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== General space news ==
 
== General space news ==
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* We had the [[Organisation/2011_AGM|AGM]] in August, in which we approved the new constitution, and later [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/cdc5b129b4c5af08 elections] for trustees.
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=== Discussions ===
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We've had a few very long discussions about space dynamics and how to keep the place comfortable and usable.
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/822cd64218c96528 Borrowing tools]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/40f4e9ae1a9af728 Putting away tools]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/75741c1074e819b5 Sleeping in the space]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/47a3559be3eea9da Clarification on sleeping]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ff722474901565cf Webcams]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/2edf5f36154818f6 Webcams: an ultimatum]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c4085cad8c9d811e Losing the parking permits]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6bb0e4626813238c Securing the parking permits]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6326785c54d9ece8/b15c6ec58e5a9467#b15c6ec58e5a9467 Who can use the parking permits]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/128338f43dfb4c24 Clearing the workshop]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/7c8c167ed9043d3c Clearing the workshop]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fcf61fa13fd60307 Clearing the main room]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6363d60891118ef9 Clearing the balconies]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/7aa9f5748ae81beb Hiring a cleaner]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/08fc50b1579417a8 Cleaning supplies]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/8ba57dc1754dbdd6 Cleaning zones]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/225f10002b06287a Cleaning]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fd72fbd5007ade26 Cleaning signs]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4158dee55438a3e9 Job offer for a cleaner]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/af538276646849ab Cleaning your stuff + 1]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/f65616d25ffe88cb Cockroaches]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/dc84ba0525ef27ae Getting a cat]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b32b2683d30e22fc Bikeshedding]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/784c1c87520c8a6a Politics/#occupation]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/848afcdbafbd0423 Learning from each other]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/8a87808aaf13eae5 Guidance for guided tours]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/cb568f140ef6c3b6 Filming in the space]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/9862f49817d76da2 TV licences]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1e8d2279ea8d1494 Pirate radios]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/17f0229aed1fb476 Recycling]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/762e4f2de1f1fb0e Keeping people up-to-date with the ethos]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/08d324f69172994d Spaces and mental health]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/21965463589eb898 Top/bottom posting]
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=== News/communication ===
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Robert [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/2d41a1a1aea84caf moved] the wiki to match the distinction between London Hackspace and the new UK Hackspaces organisation, and wikified the existing [http://hackspace.org.uk Hackspace site]. Both sites are now also available over https, and can only be edited after registration, but still need people to keep them [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/0aef7649117c8cd4 tidy and organised].
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In the wake of the Cleaning Threads, Martind added the [[Maintenance]] page, and Amran [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ee24fef5044db21e created] the [[Project:100_Paper_Cuts|100 Paper Cuts]] page to make it easier to track small niggling problems.
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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.  [[News#Next_draft|Please help]] write the next one!
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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]].
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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]].
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== Other spaces ==
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Amran's gone off to help [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/41ff42f28d2251e9/039906082a941bc8#039906082a941bc8 start] the Amsterdam hackspace, TechInc (Technologia Incognita)
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MattVenn [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c334cd123d3d4f42 joined] the guys in Bristol, who seem to be doing pretty well
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Samthetechie helped Brighton move to their [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e41ec3ada871c7a0 new space] after the Mini Maker Faire (see below)
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Errant's trying to help with robots for the CERN [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d498767ef422314a MCC]
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After a previous abortive attempt, Reading Hackspace are trying again. They need all the help they can get - [http://groups.google.com/group/reading-hackspace/ mailing list] [https://twitter.com/#!/RDGhack twitter]
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Nottinghack have started a "Hack all the Spaces" podcast, and Dom's visiting London this evening - [http://nottinghack.org.uk/?p=1001 announcement] [https://twitter.com/#!/allthespaces twitter]
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We've had people mention starting groups in [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/01e2db71a8231fb5 Swindon], [http://dragonhack.org/ Carmarthen] and Medway. These are all very small, so if you're in the area, find out what's going on.
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== Subgroups ==
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These have ballooned, so there's now a dedicated [[Subgroups]] page to bring them together.
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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].
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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].
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* 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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* [[User:Flux|Flux]] is [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/36ccdca07f4c1da6 funding] a [http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/251588730/kicksat-your-personal-spacecraft-in-space Kicksat] for the space.  The main project page is [[Project:HackSat1|'''HackSat1''']].  We need to decide on a [[Project:HackSat1_Payload|payload]] and build a [[Project:Hoxton_Space_Centre|ground station]] to communicate with it.
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* Conveniently, a few members [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ee1cf3da65dd6ee2 took] the RSGB [[Ham_Radio/Foundation_Course_Autumn_2011|foundation course]] and are working on kitting out our [[Projects/HamRadioStation|'''Ham Radio Station''']].
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* After the cleaner discussion, a Hackspace [[JobBoard|'''Job Board''']] was [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/eda2b4de62022e95 created], and subsequently a [[SkillSwap|'''Skill Swap''']] page
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* The visionOntv guys have [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bfd5fd346aba0ece started] a weekly "[[Workshops/hackthemedia|'''Hack the Media''']]" meet-up on occasional Mondays
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* The '''[[Project:Nanode|Nanode]]''' project page now has comprehensive guides and a list of users and applications
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* Phil Jones has started a '''future manufacturing''' [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/f8f92bef5e07604d meet-up] (3D-printing, CNC, CAD, design)
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* There's a lot of [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/54a5ddbbf264b048 interest] in an '''electronics workshop''', but this still hasn't happened yet
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* '''[[Gamejam|Gamejams]]''' have [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/8b85aa68609333e4 continued], and [[The Beast]] has travelled across London.  There was also some whimsical discussion about [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/9502e649f8d944ec folk-based] games
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* '''Sukey''' (not a space subgroup, but with common members) has spun out its own communications and is [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a01da6eb43271622 planning] for the future
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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]
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* '''[[Biohacking]]''' and [[Workshops/Hypnosis_101|'''Hypnosis''']] continue on Wednesdays
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* A meetup to practise '''BSL''' was [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b0254c6d075e1124 mooted]
  
