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== General space news ==
 
== General space news ==
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The [[Door_control_system|door control system]] is [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/abfcb8836ce48d59 now] automatically limited to subscribers, and you can manage your details on the [https://london.hackspace.org.uk/members/cards.php website].  If you haven't visited the space lately, please check whether your name is on the list of [[User:Ms7821/Unknown_cards|unidentifiable cards]].
 
The [[Door_control_system|door control system]] is [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/abfcb8836ce48d59 now] automatically limited to subscribers, and you can manage your details on the [https://london.hackspace.org.uk/members/cards.php website].  If you haven't visited the space lately, please check whether your name is on the list of [[User:Ms7821/Unknown_cards|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 to buy beer as a group.
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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|beer run]].
  
 
== Other spaces ==
 
== Other spaces ==
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* '''[[Music_Hack_Space|Music Hackspace]]''' has grown from a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/0b6c505d9e90c6be proposal] for collecting equipment together to regular Thursday [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/af1a6ce56253211f meetups]. They have a [https://twitter.com/#!/MusicHackSpace twitter] account and [http://groups.google.com/group/london-music-hack-space mailing list]. Some will be at [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/00e98cce04dfa89d Music Hackday], as well as a visitor with [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/dfcdd11f916a4221 MIDI tap-dancing shoes].
 
* '''[[Music_Hack_Space|Music Hackspace]]''' has grown from a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/0b6c505d9e90c6be proposal] for collecting equipment together to regular Thursday [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/af1a6ce56253211f meetups]. They have a [https://twitter.com/#!/MusicHackSpace twitter] account and [http://groups.google.com/group/london-music-hack-space mailing list]. Some will be at [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/00e98cce04dfa89d Music Hackday], as well as a visitor with [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/dfcdd11f916a4221 MIDI tap-dancing shoes].
  
* After some long evening discussions about a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e506d73e3db371a4 cutting table], [[User:Eb4890|Will]] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c504b1fdee68836c created] a group for knitting/sewing/clothing called '''London Threads Space''' - [http://groups.google.com/group/london-threads-space mailing list].  They've made contact with a separate [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d2df1861197092d1 meet-up] on soft circuits and wearable technology  - [http://groups.google.com/group/soft-circuits-and-wearable-tech mailing list].
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* After some long evening discussions about a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e506d73e3db371a4 cutting table], [[User:Eb4890|Will]] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c504b1fdee68836c created] a group for knitting/sewing/clothing called [[ThreadSpaceGuide|'''London Threads Space''']] - [http://groups.google.com/group/london-threads-space mailing list].  They've made contact with a separate [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d2df1861197092d1 meet-up] on soft circuits and wearable technology  - [http://groups.google.com/group/soft-circuits-and-wearable-tech mailing list].
  
 
* Darren held a "'''Hacking Hacking'''" [[Project:HackingHacking/CTF1|capture-the-flag event]], which turned into a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b42b58d993e7fe7c workshop].  He's [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c3cfe32db58b1f22 planning] on holding these on the third Sunday of every month, and is after some people to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a05fa6d6f9fb74cf help].
 
* Darren held a "'''Hacking Hacking'''" [[Project:HackingHacking/CTF1|capture-the-flag event]], which turned into a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b42b58d993e7fe7c workshop].  He's [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c3cfe32db58b1f22 planning] on holding these on the third Sunday of every month, and is after some people to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a05fa6d6f9fb74cf help].
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* '''[[Pubspace|London Pub Space]]''' does what its name suggests [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1cc4307a36032b33] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/dc8cbdb86892c581]
 
* '''[[Pubspace|London Pub Space]]''' does what its name suggests [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1cc4307a36032b33] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/dc8cbdb86892c581]
  
* '''DIYBio''' and '''Hypnosis''' continue on Wednesdays
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* '''[[Biohacking]]''' and [[Workshops/Hypnosis_101|'''Hypnosis''']] continue on Wednesdays
  
 
* A meetup to practise '''BSL''' was [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b0254c6d075e1124 mooted]
 
* A meetup to practise '''BSL''' was [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b0254c6d075e1124 mooted]
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* The [[Projects/Darkroom|"Dark & wet"]] room has made [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/2983082d097413ee progress] but stalled lately.  It looks like [[User:Akki14|Akki]] will be [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fd3d69041c8d9715/173d75266ff3e9f8#173d75266ff3e9f8 reinvigorating] it.
 
