Good news - we're open for limited services in Wembley. Ujima House is now actively under refurbishment and we'd love your help in making the space the best it can be.
During this interim period donations and continued membership are greatly appreciated while we transition to our new space.
General space news
- We had the AGM in August, in which we approved the new constitution, and later elections for trustees.
We've had a few very long discussions about space dynamics and how to keep the place comfortable and usable.
Robert moved the wiki to match the distinction between London Hackspace and the new UK Hackspaces organisation, and wikified the existing Hackspace site. Both sites are now also available over https, and can only be edited after registration, but still need people to keep them tidy and organised.
We're hoping to make News a weekly thing again, in the hope that this will make it easier for members who don't visit all the time to keep up with progress and changes at space. Please help write the next one!
The door control system is now automatically limited to subscribers, and you can manage your details on the website. If you haven't visited the space lately, please check whether your name is on the list of unidentifiable cards.
Something that comes up commonly on IRC is that the beer tin is a great way to lose money. Unfortunately, we can't enforce payment for beer (that requires a licence), so members should assume that if they leave beer in the fridge they're giving it away. You should still donate for any beers you take from the fridge, but some people do this so irregularly that the best solution is to have a whip-round before a beer run.
Amran's gone off to help start the Amsterdam hackspace, TechInc (Technologia Incognita)
MattVenn joined the guys in Bristol, who seem to be doing pretty well
Samthetechie helped Brighton move to their new space after the Mini Maker Faire (see below)
Errant's trying to help with robots for the CERN MCC
These have ballooned, so there's now a dedicated Subgroups page to bring them together.
- Music Hackspace has grown from a proposal for collecting equipment together to regular Thursday meetups. They have a twitter account and mailing list. Some will be at Music Hackday, as well as a visitor with MIDI tap-dancing shoes.
- After some long evening discussions about a cutting table, Will created a group for knitting/sewing/clothing called London Threads Space - mailing list. They've made contact with a separate meet-up on soft circuits and wearable technology - mailing list.
- Darren held a "Hacking Hacking" capture-the-flag event, which turned into a workshop. He's planning on holding these on the third Sunday of every month, and is after some people to help.
- Flux is funding a Kicksat for the space. The main project page is HackSat1. We need to decide on a payload and build a ground station to communicate with it.
- Conveniently, a few members took the RSGB foundation course and are working on kitting out our Ham Radio Station.
- The Nanode project page now has comprehensive guides and a list of users and applications
- Phil Jones has started a future manufacturing meet-up (3D-printing, CNC, CAD, design)
- There's a lot of interest in an electronics workshop, but this still hasn't happened yet
- Gamejams have continued, and The Beast has travelled across London. There was also some whimsical discussion about folk-based games
- Sukey (not a space subgroup, but with common members) has spun out its own communications and is planning for the future
- A meetup to practise BSL was mooted
- The laser cutter cooling system has had serious problems . Please don't rely on coolbot - use the IR thermometer instead - and always check the logbook beforehand.
The cutter itself works best at 60% power, and has been aligned by Mars, Asc and Lbdl - these are currently the best people to speak to if you have a problem. The PC was replaced by Sci, but can still be a bit temperamental.
- Hipster fixed the MakerBot and made various improvements, labelling it the "Hipsterbot". He also got the Stratasys working (at last!), and it will happily print for hours in its alcove. It's of course now known as the Hipstasys.
- Artag and Alecjw have cleaned the PCB etching station and prepared new etchant. Abby has done the same.
- The "Dark & wet" room has made progress but stalled lately. It looks like Akki will be reinvigorating it.
- There was a problem with the angle grinder. Since the problem new ones have been donated to the space.
