Introduction to Linux class this Tuesday


Want to try Linux? There’s a class for that!

Back by popular demand, 091 Labs’ Introduction to Linux class will be covering the installation and setup of Ubuntu 10.10, including configuring it to work seamlessly with your Windows files. We’ll even show you how to setup all the cool goodies!

The class will cost just €5, which will go towards rent and equipment for 091 Labs. The class will be about 2 hours long and printed notes will be provided afterwards. No prior knowledge of Linux is necessary as this is starting from the very basics!

What to bring:

  • A laptop

By installing Linux you can KEEP Windows installed, you’ll just have the option of booting either Windows or Ubuntu when you switch your computer on. As a precaution, please backup all your important files anyway.

If you do not have a laptop, we will be able to offer a limited amount of old laptops which you can install Ubuntu on, just to get a feel for the installation. Please request these in advance. We have a Tuck Shop in 091 Labs selling drinks and snacks for low prices, which also goes towards our rent :)

NUIG Bot Wars this Weekend


NUIG CompSoc’s annual event, BOT WARS, will be taking place this weekend. Starting at 10am in Áras na Mac Léinn and over the course of the two days there’ll be battling of killer robots, video games, Rock Band, films, a gaming night in Squareyes and a Lego NXT robot Design-Build-Code challenge suitable for both total beginners and master programmers alike!

There’ll be a Halo Tournament on the Saturday morning with a Modern Warfare 2 tournament in the afternoon. On the Saturday there’ll also be free pizza to all attendees. For the keen roboteers, we’ll be doing the Lego robot Design-Build-Code all day Saturday and you can drop in and out of the DBC to go gaming if you like – it’s up to you!

On Saturday night they’ll be heading to Squareyes for some LAN gaming and afterwards hitting the town and having a good old fashioned Galway night out.

The next morning there’ll be the warmups for the main event, BOT WARS. Alongside that, there’ll be tournaments in Xbox games made by two CompSoc members. Then there will be battling of KILLER ROBOTS!

Both days there’ll be movies for those who want to chill out.

The event is open to the public and it’s only €5 for a whole weekend pass and just €2 if you’re attending AkumaKon.

Below is a link to the schedule for the whole weekend:

http://www.aaronhastings.ie/content/botwars_2011_schedule.pdf

If you’re interested in attending, check out and RSVP to our Facebook event here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123279811076361

LET THE BATTLES COMMENCE!

Building it!


Saturday, 11th December 2010
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
building it parts
As a perfect aftermath to Ignite Galway, Rob from tog.ie in Dublin is gonna do his cool workshop, Building It!

During this day-long workshop, you will be walked through the process of designing an interactive electronic device: from an initial idea right through to the working device.

We will start off with a presentation covering the whole design process. Next we will demonstrate the necessary steps and tools in more detail. And last but not least you will assemble the finished device.

The device we will be building will be a Mini Mood Light. Consisting of two multicoloured LED’s, a small micro controller and a number of buttons which will allow the user to selected a suitable colour which reflects their mood. We’ll be demonstrating each of the steps including schematic capture, PCB layout, PCB fabrication and programming the micro controller.building a mood light

You should have a basic understanding of electronics and the C programming language. The workshop is targeted at makers and amateur inventors who want to use open source tools to create open hardware devices.

The workshop will run from 11:00 through to approximately 17:00, with a break for lunch. Food will not be provided, but we have a tuckshop and there are shops/takeaways nearby.

The cost of the workshop will be 40€ waged, 30€ unwaged and 20€ 091Labs members.

The numbers are going to be limited to twelve adult/older teen participants.

If you want to attend this event, please email ellen at 091labs dot com

Workshop: Protect your (Ubuntu) laptop in one hour


This post started off in my head as a guide to firewalling your home server, but it gradually evolved, mentally, into a workshop for securing the information on your Linux laptop with GRUB, KeePass and Truecrypt. Click the (awesome Hackers) image below to RSVP your place for this once-off workshop!