* The [[Projects/Darkroom|"Dark & wet"]] room has made [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/2983082d097413ee progress] but stalled lately.  It looks like [[User:Akki14|Akki]] will be [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fd3d69041c8d9715/173d75266ff3e9f8#173d75266ff3e9f8 reinvigorating] it.
  
* A projector screen has been fixed, and a mount [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bf22cf2dc55c7fad fitted] to the ceiling in the quiet room by Phil
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* The [[Equipment/Projector/CeilingScreen|projector screen]] has been fixed, and a mount [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bf22cf2dc55c7fad fitted] to the ceiling in the quiet room by Phil
  
 
* Russ [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/2d0fc7db87668e40 played with] and documented the [[Equipment/Knitting_Machine|knitting machine]]
 
* Russ [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/2d0fc7db87668e40 played with] and documented the [[Equipment/Knitting_Machine|knitting machine]]
  
* Take care with the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b00264fabbfa2ac8 angle grinder]
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* There was a problem with the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b00264fabbfa2ac8 angle grinder]. Since the problem new ones have been donated to the space.
 
* The sheet metal [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/14b921c717530940 press] has been broken
 
* The sheet metal [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/14b921c717530940 press] has been broken
  
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* Kal got hold of a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ce14b12be7d15850 brazing hearth] and some more welding rods
 
* Kal got hold of a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ce14b12be7d15850 brazing hearth] and some more welding rods
 
* Phil has lent a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/746b3dd3078ecee5 book scanner]
 
* Phil has lent a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/746b3dd3078ecee5 book scanner]
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* He's also lent a [[Equipment/RoutingTable|routing table]]
 
* Charles Seber has loaned a [[Equipment/Scrollsaw|scrollsaw]] - be very [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a697a20c536fcc38 careful] with it
 
* Charles Seber has loaned a [[Equipment/Scrollsaw|scrollsaw]] - be very [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a697a20c536fcc38 careful] with it
 
* Dirk has [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bd54164d104241d5 lent] a [[HP8112a|pulse/signal generator]]
 
* Dirk has [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bd54164d104241d5 lent] a [[HP8112a|pulse/signal generator]]
 
* Martin King fixed the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/7c44828fb941f7d4 vice]
 
* Martin King fixed the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/7c44828fb941f7d4 vice]
 
* He also brought some welding off-cuts and offered a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c91999e8b7bec182 welding class]
 
* He also brought some welding off-cuts and offered a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c91999e8b7bec182 welding class]
* Phil and the music hackers have collected a load of equipment on the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4a859b655c275e7c audio desk]
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* Phil C and the music hackers have collected a load of equipment on the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4a859b655c275e7c audio desk]
 
* They also collected some presumed-faulty [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/50c465febf7eaab5 audio gear]
 
* They also collected some presumed-faulty [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/50c465febf7eaab5 audio gear]
 
* Sam E has donated us a prototype [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4240170fa084b628 hifi]
 
* Sam E has donated us a prototype [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4240170fa084b628 hifi]
* Glen donated some [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/857d126ef9d75b04 Sugru]
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* Glen is selling some [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/857d126ef9d75b04 Sugru]
 
* We bought some more [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e9bb88b1a865ce57 shelving] for boxes
 
* We bought some more [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e9bb88b1a865ce57 shelving] for boxes
 
* We've [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fc2fae586fd4d1b4 acquired] a fully-documented [[Mop]]
 
* We've [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fc2fae586fd4d1b4 acquired] a fully-documented [[Mop]]
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* SamLR organised a trip to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d1beaf3c026620f6 RAL]
 
* SamLR organised a trip to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d1beaf3c026620f6 RAL]
 
* We had an [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bc337494c0b9961f open day] on 24th July
 
* We had an [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bc337494c0b9961f open day] on 24th July
* A number of us went to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a5adff1c87b66f6a CCC Camp], leaving the remainder to the start of the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a4d6ba25b873af74 riots]
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* A number of us [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a5adff1c87b66f6a went] to [[CCC_Camp_2011|CCC Camp]], leaving the remainder to the start of the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a4d6ba25b873af74 riots]
 
