May 27 2014

Welcome to the new-look site

Mark

I think it keeps with the hackerspace ethos if I upload it to the live server and roll with what I have. In my defense, the 091 Labs site had a great quantity of plugins used down through the years. Even loading this theme on the front page for the first time produced some bizarre results.

Right now:

  • The header is wonky in Internet Explorer 11 because of how it handles smooth scrolling.
  • The sidebar and nav options are woefully incomplete. The CSS and logic are there, but need to be connected.
  • I need to style sidebar items.
  • There is an extra checkbox, sometimes, in the comments section, put there by an old plugin.
  • No calendar or events roll.
  • The header could be more usable at mobile sizes.

And so on.

The point is that the site is now a work in progress. Please tread lightly, and report broken features to @091labs on Twitter.

Or simply leave a comment here. All feedback, queries, reports, and comments are welcome! The code is GPL and available on GitHub.


Oct 1 2013

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

Mark

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”.


Jul 10 2011

Situation update

Mark

Hello, world.

A lot of discussion has gone on behind the scenes in recent days and weeks regarding the current homeless circumstances of 091 Labs. Some of the discussion has been heated. Laconic quips have been made. Properties have been researched and prospective landlords have been contacted in and around Galway City. The outlook right now is pretty good: We’re close to securing a property in the city centre and negotiations have begun about the letting of the property to 091 Labs. More than that it really isn’t my place to say.

We’ve started to move our books, furniture, electronics and bookish electronic furniture from Exchange House into temporary storage around the city and county. Almost all of the small pieces were moved yesterday afternoon. More is to go in coming days.

And yes, many weeks of summer still lie ahead of us, but inevitably September is going to come and a fresh batch of mundane…first year college students will arrive in Galway. Just like we did in 2010, classes are in tentative planning to be held for them: Electronics, programming, Linux, computer maintenance.

We’re not dead (yet).