A member here was catching up on the TOG website, and saw this very hackerspace relevant post. It’s about dealing the the accumulation of junk.
The following is originally posted on TOG, Dublins Hackerspace:
Like many hackerspaces, TOG accepts a lot of materials, donations, parts, and junk that Might Come In Useful™… sometimes so much that there’s no room for actual hacking. The problem is so common, there’s even a Hackerspace Design Pattern for it: the Old Hardware Pattern.
For the last year, we’ve been running a version of the two-shelf system, in which items left around the space are put on the shelves for collection or eventual disposal.
Does it work? Kind of. Lost items are reunited with their owners. Unused items inspire new projects. Semi-regular photos let members check the shelves from afar, workspaces are cleared with impunity, and there’s a slow but steady flow of junk out of the space.
And yet, the space is still full of stuff…
Thank you tangentmonger for that piece of writing! We’ll certainly be giving something like this a shot sometime soon.
I featured 091Labs at Dublin Maker 2014, on July the 26th, while presenting my “Mobile Pillow Alarm Clock” (aka “smart pillow”) project.
Dublin Maker is a festival where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, have an opportunity to showcase their creations ranging from tech to art, craft and electronics.
The project I presented is a LilyPad-Arduino-based belt that can be wrapped around a pillow (or anything else) to serve four purposes:
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091 Labs has lived at its current address on Flood Street (named after a person, ironically, not its propensity to be underwater!) for almost a year and half now – we moved here late in 2012. However, due to things rising (water, amongst others) we’ve been looking for, and found, a spot that seems tailor-made for our needs, and we’re going to be on the move over the next couple of weeks.
Our new location is in Roxboro House, on Raleigh Row. This is on the fringe of what some people would call the Latin Quarter, or what Galwegians would more simply call “right behind the Jes”. Conor has already put directions and some photos of the new space, on Bookface, but for those of us who don’t do that sort of thing, here’s the Google Maps link that Conor furnished which shows the route from the old labs facility to the new one – Google puts it at an eight minute walk from from one to the other. As Conor points out, the new unit is ground floor and should be more universally accessible. It’s also bigger, better laid out and more flexible than the old location.
Our new front door!
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be getting the new space up and running, and migrating everything over to the new location. Keep an eye on our various social media handles to see what’s what with regards to classes, meetings and other things in terms of which location they’re to be in but the plan is to be all set up in the new space pretty quickly.
Hope to see you in the new ‘labs!!!
CrisisCamp Ireland will having their next monthly meetup in 091 Labs on the 8th of December at 2pm.
At the first meetup on November 3rd, we jumped straight into actively helping out with Hurricane Sandy. The attendees were working with other tech-heads from around the world to try to provide as much info to those on the ground as possible. These activities included:
- mapping the status of available communications between Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island e.g. telephone outages and wifi hotspots
- finding a disaster assessment maps for the different States affected
- working with the Department of Education on maps to get kids back to open schools on Monday
- working with the Greater New York Hospital Association on updating and mapping the status of the hospitals affected
There’ll be people in for the meetup giving reports on how things have gone since last month and what else was done.
If any of this interests you and you’ll like to learn more or get involved, pop down to the event!
A second Cryptoparty will be happening in 091 Labs on November 30th from 7pm!
Cryptoparties are happening all over the world. These free events are for people who are interested in encryption so they can come and learn more about basic Crypto programs and the concepts behind their operation. You can check out more info on cryptoparty.org.
There’ll be people talking about PGP/GPG, Tor, changing MAC addresses, and a bunch of other things. If you want to help out or have something you’d like to show, let us know and we’ll get some space together!
Tog in Dublin will also be hosting a Cryptoparty on the same night so no matter which half of the country you’re in, you’re covered =)
This evening is still going ahead on Friday (November 30th). Facebook link for those that use it https://www.facebook.com/events/367129280042915/ . If you can’t attend this event in Galway, it will also be taking place at TOG in Dublin.