 
== Equipment ==
 
== Equipment ==
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We've had long outages of the webcams, people counter and laser cooling system.  In response to this, a list of [[Projects_at_risk|projects at risk]] has been [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/05749aa0661e9969 started], but we're not sure whether this will work.
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* The [[Equipment/LaserCutter/CoolBot|laser cutter cooling system]] has had serious problems [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/34879a39328a7756][http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/f98f13dd8257ecbf]. Please don't rely on coolbot - use the IR thermometer instead - and always check the [[Equipment/LaserCutter/LogBook|logbook]] beforehand.<br/>The [[Equipment/LaserCutter|cutter]] itself works best at 60% power, and has been aligned by [[User:Mars|Mars]], [[User:Ascen|Asc]] and [[User:Lbdl|Lbdl]] - these are currently the best people to speak to if you have a problem. The PC was [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/dece48d27a52b1f4 replaced] by Sci, but can still be a bit [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/3ada052ee294784e temperamental].
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* The motor on the [[Equipment/LatheMillCombo|3-in-1 lathe]] has been fixed after [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1cbf098269455b1d much work] by Spook and Abby.  Be [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c5e96fd2231ae646 careful] with it.
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* Hipster fixed the [[Equipment/Makerbot_Cupcake | MakerBot]] and made various improvements, labelling it the "Hipsterbot".  He also got the [[Equipment:Stratasys_FDM_1650|Stratasys]] working (at last!), and it will happily print for hours in its alcove.  It's of course now known as the Hipstasys.
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* Artag and Alecjw have [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e9b472bbe0020654 cleaned] the [[Equipment/PCB_etch_station|PCB etching station]] and prepared new etchant.  Abby has done the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/f5204d7dc2b1275c same].
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* Sci organised a pledge for a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c4a790bd56b37f20 vacuum pump] for the new [[High_Vacuum_Station|high vacuum station]] project.
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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.
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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
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* Russ [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/2d0fc7db87668e40 played with] and documented the [[Equipment/Knitting_Machine|knitting machine]]
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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.
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* The sheet metal [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/14b921c717530940 press] has been broken
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=== New equipment ===
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* The Soldering stations from element14 Hackerspace Challenge [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/ec3275f4ffb0a4ac arrived]
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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
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* 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]]
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* 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
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* Dirk has [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bd54164d104241d5 lent] a [[HP8112a|pulse/signal generator]]
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* Martin King fixed the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/7c44828fb941f7d4 vice]
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* He also brought some welding off-cuts and offered a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/c91999e8b7bec182 welding class]
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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]
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* They also collected some presumed-faulty [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/50c465febf7eaab5 audio gear]
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* Sam E has donated us a prototype [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4240170fa084b628 hifi]
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* Glen is selling some [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/857d126ef9d75b04 Sugru]
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* We bought some more [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e9bb88b1a865ce57 shelving] for boxes
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* We've [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/fc2fae586fd4d1b4 acquired] a fully-documented [[Mop]]
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== Past events ==
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* SamLR organised a trip to [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d1beaf3c026620f6 RAL]
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* We had an [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bc337494c0b9961f open day] on 24th July
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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]
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* A small band visited the Maunsell Sea Forts at [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/1485cb3c506fc5fa Red Sands]
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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
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* Brighton [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/b215ce91ba2d9940 Mini Makerfaire] was a huge success
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* Michael Nielsen gave a talk on [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/bdd2b19708cc3057 Open Science]
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* 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])
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* 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.
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* 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]
  
