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 :)

Building it!

building it parts

Saturday, 11th December 2010
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
building it parts
As a perfect aftermath to Ignite Galway, Rob from 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

Great turn out for Open Data Day

A quick post to say thank you to everybody who made it along for the Open Data Hackday at DERI and 091Labs last Saturday. We had a great turn out.

We really want to promote the opening of Irish Data and this was reflected in the apps people made on the day. These included

* A map with RSS alerts showing the latest planning applications submitted to Galway City Council
* A multi company bus schedule application for searching connections between Galway and Dublin.
* An interactive map of public toilets in Galway with details about opening hours and wheelchair access.

For more information on the event see and on Open Data in Ireland generally check out Open Data Ireland mailing list ,

We are already planning a follow up event for late January and it looks like the folks at Scraperwiki will be coming over too. All in all 2011 is looking good for Open Data in Ireland.

On top of all that we got a great write up in Silicon Republic

International Open Data Day

Saturday December 4th is International Open Data Day

International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities
around the world to write applications using open public data to show
support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the
world’s local, regional and national governments.
Open Data policies can increase government transparency, spur digital
enterprise and improve civic participation.

This Saturday NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise and Research Institute will be hosting an Open Data Hackathon at their campus
located at the IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan from 10am till 5pm
followed by project presentations and a public discussion on Open Data
at 091 Labs at the Fairgreen near the Radison from 6pm till 7pm.

For updates, who’s coming and direction see
We also have a forum for discussion on
For further information see
or email opendatagalway at

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!