- The sheet metal press has been broken
- The Soldering stations from element14 Hackerspace Challenge arrived
- Kal got hold of a brazing hearth and some more welding rods
- Phil has lent a book scanner
- He's also lent a routing table
- Charles Seber has loaned a scrollsaw - be very careful with it
- Dirk has lent a pulse/signal generator
- Martin King fixed the vice
- He also brought some welding off-cuts and offered a welding class
- Phil C and the music hackers have collected a load of equipment on the audio desk
- They also collected some presumed-faulty audio gear
- Sam E has donated us a prototype hifi
- Glen is selling some Sugru
- We bought some more shelving for boxes
- We've acquired a fully-documented Mop
- SamLR organised a trip to RAL
- We had an open day on 24th July
- A number of us went to CCC Camp, leaving the remainder to the start of the riots
- A small band visited the Maunsell Sea Forts at Red Sands
- There was a Nanode weekend at the C4CC on 6-7th August
- And a Nanode/Pachube workshop on 1st September
- Brighton Mini Makerfaire was a huge success
- Michael Nielsen gave a talk on Open Science
- Mark Jessop gave a talk on TOPCAT and his high-altitude balloon project while visiting the UK (the flight was a success)
- We had the Bitcoin weekend on 24-25th September, organised by Martind. Members can also get discounted tickets for the European Bitcoin Conference in Prague.
- There was a screening of the F1 Monza Grand Prix in the quiet room
- Meseta gave a UAV workshop 
- Hackspace "Last Supper" buffet extravaganza on Tuesday 20th December
- CCC congress (28C3) is between Christmas and New Year
- Hackspace party some time in January
- The next Arduino course will be some time next year
- The UK Hack Camp, Electromagnetic Field, is currently in the planning stages
See also Other Events
- Santacon is in early December
- Sue Black is talking on Alan Turing on 19th January
- London Model Engineering Exhibition 20-22nd January
- Tajasel suggests a go on Segways at Ally Pally some time early in the year
Recently added projects:
- TRTL by Amx109, Jontyw, Hipster: "To produce a low cost kit robot that is simple to build, and easy to use/program via software with the aim of introducing and kids and adults alike to building, making, electronics and software."
- Network Everything, initiated by eb4890: "A project for a hacker event. Where lots of people make small networked devices of their choosing that are put together in interesting ways at the event"
- Combination Lock Box A combination Lock Box with user selectable and modifiable combination lock.
- Nanode Case A 2mm acrylic case cut on a laser cutter for a Nanode
- BigClock Ex-railway LCD display
- Jasper worked out how to speak to the HP1650A logic analyser
- We've still got some Jumbotrons lying about
- There have been numerous plans for the giant phone display
- Another offer of a fusion reactor
- Meanwhile Spaces have an interesting potential for physical projects. Jasper's looking into doing a network visualisation at one
- Jasper's also helping do something interesting with the Caledonian Park clock tower.
- Phil has rebuilt the electronics on a dedicated board for Doorbot.
- Tom W has automated the creation of Glados greetings.
- Solexious has taken orders for the Openlasertag dev kits.
- We finally finished auctioning the servers
- Please can members update their items in the SwapShop so that it can become more useful and also please date when you add something.
New items this
- IBM Thinkpad X31 with about 8 batteries, but a dodgy screen. - Aden
- Nintendo DS - Aden
- Sony PSP - Aden
- Large electronic whiteboard, missing pen/sensor - Artag
- Seagate Savvio 15k.1 ST973451SS 2.5" SAS HDD - Artag
- Scroll saw - Artag
- 200 Nylon spacers 8.2x12x30 - Flux
- Piles of odds and ends computer-tech wise - JamesHarrison
- Newbie-friendly computer science books - JamesHarrison
- Odds and ends of BNC/F-type terminated 75 ohm patch cables and couplers - JamesHarrison
- Satellite signal strength meter - JamesHarrison
- Various WRT54s in need of JTAGging to debrick (G, GS variants) - JamesHarrison
- Loads of spare capacity for web hosting/other internet facing services - Renski
- The space was featured in an episode of Dragon's Den
- BBC Click On (Radio 4) did a feature on Hackspaces with interviews of members - listen here