* A small band visited the Maunsell Sea Forts at [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1485cb3c506fc5fa Red Sands]
 
* A small band visited the Maunsell Sea Forts at [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1485cb3c506fc5fa Red Sands]
* There was a Nanode/Pachube [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/015e80b3e4f4c7a2 workshop]
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* There was a Nanode [[Nanode_programming_weekend|weekend]] at the C4CC on 6-7th August
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* And a Nanode/Pachube [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/015e80b3e4f4c7a2 workshop] on 1st September
 
* Brighton [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b215ce91ba2d9940 Mini Makerfaire] was a huge success
 
* Brighton [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b215ce91ba2d9940 Mini Makerfaire] was a huge success
 
* Michael Nielsen gave a talk on [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bdd2b19708cc3057 Open Science]
 
* Michael Nielsen gave a talk on [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bdd2b19708cc3057 Open Science]
 
* Mark Jessop gave a talk on TOPCAT and his high-altitude balloon project while [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a7ffd4ad74d74023 visiting] the UK (the flight was a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/7c5c640fa16b88df success])
 
* Mark Jessop gave a talk on TOPCAT and his high-altitude balloon project while [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a7ffd4ad74d74023 visiting] the UK (the flight was a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/7c5c640fa16b88df success])
 
* We had the [[Project:Bitcoin/Bitcoin_Weekend_2011|Bitcoin weekend]] on 24-25th September, [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/f2917da8e4e08b71 organised] by Martind.  Members can also get [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1478dc8841baae78 discounted] tickets for the European Bitcoin Conference in Prague.
 
* We had the [[Project:Bitcoin/Bitcoin_Weekend_2011|Bitcoin weekend]] on 24-25th September, [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/f2917da8e4e08b71 organised] by Martind.  Members can also get [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1478dc8841baae78 discounted] tickets for the European Bitcoin Conference in Prague.
* Meseta also gave a [[Workshops/Introduction_to_UAV|UAV workshop]] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d005a2977c625bf8]
 
 
* There was a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ae818f4c0c5553c1 screening] of the F1 Monza Grand Prix in the quiet room
 
* There was a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ae818f4c0c5553c1 screening] of the F1 Monza Grand Prix in the quiet room
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* Meseta gave a [[Workshops/Introduction_to_UAV|UAV workshop]] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d005a2977c625bf8]
  
 
External:
 
External:
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* [[Project:Nanode_Case | Nanode Case]] A 2mm acrylic case cut on a laser cutter for a Nanode
 
* [[Project:Nanode_Case | Nanode Case]] A 2mm acrylic case cut on a laser cutter for a Nanode
 
* [[Projects/BigClock|BigClock]] Ex-railway LCD display
 
* [[Projects/BigClock|BigClock]] Ex-railway LCD display
* Jumbotrons [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/021758472781955b] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6066f3dcdb0ef18a]
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* Jasper worked out how to speak to the [[Equipment/HP1650A|HP1650A]] logic analyser
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* We've still got some Jumbotrons [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/021758472781955b lying] [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6066f3dcdb0ef18a about]
 
* There have been numerous plans for the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/02df62b8df05b841 giant phone display]
 
* There have been numerous plans for the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/02df62b8df05b841 giant phone display]
 
* Another offer of a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/41c31edb74c42851 fusion reactor]
 
* Another offer of a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/41c31edb74c42851 fusion reactor]
  
* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ccd2f1cafe45f719 '''Meanwhile Spaces'''] have an interesting potential for physical projects.  Jasper's looking into doing a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/406edbdf6f2c5231 network visualisation] at one
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ccd2f1cafe45f719 Meanwhile Spaces] have an interesting potential for physical projects.  Jasper's looking into doing a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/406edbdf6f2c5231 network visualisation] at one
 
* Jasper's also helping do something interesting with the Caledonian Park [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d594e6c735d8da45 clock tower].
 
* Jasper's also helping do something interesting with the Caledonian Park [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d594e6c735d8da45 clock tower].
  
 
* Phil has rebuilt the electronics on a dedicated board for [[Doorbot]].
 
