calibrate the rotary dial.

I contacted Antex directly but unfortunately they no longer manufacture the element for the CTC-40 and the current models do not fit my pencil style Precision model.