Winter is coming (and that’s a good thing)


Haha, meme joke. The blog and the hackerspace have had both enjoyed less life than Io, the first moon of Jupiter, in the past few months. Oh sure, we’ve had a clade of successful workshops, a packed Ignite event, major redecoration, a freaking awesome new logo, and some great new members, but if you walk into the hackerspace at an arbitrary point in time you’d have found hardly anything but a handful of happy hackers happily hacking away at their Facebook pages, or a video game.

But rule of thumb, it’s been quiet, and the blog has sadly reflected this. The Twitter account is shared between several people, and is trivial to update, as is our Facebook page. But you know what, winter is coming and with it a spike in activity at the hackerspace, and it behoves me to talk about the hackerspace and winter activities long-form. “So what,” you might ask, “is coming up this winter?”

Foremost, a change to our Tuesday open nights: Learning nights (and also a chance for some Photoshop fun). The idea is for a few people to get together on Tuesday’s, pick a topic, and learn about it. Or learn about learning-study methods, research sources and filtering, phrasing search terms. The atmosphere is intended to be informal. Come along, dust off your brain, and use it in good company for a few hours.

Also, alcohol.

Learning Nights

Learning Nights start next week, Tuesday October 1.

Also coming to the hackerspace are more workshops: A rehash of the above Bash workshop with a greater focus on Linux, Adobe Photoshop and digital image editing, and LaTeX, a programming language for document preparation. My personal goal is one workshop per month, and if anyone else wants to run a workshop is absolutely welcome to contact us.

Our next Ignite event will be on Wednesday October 30, and the annual 091 Labs Hallowe’en party on the next day Wednesday October 31

Looking further afield, the 091 Labs website will be getting a complete overhaul to match the new logo and its attendant colour scheme. I have no timeframe for this beyond a vague “next few months”.

The tale of the geek and the penguin


Maybe one of the most consistently popular workshops that 091 Labs has been holding to date have been those for Linux beginners. Come in, meet the members, and learn to use Linux while under the supervision of one of our Linux gurus. Although if you wind up with me assisting you, you are expected to stoically endure a certain amount of baleful stares and dark imprecations as I bravely cd and ls my way through your folders.

Linux Ubuntu Linux

The majority of 091 Labs members choose and use Ubuntu Linux for its ease of use and installation, its broad user base – and implied support base, and the depth of its software repositories. In addition to our own personal laptops and workstations, Ubuntu also powers all of the work machines here at the Labs.

091 Labs <3 Ubuntu, in short.

In the next few months, we are hopeful of extending our Linux offerings for both Labs members and the public alike. They include:

  • A regular series of beginners Linux workshops with a focus on Ubuntu.
  • Shell accounts for Labs members to learn remote administration on.
  • Advanced Linux courses that will delve into security, advanced command line usage and kernel compilation using enterprise Linux distributions.
  • A local repository of current distributions for members.