A large workbench has been bought for the workshop, mainly with contributions from Cepmender and Braadli. It should be delivered by Adrian by the 6th August.
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External:
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* A UAV meetup in Guildford [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d3eceff9abfde01f UAV meetup]
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* OSHUG [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/79b0e041d32b6718 hardware camp] at the C4CC
  
 
== Upcoming events ==
 
== Upcoming events ==
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* Hackspace [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/194d3242038a5000 "Last Supper"] buffet extravaganza on Tuesday 20th December
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/0cc817418320b0ea CCC congress] (28C3) is between Christmas and New Year
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* Hackspace party [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/e55b1558b6a45b74  some time] in January
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* The next Arduino course will be some time next year
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* The [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/d6aebe600b4cfb22 UK Hack Camp], Electromagnetic Field, is currently in the [[Project:UK_Hack_Camp|planning stages]]
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=== External ===
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See also [[Other Events]]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/9148f5c8d00ba3c7 Santacon] is in early December
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* Sue Black is talking on [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/f2580c79d04ea788 Alan Turing] on 19th January
 +
* [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/6a134706794f5a98 London Model Engineering Exhibition] 20-22nd January
 +
* Tajasel suggests a go on [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/3a491a86283d3c76 Segways] at Ally Pally some time early in the year
  
 
== Projects ==
 
== Projects ==
  
 
Recently added projects:
 
Recently added projects:
* ''No new projects this week.''
+
* [[Project:TRTL | 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."
 +
* [[Project:Network_Everything | 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"
 +
* [[Project:Laser_Cut_Combination_Lock_Box | Combination Lock Box]] A combination Lock Box with user selectable and modifiable combination lock.
 +
* [[Project:Nanode_Case | Nanode Case]] A 2mm acrylic case cut on a laser cutter for a Nanode
 +
* [[Projects/BigClock|BigClock]] Ex-railway LCD display
 +
* Jasper worked out how to speak to the [[Equipment/HP1650A|HP1650A]] logic analyser
 +
* 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]
 +
* 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
 +
* 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]].
 +
* 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].
 +
 
 +
* We finally finished auctioning the [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/4b403c23e16b34dd servers]
  
 
== 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:
+
New items this <s>week</s>month:
 +
 
 +
* IBM Thinkpad X31 with about 8 batteries, but a dodgy screen. - [[User:Aden|Aden]]
 +
* Nintendo DS - [[User:Aden|Aden]]
 +
* Sony PSP - [[User:Aden|Aden]]
 +
 
 +
* Large electronic whiteboard, missing pen/sensor - [[User:Artag|Artag]]
 +
* Seagate Savvio 15k.1 ST973451SS 2.5" SAS HDD - [[User:Artag|Artag]]
 +
* Scroll saw - [[User:Artag|Artag]]
 +
 
 +
* 200 Nylon spacers 8.2x12x30 - [[User:Flux|Flux]]
 +
 
 +
* Piles of odds and ends computer-tech wise - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
 +
* Newbie-friendly computer science books - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
 +
* Odds and ends of BNC/F-type terminated 75 ohm patch cables and couplers - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
 +
* Satellite signal strength meter - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
 +
* Various WRT54s in need of JTAGging to debrick (G, GS variants) - [[User:JamesHarrison|JamesHarrison]]
 +
 
 +
* Loads of spare capacity for web hosting/other internet facing services - [[User:Renski|Renski]]
 +
 
 +
== Media ==
 +
 
 +
* The space was featured in [http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b015gw5l/Dragons_Den_How_to_Win_in_the_Den_The_Art_of_Negotiation/ an episode] of Dragon's Den
 +
* BBC Click On (Radio 4) did a [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/105540f7d3058c8f feature] on Hackspaces with interviews of members - [http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b0174dzt listen here]
 +
 
 +
== Caffeine News ==
 +
* Sci fixed the coffee machine
 +
* More club mate has [http://groups.google.com/group/london-hack-space/browse_thread/thread/a2566aa2cd6ea9b2 arrived]
 +
* We've also started stocking [[Pledges/Ubuntu_Cola|Ubuntu Cola]] occasionally
 +
* 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
 +
 
 +
[[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]

External:

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