*POSTPONED* The Linux Workshop of Stupendous Splendour


Unfortunately, this workshop has had to be postponed as Mark isn’t feeling well and isn’t up to the trip down to Galway for the class. We’ll announce here when we know more about when it’s being rescheduled, sorry.

Why yes, a Linux workshop!

Friday January 20, from about 7pm onward. You want to learn Linux? Great! What you need is:

  1. A laptop computer with enough hard disk space to install Linux.
  2. A sense of self-worth and a desire to learn.
  3. The fortitude to repartition your machine in order to install Linux.

We will be working with Ubuntu Linux 11.101.

Order of operations:

  1. Get everyone settled and liability releases signed2.
  2. Introduce myself and introduce Linux. I have a swish presentation.
  3. Hand out installation media to anyone who hasn’t been frightened away3.
  4. Branch out into Q&A and get everyone working on a goal. I don’t have an overall plan in mind, save that I do better in this kind of format.

Scary footnotes aside, it should be a great evening for anyone who wants to come in and try Linux out and enjoy our friendly user-friendly hackerspace.

Admission is €10 per person, with proceeds going to the hackerspace.


1The hackerspace has Ubuntu 11.10 installation media, I have Ubuntu 11.10 installation media and it is honestly the only distro I have used for any great length of time in the past decade.
2I want you to understand that complete data loss on your hard disk is a tangible risk if you mess up with partitioning. You will be supervised and the risk of data loss will be explicitly spelled out on the night.
3Depending on both the size of the crowd and my own infamously mercurial temperament, I may not be able to micromanage partitioning and installation. I will certainly supervise, but the burden of responsibility is on you, O Participant!

Arduino Drop-In Nights


Good news everyone!

Following the success of our recent free ‘Introduction to the Arduino’ classes, we are happy to announce the beginning of a regular drop-in night for people interested in the Arduino micro-controller system.

It will, hopefully, be a great opportunity for beginners to learn the basics but also allow other more experienced users to continue learning and working with a group of like-minds.

Every second Monday (from 7 to 9pm), we will be in the space to throw around ideas, build projects and lend a hand with anyone stuck on a circuit or project. The first night will be run on the 10th of October. (Check the space calendar for further dates). It will be free to attend these nights whether you are a member or not, but donations are always welcome to help keep the internet flowing and the rain off our heads.

For Beginners…

We recommend that absolute beginners purchase an ARDX beginners kit (or something with similar components) as it is designed to give you a well-rounded base of knowledge to start working on your own projects.

Don’t worry if it looks daunting at first, we’ll be in the space to give you direction of you need it.
If you don’t know whether you want to invest in an Arduino or a starter kit just yet, you can still come along and see what they are capable. We may even have a spare that you can build your first circuit on.

… And Enthusiasts

For those of you who already have some experience with the Arduino, this will be a good way to meet people to work on larger collective projects or just get help with something you’re stuck on.

Basically, it’s an open and informal way to start or continue learning how to create interesting, electronic, programmable art!

  • Dates: Every second Monday. (See our events calendar for specific dates)
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Venue: 091labs, 47 Eyre Square, 1st floor, (above Kennedy’s pub)
  • Requirements: None (but we strongly recommend that you have an Arduino and some sort of starter kit with you if you really want to get involved. This is our favourite )

Hope to see you there,

and just in case….

What is an Arduino?

It’s a very cool little piece of hardware that allows even complete beginners to start making inventive and intelligent electronics projects. It is a great, enjoyable way to learn programming and electronics and has become very popular with tinkerers, artists, and hackers alike and you can see many interesting projects and tutorials online. Simply search ‘Arduino’ on youtube, hackaday, makezine, or instructables and you’ll see what we mean.

Game Development Workshop – Session 2


Hi all,

Last Wednesday we did the first of four sessions for the Game Development Workshop at 091 Labs.

It went very well, covering Unity basics (objects, components, input) and Game State Management.

 

If you missed the first Session but would still like to take part it’s not too late to do so. All project files will be provided on the night and I’ll answer any questions you may have.

 

Session two is this Wednesday, at 6pm. We’ll be covering the following topics:

  • Adding (dumb) enemies to the game.
  • Colliders and detecting collisions.
  • Creating a damage system (doing and taking damage).
  • Controlling particles (and explosions).
  • Adding a scoring system.
  • Adding a win/lose condition and associated game states.

 

Below is a screenshot from the upcoming session build showing the player ship destroying a frigate.
The resulting explosion is pushing the other frigates away.

 

Details

  • Runs on the 28th Sept, 5th Oct & 12th Oct.
  • From 6pm to 10pm.
  • At 091 Labs.
  • The workshop costs €20.
  • No need to book or pre-pay.

 

What You’ll Need

  • A laptop with Unity installed.
  • Experience of a programming language.

 

Game Development Workshop


Game Development Workshop

 

Starting Wednesday 21st and taking place over four weeks, the Game Development Workshop will guide participants through the development of a game.

 

Rather than concentrating on the basics, like input and movement, we’ll be going over how to put a game together using object orientated programming techniques such as Managers, Game States and Finite State Machines.

 

We’ll be using Unity with C# to develop, though the methods used can be applied to almost any language or framework (including XNA).

 

Details

  • Runs on the 21st Sept, 28th Sept, 5th Oct & 12th Oct.
  • From 6pm to 10pm.
  • The workshop costs €20, this covers the four sessions and is payable at the first.
    No need to book or pre-pay.

 

What You’ll Need

  • A laptop with Unity installed.
  • Experience of a programming language.

Introduction to Arduino: Class 2


This Wednesday is the second class of our 3-week introductory course for Arduino. Attendees should bring with them a laptop, Arduino, electronic components* and a USB cable for their Arduino. Some spare Arduinos and electronics will be available on the day, but they will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis.

The class is free, but spaces are limited so attendees are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. As 091 Labs is a non-profit teaching-and-learning group, any donations on the day would be greatly appreciated.

*Components should be similar to those found in ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino, available here:
http://www.oomlout.co.uk/arduino-experimentation-kit-ardx-p-183.html