* Phil has rebuilt the electronics on a dedicated board for [[Doorbot]].
* Tom W has automated the creation of Glados welcomes [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/50e6980b84ea19fd].
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* Tom W has automated the creation of Glados [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/50e6980b84ea19fd greetings].
  
 
* Solexious has taken orders for the Openlasertag [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6fe1891538c0466f dev kits].
 
* Solexious has taken orders for the Openlasertag [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6fe1891538c0466f dev kits].
  
 
* We finally finished auctioning the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4b403c23e16b34dd servers]
 
* We finally finished auctioning the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4b403c23e16b34dd servers]
 
See also the [[#Subgroups]] above.
 
  
 
== SwapShop ==
 
== SwapShop ==
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:''Please can members update their items in the [[SwapShop]] so that it can become more useful and also please date when you add something.''
 
:''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 week:
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New items this <s>week</s>month:
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* IBM Thinkpad X31 with about 8 batteries, but a dodgy screen. - [[User:Aden|Aden]]
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* Nintendo DS - [[User:Aden|Aden]]
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* Sony PSP - [[User:Aden|Aden]]
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* Large electronic whiteboard, missing pen/sensor - [[User:Artag|Artag]]
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* Seagate Savvio 15k.1 ST973451SS 2.5" SAS HDD - [[User:Artag|Artag]]
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* Scroll saw - [[User:Artag|Artag]]
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* 200 Nylon spacers 8.2x12x30 - [[User:Flux|Flux]]
  
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* Piles of odds and ends computer-tech wise - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
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* Newbie-friendly computer science books - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
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* Odds and ends of BNC/F-type terminated 75 ohm patch cables and couplers - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
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* Satellite signal strength meter - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
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* Various WRT54s in need of JTAGging to debrick (G, GS variants) - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
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* Loads of spare capacity for web hosting/other internet facing services - [[User:Renski|Renski]]
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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* Sci fixed the coffee machine
 
* Sci fixed the coffee machine
 
* More club mate has [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a2566aa2cd6ea9b2 arrived]
 
* More club mate has [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a2566aa2cd6ea9b2 arrived]
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* We've also started stocking [[Pledges/Ubuntu_Cola|Ubuntu Cola]] occasionally
 
* Watch out for Russ playing with glassware for cold-brewed coffee
 
* Watch out for Russ playing with glassware for cold-brewed coffee
 
* B3cft made an [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/86aae85daaed5d14 order] of BBotE
 
* B3cft made an [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/86aae85daaed5d14 order] of BBotE
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[[Category:News]]

Latest revision as of 09:50, 4 June 2013

< 7th – 13th July 2011 London Hackspace news
14th July – 28th November 2011
29th November – 5th December 2011 >

General space news

  • We had the AGM in August, in which we approved the new constitution, and later elections for trustees.

Discussions

We've had a few very long discussions about space dynamics and how to keep the place comfortable and usable.






News/communication

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.

In the wake of the Cleaning Threads, Martind added the Maintenance page, and Amran created the 100 Paper Cuts page to make it easier to track small niggling problems.

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.

Other spaces

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

After a previous abortive attempt, Reading Hackspace are trying again. They need all the help they can get - mailing list twitter

Nottinghack have started a "Hack all the Spaces" podcast, and Dom's visiting London this evening - announcement twitter

We've had people mention starting groups in Swindon, Carmarthen and Medway. These are all very small, so if you're in the area, find out what's going on.

Subgroups

These have ballooned, so there's now a dedicated Subgroups page to bring them together.

  • 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
  • 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

Equipment

We've had long outages of the webcams, people counter and laser cooling system. In response to this, a list of projects at risk has been started, but we're not sure whether this will work.

  • The laser cutter cooling system has had serious problems [3][4]. 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.
  • 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

New equipment

Past events

  • 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 [5]

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Upcoming events

External

See also Other Events

Projects

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
  • 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

SwapShop

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 weekmonth:

  • 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

Media

  • 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

Caffeine News

  • Sci fixed the coffee machine
  • More club mate has arrived
  • We've also started stocking Ubuntu Cola occasionally
  • Watch out for Russ playing with glassware for cold-brewed coffee
  • B3cft made an order of BBotE