Converting a PC Power Supply to a workbench power supply


To all of you electronics heads out there, you’re probably aware that workbench power supplies that can give you the common 5V/9V/12V outputs are pretty expensive.

Gerry Kavanagh will be running a workshop on converting the Power Supply from an old PC into a workbench power supply, a very useful tool for anyone into electronics.

ATX Bench Supply

What would cost you €70+ in the shops can be built for around €15 worth of parts if you have an old PSU lying around.

The workshop will take on Friday August 20th from 11am to 1pm.

Admission and Pre-booking

As we have to buy the materials in advance, please be sure to pre-book for this workshop by Sunday August 15th. Pre-book by using the contact form (just to let us know you’re attending). If paying through Paypal use the ‘Donate’ button to your left add 5% to the cost for Paypal fees. If paying by cash let us know in the contact form and we’ll arrange that.

Admission (includes cost of materials ~15 euro):
Members: €18
Unwaged/Student: €22
General Public: €25

Full details of the workshop are on our calendar here.

Irish Hackerspaces Week


The first annual Irish Hackerspaces Week runs from August 14th – 22nd. It is an opportunity for hackerspaces across the island to showcase innovative projects within their local communities from the fields of Arts, Science and Technology. If you are in Dublin over that week then checkout the TOG timetable of events. Events for Belfast, Cork and Limerick are also in the planning stages. 091 Labs are delighted to announce the following timetable of events. More details on each are available on our events page.

Update: Household Hacking event added. See events page for more details. Social night will be 6.30pm instead of 7pm as usual

Sunday, August 15
6:00pm: Photography! (Mark Grealish)
7:00pm: Short films screening

Monday, August 16
6:00pm  Web development : eroku/cloud computing, sinatra & ruby (Richard Conroy)
7:00pm  Introduction to Linux (Matthew Kolder)

Tuesday, August 17
6:30pm Social Night
8:00pm Household hacking : Consumer goods with computer ports (Joe Desbonnet)

Wednesday, August 18
7:00pm PC Building Workshop (Matthew Kolder)

Thursday, August 19
7:00pm Building an Asterisk PBX (Gerry Kavanagh)

Friday, August 20
11:00am Repurposing an ATX power supply as a bench supply. (Gerry Kavanagh)
6:30pm  Open Licencing, Peer Production and Social Change (Kevin Flanagan)
8:00pm  Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz

Saturday, August 21
1:00pm  Jogo: An explorative design for free play (Emma Creighton)
2:30pm  Robots.ie : Solar powered robots and Make Night (David McKeown)
4:00pm  Art After Noon
7:00pm  Poetry Smackdown

Sunday, August 22
12:00pm PC/Laptop fixing day (Fundraiser)

Doing what you love


Thanks to everyone who made our second public meetup last night. Lots of great conversations around better defining who we are and our place within local communities. We are fortunate in being able to openly learn from the shared experiences of TOG and the global Hackerspace community. Two themes repeatedly surfaced – the importance of doing what we love and the desire to re-imagine our future. Interestingly both themes were touched on when David McWilliams and Damien Mulley recently visited Galway.

We also spoke about arranging a group trip to Dublin for the March 23rd Electronics Workshop with Mitch Altman and Jimmie P Rodgers at the Science Gallery. This workshop will sellout quickly so best to buy a ticket in advance from the venue if you are thinking about attending. After speaking to Irene at the venue yesterday they will print off tickets while you wait for walk-in bookings prior to March 23rd. Some members interested in the mobile apps space are going along to the X-cake Galway Meetup tonight. After playing around with various platforms over the last couple of weeks our IRC channel will once again be in use. Looking forward to continuing the conversations.

Hello world!


Welcome to our new home – we are still in startup mode so bear with us while we get up and running – if you want to get involved please get in contact. We plan to meetup at a city centre location every Tuesday evening and hope to have a lease signed on a premises before the end of March.

If you are in the Limerick area this weekend and are free Saturday afternoon from 12am-6pm pop along to the Ubuntu Ireland talks at UL. Jeffrey Roe from TOG will give a talk titled “So you want to build a Hackerspace” which is recommended checking out.